A bit of a twist to the new release in the Love Unexpectedly story from Lauren Layne. Please read on for my review and excerpt, be sure to check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Kindle Fire Tablet 7″ But first….
So, I’ve not been reading an abundance of NA titles of late, and I do adore Layne’s dialogue with her characters, so this was a welcome retreat. While the story doesn’t have a TON of new and different, it’s the characters, particularly Jenny, Dolly and Ranger were just wonderful – full of life and light.
Jenny is a country singer, moved to the west coast to take advantage of her newfound fame, she’s hating LA and can’t write. Making things worse is the obsession with all things celebrity, and the not so kind (or always honest) press. When a photograph becomes the basis for a lie that is then validated by another seeking their 15 minutes, life becomes unbearable and she dashes off to rural Louisiana to hide, write and regroup.
Arriving at the rental property, she is met by 3 friends: Vaughn, Finn and Noah, and her little toy Pomeranian Dolly Parton is gleefully addressed and loved on by the Labrador Ranger. Then the fun begins: Noah is actually Preston Walcott (his story is revealed as the story continues) and the owner, but he presses his friend Vaughn forward as owner, and claims to be a caretaker. A grumpy, short-tempered, scowly caretaker with a smart mouth and an instant judgment of Jenny.
Bolder (and more forgiving than she should be) Jenny is reasonably confident in who she is, and what she is good at. Determined to reclaim some of the magic from the old estate where she once was able to write and create voraciously, she is focused ONLY on writing her music and disappearing.
Now for the issues. Noah dives quickly into stereotypical cranky hedgehog with all his prickles out, and by lying to Jenny from the get-go, he’s on shaky ground. He’s wanting something less constrictive for him than the life his newfound father thrust upon him, but after shedding a fiancé that sticks like mold, he’s still not dealt with any of his own issues. In fact, he just throws out barbs and insults with precision – all aimed at Jenny, who didn’t deserve it. Sure, there’s chemistry, but OMG Jenny showed her immaturity with TWICE being made to feel “dirty’ and still offering him another chance. Yes, the sex is hot and steamy, but the early moments did leave me feeling like Jenny – a bit used, a bit unsure, and Noah’s brusque attitude don’t work.
So it is a bit of a mixed bag – where the action between Noah and Jenny is often rescued by the dogs, bringing the focus back to the moments of dialogue that add humor, information and sweetness to their story.
Title: Good Girl
Author: Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #2
Also in this series: Blurred Lines, Love Story, Walk of Shame
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
Published on: 17 May 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In this steamy novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines, country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find 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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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