Good Girl by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly, #2
Publication Date: May 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Other book in the series: Blurred Lines
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5 GOOD GIRL STARS (★★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
Good Girl wasn’t my first time on the Lauren Layne rodeo. She is one of my all time favorite to-go authors. That’s why I kind off new what to expect before I started Good Girl: a lot of humor, sexy and steamy times, strong hero and heroine, and laughing and crying. Good Girl is the second book in the Love Unexpectedly series, but because of the all-new cast of characters, it can be read as a standalone. That’s exactly what I did and I loved it! GLAMOUR meets COUNTRY, in more ways than one.
Good Girl contains two great main characters: Jenny and Noah. Jenny is a sarcastic and funny country music singer. She might have a thick skin, but can also be very vulnerable. Reprieve from the media is what she is seeking when she hires the cabin. Jenny is being complementen by Noah, who is a grumpy but sarcastic alpha male. He is caught in two worlds and doesn’t know who he wants to be. He is also taking a sort of reprieve, but he is taking the time to figure out who the real Noah is. To do this he thinks lying about who he is, is the best option.
Good Girl had a couple of ingredients I expected it to have, but there were also a couple of things that I didn’t knew beforehand but made it all the better. The things I already expected were: the funny and witty banter between Jenny and Noah, the sexual tension, steamy encounters, hilarious scenes because of Jenny’s and Noah’s sarcasm, and side characters who make the story even stronger.
The things that I unexpectedly loved. Noah was a grumpy alpha male. He was rude to everyone, especially Jenny, for the better part of the book. But I loved him, because he also had a very vulnerable side I had a chance to see more and more as the story progressed. He almost turned into a romantic sap, but not in the negative way. I really loved the role Jenny’s music played. The seduction games these two played with each other only added to the sexual tension and felt very unique to me.
Another awesome thing were the best friends in the whole wide world. Though I did think we could’ve used more of Jenny’s best friend, Amber. But the Vaughn, Finn and Noah triangle was seriously the best. Noah’s two best friends can’t stand each other, but they represent the best of both Noah’s worlds. He has known Finn his whole life and Finn stands for the trailer park side of his life. While Vaughn is someone he met after finding out there was a whole other reality to his life, a rich one. Actually, the friendship between these three really made me think off Nick, Schmidt and Winston from New Girl.
Good Girl is about unexpected love. Jenny and Noah both weren’t looking for love. They were searching for something very different, but they still found romance. Noah was in a complicated predicament and didn’t know how to escape it, while Jenny was looking for an escape from the hounding media and the lies that were spread. The secrets Noah has for Jenny give the story an extra dimension. Good Girl is funny & sexy. If you haven’t finished one of Lauren’s books yet, this novel is a good one to start as it perfectly portrays how good of a writer she is!
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