Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Only You by Denise Grover Swank

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Only You
Series: The Bachelor Brotherhood, #1
Author: Denise Grover Swank
On Sale: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook
Price: $3.99 USD

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Never say never . . .

Romance isn’t an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world’s craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn’t play by the rules . . .


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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ve read a few wedding planner romances lately and Only You is by far my favorite. The writing was so good! I hadn’t read any of Grover Swank’s Wedding Pact novels, so I didn’t know any of the characters to start this new Bachelor Brotherhood spin-off. That didn’t matter, though. It was easily read as a standalone novel.

In Only You, Kevin has returned home to start his life over again. He’s got a new job working for his best friend, a new fixer-upper house and he’s sworn off all women. It’s a promise he can’t keep after meeting his adorably sexy neighbor, Holly.


Holly’s working her butt off working for a wedding planner trying to save up enough money to start her own wedding planning business. She hates her boss, but the job keeps her aging grandma in special home and is increasing her savings. She’s not going to let anything get the way of her plans — not even her attraction to her new, sexy neighbor Kevin.


Kevin and Holly have every intention of staying away from each other, but it’s only time before they can no longer deny their attraction.

From the moment they met, I knew Kevin and Holly’s love story was going to be so much fun to watch unfold. I loved their instant attraction and the effects it had on them. Kevin might have been reluctant to fall for Holly because of his past experiences with women, but once he set his sights on her he wasn’t going to take no for answer. Holly wasn’t as sure as Kevin. She had so much riding on the success of her work that she didn’t think love was in the cards for a relationship with Kevin. She need him to relentlessly pursue her and prove they were worth it.

My favorite thing about Only You was how funny it was. I can’t count how many times it had me laughing out loud. All of the characters were hilarious. I especially loved Bethany. Oh my. That girl was missing a few brain cells!

I loved Only You. It made me smile so much! I would recommend it to romance readers who enjoy a funny and sweet contemporary romance with a happy ending. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series and checking out the author’s previous novels.



Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.

He’d been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.

When he sat back down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”

“I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”

“Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”

“She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.

“She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”

Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”

“No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”

“Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”

“No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.

Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”

Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”

“Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”

Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”

Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”

“You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.

“Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”

“In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”

“Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”


“I rest my case, counselor.”

Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.

“I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.

“He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”

Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”


Denise Grover Swank CREDIT Cody Bauchman

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.






The Diverse Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for The Diverse Book Tag. It was created by Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books.

Thanks for the tag, Cristina! I think this one is really going to make me think.

A Book Starring a Lesbian Character 

Vanished by E.E. Cooper

Kalah, a lesbian, has a special relationship with her best friend Beth. I know I’ve read other books with lesbian MCs but this is the only one I can remember. They’re aren’t enough lesbian MCs out there.

A Book with a Muslim Protagonist

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Amir was the first character who came to my mind. I’m not sure if I’ve read any other books with Muslim protagonists. Surely I have, right? If not, I need to. So much to learn.

A Book Set in Latin America

Beautiful Sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell

This book is set in the Yucatán Penninsula of Mexico. It’s a romantic thriller that revolves around Mayan artifacts of the area. It wasn’t my favorite book by Lowell, but it was good.

YAEA_Final_WebA Book About a Person With a Disability

You and Everything After (Falling, #2) by Ginger Scott

Tyson Preeter is confined to a wheel chair without use of his legs after a freak accident. Cass Owens has young woman who is not about to let MS limit her. This is one of my favorite Scott books.

A Science-Fiction or Fantasy Book With a POC Protagonist

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I don’t read much Science Fiction or Fantasy, so this was the one and only book that came to my mind. I’m sure there a lot more books out there, but I haven’t read them.

A Book Written by an Indigenous or Native Author

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I haven’t read it, but I own it. That counts, right?

A Book Set in South Asia

The Colossus by Ranjini Iyer

You get more than just South Asia with this pick. This book is set in ancient India, Nazi era Berlin, modern day Chicago, London and Pakistan. How is that for diverse?

