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    Fun feel good read

    While this one is a bit different from other Lauren Layne books, overall it was a very enjoyable read. I must say I did miss all the snarky banter I've come to love from LL books and what exactly was Noah/Preston's problem??? To keep it clean I'll just say he was quite the jerk. Anyway, back to the story - Jenny Dawson has finally made it big in Nashville. Unfortunately with that fame comes the unwanted paparazzi and the lie printed in the press . To escape the pressure and have some quiet time to write her next album Jenny rents a house in a remote location in Louisiana. That's where she meets the incredibly grumpy caretaker Noah. Too bad he has such an attitude because he is definitely hot! While these two clash from the very beginning there is an undeniable attraction between them. As things begin to really heat up between them, it becomes obvious to both of them that they will have to work to fit into each others lives. Noah hasn't been completely honest though and his secrets may come between them. Overall this is a fun feel good read that I would definitely recommend to everyone.
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    Good and bad

    This is book # 2 in the Love Unexpectedly series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. The books in this series are really good reads, so I encourage you to read them in the order intended. Noah AKA Preston meets Jenny when she rents his old home out in the middle of nowhere. She is glad to get away from the buzz and hype of the tabloids and get back to simply writing music. She is not counting on the attraction that shocks them both. Jenny is famous. Noah cannot get past the part where she lives another life where he does not fit in. Even if they give in to these sparks that are flyin' - where could this really go? The heat and the banter are what make this book so much fun! As usual, the author gives us a book we cannot put down. There are surprises in store for the reader! ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.
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    Not my fav by this author, but still fun to read

    I loved the characters, I loved the background of the story, and I laughed out loud a few times at the interaction between them... but over-all, it just was not one of my favs that I've read by Lauren. There just seemed to be some depth missing somewhere there. I'd still recommend it as a fun read when you want to enjoy a little humor and some fun sex scenes, it's just not in my top 5 favs by her or anything. Jenny Dawson is catching her stride in Nashville with her most current album hitting double platinum, when scandal hits and she's being bombarded by the press. She decides to get away from it all for awhile and work on writing the songs for her next album in a place she had visited years ago in Louisiana. Noah Maxwell has lived a sort of combined double life for years now. He's been poor and he's been rich but right now he just wants to get away from his own troubles for awhile. He knows he should tell Jenny who he really is when she mistakes him for the caretaker where she's staying, but he's enjoying the simple life for a change. When she finds out the brooding common guy she's falling for is actually Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, an insanely rich guy, will she be able to forgive his deception?
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    4.5 Entertaining Stars

    My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quote: “Eyes are cool and blue, lips are glossy and pinched, nose thin and just a bit longer than is fashionable, but she's never gone through with her threats to get a nose job, I suspect because its current shape is better for looking down at people who are beneath her. Which, but her estimation, is everyone." My Review: Good Girl was a fun and entertaining read with quirky and likable characters, even if one was generally grumpy. Both main characters found their lives hitting an unpleasant period after being coerced into assuming/morphing into personas somewhat of their choosing, but no longer to their liking. Two successful and attractive strangers find themselves living in a rural area without cell service or - gasp - the Internet. Although they are physically drawn to each other, mentally - not so much. The writing was humorous, engaging, and occasionally steamy. I adored the character of Jenny but all the players were well drawn, enjoyable, and interesting.
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    a solid, flirty romance

    Lauren Layne delivers a solid, flirty romance with Good Girl. We meet Jenny Dawson, a small-town girl who’s made it somewhat big in the country music scene. At the advice of her “people,” she moved to Hollywood for more exposure and it backfires on her. Scandal erupts and despite it being lies, she escapes to an old retreat that she remembers from her childhood to avoid the press and work on her next album. It’s there we meet Noah Maxwell/Preston Walcott Jr. Yes, he has two names. And he only gives her the one. He introduces himself as Noah, the caretaker of the property. When in reality he is also Preston Walcott Jr, the owner. Believing the press and making a lot of assumptions, Noah gets sets Jenny off from the get go. So what he assumes is what he gets….she goes spoiled on him. The characters are decently developed, Noah more so then Jenny. And I think you see more growth in him throughout the book as well. He’s definitely the character you hate to love at first. Surly and rude then he softens up at the end. There is a lot of sexual tension between Noah and Jenny and the chemistry between them is steamy! I loved the sexy scenes. I also liked that it took them awhile to fall in love and to realize that they were in love. There was some definite I hate to lust after you moments going on here. The side characters are a lot of fun. The bickering between Vaughn and Finn made me laugh. And I definitely wanted more from Amber. Layne has stated this is a standalone but I hope she writes more of this group. I’d love to see Vaughn get his Labradoodle, perhaps with Amber. While I enjoyed the book, the constant slut shaming of the main character got to me. I would have loved to have seen her fight the tabloids in some way or shape. The fact that she just let the story die out was a bit disappointing. It made her seem weak and I wanted her to be a strong woman. But that’s a personal preference and shouldn’t keep a reader from reading the book. I’m looking forward to reading more of the author’s work.
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