Title: Good Girl
Series: Love Unexpectedly #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 17, 2016
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 received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
After a false tabloid story paints country star Jenny Dawson as a homewrecker, she needs to get away. She makes plans to go to go to middle of nowhere Louisiana where she can finish her new album in peace. Upon arriving she meets Noah, the surly caretaker of the mansion where she is staying. But what she doesn't know is that Noah is actually Preston, the owner. Noah also wants to get away. He has called off his impending wedding and finds himself at a crossroads in his career.
The two do not get off to a great start, but that is what all enemies to lovers books are all about. They both make assumptions about the other person that has them at odds, but underneath it all, they are extremely attracted to one another. Luckily for Jenny, that animosity plus some crazy sexual tension makes for some great album material and it doesn't take her long to make some .
As the two of them (and their adorable dogs) spend time together they slowly learn that their initial assumptions were wrong. They even form a kind of friends with benefits relationship that is both extremely hot at time and also quite sweet.
“Thanks again for including me in your boys’ night,” I say, feeling a little awkward, as though it’s the last part of a date that’s not a date. “It was nice not to feel . . . lonely.”
Something flits across his face, and his hand twitches at his side, then goes still. Then slowly he moves his hand again, lifting it to me, palm up.
I blink down at it, and then hoping like hell I’m not reading this moment wrong, I lift my hand, place my palm against his.
His fingers close over mine, thumb rubbing briefly over the top of my knuckles before he tugs me forward. Only it’s not toward him, nor is it in the direction of the house.
Noah walks me to the back of the truck, releasing my hand to unlatch the tailgate before going back to the cab. Rummaging around, he comes up with a plaid blanket.
I watch wordlessly as he climbs into the truck bed and spreads out the blanket before jumping back to the ground.
Slowly he reaches out, slides his fingers beneath my wig, and eases it off before tossing it into the back of the truck. Then his fingers go around to the nape of my neck, where my hair’s pulled back in a small tight knot. He tugs the band slowly until my hair spills over my shoulders.
“Much better,” he whispers before shoving the band into his pocket and hooking his hands beneath my armpits. Noah lifts me easily onto the truck bed.
Instinctively I tug at the bottom of my skirt, which has ridden up. I am a lady, after all.
He gives me a gentle smirk. “I’ve seen it all, princess.”
Right. There’s that.
Still, I narrow my eyes. “Just because you’ve seen it once—”
“Twice,” I amend. “Anyway, that doesn’t mean that you’re going to see it again.”
“You sure about that?” He hoists himself back onto the truck bed, using his chin to indicate that I should scoot back.
“This is your grand seduction plan to get round number three?” I ask skeptically as I make room for him. “The back of a truck?”
But they both know that their time together does have an expiration date. Jenny is only there for the summer and eventually Noah will have to deal with all the stuff he he has been avoiding.
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).