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Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

February 19th, 2019 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Purchased

Publication date: August 25, 2015

Publisher: Loveswept

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

About the book

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.

My Thoughts

Lauren Layne has quickly become one of my favorite authors and I love the best friends to lovers trope so this book really checked all the boxes for me. I loved Parker and Ben’s relationship both as best friends and as a couple. They were adorable together and the interaction between the two totally drew me in. I felt the pacing for the majority of the book was spot on and I finished this book in almost one sitting (I had to take a break to actually go to work. lol.).

The main reason I took one star off was Parker turned me off a bit towards the end when she is totally clueless about how her words really affected Ben. For two best friends who were supposed to be so in tune with each other and know each other so well, it took a woman Parker despised to actually get to the root of Ben’s insecurities. Knowing Ben like she is supposed to I expected Parker to have a bit more insight into Ben’s non-romantic feelings.

Ben on the other hand really held my heart because despite being good looking, great at his job and an overall sweetheart of a guy he still had his own insecurities. It was touching to see and added an extra layer of depth to his character that made me totally fall for him.

This is a quick read. Yes, it’s predictable but it’s oh so fun to read!

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