Mini-review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Title: Good Girl
Author: Lauren Layne
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars


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 think I prefer Lauren Layne’s adult contemporaries where I can find mature realistic romance with swoon, chemistry and banter. I find her latest NA novels (Blurred Lines, Good Girl) lacking something. Don’t get me wrong, these books are good quality novels, but they are typical NA and miss some Lauren Layne’s magic that I’ve come to expect from her books.

I can copy the list of things I didn’t like from my Blurred Lines review, because I feel the same way about Good Girl. Where is humor? Where is chemistry? Where is characters’ growth? What left is meaningless sexy times and silly dialogues. I used to enjoy her NA titles; I loved Isn’t She Lovely and Broken. I wonder if my tastes changed that much, or if Lauren Layne shifted her stories into typical NA territory.

Despite my issues with this book Lauren Layne stays on my autobuy list, I just hope that one of her NA stories would sweep me off my feet. Is it too much to ask?

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5 Comments on “Mini-review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

  1. I concur with Becky – I’ve seen a number of people comment on the sub-par quality of Lauren Layne’s NA when compared with her adult titles, so I’ll be sticking to her adult stuff. Fun banter and good chemistry are absolute musts for me; I don’t want to read a romance without them!
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  2. I’ve yet to read any of her NA stuff yet but I’ve heard a couple of people say they didn’t like Layne’s NA stuff. Maybe that is personal preference, maybe her adult books just fit more into your tastes? I don’t know but I’ll have to give some of her NA books a read and see what I think. I was wary anyway because a couple of other bloggers I know had similar thoughts to you.

  3. I haven’t tried these either. I read her other contemporary series (which I binge-read this past December). It sure doesn’t sound like I’m missing much so I think I’ll pass.

  4. Yeah, this isn’t one of my favorite books and the series isn’t a favorite either but they’re still solid reads for me. In this book, Noah was a jerk and it was hard for me to like him for much of the book. Jenny got on my nerves too.

    I enjoyed the Redemption series so much more than this one but I’m happy to say that Walk of Shame was a great read. So much better than these so you should give that one a go.

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