Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

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by Lauren Layne

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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



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.

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 . . . another huge win.”—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

“Layne is one of the best authors writing today and I was reminded of that as I read this book. . . . It was hot and sexy and sweet. I laughed and shrieked and cried, exactly what I want from a book.”—Obsessed with Romance

“I was pulled further and further into this book by great writing, developed characters, and their witty and humorous ways. I look forward to more from this author in the future!”—The Sassy Bookista

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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"It's my kind of book, sexy and witty, and the banter between the characters is off the charts." ---Sidney Halston, author of Laid Out

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Random House Publishing Group
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Love Unexpectedly
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Meet the Author

Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels. A former e-commerce and Web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated in 2011 to New York City, where she left the corporate world to pursue a full-time writing career.

Her hobbies include maintaining a designer purse addiction and observing cocktail hour. Lauren lives with her high school sweetheart in midtown Manhattan, where she writes romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush.

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Blurred Lines 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, easy read for a day when you want to escape. The plot is predictable but enjoyable. The characters are likeable and I liked getting the story from both a his and her perspective. Toward the end the main characters' inability to see that they were in love with eachother did strain credibility but I wasn't looking for great literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in one day, it had me hooked. Didnt want to put it down. Characters were fun.and I was invested in finding out what happened next. Very lightly angsty good break from books that tear your heart up. Def worth a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love it. It made me cry a bit, laugh and fall in love with every chapter. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and anyone ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites by Layne and I've read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story...loved the characters.
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Parker and Ben met at Freshman orientation and became best friends. By their Junior year they became roommates. Even after college they remained roommates. Parker was in love with Lance, who she’s been with for five years. Ben is a womanizer. Great novel, I totally loved it. All that Parker and Ben went through before they both found their true love was awesome. Excellent characters, plot, and story. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
★★★½ Blurred Lines is a new-adult romance novel written by Lauren Layne. This was my first time reading a book by Ms. Layne and although I'm not a fan of the new-adult genre, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed her writing. This story is about two best friends of the opposite sex who are absolutely perfect a platonic way of course. They live together, they support each other, they know everything about each other, they can be their most real and relaxed selves when each other are around. But when they decide to add another element to their perfect relationship: friends with benefits, things start to change. They are still great together - more than great actually. But it's not as easy as they thought it would be to go back to how things were. I thought this was a fun and sexy story that explores the age-old question of whether or not men and women can just be friends...and if there such a thing as “no strings attached”. Yes, there was a bit of unnecessary eye-rolling relationship drama, but I still enjoyed the book as a whole. If you like new-adult/contemporary romance, check it out! My favorite quote: “Ben and my no strings attached relationship? Yeah. Turns out that there are suddenly strings after all. And I’m completely tangled in them.”
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: Yet another brilliant new adult novel... I couldn't get enough of it! Full review to come. My Thoughts (full review): It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Lauren Layne. When I picked up my first book by her, I knew it wouldn't be the last. And it hasn't been. I've read basically almost everything that has come out since, and that's saying a lot since I really pack my reading schedule tight and she's published LOTS of books. I was browsing her website one day and saw this one, read the first part of the synopsis, and I knew I would fall in love with this story. I wasn't wrong. Parker and Ben have a unique relationship--they've been friends, and only friends, for years. Everyone believes it's impossible for them to remain that way, but they've made it work. Parker's had a longtime boyfriend and Ben's had a string of girls over the years. After Parker's boyfriend dumps her, she wants to start living her life like Ben--just hook up with random guys. Ben doesn't really like this scenario, but he can't stop her when her mind's on something. Sadly, Parker can't get the hang of it. Until one night, the idea gets thrown out there about the two of them spending some time together behind closed doors. It would be casual, of course, and they would still remain friends. They've spent years without mixing friendship and pleasure, so it should be easy for them, right? Adding sex to their friendship becomes a great thing at first. It's explosive and it doesn't change the way they feel about each other or how they act with each other. Everything feels normal--they're just sleeping together. It doesn't take long before something deeper comes in, and feelings develop beyond just a friendship. When Parker's