Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Tour and Review: Good Girl - Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne 
May 17th, 2016

In this steamy novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines, country music’s favorite good girl hides away from the world—and finds herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.

Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.

Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.


Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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4 stars
Jenny Dawson's life went from unknown to America's favorite over night, now she's living in Los Angeles and working on her third country album. The media likes drama though and when she's caught in a tabloid scandal with a pop star she's never met she needs an escape from the flashing lights. She flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to take a break and work on her album. She doesn't plan on the handsome caretaker, Noah Maxwell, or the feelings he brings out in her. 
Noah should really tell Jenny who he really is, but between their constant bickering and their steamy flirting he just can't find the right time to do it. Taking a break from his real life has been such a relief, but as he finds out just how complicated Jenny's life is he wants to be the one to un-complicate it. Together they could find the support to face their problems or they could let them tear them apart. 

Talk about an entertaining and enjoyable read, I felt like I was watching a cute rom-com movie instead of reading a book. Jenny Dawson was a great heroine in this novel, she didn't have any weird hold ups or assume the worst out of everyone, she was just a young woman who found fame and money, but wanted that comfort of a private life after her life was splashed on the tabloids. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective and thought her way of handling the media was excellent. Then there's Noah, caretaker with a secret, who was super swoon worthy and every bit the man Jenny deserved....if it weren't for the darn secret. I loved Noah, his perspective read exactly like a young man whose life conflicts with who he really sees himself as. He was totally a jerk, but knowing the reason why made me really feel for him. The secret he had really played out well in the book and it showed in his actions from page one, even when Jenny was completely in the dark. Finally there are two cute pups that bring the main characters together repeatedly, despite their constant bantering with one another. Lauren Layne did an excellent job of writing two main characters with some hangups that felt very authentic. I loved their bantering that was constantly funny, but definitely felt like foreplay with their chemistry. 

Good Girl was a typical New Adult romance novel for me. Some of the character tropes read as very cliche and the interactions ranged from really great to really cheesy. I think the Hollywood aspect of Jenny was pretty excellent, but she felt really young even though she's an adult living on her own in another city and is famous. I really enjoy NA, but I will always complain when it doesn't feel like a unique story and that was the case with this one. While I enjoyed Good Girl, it wasn't a stand out for me. 

Good Girl is a different style of book from Lauren Layne, if you're a longtime fan be prepared for something a little different. I loved the new characters we were introduced to in Good Girl and I would love to see Noah's friends have books of their own in the future. If you're looking for a cute and funny romance, this is it for you!

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1 comment

  1. Lovely review. Thank you for hosting GOOD GIRL today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours


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