26027030A Book with a Biracial Protagonist

That Thing Between Eli & Gwen by J.J. McAvoy

Okay. This is really bad to admit, but I think Gwen is biracial. I can’t remember exactly. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. I apologize if I am.

A Book Starring a Transgender Character or Transgender Issues

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I’ve heard this book is amazing. I’ve always wanted to read it. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.


I Tag:

Alex @ Alextheshadowgirl’s Blog
Calliope the Book Goddess
Claire @ Art and Soul
Dimple @ Enthrallingdimple
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Jessica @ Mud and Stars
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Paige @ Page by Paige
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Skylee @ Bookish Night
Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Sumaya @ Sue’s Reading Corner
Yvo @ It’s All About the Books
The Bookie Monsters

Review: Valentina by S.E. Lynes

Valentina: A Hauntingly Intelligent Psychological Thriller
S.E. Lynes
Publication Date: July 1, 2016
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Fiction
Note: I received an ARC from Blackbird Digital Books in exchange for an unbiased review.


When  Glasgow journalist  Shona McGilvery moves with her partner  Mikey  and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.

But with Mikey working offshore, the  frightening  isolation of the Aberdeenshire  countryside begins to drive her insane…

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.

She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…

  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

When Mikey takes an off-shore job, he moves his girlfriend Shona and their baby to a cottage in rural Scotland. The move leaves Shana and the baby alone the majority of the time. Shona immediately feels lonely and isolated. She’s pleased when she makes a connection with vibrant Valentina.

With Mikey gone more and more, Shona depends on Valentina and her young son for companionship and support. But the more Shona gets to know Valentina, the more she begins to wonder about her new friend. Something is not adding up and Shona can’t put her finger on it.

The closer she becomes with Valentina, the more Shona’s life feels like it’s beginning to spin out of control.

Valentina was a very good psychological thriller.The writing was incredible. It had a dark and dreary feel to it, which is exactly what I would expect from a thriller. I could imagine the story playing out on a dark and grainy movie screen. The setting was absolutely perfect.

The characters were extremely complex. Shona was stuck in the haze of new motherhood. She was overwhelmed, anxious and lonely. She was desperate for a friend and confidant. As sweet as her boyfriend Mikey was, his absence was slowly draining her.

Valentina was the answer to Shona’s prayers. She was supportive and available at a moments notice. They had children the same age and that helped strengthened their bond. Their friendship fills the void Shona was missing in her near perfect life.

But as the synopsis hints, things may not be as perfect as they seem. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I guessed part of the twist correctly. The rest of it definitely surprised me. It was really cool.

Valentina had all the makings of the perfect psychological thriller except for one thing: the pace. While I was immediately pulled in by the imagery and emotion of the story, Part I of the book moved so slowly I was beginning to lose interest. Shona’s day-to-day life was so mundane. I get it. I’ve had a baby and know how trying, boring and emotional that first year is, but Shona’s boredom started to make me bored. There needed to be the introduction to and build of a relationship with Valentina, but I wish it would have been faster paced. Parts II and III moved a lot quicker and contained most of the action. They’re what made the story truly interesting and amazing.

Despite the slower pace, Valentina was still a wonderful psychological thriller that had guessing until the end. I would definitely recommend it.



Marry, Kiss or Cliff Book Tag

I saw the Marry, Kiss or Cliff Book Tag on Anushka’s blog. It sounded like a lot of fun and she invited me to participate. Thanks, Anushka!


  1. Put names of characters (Male if you’re a female and vice versa or whatever sex you’re attracted to) written in pieces of separate papers in a empty jar or a pen holder.
  2. Shake the jar.
  3. Pull out 3 pieces of paper in each round and tell us which character would you marry,kiss or cliff!


