Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Synopsis:
28267819Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of her USA Today bestseller Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! 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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My Review:
3 stars — I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion from NetGalley.

Not one of my favourite Lauren Layne books, but not a bad standard romance.  I think I was just missing some chemistry or something.  It could have been I just wasn’t in the right mood, but I just wasn’t feeling that butterfly in the tummy feeling between Jenny and Noah, you know?  And since this is a romance, that’s kind of important stuff.  And without it the steamy scenes were only meh for me.  It’s like they had all the right moving parts, but the magic was missing.

It didn’t help that Noah was a bit too mean sometimes.  I know he’s supposed to be a jerk and all, part of his grumpy exterior or something, but some of his angry words were shocking and turned me off.  Just wasn’t book boyfriend material for me.  Didn’t see as much of his redeeming qualities.  I get that he kept apologizing, and he did seem sincere, but what about learning and being better?

And Jenny kept taking him back.  *shrugs*  I guess that’s admirable, sort of, but I don’t know…  *shrugs again*  I just couldn’t empathize with that or something.  There were a few character traits about Jenny that just weren’t me, you know?  Sometimes she was hard to peg too.  She had a moment of being a diva, but she didn’t really feel like one most of the time.  Was she laid back and down to earth?  Not really either, but she was some of the time.

I did appreciate the brief glimpses of side characters (Finn and Vaughan mostly), and obviously the dogs were show stealers.  But when it comes down to it, that’s just not enough to win me over completely.  So yeah.  It had some good moments, but was missing the magic for me.

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