Book 1, Love Unexpectedly
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USA TODAY BESTSELLER • In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, 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.
Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Love Unexpectedly series can be read in any order:
WALK OF SHAME
AN EX FOR CHRISTMAS
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The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED
Praise for Blurred Lines
“I just finished Blurred Lines and I absolutely adored this outstanding story.”—New York Times bestselling author Sandi Lynn
“I devoured Blurred Lines in one sitting. It’s my kind of book, sexy and witty, and the banter between the characters is off the charts. You’ll fall in love with their chemistry from page one.”—USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston
“Lauren Layne is the queen of fun and sexy all rolled into one. She knows how to write smart and hilarious characters that I want to read over and over again. Blurred Lines is her best yet!”—Cassie Mae, bestselling author of Doing It for Love
“I read Blurred Lines straight through in one sitting. Ben and Parker are fabulous together.”—USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry
“Lauren Layne books are a guilty pleasure, and Blurred Lines is no different. Ben and Parker’s friends-to-lovers romance is sinfully sweet, wickedly provocative, and brimming with playful, witty banter that had me laughing, crying, and swooning from beginning to end.”—Tessa Teevan, author of Incinerate
“A raw, no-holds-barred portrayal of two best friends making the choice to become lovers . . . the best I’ve ever read!”—The Romance Reviews
“[A] beautiful, fantastic book.”—Star-Crossed Book Blog
“Fresh and fast-paced, Blurred Lines is a perfect escape/comfort read, and guaranteed to cheer a girl up when she’s feeling down.”—Unquietly Me
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
ARC provided by netgalley
This was a simple and sweet love story.
Ben and Parker have been best friends for the past 6 years. Parker has been in a relationship for the past 5 years and Ben is the commitment free no strings attached kind of guy.
After Parker gets dumped she decides she is done with relationships and wants to be more like Ben and have casual hook-ups. And who better to have them with than her best friend and roommate.
The story has been told so many times before the best friends turned lovers. Even so, I still enjoyed this book. I found myself rooting for them. Even being devastated with them as well.
My copy was an uncorrected proof so hopefully some of the inconsistencies will be fixed with editing. That is my only complaint.
So if you are looking for a sweet, simple romance this is the book for you.
Loved this book
I received an ARC from netgalley
Perfectly wonderful, hilarious, heartfelt, sexy best friends to lovers romance
BLURRED LINES by Lauren Layne is perfect, unforgettable, wonderfully sexy, special, and sweet. It made me laugh out loud and cry, and smile at the worth-waiting-for happy ending.
In this friends-to-lovers themed, contemporary romance, young professionals Ben and Parker have been BFFs since college and share an apartment, defying the adage that boys and girls can't be best friends. Ben is a self-described typical male whose only interests are apparently beer, sports, and one-night stands. But despite Ben's womanizing ways, he has always been there for Parker when she's needed him most. When Parker's boyfriend of five years breaks up with her, Ben will do anything to make her happy and give her what she needs, including no strings attached sex, which inevitably becomes complicated and could ruin their special friendship.
What happens next is a hilarious, heartfelt, and emotional escapade full of surprises and zingy dialogue. I loved how Ben stood by Parker's side and how his nickname for her "Parks" was so cute, how Parker came to his rescue when he was having girl problems, and how at home they felt with each other. They are funny and fun together, have the easiest time talking to each other, and have the best sex ever. I completely understood and sympathized with their confusion about their feelings, and rooted for them the whole way. I loved how they were able to work things out, because what girl wouldn't want to be with her very best friend who totally gets her, loves her to death, and happens to be hunky and compatibly wonderful in bed?
Fresh and fast-paced, BLURRED LINES is a perfect escape/comfort read, and guaranteed to cheer a girl up when she's feeling down.