ARC Review: Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: February 1st 2022

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. 

My thoughts and feelings …

I told my friend I was up til 5 a.m. reading this which is why I replied to his text at such a weird ass time and he had the nerve to ask “was it any good?” My dude. I don’t stay awake until 5 a.m. for any old book. Of course it was bloody good!!!

After reading and loving the Off Campus series last year I was in desperate need for more books from her. Good Girl Complex was on my Amazon Wishlist and Goodreads TBR the minute I heard about it! When I requested an ARC I wasn’t expecting to be accepted, and then was I was I screeched and then I vowed to read it as soon as I was done with my uni assignments. Which is exactly what I did.

I am thrilled to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had that addictive writing style and romance I couldn’t get enough of. Me reading Elle Kennedy’s books in record time is becoming a habit and I’m not mad about it.

Good Girl Complex is set in a beach-side college town where the townies have a complicated relationship with the rich college kids who attend Garnet College to say the least. Throughout the story we follow the town “bad boy” Cooper (he legit just has tattoos and gets in like one fight which he didn’t even start), and rich girl Mackenzie who wishes she could skip college and carry on focusing on growing her business.

I fell in love with these two instantly. We get chapters from both of their perspectives and their personalities jump off the page. I loved them even more when they started interacting with each other: the banter and the chemistry was off the charts! 

Something I love about Elle Kennedy’s writing is how much chemistry all the characters have with each other. Not only does it make you instantly buy into the romance but you come to love the side characters who barely have much page time. It also makes you want spin-off books with those characters and I’m hoping to God there’s going to be more books set in Avalon Bay. One aspect of this book was seeing Mackenzie trying to integrate into Cooper’s friendship group. It takes a hot minute but one of the most wholesome things ends up being Mackenzie and Cooper’s twin brother Evan.

One character I really didn’t like was Preston, Mackenzie’s previously mentioned rich arsehole of a boyfriend who was so aggravating! Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to poke him in his eyes with a knife 🔪🔪🔪.

Mackenzie also has a difficult relationship with her parents and there’s one scene specifically which is so gratifying. It involves a check-book and I’m not saying anything more then that, but I think, in that moment, Mackenzie was the most bad-ass. I legit cackled

If the crazy chemistry between the characters, the beach side setting, fun and interesting dynamics and super addictive writing isn’t enough to get you to check this out, there’s also a puppy!

9 thoughts on “ARC Review: Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy”

  1. I saw this book around these past couple of weeks and it seemed like it was an interesting take on the bad boy – good girl trope, but I wasn’t sure if it would do the premise justice. But after reading your review I kinda want to pick it up. I’m really glad to hear it has chemistry and a believable romance + other non-romantic elements done well. Loved the review!

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  2. Ah, great review! I’ve been seeing so many positive reviews about this book and I honestly can’t wait to read it. 😍 Your review definitely has me more hyped up for it especially since I love a book that’s so good that it keeps me up all night!

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