Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott knows lying to Jenny about who he really is could backfire, but he does it anyway. If only to give himself the chance to forget about his troubles for a while, mainly his manipulative ex that thinks he'll come back to her. He shouldn't be considering getting involved with someone -- even if it is temporary -- but Jenny is hard to resist, especially when she continues to surprise him. How could he ever believe she was anything like his ex?
I always look forward to when Ms. Layne releases a new book, because she's an author that never fails to grab my attention from the very beginning and doesn't let go until I'm at the end. And of course, this book managed to do exactly the same just as I imagined it would. The opening chapter had me laughing, as Jenny has a major dilemma with what's called her burrito belly. But as soon as the horrible situation with the rotten dirtbag unfolds, dragging her good name through the mud, I couldn't help feel anything but sympathy. She didn't deserve what happened, and yet, it turned out to be a good thing both personally and professionally.
The dialogue was entertaining, and I loved the verbal sparring between Jenny and Noah. She provides a challenge for the hero, and it doesn't help that he makes some wrong assumptions about her in his attempt to keep his distance. However, the dialogue is also intense due to the main characters back stories. Noah didn't have the easiest of times growing up, because he grew up in two different worlds. His mother didn't have a lot to offer, while his father had money. The saying 'money doesn't buy happiness' certainly rings true from Noah's point-of-view, as he struggles to decide what he wants out of life, and I liked what he finally decides.
I enjoyed both the main characters, and Noah's best friends definitely charmed me with their antics. One he met when he lived with his mom, and the other when he lived with his dad, so they're complete opposites. But they really care about Noah and want what's best with him, even if they don't agree with some of the things he does throughout this story.
Jenny is strong, brave, tenacious and feisty. She goes through a lot in this story, and I liked how she handled the situation, even if I thought running away was the wrong decision at first and that the suggestion her friend, Amy, made was the way to go. However, in saying that, her time away gave her a chance to get her priorities straight. To give her a chance to realize what she wanted for her future. Did she want to keep following her dreams if she couldn't handle the ups and downs of being famous? Then there's the friendship she has with her dog. The little fluff ball sounds cute, and definitely is a good judge of character.
While Noah, he's a total jerk in the beginning. Lying and making snap judgments about Jenny certainly proves how much of a jerk he is, and as the story progressed, I could understand why he wanted to steer clear of getting close to the heroine. However, she proved him wrong. She is nothing like his ex, and it goes to show that he shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and shouldn't rush to judgment. That she should be considered innocent until proven guilty by what the media is claiming she did.
Overall, Ms. Layne has penned another really good novel where hot sex scenes heat up the story, and illustrate the strong chemistry between these two that is there from the moment they meet. Chemistry that just keeps building because of their constant bickering. The way this story ended was perfect, as Noah needed to find a way to make things up to Jenny after the fiasco that tore them apart. I would recommend Good Girl by Lauren Layne, if you enjoy a hero and heroine that need each other to help them realize what they want for their future.
In this steamy novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines, country music’s favorite good girl hides away from the world—and finds herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.
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).