  • Caine from Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)
  • Dax from Big Easy Temptation (The Perfect Gentlemen, #3)
  • Wes from December (Calendar Girl, #12)

Marry: Wes. He just seems like the best choices. Plus, he’s hot and rich… Not that those things matter. 😉
Kiss: Caine. He’s so sexy and seems like he’d know how to do it well.
Cliff: Dax. I couldn’t really stand him.


  • Sean from The Pixie and the Player (Rugby, #2)
  • Dillon from Pistol Whipped (Locked & Loaded, #2)
  • Drake from Changing Forever (Rains, #2)

Marry: Drake. He’s a really sweet guy.
Kiss: Sean. I don’t know if I could stand being married to him.
Cliff: Dillon. He seemed like an amazing guy, but he was my least favorite of the three, so…


  • Lane from Extraordinary Means
  • Jake from Sidebarred (The Legal Briefs, #3.5)
  • Rafa from Spanish Lessons (Study Abroad, #1)

Marry: Jake. I loved this guy. He’s such a devoted husband and father.
Kiss: Rafa. Hot Spanish guy? Yes, please.
Cliff: Sorry, Lane. I love ya, but I’m not sure what the future holds for you. Just being honest.


  • Wes from If You Can’t Take the Heat
  • Gannon from Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach, #13)
  • Vincent from Cuff Me (New York’s Finest, #3)

Marry: Vincent. He’s got this brooding secretly sweet thing going.
Kiss: Wes. Hot rancher/restaurant owner.
Cliff: Gannon. I don’t think I’d be down with his type of foreplay!


  • Spencer from Big Rock
  • Matt from Fearless in Love (The Maverick Billionaires, #3)
  • Mack from Shine Not Burn

Marry: Mack. There was just something about him I loved.
Kiss: Spencer. So sexy.
Cliff: Matt. No real reason. Sorry, dude.

That was a lot of fun. I’m going to go ahead and tag the following bloggers:

Betwixt the Pages
Jess @ The Mud and Stars Book Blog
Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
The Orang-utan Librarian

and anyone else who wants to join in!

Review: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance


Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I loved The Way to Game the Walk of Shame from the very beginning. The whole awkward moment of waking up in an unrecognizable bed, with a half-naked guy cracked me up. I can only imagine the horror! (Thankfully, this has never happened to me!) From that point on, the story had my utmost attention. It was fresh, fun and full of self-discovery. It was exactly what I like in a YA contemporary romance.

While I loved the story, I have to admit Taylor wasn’t my favorite female character. It wasn’t her fault. She falls into my least favorite type of teenage female category: the pretentious smarter than everyone else know-it-all. Usually this type of character really grates on me. I was impressed with how Jenn P. Nguyen wrote Taylor. She only had a few moments of being super irritating. The way the story and Evan’s character were written can be thanked for that. His influence on her character brought large sections of reprieve from the Taylor who was consumed with being perfect. I think I fell for Taylor’s character as Evan did.

Evan was my favorite character in this story. I adored him. He came across as this laid back guy without a care, but he had some deeper issues going on. He wasn’t the slacker everyone perceived him to be. I liked that his story wasn’t just about him finding that he could be more than a womanizer, that his future came into play too.

Taylor and Evan’s relationship might have started out as a ploy to get everyone to stop gossiping about Taylor, but it was easy to see how they would fall for each other. Each moment they spent together was special and touching. There was such a nice sweetness to their relationship. It never felt fake. Although, I do have to admit I worried a lot about the true nature of their relationship being discovered. It added an intensity to the story I was expecting.

My only teeny tiny complaint about this story was the ending. I wanted a little more resolution than what I got. It was sweet but way too brief. Maybe it needed an epilogue with a look into the future. But I did love that Evan and Taylor’s memories of what happened at the part that night were included at the end. I absolutely loved those chapters. They were my favorite part, along with that first chapter.

I enjoyed The Way to Game the Walk of Shame so much that I really, really hope the author decides to make it into a series. I would love a book about Carly or Aaron or Carly and Aaron. Or even Brian or Lauren. I just want more!!!

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is a book that all YA Contemporary Romance readers should have on their summer to-read list.

