Book 2, Love Unexpectedly
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of 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.
Lauren Layne’s New York Times bestselling Oxford series can be read in any order:
I WISH YOU WERE MINE
SOMEONE LIKE YOU
I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:
The Love Unexpectedly series: BLURRED LINES | GOOD GIRL | LOVE STORY | WALK OF SHAME | AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
The Redemption series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
The I Do, I Don’t series: READY TO RUN | RUNAWAY GROOM | JUST RUN WITH IT
Praise for Good Girl
“I couldn’t read this fast enough! Lauren Layne created witty and well-developed characters who pulled at my heartstrings and had me falling in love over and over again! I highly recommend Good Girl, one of my favorites of the year!”—USA Today bestselling author Brooke Cumberland
“Good Girl is a delicious bite of Southern seduction with chemistry that sizzles. It’s the perfect way to spend a summer night.”—Rebecca Yarros, author of the Flight & Glory series
“The writing was humorous, engaging, and occasionally steamy. I adored the character of Jenny.”—Books and Bindings
“I highly recommend this book. I’m legitimately bummed that I finished this book, because now it’s over, and I all I want is more Noah and Jenny.”—Obsessive Book Nerd (five stars)
“The writing is typical of Lauren Layne—amazing setting, fun secondary characters and brilliant banter!”—Rhea’s Neon Journal
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
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This is book # 2 in the Love Unexpectedly series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. The books in this series are really good reads, so I encourage you to read them in the order intended.
Noah AKA Preston meets Jenny when she rents his old home out in the middle of nowhere. She is glad to get away from the buzz and hype of the tabloids and get back to simply writing music. She is not counting on the attraction that shocks them both.
Jenny is famous. Noah cannot get past the part where she lives another life where he does not fit in. Even if they give in to these sparks that are flyin' - where could this really go?
The heat and the banter are what make this book so much fun! As usual, the author gives us a book we cannot put down. There are surprises in store for the reader!
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.
doesn’t have a TON of new and different, the characters were just wonderful
So, I’ve not been reading an abundance of NA titles of late, and I do adore Layne’s dialogue with her characters, so this was a welcome retreat. While the story doesn’t have a TON of new and different, it’s the characters, particularly Jenny, Dolly and Ranger were just wonderful – full of life and light.
Jenny is a country singer, moved to the west coast to take advantage of her newfound fame, she’s hating LA and can’t write. Making things worse is the obsession with all things celebrity, and the not so kind (or always honest) press. When a photograph becomes the basis for a lie that is then validated by another seeking their 15 minutes, life becomes unbearable and she dashes off to rural Louisiana to hide, write and regroup.
Arriving at the rental property, she is met by 3 friends: Vaughn, Finn and Noah, and her little toy Pomeranian Dolly Parton is gleefully addressed and loved on by the Labrador Ranger. Then the fun begins: Noah is actually Preston Walcott (his story is revealed as the story continues) and the owner, but he presses his friend Vaughn forward as owner, and claims to be a caretaker. A grumpy, short-tempered, scowly caretaker with a smart mouth and an instant judgment of Jenny.
Bolder (and more forgiving than she should be) Jenny is reasonably confident in who she is, and what she is good at. Determined to reclaim some of the magic from the old estate where she once was able to write and create voraciously, she is focused ONLY on writing her music and disappearing.
Now for the issues. Noah dives quickly into stereotypical cranky hedgehog with all his prickles out, and by lying to Jenny from the get-go, he’s on shaky ground. He’s wanting something less constrictive for him than the life his newfound father thrust upon him, but after shedding a fiancé that sticks like mold, he’s still not dealt with any of his own issues. In fact, he just throws out barbs and insults with precision – all aimed at Jenny, who didn’t deserve it. Sure, there’s chemistry, but OMG Jenny showed her immaturity with TWICE being made to feel “dirty’ and still offering him another chance. Yes, the sex is hot and steamy, but the early moments did leave me feeling like Jenny – a bit used, a bit unsure, and Noah’s brusque attitude don’t work.
So it is a bit of a mixed bag – where the action between Noah and Jenny is often rescued by the dogs, bringing the focus back to the moments of dialogue that add humor, information and sweetness to their story.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Ms Layne has done it again, made my heart sigh with her masterful character combination of Noah and Jenny. I have yet to come across another author who creates characters who are so dynamic, and life like with a depth only found outside of print.
Noah and Jenny's story not only contains the heartwarming moments, with the perfect mixture of humor and banter that I've come to expect from Ms Layne's characters, but there's the addition of the two of them being so different in their personalities, gruff and surly alpha vs America's sweetheart who sings like an angel, that the pair make for an engaging read that you just don't want to end. As far endings to the perfect romance go, I couldn't have asked for it to end any other way, it is pretty flawless.
This book was provided by Netgalley for my honest review.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: May 17, 2016
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 220 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Love Unexpectedly