19 May 2016

Book Review: Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly, #1) by Lauren Layne

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Loveswept
Published: 25th August 2015
Pages: 254
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Parker, Ben
Date Read: 1st May - 3rd May 2016

Rating Given:
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Synopsis:In a novel that's perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author 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.

   I received a review copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I do love this cover and yes the reason why I love it is that the image is in black and white with a shot of colour in the title making it pop. I do like that the cover is romantic as it ties in with the story.

Another Lauren Layne book that I have very much enjoyed. I pretty much enjoyed two-thirds of the story as I loved the friendship to lovers part of the story as you could tell that both of these characters wanted each other. The was some great humour in this story which was down to the banter between Parker and Ben especially in the beginning whilst they where just friends. I loved that even though there was some moments that where a little sad this was a nice light hearted read. For me the reason why I could rate this book any higher was the last part of the book as I didn't like the way in which Parker and Ben treated each other especially Parker. The actual end of the story was back to being cute even if it was a little rushed it was still enjoyable.

I kind of had a bit of a love/hate feeling towards the main characters especially Parker. For the most part I actually liked Parker as she seemed like a real person but then towards the end I actually thought she was a bit of a hypocrite and I hated the way in which it came across as her using Ben. Ben was out typical player but even so he came across like any young guy but the way in which he was there for Parker was so cute although he did have his moments. 

Overall, it was an enjoyable read I just wished the end part of the story matched up to the beginning.