e-ARC Review: BLURRED LINES by Lauren Layne

 

blurred linesTitle: Blurred Lines
Author: Lauren Layne
Publishing Date: August 28, 2015 (Loveswept)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Source: e-ARC from publisher
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo | BAM | Google Play

In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.

Praise for the novels of Lauren Layne
 
“Lauren Layne writes characters I want to tackle and keep as my best friends, woven into smart, sexy, utterly romantic tales of love in all its glorious facets.”New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke
 
“Fresh and authentic, Isn’t She Lovely packs intelligence, wit, and an addictive romance into one fantastic read!”New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

Isn’t She Lovely is full of complex characters you want to root for—and a hero that will make you swoon.”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
 
“Spunky, flirty, and full of sass, Love the One You’re With is everything a romance should be! Lauren Layne has a winner.”New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig
 
“Sexy, sassy, and surprisingly sweet, Lauren Layne’s Just One Night is a total page-turner!”New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward

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My review 3

Why did I want to read it?

I enjoy reading friends-to-lovers story. I know that it is a completely familiar romance trope but every time I read one, I’m always excited to see where an author would take this trope and this set-up. There are many ways to go about it, I’m pretty sure, and since Lauren Layne is one of my favorite authors, I wanted to see her take on this beloved romance trope.

 

What worked for me?

Parker and Ben have been best friends since freshman college and everything has been platonic between them for the past six years, allowing Parker to declare, only to herself of course, how girls and guys could truly have a platonic relationship as she and Ben remain only as friends. But since this is a friends-to-lovers story, we all know where that proclamation would take her, right?

I enjoyed the familiarity and easiness they have around each other. They’re housemates, by the way and they’re so used to each other’s presence that you just know that they’re comfortable with each other. And as we witness the changes that their relationship status undergoes, we see also the shifts in the way they feel around each other.

I just love how Ben seems to feel everything more acutely. And this I enjoyed because often times, it’s always the girl who feels it more, at least at the early stage, so for me to read about the hero feeling it more this time, I really enjoyed it. I think they both knew things were changing for them and the feelings they have for each other are not normal, at least for them, to say the least, but I felt it even more acutely coming from Ben and it was just so sweet and at times, heartbreaking to watch.

As always with Lauren’s books, there’s this chemistry between her characters. At first it bothered me that they weren’t even feeling weird about sleeping with each other after years of being in a platonic best-friends-only relationship. It blindsided me a little but I guess that was a clue as to how things with them were never really platonic anyway, and not in an overtly sexual way but just that deep down, they knew the other person was beyond special.

 

What did not work for me?

I wasn’t a fan of the whole ex-boyfriend thing with Parker although I do understand it as a way for her and Ben to unequivocally get what they are to each other. In any case, most of the time I just wanted to give Ben a very big hug and knock some sense into Parker.

 

My over-all take on it?

This isn’t my favorite of Lauren Layne but I love how she continually gives her readers something new from her writing arsenal. If you enjoy a good friends-to-lovers story, then I bet you’ll enjoy reading this one. It might get a teeny, tiny angsty in one part but the friendship shines through and the chemistry is still very, very clear.

 

My rating:

 4 stars

 

DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

 

About the author

LaurenLauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren’s gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

Connect with Lauren Layne:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

 

More Lauren Layne on the blog:

Love the One You’re With (Sex, Love, & Stiletto #2)
Just One Night (Sex, Love, & Stiletto #3)
The Trouble With Love (Sex, Love, & Stiletto #4)

Only With You (The Best Mistake #1)
Made For You (The Best Mistake #2)

Broken (Redemption #1)
Crushed (Redemption #2)

Isn’t She Lovely

Frisk Me (New York’s Finest #1)

Interview #1
Interview #2
Interview #3

Guest Post #1

 

 

 Have you read Lauren Layne’s books? (You should! ^_^) What’s your answer to that age-old question on whether a guy and a girl can be just friends? Do you love friends-to-lovers stories like I do?

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4 thoughts on “e-ARC Review: BLURRED LINES by Lauren Layne”

  1. oh my goodness, you keep me wanting to try this author. I definitely need to get to her and soon. I have really liked reading the friends to lovers trope…its one of the best things in a romance.

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