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Good Girl

Good Girl

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by Lauren Layne

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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


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.

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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

“If I could only tell you one thing about this book, it would be that it will entertain you. You won’t be sitting there waiting to get to the good part, or waiting to get back to the good part, or wondering how many pages are left. If you’re not having a pre-pizza moment or an ‘Oh lawdy!’ moment, you’ll either be laughing or crying tears of gooey heartwarming happiness. Perhaps it will be a combination of all of above. Five out of five stars, y’all!”—Romance & Smut

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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�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!� ---Brooke Cumberland, USA Today bestselling author

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Love Unexpectedly
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Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is a New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Good Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt get past what a jerk the guy was through out the book. It Bordered on emotional abuse by putting her down so much. I realize he had his own issues but he could have just been moody instead of so insulting. You can only say I'm sorry so many times. I would take a chance reading this author again because it was a well written love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story but Noah was hard to like at first. I got over that as the story progressed and i got to know the character. Jenny was always likeable and it was easy to sympathize with her need to hide out from the tabloids. The story was predictable but in a good way and the ending was a little simplistic but who wants to muck around in the real life give and take inherent in any successful relationship? If you're looking for a fun, fast read that hits the right romantic buttons then Lauren Lane's books are a good choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in a day. Couldn't put it down. First book to make me a bit teary eyed. I like when authors don't write out every emotion word for word but you have to figure it out for yourself a bit.
IrishDaisy More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne is a new to me author and I am glad to have gotten the opportunity to read Good Girl. I really enjoyed this book, it had me interested right from the beginning. Jenny just wants to escape the media and all the horrible stories they are spreading. Noah is the owner of the ranch where Jenny has escaped to, putting it mildly he is one complicated man who has some big issues. Things don't go to plan with these two, Noah is being an a**/jerk and Jenny just seems fed up with everything. There is instant chemistry between these two characters which makes for a good read, it is book #2 but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the humour and emotions in this book and can't wait for the next book by Lauren Layne
gaele More than 1 year ago
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.
bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I hear the name Lauren Layne, I think of great romance novels. Layne has the talent and capability to draw her readers into a new world, overwhelming them with love, romance and a great storyline. Lauren Layne did it again, with he second book in the Love Unexpectedly series, "Good Girl". Readers are introduced to Jenny Dawson, a "good girl" in Hollywood, the latest country singer sensation, who is in a world of trouble after the gossip rags said she slept with another famous, married pop star. She decides to go into hiding, to a remote mansion in Louisiana, where she wrote her first country song. When she gets there she meets the grouchy "caretaker" Noah Maxwell, and the chemistry is sizzling as soon as they meet. Layne sets the scene for a sweet romance that has the two characters at odds. However, the attraction between Jenny and Noah is undeniable and the two are soon drawn to each other. The hot love scenes between Jenny and Noah are off the charts and Layne will leave you wanting more .... Layne has the talent to write love scenes like no other, and her knack for creating characters with chemistry and a great storyline is what makes her name stand out like no other. If you haven't read a book by Lauren Layne yet, or you are wanting to read a great romance book, then Good Girl by Lauren Layne should be the next book on your To-Be-Read Shelf. Layne will not disappoint with her latest release and will leave you wanting more!
LoraJ More than 1 year ago
4 out of 5 stars This is not my normal kind of review, but I liked the notes I made while reading, so I’m keeping them….with a little extra at the end. UGH! These two drove me crazy…. He knows all about her...at least what the public knows. She doesn’t know the real him at all...other than his name, but that’s not the name others know him as. She’s staying. She’s leaving. They can’t get their crap together. My heart soared with them and fell flat with them. This was a true love story that left me wanting more. And the banter with Noah’s best friends Finn & Vaughn was so great - it made me laugh out loud more than once. Noah Maxwell and Jenny Dawson aren’t the typical couple. In fact, they aren’t even really a couple for most of the book, but their story was so great and so engaging that I couldn’t hardly put it down. Noah is from both sides of the tracks and he thinks Jenny is only from the privileged side. He doesn’t want to give her the time of day, but she keeps working her way into his life and he can’t keep her out. This story played out so well. I can’t wait to see more from these characters...maybe with a book for Finn and another for Vaughn? Yeah, that’d be great!! ** I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review **
