Hello there! Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal and my tour stop for Lauren Layne’s latest standalone Blurred Lines! Follow the rest of the Blurred Lines tour here and get a chance to win 10 ebook copies of Loveswept favorites! Have fun 🙂
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.
Lauren Layne is the Queen of Romance, ladies and gents. And let’s face it, the fact that I managed to start reading Blurred Lines, within 45 minutes after getting my Netgalley approval meant nothing—I started reading Crushed when I was in the middle of another book and I NEVER do that. So anyway, Blurred Lines isn’t too big a book, and I managed to finish reading it in a day and a half.
And as is tradition with any other Lauren Layne book, Blurred Lines gave me all the feels.
Layne chooses the simplest stories/tropes/fairytales and adds her own brand of twists and angst and fun to them. But Blurred Lines took the friends-to-lovers trope to a whole new level. Usually, with a book that has the whole friends-turned-lovers thing, you feel the characters’ feelings for each other. They might be friends but they’re always noticing things about each other—things that friends wouldn’t notice usually notice about each other. But it’s not like that with Ben and Parker. Not at all. Because their feelings for each other hit them completely out of the blue.
Blurred Lines starts with newly dumped Parker Blanton trying to convince her best friend/roommate Ben Olsen to try the whole friends with benefits thing with her. She’s aiming to become the female version of Ben, and of course since he’s the love em and leave em type, there are absolutely no issues with him wanting strings attached to just simple sex, right?
In classic Layne fashion, banter wins in this book. It has some of the most relatable situations and characters in here prefer to talk it out, rather than let the mess fester and rot inside of them. Ben and Parker were best friends before anything else, and even when the dynamics of their relationship begin to change, underneath it all you can see that their friendship is solid and unbreakable.
You think it, and it’s in here: ex flames, new hotties, even super clingy colleagues and parents that seem to know more than they show. There’s angst of course, but that’s more because the characters really refused to get their head out of their asses. And that’s really where my one and only problem with the book lied: Density.
Ben and Parker had amazing chemistry and when they fell for each other, they fell hard. And yet, some time about the 60% mark, it felt like they were deliberately being dense and refusing to see what was right in front of their eyes. This behaviour of theirs hurt other people, hurt themselves and it was all because they were being to stubborn. Had they at least started to acknowledge their feelings toward each other early on, the book would have had a lot less of the unnecessary angst it did. But realisation came very, very late, only towards the end of the book.
All in all, despite my little problem with the book, I would whole heartedly recommend this book to anyone that will listen to me. It’s a classic friends-to-lovers trope, but it’s done so, so well with characters and situations that you’ll love, and a book that’ll leave you grinning by the end. And of course, when you close the book, the pre-dominant feelings in your heart will be the love wins all feels, and won’t you agree that those are the very best?
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Up for Grabs!
- One Loveswept Mug
- One Flirt Mug
- Ebook copies of
- JUST A LITTLE CRUSH by Renita Pizzitola
- CRUSHED by Lauren Layne
- AGAINST THE CAGE by Sidney Halston
- POSSESS by Laura Marie Altom
- AFTER MIDNIGHT by Kathy Clark
- MAKE YOU BURN by Megan Crane
- MY HIGHLAND LOVER by Maeve Greyson
- BREAKING NOAH by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne
- A FASHIONABLE INDULGENCE by K.J. Charles
- FORBIDDEN by Jacquelyn Frank
Lauren 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.