Good Girl by Lauren Layne
Published : 2016
Version Read : ebook
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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.
I picked up this book for the 2017 Reading Challenge to read a book with a character with my name. It’s really hard to find a decent book with a character named Jennifer. Wonder what that means? Hmm.. I know the main character goes by Jenny not Jennifer, but I’m going with it okay.
This book was okay for me. A typical romance (which I’m starting to realize that I don’t like all that much). I don’t know what it is about romance lately, but please authors listen to me. “A**holes are NOT sexy”. If a guy is treating me like dirt, if he has more mood swings than I do, I’m not going to be attracted to that. I yawn at the whole “we can’t be together, so I’m going to push you away with insults, but oh I can’t keep my hands off you, I want you so bad.” I don’t know maybe that’s typical NA romance, I don’t read it much to really know. It felt like the sex in this book was there just to have sex. None of it felt natural to the story.
The characters were not that unique for me. Jenny didn’t feel completely fleshed out. She didn’t really have a backstory and I never got a real sense of who she was. I didn’t like that she let Noah do whatever he wanted do and with her. The whole “revenge” plot she had on him, I mean really? What kind of revenge is that? The person you’re trying to hurt isn’t supposed to like it that much. Noah at least had a backstory, although it was very stereotypical.
The only reason this book got a three star instead of two is that it was a very quick read. Took me about a day and that’s always a plus for me. I probably won’t recommend this to any of my friends, because they aren’t interested in romance, but I recommend it to anyone that loves NA romance. It’s just not for me.