busymama49 More than 1 year ago
Jenny is really a good girl. She has kept herself out of trouble. Her music is all she focuses on and now that she has hit the big time, she has to adjust to this new life of fame. Hollywood is poison for someone like Jenny. I love that she is protective of her art and her person and tries to stay on the sidelines of fame. However, this is a city that thrives on gossip and innuendo. Being tagged as a bad girl is just not something Jenny is ready to tackle. I loved the interaction between her and Noah. This game they play of hate/love is the juice that spurs the plotline to thrills galore. They are two characters on a full boil of passion. Stubborn and protective of their hearts, these two are on the road to heartache. Loved this book and everything about it!
Debby43 More than 1 year ago
This book starts out following the up and coming country music star Jenny Dawson. She is labeled as a good girl however her change of scenery to LA may have done the opposite of lighting her creative fires. The tabloids are starting to really get to her. They are hinting that she’s pregnant but it’s definitely just a burrito baby. (we have all had one of those) As if things couldn’t get worse she is then linked to something seriously scandalous. So instead of fighting back she decides to lay low in a place that brings her happy memories. A cottage in the wood in Louisiana… it may be more run down than she remembers but it’s perfect for her getaway. With a few things including her little “cotton ball” dog (ps.. I LOVED this dog) she gets away from all technology. However when she arrives there seems to be a bigger complication.. the handy man Noah. He seems to be way to attractive for the attitude he is giving off. Can she resist his lack of charm Noah is in between worlds, he is the other side of the tracks and the richest part of the neighborhood. His complicated life has led him to flee and seek refuge in the care taker cottage on his own land. It gets even more complicated when he decides to rent it out to the infamous Jenny Dawson. I loved how Noah had a friend from each side of the tracks and while each of these friends argued all the time I bet they would back each other 100%. Poor Noah is unsure where his life is going and he’s just trying to sort out some things. He doesn’t want any woman let alone the scandalous Jenny. He is trying to escape the rich and famous. When she shows up he may lie just a little bit about who he is. Can he keep the attraction and lie going? Or will he fall for the country star. I have to say the chemistry in this book was off the charts! (pink zip ties well played) Not only for the “romantic” moments but for the little ones in between when they fight the attraction so long and the scene that happens in the truck bed was marvelous. I love it when I’m invested into the characters of a story and I definitely was in these two.. let alone the dogs and the best friends. This is listed as a NA novel however the sexy scenes are a little more sexy than your typical NA book. I don’t think they were over the top I mean the characters were 22 and 27. I know some people are sensitive about this stuff.
disneytothemax More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this amazing book! Lauren Layne has quickly become one of my "go to" authors!! Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not become entangled in the middle of a tabloid scandal or becoming a "star". When she moves to the west coast, she finds she hates it and her writing juices are "clogged". When this scandal started from a lie, she decides to get out of town and regroup. She goes to the rental property she meets 3 friends. Her dog loves their dog, so she's thinking this could work! Until she meets the caretaker (so she believes), Noah. Noah isn't really the caretaker, he's the owner and that's the beginning of our story!!! Noah was such a horse's butt to Jenny and drove me insane!! However, even though he was a jerk....I still couldn't get enough of him! I love when an author incorporates dogs in their books (and nothing sad happens to them)! This book had me captivated from the very beginning and for me, it's a must read!!
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
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.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Good Girl Country/Pop Princess Jenny Dawson has ended up in the tabloids again and now she has run away to Louisiana. Noah Maxwell is keeping a secret and it is a BIG one, namely he is really the owner of the run-down house Jenny is renting. These two are definitely made for each other even if they get on each other's nerves but they both help to heal the wounds they each have and are unaware need healing. Noah is abrasive and cruel even when he knows he shouldn't be. It was fun watching these two come together and find what works for them. **Received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quote: “Eyes are cool and blue, lips are glossy and pinched, nose thin and just a bit longer than is fashionable, but she's never gone through with her threats to get a nose job, I suspect because its current shape is better for looking down at people who are beneath her. Which, by her estimation, is everyone." My Review: Good Girl was a fun and entertaining read with quirky and likable characters, even if one was generally grumpy. Both main characters found their lives hitting an unpleasant period after being coerced into assuming/morphing into personas somewhat of their choosing, but no longer to their liking. Two successful and attractive strangers find themselves living in a rural area without cell service or - gasp - the Internet. Although they are physically drawn to each other, mentally - not so much. The writing was humorous, engaging, and occasionally steamy. I adored the character of Jenny but all the players were well drawn, enjoyable, and interesting.
