Good Girl Complex ARC Review

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult Romance

Release Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.


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.


I’m not quite sure how to review this book without giving away major spoilers (read to the end if you’d like to see some of my thoughts that might spoil the book for you) – so I will say that I really ended up loving both Cooper and Mackenzie (Mac) in Good Girl Complex. This book was complicated and messy…but somehow it really worked. I loved not only Mac and Cooper but all of the secondary characters in the story as well.

I was rooting for Mac and Cooper as soon as they first “met.” Their chemistry and banter was always so fun! I loved how they were both stubborn and feisty. And I liked it how they didn’t always see eye to eye on every topic. Somehow that part of the romance felt so real. Cooper and Mac had their own differences and ideas and they fought about them…but they also always talked it out and saw the other side.

Good Girl Complex was funny, sweet, sexy and yes at times made me feel that angst that I love so much with Elle Kennedy books. I definitely recommend this book and hope that we get to see more of the characters from this universe.


While I typically HATE cheating/love triangles. For some reason I didn’t mind the one in Good Girl Complex. Yes, Mac starts having feelings for Cooper while she’s still with her boyfriend Preston. But he’s a total douche and she breaks it off with him before fully committing to Cooper. So…while not ideal and typically I’d be like NOPE not really my thing, I stuck it out and am really glad I did!

CW: parental abuse/neglect, cheating, alcoholism (death of parent off page)

2 thoughts on “Good Girl Complex ARC Review

  1. I’ve heard that the spoiler trope you mentioned didn’t bother a lot of readers. I want to give this a try because it’s been a good while since I’ve read her books. I’m glad you had fun!


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