The Happiness Tag

I was tagged by The Orang-utan Librarian for The Happiness Tag. (Thank you!) I’m super excited to do this tag. It looks like so much fun. 🙂

List five seven things that make you happy:

1)Best friends.

I’m always happy when I get the chance to hang out with my best friends Melissa and Jaime. I always laugh so hard at our shared memories and the new ones we create. We don’t get to hang out much, but when we do it’s always hilarious.

2) My family.

I love my husband. He gets me. (Well, he doesn’t get the whole reading obsession, but I’ll let that slide. I don’t quite get the snowbiking one.) And my daughter is an amazing little girl. I can’t believe that a person that cool came from me.

3) Books — especially romances.

Can’t leave that one out right?

4) Music

Good music always makes me happy. It can be new or old. As long as it’s something to groove to, I’m happy.

5) Pitch Perfect 1 & 2.

What can I say? They make me laugh.

6) Dancing with friends!

I was reminded this past weekend how much I love to do this when I was at a wedding reception. 🙂

7) The Gym

I love going to aerobics classes (Zumba, Step) and lifting weights. They give me such a natural high. I even love running, although my body doesn’t like it so much anymore.

List five ten songs that make you happy:

I could go on and on and on with this one!

1)ODB ft. Kelis – Baby, I Got Your Money

I’m really into this “old school” song right now. I even quoted it in my friends’ wedding picture guest book this weekend. No Joke. So this isn’t the best video of this song, but I didn’t want to put the explicit version on my blog.

2) Thomas Rhett – T-Shirt

This just makes me smile. It’s so cute, but sexy at the same time.

3) Madonna – Get Into the Groove

This ALWAYS makes me want to dance! It reminds me of being 18 and dancing with my best friends.

4) Tiësto, Oliver Heldens ft. Natalie La Rose – The Right Song

Another one that makes me want to dance!

5)Chris Young, Cassadee Pope – Think of You

I just love it!

6) The Cars  – Just What I Needed

I can’t even explain how happy this song makes me feel. I used to listen to it on repeat at my friend Casey’s house back in the day. I’m sure I ruined this song for him. Lol.

7) Trey Songz – Na Na

This song is so seductive! Seriously! This Fugees infused song is just awesome.

8) Jeremih – Don’t Tell ‘Em

How can this song not make you smile? We love the “don’t tell ’em” part. Plus, a shout out to Rhythm Is A Dancer.

9) The Luniz – I Got 5 On It

So these days $5 wouldn’t cut it, but I’m not worried about that anyways. This song brings back SO many memories for me. My BFF and I listened to it a bunch on this road trip to Canada one time back in the 90’s.

10) Ginuwine – Pony

This is a dirty song. Really dirty, but when it came out we were all in love with the beat. It was probably the most danced to song at the wedding I went to this weekend.

I tag these 5 bloggers:

Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
Claire @ Art and Soul
Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions
Jesse @ Books at Dawn
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Review: Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall
Series: The Wicked Horse, #1
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica


Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

**Warning: this book has sex in it. Lots of sex. Dirty sex. The Wicked Horse Series is a bit different than what Sawyer Bennett normally writes. While you’ll still enjoy fabulous characters, a suspenseful story, some witty banter and an epic romance, there’s just… a lot of sex. You’ve been warned.

  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

So…If you have any issues with kinky, multiple partner sex this book is not for you. I’m just going to put that out there right away. Wicked Fall is filled with what many people would consider taboo sex. Like I said, just skip this book if it bugs you at all.

Obviously, by my rating, I didn’t really have a problem with that. I don’t necessarily search out this sort of erotica, but as long as it’s done tastefully I don’t mind it. And it was definitely done in what I would consider a tasteful manner. That’s a credit to Sawyer Bennett’s amazing writing.