TheBunny1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I always enjoy Lauren Layne's work, and this was no exception. Layne has a way of writing characters that you just want to spend time with, that you want to meet for coffee and get to know. Noah and Jenny were characters you like, and enjoy, and want to see happy. I loved so much about this book, I liked the way they met, the idea that sometimes things from your childhood aren't they way they seemed when you revisit as an adult, but that is ok. I liked how they were each true to one another and themselves (well, once he admitted who he was) and I liked that each of them focused on ways to make them work, on ways that they could be stronger together than apart, not an easy thing when you live lives as different as they each did. I loved the characters, the story, the dialog and the writing. I am looking forward to spending time with the other characters in the series, as with his friends there at the house, it seems like there is a perfect start to telling the stories of all of the guys. ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
“You know that feeling you get sometimes? Well, ok, rarely. That feeling you get when you meet a stranger’s eyes and something inexplicable and intense sizzles between you? That. That’s what happened between me and Noah Maxwell, at least on my end. And then….And then he had to go and open his mouth.” “You know that numbness I talked about? The nothingness that has been following me around since I left Louisiana? It’s gone now. It fades away as I lose myself in the song. By the time I finish the song, tears are streaming down my face, and I don’t bother to wipe them away.” “Her voice sounds like my heart. And I want it back. I want her back.” Another fabulous read by Lauren Layne. Lauren Layne is quickly becoming one of my go-to authors. She is an automatic one-click for me. I mean, she can do no wrong. With each book that she writes, I find myself falling more in love and getting more lost in the stories and characters. And this latest book by her is just one of the reasons I love her books so much. Good Girl is told from dual points of view and follows the story of Noah and Jenny. Jenny is trying to make a name for herself in the music world, but is quickly learning that being famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. She finds that she can’t do the simple things that she wants to do without getting noticed. So, when she gets accused of something that she hasn’t done; enough is enough. Jenny decides to disappear for a while and attempt to lie low. What she didn’t plan on was Noah….At first glance, Noah is everything she could ever want, but then he opens his mouth and any pleasant thoughts she had about him, go out the window. Noah is mean and arrogant. He too is hiding out from the world. But, when he sees Jenny, he only sees what he wants and not who she truly is. The tension between the two of them is scorching and undeniable. It’s only a matter of time before Noah and Jenny give into their passion. Will Noah and Jenny take a chance on something potentially amazing? Will Noah realize there is more to Jenny than meets the eye? What will happen when Noah’s truth finally comes out?? You’re just going to have to read this book to find out for yourself. Good Girl was such a great read for me. The writing was smart and the story-line was entertaining. The characters were a lot of fun and easy to connect with. I fell in love with them instantly and couldn’t get enough of Jenny and Noah’s banter. Their sparring was so much fun to watch. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I loved how Jenny challenged Noah. She made him see that she’s more than just a famous singer and that you can’t believe everything you read. I loved Noah. I loved his broody, alpha behavior. He was so stubborn and really frustrated me at times, but the more I got to know him, the more I got to see the real him. And beneath his cruel behavior was this really sweet, swoon-worthy guy. I couldn’t wait to see how good Noah and Jenny could be together and they don’t disappoint. I loved everything about Good Girl,; from start to finish. This book made me laugh. It made me swoon. It frustrated me. It was filled with angst, such yummy delicious angst. It was just the right amount. Just enough to pull at your heart and leave you begging for more. And course this book made me fall in love. I swooned so hard over Noah. You can’t help but find yourself rooting for Noah and Jenny to find their way to their HEA. Good Girl was everything I wanted and more.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
While this one is a bit different from other Lauren Layne books, overall it was a very enjoyable read. I must say I did miss all the snarky banter I've come to love from LL books and what exactly was Noah/Preston's problem??? To keep it clean I'll just say he was quite the jerk. Anyway, back to the story - Jenny Dawson has finally made it big in Nashville. Unfortunately with that fame comes the unwanted paparazzi and the lie printed in the press . To escape the pressure and have some quiet time to write her next album Jenny rents a house in a remote location in Louisiana. That's where she meets the incredibly grumpy caretaker Noah. Too bad he has such an attitude because he is definitely hot! While these two clash from the very beginning there is an undeniable attraction between them. As things begin to really heat up between them, it becomes obvious to both of them that they will have to work to fit into each others lives. Noah hasn't been completely honest though and his secrets may come between them. Overall this is a fun feel good read that I would definitely recommend to everyone.