Good Girl by Lauren Layne
Overview by Publisher
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.
Lauren Layne has become one of my new favourite authors in the past year. Like my love for Sawyer Bennett, I know that I am going to get a great story with unique characters and the best part – really sexy scenes. They don’t always involve getting down and dirty, but have smooth talking characters that are seductive and fascinating.
This is a stand alone book, rather than most of her work which is series. We meet Jenny, a country star who is looking to lie low from the rather false and negative press she has been getting. Jenny totally reminded me of Taylor Swift. I don’t know if that was the muse Lauren Layne had in mind, but it’s what worked for me.
Jenny comes to a rustic farmhouse in Louisiana to hide. She meets the ‘caretaker’ Noah and settles into find her musical soul again. But Noah isn’t the contractor, he is two people. I kind of found this a bit confusing. Noah is also known as Preston. Noah is the man who grew up poor in a trailer park. Preston is the man who reunited with his long lost father as a teenager and has inherited great wealth. I don’t know why he goes by a different name later in life, but it is the lynchpin of the big misunderstanding.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Jenny is one of those cheery optimistic people. Even though she has been slandered in the gossip rags, she is still trusting and sunny. She doesn’t get off to the best start with Noah, but is determined to get under his skin. The attraction between the two is palpable.
That is something that Lauren Layne does so well. She creates fantastic sexual chemistry between characters. You swear it’s leaping off the page it’s so real! Noah and Jenny want each other fiercely, but the games they play only work to tease and entice. I found that I couldn’t put the book down because I was so engaged in their extensive foreplay. I could just imagine how hot and sweaty Noah was while wearing work gloves and broken in jeans while tearing the deck apart. The imagery and attention to details make all of Lauren’s stories exceptional. While she doesn’t draw a picture for you, she gives you enough details to make the visual images in your head drool worthy.
While the story was predictable in the fact that boy and girl finally hook up, break up badly and the big misunderstanding requires big acts for redemption, it was the details that made this story so fun. I loved hearing about Jenny’s career and the songs she was writing. I adored the internal struggle Noah had with his past and the possible future. Like all Lauren Layne books, the secondary characters are wonderful and enhance the plot.
Don’t miss this great contemporary romance – you will never look at zip ties the same way!