Good Girl Complex

An Avalon Bay Novel

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Pub Date 01 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 15 Feb 2022
St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Griffin


*USA Today and Toronto Star bestseller*

Full of romance, hijinks, and longing, Good Girl Complex is Elle Kennedy at her very best.

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. All she 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.

Twenty-year-old Mac has 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.

*USA Today and Toronto Star bestseller*

Full of romance, hijinks, and longing, Good Girl Complex is Elle Kennedy at her very best.

She does everything right. So what could go wrong?

Mackenzie “Mac”...

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I feel for the characters almost immediately. The Good Girl Complex is lighthearted, quirky, fun — a perfect read for your book club. Pick it up immediately and enjoy.

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I absolutely loved this book!! You fall in love with the characters and their backstories and learn that two people that on the surface come from two different worlds have an awful lot in common. This book made me feel all the emotions! Excited, worried, hopeful, sad, romantic, and ultimately happy!! I think many romance novels have meh endings but this one was sweet and perfect! The cover grabbed me but from the first few pages, I was hooked into reading this one quickly! I could barely put it down!

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Ahhh!!! When Elle Kennedy drops a book that basically screams Bad boy Alert you devour that baby in a few hours!!!! I practically squealed when Good Girl Complex hit my kindle and let me tell you it is EVERYTHING. Cooper and Mac are absolutely phenomenal. The banter, the sexual tension and the fierce intensity between them just lit my kindle on FIRE!!! This story was pure Kindle Crack Amazingness!!

What I loved more than anything was how Kennedy made this story come alive. Cooper and Mac are so different on paper but behind the smoke and mirrors, they are so similar and real. I loved their banter, connection and the attraction between the two. While this story did have some plot elements that aren't always my favorite, I was completely won over by all the swoons this story had to offer. MacKenzie was more than a means to an end and it was absolutely delicious watching the cocky bad boy get slayed by the good girl he never saw coming. She was the gamechanger that brought him down to his knees!

Like most of Kennedy's NA/University stories, you will 1000% become obsessed with the side characters. The sisterhood and brotherhood (Hello Evan!!) are to die for and I am absolutely obsessed with this world and all the characters. Elle Kennedy's stories are honestly one in a million and Good Girl Complex is just another example of her exceptional talent! Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula ❤

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(I reference Off Campus and Briar u a lot.)

Elle Kennedy has done it again.

I love Mac and Cooper’s relationship. Now I think I should read more books with friends to lovers. Like all do Elle Kennedy’s couples, I felt they were very realistic.

Mac reminds me if Allie, Demi, and Summer were one person. Copper is like a combination of Dean and Logan.

Mac’s friendship with Bonnie is a lot like Summer and Brenna.

I was very mad at Cooper and his friend’s decisions at the beginning, but that quickly changed. I was the same way with Dean when I read the Score for the first time.

I don’t think it has as much spice🌶 as the Off Campus and Briar u series, but that’s completely fine.

I like how the theme is mainly about not judging a book by its cover. Mackenzie (Mac) was nothing like anyone expected, and that’s great. The townie/clone groups made me think of Outer Banks (Pouges/Kooks)

It’s hard to tell if it’s my favorite Elle Kennedy book, but I know it is one of my favorites.

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Tattoos, bad boy with a heart of gold, good with his hands.... what more could you want?!
Elle Kennedy delivers with Good Girl Complex! I was a fan of off campus and briar U, so I went into this with high expectations and was not disappointed.

Mac comes from money and is what the locals call a "clone"... all money, all the same, no individuality, etc.
Mac is different though - she has ambition and wants to break free from the role her parents keep trying to cast her in. She's always done whatever is asked of her, but she's itching for change.

Enter Cooper.

Cooper is everything Mac should avoid, but the one thing she can't stay away from. She feels a draw to him from the beginning and he offers her the support and friendship no one else in her life does. Seeing the bad boy at the mercy of the good girl he never saw coming = swoon!

In typical Elle Kennedy fashion this book is steamy, the connections are electric, and the characters are FIRE! The banter between Cooper and Mac was funny and authentic - I laughed and cried and fell in love with their chemistry. I loved them together!

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.

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I was super excited to get an ARC of this book from Netgalley! To me this is a perfect book to read in the summer (but really anytime lol). Love that it is set in a beachside town. It gives me OC meets Gossip Girl meets Outer Banks (only because that show is set in a Carolina beach town, which this book is as well). Good Girl Complex is about Meg (wealthy, business savvy, but comfortable with her uber wealthy boyfriend) and Cooper (local townie who hasn't had an easy upbringing). Through unsuspecting cirmcumstances and a revenge plot these two end up falling for each other. But the question is, will they be strong enough to survive their differences and obstacles in the way.

I love Cooper. He is everything we love in a main male character. Tall, darkish, tattoos, gruff, and a rough exterior. Did I mention tattoos? lol Meg is a good mixture of independent yet not, in so many different ways. She has a go get them personality but struggles to show it to her parents.

I really enjoyed the interactions between Cooper and his friends. His twin brother was a bit of a hoot (like the comic relief so to speak).

If you love a good rom-com, then you will love this book as well.

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