Friday, November 9, 2018

Abbreviations #69 | Good Girl, Love Story + Walk of Shame

After thoroughly enjoying Blurred Lines earlier this year and after Rachel convinced me to, I downloaded more Lauren Layne titles in March. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed Good Girl, which is the second in the Love, Unexpectedly companion novel series. This romance is all about America's sweetheart, singer-songwriter Jenny Dawson, who is looking to escape the scrutiny of the public and papparrazzi. She finds her solace in Louisiana when she rents a house, though her peace isn't quite so complete with the presence of an unexpected distraction in the form of the hot caretaker Noah. Things heat up (literally and figuratively), and the two of them must decide just how far they're willing to go for each other when they're from two very different worlds... I'm a sucker for stories like this one, since they're very much reminiscent of the fanfics I used to write as a teen (though much more mature, if you catch my drift). Layne's brand of humor and heart really did shine in these pages, and I enjoyed Jenny & Noah's story (especially those last two chapters).Good Girl was a fun read, and it definitely reminded me how much I enjoy Lauren Layne's writing and made me want to read more from her.

Unsurprisingly, I am also able to say that I really enjoyed reading Love Story. (What is surprising, however, is that Reece - who is exactly my type as he’s Lucy’s big brother’s best friend - is not my fave of Layne’s male love interests, but I digress.) This is a second chance romance where Lucy and Reece somehow find themselves on a cross-country road trip together years after they broke each other’s hearts… and you can imagine for yourself the shenanigans that ensue. I enjoyed the road trip aspect, though I would have liked to have a little more sightseeing thrown in along the way. I liked the relationship between the main couple, both in the past and in the present, though I did shake my head quite often when things got volatile due to miscommunication. I also enjoyed the pops of presence from the secondary characters (mostly Lucy’s family, if I’m being honest, particularly her siblings). While it was predictable to an extent, frustrating in a few ways (I took particular issue with Reece’s behavior at times) and a little rushed in others, Love Story was still exactly what I was in the mood for when I started it - a quick contemporary romance read with that promised happily ever after to finish it off.

Now, of all of the books in the Love, Unexpectedly series, Walk of Shame has the makings of a CW series like Gossip Girl just because of how our two characters first meet and continue to interact. Georgie goes out of her way to be heading into their apartment building just as Andrew comes out to start his day, and they often exchange biting commentary. That slowly builds into something more as their lives continue to intersect (whether deliberately or just because the cards fell right), and from there, well, obviously, sparks fly between this pair. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! Georgiana and Andrew are not my usual kind of characters to read about when it comes to romance, but I actually enjoyed watching their relationship unfold. Their banter, their vulnerabilities, their moments together - it was all just too adorable (and occasionally awkward) not to fall in love with, and that I certainly did. I definitely thought Walk of Shame was a lot of fun, and a really quick read, and would recommend it to folks looking for romance that’s on the lighter, fluffier side!

Good Girl / Love Story / Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #2-4 | Other Books in Series: Blurred Lines, An Ex for Christmas
Publisher: Loveswept | Publication Dates: May 17, 2016 / February 14, 2017 / April 18, 2017
Source: Purchased the Kindle e-books

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