ex wants her back, it becomes an internal battle that neither one of them want to face. What was once something simple is now complicated since they crossed the line. The thing is, since that line has been crossed, is it possible to be friends again? Or have they made everything too complicated to ever go back? Blurred Lines was a brilliantly written romance with the perfect blend of friendship and love. Friends to lovers and friends with benefits are always some of the best stories to me. There's something about the dynamic of a friendship and crossing that line that is just so dangerous and appealing at the same time. Parker and Ben's relationship was perfection to me--before and after they start sleeping together. They have this thing they do called "talk or mute" which I found it to be the sweetest thing ever, and I swear, I might have to steal that when I find a guy of my own. Also? Billy Joel reference = BONUS POINTS. Lauren Layne definitely wrote a winner with Blurred Lines--it is, by far, my favorite story of hers. My Rating: Exceptional
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay book but missing chemistry between main characters!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Read it in one day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters! I fell in love with Ben instantly.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
When I saw some of the mixed reviews that this book was getting on Goodreads, I have to admit that I was a little nervous about jumping into it. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. I liked this book a lot. Something about the way that this story was told just worked perfectly for me. The main idea behind this novel isn't really original. Friends with benefits who end up wanting to be more than friends. If you are a fan of romance, I know that you have read a book with that general idea. You probably saw the movie too. This isn't even the first friends with benefits book that I have read this year now that I am thinking about it. Let's just say that there weren't a whole lot of surprises in this book but who cares because I really enjoyed the way that the story was told. This book is told from alternating points of view. I don't always like that method of storytelling but I think it worked really well in this case. I liked Ben and Parker and I really liked knowing what each of them were thinking. I think that this book would not have had the same impact if only it had only been told from one of the character's point of view. Each character had a wonderfully distinct voice and I never had to stop and think about who was telling the story. I liked the chemistry that the pair had together. Even at the very beginning of the story when they were both firmly in the friend zone, their interactions were comfortably fun with an underlying chemistry that they were keeping under control. Once the benefits portion of the book began and the need for control was gone, I really enjoyed watching the pair realize that what they had was different. When they came across the big problem in the story, I did want to sit both of them done and smack them. I don't know why they didn't just tell each other what they were feeling instead of making assumptions. They did talk things out fairly quickly and I liked how the book ended. I would recommend this book to contemporary romance fans that enjoy a good friends to lovers story. I am so glad that I discovered Lauren Layne's books. I just love the way that she tells a story and I am always left with a huge smile on my face. I am wondering if she sleeps because she seems to have a new book out every couple of months. I can't wait to get my hands on more of her work. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Ben Olsen & Parker Blanton have been best friends for the last 6 years, since college. They have also been platonic. She thinks of Ben as kind of a player. Parker has a boyfriend so she feels more settled. Ben and Parker are also roommates. This helps and hinders things depending on the opinion of who they are talking to at the time. They are truly best friends and care for one another. Ben has a lot of self doubt since he did not go into law school like the rest of his family. He think they think less of him, so he tends to think he is not worthy of a better life. Parker, meanwhile, enjoys her job, life, and boyfriend and is happy overall. Parker receives quite a blow, when her long-time boyfrined decides he has "not been feeling it for a while." So she is trying not to break over the fallout, and has a good support system to help her heal. Ben, being her best friend has ideas for her to heal of his own. Along with another friend from work - they take her out and teach her how to "hunt" for a date while single. She does not take to it as fast as they like and this discourages her. Parker and Ben have a good friendship and supreme trust. So when she turns to him and says maybe we should change our relationship up with sex? He agrees after some cajoling. He is a guy, after all. I think this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I know I loved the banter. The sexy times were both funny and hot. The friendship was charming, and sweet. Overall a really good read with an HEA for the reader. ***This ARC copy was given from and its publisher for review purposes only.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
I have read a number of books by this author. I loved this one just as well. What I like is that the story line pulls you in. It is one of those books you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. And before you know it you have read the whole book. This is really a story about friendship first, which over time develops into something more. Parker and Ben have been friends for years. After Parker’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she decides she wants to be like Ben. She wants to go out and just have casual sex. She doesn’t want it to mean anything. But something her mother said makes her realize she wants to have sex with her best friend. However, always in the back of their minds, is when the sex stops can they go back to being friends. While there was a bump in the road, best friends can remain friends even if sex is involved. There is very little cursing and the sex scenes are tastefully done. I also like the fact there is an epilogue. It lets you look into the future and see how things are working out. I think this gives closure. I look forward to reading additional books by this author.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Blurred Lines is the new adult/early 20s retelling of the " When Harry met Sally" movie. It stars Parker Blanton and Ben Olson as best friends and roommates that become lovers after Parker's boyfriend of 4 years breaks up with her. She would like to keep their friendship separate from the physical relationship. He develops romantics feelings for her, but fears losing her friendship. How will it end? Read and find out. I loved this refreshing look at the friends to lovers troupe. It was a fun story to read and I liked the karaoke story line. I am a huge fan of everything Lauren Layne writes! I recommend this book to fans of new adult and contemporary romance. I was given a free copy for an honest review by