In most erotica, the focus of the book is the sex. In Sawyer Bennett’s The Wicked Horse series, the focus is on the characters and their relationship. Yes, the hot sex is an added bonus, but the story is really what pulls you in and keeps you reading.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Woolf had a dark, hard edge but when it came down to it, he was a big sweetie. He wasn’t as dark as he thought he was. I loved his dominant attitude and the gentle care he took of Callie. I also loved his friendship with Bridger.

Since I mentioned Bridger, can I just say I need to know more about this dude? I was intrigued by his character. I can’t wait to learn more about him in the future.

Back to Callie. She had such a sweet and innocent charm about her. I loved that she wanted to push herself and find a new, more mature version of herself. I had to fan myself when she explored her sexuality with Woolf. Dang! It was hot!

Woolf and Callie’s relationship was filled with ups and downs. They had so much to learn about each other, themselves and what they wanted out of life. The way they navigated it all was so much fun to read.

I found Wicked Fall to be an exceptional erotic romance. I think readers of this genre will really enjoy this story.

*Note: Next week you’ll be seeing my review of Wicked Ride, the fourth book in this series. It’s actually the first book I read in the series and it made me want to read this one.

Cover Reveal: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen


Oh my! I am so excited to share with you the cover Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter! It’s the second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series. You have my permission to drool!

unnamed (1)From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score…
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O’Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O’Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O’Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O’Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good…


WWW Wednesday: June 22, 2016

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading but is now hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

The Three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

So here we go…

Currently reading:

I am finally reading More Than a Feeling. 

Recently finished:

I’m amazed I got through 4 books this past week. I was crazy busy with errands, house cleaning and a wedding. It was a fun and exhausting week. Here’s what I did read:

Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2)
Seared on My Soul
Wicked Ride (The Wicked Horse, #4)
That First Kiss (Night Calls, #2)

Click on the book titles to read the reviews that I have already posted.

Reading Next:

My plan is to read The Way to Game the Walk of Shame next because it has to go back to the library! Story of my life. Sigh.

Review: Good Girl by Lauren Layne

Good Girl
Series: Love Unexpectedly, #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance


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.

  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

A country music star who crosses all genres and whose relationship status is hounded by the paparazzi? Does this sound like one of today’s most popular music stars? *Cough* Taylor Swift…

I have to admit the minute I began reading Good Girl I began switching the name Jenny to Taylor in my head. Obviously, Lauren Layne did a pretty awesome job at depicting a true to life country music star on the run from the headlines. Jenny was sweet and pretty innocent. She was trying to do the right thing for her reputation and self by retreating from the public eye to a rural Louisiana mansion. Unfortunately, people wanted to believe what they wanted to believe about her. It definitely made me want to second guess all those sensational celebrity “news” stories out there. And honestly, this book couldn’t have been read at any more perfect time than right around a real life country music star’s real life breakup. *Cough* Taylor Swift.

Jenny’s retreat wasn’t as solitary as she was hoping, though. Grouchy caretaker Noah made Jenny’s much-needed alone time pretty impossible. He was constantly throwing her supposed indescretion in her face and ruining her solidarity. He was crass, abrasive and downright harsh. I had a love-hate relationship with him. When Noah was a jerk, I couldn’t stand him. When he was sweet, I loved him. I, like Jenny, had whiplash from his ever-changing moods.

I absolutely loved the other supporting characters in Good Girl. Noah’s best friends, Vaughn and Finn were so much fun! I loved the relationship between the three of them. I would love more books in this series about them. (Hint hint, L.L.!) And Noah’s ex Yvonne… Man, she was crazy but I loved her! She added a really fun dimension to the story.

All in all, Good Girl was a very cute and funny celebrity romance. It wasn’t my favorite LL New Adult romance, but I did really enjoy it. There were some ups and downs (due to Noah’s jerky behavior), but I was smiling ear to ear by the end. I will never think of pink zip ties the same. Sorry, you have to read it yourself to discover what that’s all about! And I suggest you do! Good Girl is part of a series, but the first book doesn’t have to be read before reading this one. It’s a standalone and does not have any characters or relations to the first book in the series.