ARC Review || Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne


– Genre : New-Adult Contemporary –

– Expected Publication Date : 25th August, 2015 –


|| BLURB ||

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediateβ€”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 sexβ€”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.


|| REVIEW ||

{I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.}

So…guess what is my guilty pleasure when it comes to books! Guess, guess. No idea? Well, if one reads my previous reviews or takes a look at my list of read books, he’ll get a fairly good idea..

Alright then, here I confess once again (yeah, I’ve made this confession time and again πŸ˜‰ ), that I am an absolute, absolute sucker for the whole ‘Friends/Best Friends/Childhood Besties – Falling in love’ theme and I’m very confident that there are many out there who love books and movies based on this particular subject. So when I found this book while browsing NetGalley and read the summary, I instantly requested an ARC.

I’m not wasting any time blabbering about what happens in the story because we all know it. The friends-to-lovers plot is one very overused plot. So that’s one thing with these kind of books. We already know what happens. There are a very few variations, like, one of the characters is already in love with the friends and the other realizes eventually, then there is the friends with benefits scenario, etc, etc. And all these too have been used innuemerable times.

But it has been quite some time since I’ve read a good friends-to-lover story. Blurred Lines while by no means something new, was an amazing book. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the story. This bookΒ had some very lovable characters. Starting with Parker, even though I had read the blurb before reading the book, initially I had to turn back pages to realize that, oh, Parker is the girl. She was very adorable, sweet, kind and relatable as a character. Her emotions and internal turmoils were portrayed very realistically. And then there was Ben Oslen, my very hot and very new book boyfriend. An extremely charming and hot manwhore but a friend for life to Parker.He was funny, caring, thoughtful and a darling.. Apart from his womanizing trait, Ben Oslen is just any girl’s dream guy. I so want a Ben for myself…*sigh*.

. Both Parker and Ben had their moments of stupidity, but you can’t help but love them.

The change in their relationship was perfect, at least according to the length of the story. It was neither too fast paced nor too slow. There was no sudden attraction or insta-love here. The way they gradually fall in love was really heartwarming. And not just Ben and Parker, the other relationships they were associated to were too presented in a genuine and heartfelt way. There had a lot of nice characters in the book. In fact there weren’t any bad or evil character at all. πŸ™‚

This bookΒ had everything that I look for in this category of books. With the blistering hot chemistry and the adorable camaraderie that can only exist between two friends and just the right mix of emotions, this book was a quick but endearing read. There was no unnecessary drama.Β Yes, there were someΒ confusions, unsure feelings, indecisions and misunderstandings but even those weren’t dragged too much.

The only small complaint I have is about the little bit lack of sexual tension before the no-strings-attached relationship between Parker and Ben started. But that can be overlooked because the rest of the story was excellent.

The author, Lauren Layne has done an incredible job with this wonderful book. I have read two of her books, Only with You and Just With You before, which I only realized after completing this book, but I remember I’d loved them just the same. I would totally love to read more of her books now.

So all in all, this was a ‘make you smile a lot’ kind of a book πŸ˜€ . Nothing too heavy. A sweet and delightful read. If you like fun, sexy and light reads, this book is definitely for you! ❀

My Rating β€“Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2


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