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Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

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by Lauren Layne

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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


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.

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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.

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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 a New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming a writer, she worked in e-commerce and Web marketing. In 2011 Lauren and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where she decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite Lauren’s ardent assurances to her husband that it would take only three). Since then, she’s gone on to publish ten books, including those in the bestselling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, with more stories always in the works. Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and their spoiled Pomeranian. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

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Blurred Lines 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great quick-read by a great author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm enjoying the stories by Lauren Layne. She has a different style of writing with great plots. "Good Girl" was a very interesting contemporary romance story. I look forward to reading others by this author and others under the Loveswept label. LA-TXN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development & writing. Definitely worth the purchase. Love this author.
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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 together...in 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 Netgalley.com 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 netgalley.com.
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.