MEGolden19 More than 1 year ago
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A New Adult story in the form of a more traditional romance is a refreshing change. There are no gimmicks, no “mystery” element that isn’t much of a mystery, no deals, bets, or games, and there is nothing supernatural or magical. Frankly, it’s a relief. In book world there seems to be a trend of 50 Shades-type fetishism, or a story with little to no plot that is only driven by sexual encounters. Layne gives us a story that we can become immersed in that is driven by Parker and Ben and the simplicity of their story. The dual narration is great- Ben is a normal guy whose thoughts and conversations aren’t profanity-laced idiocy masquerading as an authentic voice. He’s a strong character who is presented well on the page and in his interactions with other characters. Alternately, Parker is not a wishy-washy girl who doesn’t realize how amazing/attractive she is. She’s a realistically drawn, independent, confident character who can easily be a fictional role model for readers. As usual, Layne’s writing is spot-on. There are many genuinely funny, laugh-out-loud moments that are characteristic of her New Adult stories. She definitely knows her intended audience and her characters are always representative of them. The pacing is excellent, the plot progresses at an excellent rate, and although it seems as if there can’t possibly be a satisfying conclusion for both Parker and Ben, there is never a sense of being forced or rushed. Nor are there any overly sappy, trite moments that make readers want to gag. Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne- Definitely read this one. You won’t regret it.
psee More than 1 year ago
Another 5 Stars for Layne For fans of Layne and those new to her works, this book has a little of everything you could want in a book. Personally I love friends to lover stories and this one is great. Parker has been best friends with Ben since her freshman year in college and she has had a boyfriend from around her Sophomore year. Now two years out of college, things go astray when Parker's long term boyfriend breaks up with her. Luckily she has he BFF and roommate Ben to lean on. Along with her coworker Lori the two are going to help her get back into the dating or one night stand. Despite their best efforts Parker just can't do it because she doesn't feel comfortable with any of the prospects. That is about when she gets the crazy idea that maybe Ben can help her out with her dilemma. Things are great between them and they are even able to keep their solid friendship up despite the nights spent together in bed. The two get even closer after going away together with her family, something he had done prior to her having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, her ex is waiting when they get home and everything changes. Now not only is their arrangement null and void but words are exchanged and their friendship also goes up in flames. Weeks go by and both are pretty miserable, but when Parker's world is rocked by bad news it is Ben that she leans on and despite everything that has been said he doesn't hesitate to be there for her. Eventually with time, and a lot of angst for me as the reader, the two finally come clean with how they really feel for each other and we get a HEA. I absolutely loved this story. The characters are well developed and you can appreciate the relationship Parker and Ben have with each other. I love their little behaviors they have with each other and their banter is really funny. The only thing better is their chemistry which is an undercurrent throughout and really flares to life once they get together. Parker's family and her friends help to round out the story and help the build up with their relationship. Definitely a must read. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
Blurred Lines asks the age old question; Can I guy and girl really be friends? Parker and Ben meet their freshmen year in college and immediately hit it off. Six years later, their friendship is still going strong and the two of them are roommates. Everything is going great until Parker’s boyfriend dumps her. Parker knew things between her and her boyfriend weren’t quite right, but still this development surprises her. Parker now finds herself single for the first time in 5 years. She decides that the last things she wants is to jump into another relationship. So, Parker decides that she wants to take a play out of Ben’s book and just start having casual sex. And who better to be her wingman and to show her the ropes, but Ben! Only things aren’t working out quiet as what Parker was expecting, so a new game plan is order. What if she has casual sex with someone she knows and trusts? Sounds easy enough, right? What’s the worst that could happen? At first, the new arrangement with Ben and Parker is easy. They’re best friends, who just happen to be having mind blowing, earth shattering sex. But, what will happen when the lines start to blur? Will Ben and Parker take a chance on something amazing? What will happen when Parker’s ex decides he wants back in the picture? Will things ever go back to the way they were before after the dust settles? I am such a fan of friends to lovers romances and Blurred Lines does not disappoint. Blurred Lines is well written and pulls you in from the first page. I loved the friendship that Ben and Parker shared. Their friendship was easy and you could tell that they just really got each other. The two of them were like magnets, moving together so easily. Parker and Ben shared an amazing connection. You had to know that there was no way the two of them could hook up and keep things the way that they were. It was so much fun watching how things played out, seeing the lines blur, wondering how things would turn out. Blurred Lines was a quick and easy read for me. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. The characters were fun and easy to connect with. The story made me laugh, smile, swoon and fall in love. Blurred Lines had just the right amount of angst and romance. It was just the read I was looking for. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves friends to lovers romances. *I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.*
