Title: Good Girl
Author: Lauren Layne
My Rating: A+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Noah and Jenny
Release Date: May 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
She just wants to sing and make music. Instead Jenny's life has turned into a three-ring circus complete with paparazzi and tabloid headlines which AREN'T true. Jenny Dawson was considered America's good girl, until an innocent photo taken of her at an awards show turned her into Jezebel...a Jezebel who ruined a pop stars marriage. Quite a feat since she barely said a word to the man, much less slept with him. But the story ran and then a whole slew of other wannabe's grabbed onto the claims that she slept with them, too. NONE of it is true, but rather than trying to fight the rumors, innuendo, and bitter woman slinging mud at her at every turn, Jenny ran. She just wants to bury her head in the sand and pretend it never happened and find her music again.
And that's how she ends up in Louisiana in Noah's house. The thing is...she doesn't realize it's his house, because Noah has two identities...and he's lied to her about one of them. Yeah, that's not going to blow up in his face or anything (did you catch the sarcasm there?)
Noah has an odd back-story. For the first 14 years, he grew up dirt poor, living in a tiny trailer in Louisiana and didn't know his father. But when his father's other sign died, he went back to claim Noah as his own and moved him into his mansion. Noah lived in the mansion during the week so he could go to a prep school, the trailer on the weekends. He truly does have two personalities...Noah (dirt poor) and Preston (can buy anything he wants). But what he wants is neither of these personalities...something that he's just discovering as he finds himself at this deserted property he didn't even know he owned in Louisiana. What he does know is that he doesn't want anything to do with Jenny's way of life. She may be in Louisiana right now, but her life is on the red carpet, in front of a camera being fawned over. No thank you.
So, yeah, like pretty much every other Lauren Layne book, I fell in love with these characters. He's hard and grumpy. She's doing everything she can to make the best of a really rotten, unfair situation. Seriously, can you imagine being maligned as a harlot when you never so much as flirted with the guy...the unfairness of her situation killed me. I just wanted her to fight back and lash out...which is the way most people would react. But she deserves her Good Girl label...she truly is just a nice person trying to survive this crazy world she's found herself in. And I loved her for her attitude. But I also loved that Noah brings out the bad in her, too. He drives her insane. In fact, they drive each other insane in the absolute best way.
The two of them are amazing together. They are complete opposites, but that makes their chemistry absolutely explosive. I also really loved that their relationship was reflected through their dogs. Loved the little details that the two dogs added to the story. As well as the house and it's reconstruction, and then there was Jenny's music writing. All of that enhanced the story so, so well. I loved this book and HIGHLY recommend it. Now, hopefully, LL will decide that she needs to take on Finn and Vaughn, too...because Noah's best friends need love, too. (And I probably should add that the scenes with these two bickering were awesome...they had some pretty decent chemistry themselves...maybe LL's first m/m story?? This reader can only dream...)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.