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.
Have you ever read two books that have a similar theme at the same time and tried to keep them straight? That is what happened with Good Girl for me. I read it, alongside another book that had a Nashville and singer setting, not realizing it. Thankfully I read Good Girl first and it didn’t detract from the story in the least although it has made it harder to gather my thoughts.
Good Girl by Lauren Layne is the second book in her Love Unexpectedly series. It can be read as a standalone novel. It involves no cheating, an HEA and a good bit of steam.
You have here a well-written story with complex characters. I will admit to it being a good while since I read the book, and I can still remember them. Jenny and Noah sort of embed themselves (in a good way) in your brain. These two have a lot of back and forth chemistry, and past and some extremely funny banter between them.
The plot itself draws you into a bit of Nashville glamour that keeps you turning pages. You climb on board for the drama, the paparazzi, with a few enjoyable twists.
Overall 4-star book for me and one I would definitely recommend.