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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Good Girl by Lauren Layne


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GOOD GIRL
Lauren Layne 
May 17th, 2016
Loveswept


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.

My Review:
  
This was such a quick and enjoyable read.  I laughed and swooned throughout the entire book!  Seriously, the perfect mix of fun, sweet and steam!  I immediately liked Jenny and this book was a rare instance in a contemporary romance where I never felt that she did something stupid or there was a miscommunication that led to conflict.  Noah, he did do something stupid but it was refreshing for the entire wrong to be on the guy in this book rather than just one massive miscommunication that resulted in drama.  I would say this was relatively free of drama as well.  I also loved and thought it was kind of cool that this book employed one of my favorite tropes in a unique way -- the "stranded" trope (usually in a cabin in the snow or on an island) but, here, they were both in this dilapidated mansion with only each other for company (largely).  There was definitely a little bit of enemies to lovers in the best possible way.  I'm not a big country music fan but this turned the stereotype on its head and I think you'd love this even more if you were a fan of country music.  Good Girl was my first Lauren Layne but it won't be my last!

Good Girl came out last week on May 17, 2016, and I definitely recommend this to fans of contemporary romance! 
"You're playing with fire, little girl," he says quietly.  "I'm not one of your toys, and I'm not interested in what you're offering."   
"I'm not offering anything," I retort, even though his words sting.  "I like my men more . . . refined."   

His grin calls my bluff.  "You sure about that?"   
I swallow.  lie. "Very." 
Noah steps closer.  "So you haven't been thinking about what I said earlier, about my tongue spending time in some more interesting places?" 
 I swallow but don't say anything.
His eyes rake over me.  "Playing dumb won't change the fact that you'll be thinking about my all night, princess.  You fingers will be a poor stand-in for my tongue, I can promise you that."

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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).



14 comments:

  1. This DOES sound good! Yeah, the whole miscommunication thing gets old, so I'm glad this book is free of that.

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  2. I'm glad to see you enjoyed this one, Eva. It was totally a fun kind of book despite Noah being a jerk. I liked that the miscommunication wasn't dragged or anything either.
    Lovely review, Eva!

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  3. Ooo this sounds excellent! I'm
    Glad you liked it. I've never read one of her books myself, but they sounds great!

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  4. Love that this made you laugh throughout as well as swoon. Wonderful review!

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  5. Wonderful review! Thank you for hosting GOOD GIRL today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

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  6. I really need to catch up on this authors books! I have loved everything I've read. This sounds good, great review. I love a book when the girl doesn't get on my nerves! Lol.

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  7. I read this over the weekend and enjoyed it so much! I'm glad you liked it, too.

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  8. I am currently reading this, and loving the connection to country music. (I do enjoy it) and yes the stranded together theme is the best!!! I am loving their interactions and the dogs are so cute hehe

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  9. Thank you so much for the opportunity 😊😊

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  10. I loved Blurred Lines because it was such a fun book, I love books like that! I have this one on my list to read very soon and I'm excited to get to it!

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  11. This one sounds so good, Eva! I've only read by LL before (Crushed) and really enjoyed it so I've been looking forward to this one. And you mentioning that the plot isn't hinged on a big misunderstanding (my LEAST favorite plot device) is a huge bonus!

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  12. This one is new to me! It looks like just the kind of book I would enjoy.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  13. I definitely agree on the miscommunication thing. It's why it felt mature, why Jenny felt mature despite all the drama (fake, obviously) surrounding her.
    Excuse me for a second. I thought I read this is your first LL book. I must have read wrong, right? I don't know why I thought you liked this author. She just is an author that I know you would love so I guess that's why I assumed. Get to reading her books!

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