ARC Audiobook Review: Good Girl Complex: An Avalon Bay Novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Good Girl Complex: An Avalon Bay Novel by Elle Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She does everything right. So what could go wrong?


Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It’s exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents’ insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.


Mac’s had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.


Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn’t just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens the only place she’s ever felt at home.


Good Girl Complex

Boyfriend Fails!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: 💙💚🖤💛❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙📔
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🤯

The heroine(s): Mackenzie Cabot (a.k.a Mac) – She is dating Preston, who is pretentious, pompous and a cheater to boot. Mac took a gap year to start her own business and she has made 7 figures, yet she promised her parents that if she could take a gap year, she would go to the college of their choice when it was over.

The Hero(s): Cooper Hartley (a.k.a. Coop) – a bartender and a local in the seaside town of Avalon Bay near the upper crust Garnet College. Coop has a plan for his life, so when he gets fired because a guy named Preston basically threatened his boss, he decides to get back at Preston.

The Story: Mackenzie is a good girl who basically does everything her parents say from dating the guy they like to going to college despite the fact that she is growing a successful internet business. So she is surprised to find that she is attracted to the first townie she meets when her and her roommate go out to a local bar.

The narration on this one was terrific. It was dual POV and dual narration done by Ava Erickson and Joe Arden. Jo has the perfect gravely voice for Cooper Hartley, same for Ava as Mac. She has a soft and young sounding voice that is great for audiobooks and matched Mac completely.

The story was fantastic as well. Elle Kennedy does new adult so well. I thought this would be the classic good girl and bad boy erotic romance and it was, but it was so much more. The bad boy wasn’t all that bad. Though he certainly could fight and has the terrific body and tattoos to go with the bad boy image. Mac was the good girl that just wants to be herself instead of the girl that always does what her loved ones tell her.

I loved the side stories about group of friends, the townies versus clones (which is what the townies call all the rich college kids because they are all clones of each other and their parents), and Mackenzie’s parents and boyfriend. I don’t want to give away any more than that, but I listened to the entire book in one sitting and it held my attention the entire time.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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