Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Format: eARC, 221 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
Friends to lovers romance is one of my favorite tropes. I love watching the way the relationship changes between two people who were connected in a deeper, more meaningful way before they decided to sleep together. I suspected I would love this book once I read the blurb. I’ve read several of Lauren’s books before and really enjoyed them. It was a wonderful book, even if there were a few pages that pretty much made me lose my mind.
Like any good rom com movie, I expect amazing banter and genuine humor in my friends to lovers stories. Parker and Ben gave me that and more. I seriously loved these two characters. (Even in the moments where I wanted to shake sense into both of them.) They have a deep connection and have been friends for years. They were good for each other and they were there for each other through thick and thin.
In the beginning of the book, I found myself chuckling over and over again as they delivered some great lines to each other. Then, as their “friends with benefits” agreement began, I was fanning myself and watching them realizing they would inevitably screw it up and some point before they got it right in the end. (Hopefully.)
To say I was invested in these characters would be a gigantic understatement. They were written so well and I connected with each of them through the chapters in their respective POV that I felt like they were friends. I wanted the best for them. Of course, in my mind, the best was nothing other than them together. Romantically. Forever. So, needless to say, when things started to go south, I was frustrated and annoyed. I even almost considered putting the book down because it was all too much for my heart to take. I’m glad I gave it a chance though. It was all worth it in the end.
Blurred Lines was funny, sweet and swoony. (And, if you’re a shipper like me, maybe even a little gut-wrenching at times.) I still stand by my freak out and annoyance at some of the things that occurred, but I have to say I ended the book with a smile and happy tears. All in all, it was a wonderful book that I devoured in one sitting.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.