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Good Girl is another winner from talented author Lauren Layne. This slightly emotional narrative captured my attention from the very beginning with its engaging plot, lively characters and Louisiana setting. I loved the peace and tranquility of the bayou, along with the potential danger of coming face to face with an alligator. Twenty-two year-old Jenny Dawson is a country singing sensation. She is the total package...beauty, brains, and talent. Her quick rise to fame has been wonderful and well-deserved, however, the paparazzi have been relentless. As a result, Jenny decides to get out of dodge to compose her next album. She ends up spending a few months on the bayou, where she has some very happy memories from her youth. When Noah Maxwell was fourteen and living in a trailer-park with his mother, he discovered that he was the illegitimate son of Preston Walcott, Sr., an extremely wealthy businessman. With his father's recent passing, Noah is expected to lead the Walcott empire, and marry a woman that he does not love, which is something he has no interest in doing. He finds himself in a quandary, needing an outlet from his stormy, day-to-day life. Fixing up the dilapidated estate that his late farther had no use for, is something he can get excited about. Renting it to Jenny is a thorn in his side, however, their eventual romantic relationship makes it all worth while. I truly enjoyed this contemporary romance about finding love when you least expect it. Ms. Layne writes steamy sex scenes that always leave me wanting more, and Good Girl is no exception. Jenny and Noah are well-defined characters, both emotionally and physically, which made it very easy for me to form a connection to them. I liked their amusing banter and how their respective dogs contributed to their time together. Noah's two best friends, Vaughn and Finn, are fun characters that add some humor as well as realism to the unfolding situations. Overall, a solid read. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Love country music and love stories with country singers.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not the same old thing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I honestly couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read another one of her books!
IsaLaCroqueusedeLivres More than 1 year ago
Take two opposite attracts: a fresh and down to hearth country star, a grouchy hottie, both from opposite worlds Add two very opposite dogs, mirroring their owners Then some “pretending I hate you”, a lot of humor too… And a huge sexual attraction that can’t be denied indefinitely, and some secrets from the past too And what do we have? A great story, from the first page to the Epilogue. I love the author’s writing, this book was definitely a great reading and of course I can’t wait for more books to come!
DisheveledBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, and just what I needed too. It's sweet, steamy, and angsty, and when I say angsty I mean the banter and games between the h/H will leave you laughing but then a few times a little angsty. There's not much SERIOUS drama I guess. Yes Jenny is running from tabloid drama, and Noah (Preston) is running from life and a crazy ex but even with that the "real" drama is minimal. Noah can be short about things, he also says things he doesn't mean but can't help it. Jenny at times seemed a little too diva country star to me, but it was also funny and cute sometimes. Both characters are easy to like and root for, the writing is great as well it reads really smoothly. I'm positive this is my first from this author, but it wont be my last. I enjoyed her story telling, she grabbed me and I couldn't stop, I wanted more and more. I started and finished up till 70% over the course of one night. I had to sleep though I was super tired from a long day but I finished it that next morning early before my kids woke for school. So its a fast and easy, sweet story that I doubt you'll be disappointed with.
abailey410 More than 1 year ago
It's no secret that I love Lauren Layne books, but this book is so much more than that. Every word, every page was special. It was so beautifully written, full of heart, heat and the things we expect (and some we don't, in a good way) from a Lauren Layne novel, that i was blown away. My Thoughts Jenny Dawson has been dubbed America's Sweetheart by the media and hounded by the paparazzi. I love that she is so down to earth and a still a country girl at heart. It was fun seeing her prove everyone wrong about the preconceptions they had about her. Actually I loved everything about Jenny. If I could have a book character be a real friend I would definitely choose Jenny Dawson. She is smart, funny, fun, not afraid to get dirty, and full of sass. And Noah talk about a dreamy brooding hero. I loved every second of this book so much I finished and immediately started reading again. Even the side characters of this book are amazing. I highly recommend picking this book up, you will not regret it.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Noah and Jenny are both running away from their problems, but while he knows who she is and what she is hiding from, he keeps his true identity and his problems a secret from her. He tries to push her away at first, even says and does horrible things to her, but Jenny is such a sweet girl, that she keeps giving him a chance. I would have liked to see her make him sweat a bit instead of forgiving his so easily. They have good chemistry together and I loved their banter which gave the story a bit of humor. Their dogs, Dolly and Ranger, were a great addition and their personalities really showed. I'm not a big fan of NA romance, it's not my favorite book by LL, but it is a good, solid story. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. While this is a standalone, I would love to see Noah's friends, Finn and Vaughn get their own books. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.