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Parker and Ben have been best friends and have been roommates since they were in college. They weren't really into each other in the beginning. You can feel that it was really platonic between the two of them. Ben was having sleepovers and Parker was in a committed relationship. Their world was ordinary: just Ben, Parker, and their banters until Parker got dumped by her long-time boyfriend and decided to get sex without any strings attached. This is where things got a little complicated.... She offered, and he was caught off-guard. He didn't really say no, after all he was a man, and he was not blind. The offer was very, very tempting... There goes the chemistry between these two... Sex was amazing, and their relationship didn't really changed. It evolved, into something deeper, something more meaningful. Something neither of them was ready for. Just when you thought everything was going well, and getting serious, here comes the ex... Parker's decision? It was unexpected. One of the most stupid things I've ever read. I wanted to go inside the book and shake the heck out of her. Argh. And I thought they were best friends. How can she think poorly of him? How can she do that to him? Indeed, Parker totally annoyed me at this point. What in the world is wrong with her? How can she not notice that this man, who have been right with her all along is the best thing that could ever happen to her? As for Ben, he might have started out as a manw***e, but as we get to know him more we get to see the real him, we realize that he has the potential to be a great boyfriend, he's sweet, caring, funny and really, really good in bed. Now if only Parker can see that potential. It's an old plot - I have read a dozen of this one, and still it never gets old. Falling in love with your best friend, and knowing its reciprocated might be the best thing that will ever happen to you. Considering that great relationships starts with being friends. It's sweet, sexy, and fun. Parker can be annoying sometimes but it didn't stop me from enjoying this book. Characters: 3.5 Plot: 4.5 Steam: 4 Overall: 4
Jen-Star-CrossedBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Lauren Layne has done it again! Her books always contain the perfect combination of sexiness, banter, family, friendship and love. And the writing always plays out like a movie in my head. I can visualize everything so clearly, yet I'm not weighted down with a ton of details. But this time around, I have a confession. Blurred Lines is now my favorite Lauren Layne book. Please don't tell Mitchell and Julie from After the Kiss, because while I love them dearly, there is something intricately special to me about reading a friends to lovers story. I've been there and done that when I was younger, but reading this twist on that trope still felt fresh to me. So YES! I. Loved. This. Book! Blurred Lines was truly intoxicating, and I can't wait for you to meet Parker and Ben. Parker Blanton and Ben Olsen have been best friends since their first year of college. After graduation, they moved in together and their arrangement worked great. But when Parker gets dumped by here boyfriend of almost 5 years, she decides that she wants to be more like Ben. Which is having meaningless yet hopefully hot sex with strangers. But a hiccup happens and now Parker is looking at Ben to be her one night stand man. And when they do take that next step, oh my goodness, the sex is scorching HOT! They were intimate, sexy and I loved every minute of it! But being friends and having sex creates cracks in their friendship. Where do they go from there? From the first chapter, I could feel the fun, love and closeness in their friendship. They had adorable little rituals like asking the other if they wanted to talk or mute when they were upset or seemed off. And the banter between the two of them was hilarious. I was laughing so hard that I was crying - hello Polly the doll ha! But the love they had for one another shined through loud and clear. Heck if I was Parker, I would be looking at Ben for sex too. That's because she could count on him and trust him completely, plus he always had her best interests at heart. Especially when he was sacrificing his own needs or wants to make her happy. And each time he did that, my heart would be crying yet at the same time be happy because he was such a true friend. Sigh, I loved Ben. Especially his inner dirty thoughts haha. But don't be mistaken, they were definitely not perfect or flawless. I mean, Ben was a player and Parker could be a hypocrite or clueless at times, but that made them that much more real. They screwed up, made mistakes and struggled with choices they made that were wrong. But you know what? When characters are imperfect, it makes it easier for me to relate or find little tiny pieces of myself in them. Those are always the characters that I will remember months and years down the road. So if you can't tell, Lauren Layne has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She has a knack for writing memorable stories that feel real and relatable. Especially when we get alternating points of view which allows me to understand Parker and Ben inside out. I easily found myself attached to both of them and became lost in laughing at their antics and then crying in sadness and happiness for what happened to them. Blurred Lines is a story that I will definitely be reading again and again in the future! If you haven’t read Parker and Ben’s story yet, I highly recommend it! *ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*