Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

Title: Blurred Lines
Author: Lauren Layne
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars


This book taught me one thing: our enjoyment and rating of the book hugely depend on our expectations. My 3 Stars rating is the result of my disappointment. And it’s actually funny, because I picked this book on a whim. I haven’t even read the blurb. And you can ask me what expectations I am talking about if I haven’t read the blurb. You see my expectations were not about this particular book, but about a Book written by Lauren Layne. I know she writes great romances, she brings to life interesting characters and I love her humor. Also her books are sexy, and she manages to make sexy scenes meaningful. She doesn’t write them just to make us all hot and bothered. So yes, I had expectations about Blurred Lines. In the end I got an average NA romance. Good quality, but still average. It felt like a step down for Lauren Layne.

This story is about Parker (girl) and Ben (guy), best friends and roommates. Parker is happy with her serious boyfriend Lance and Ben is happy being womanizer. Then Lance broke up with Parker she proposes Ben to became friends with benefits. She wants to have sex, but don’t have time and inclination to date, so Ben is perfect candidate. At first this sounds like a crazy idea, but as they start this new page in their relationship, it works. Sex is amazing, friendship is here. But would it be enough or would this arrangement end up in heartbreak?

What I didn’t like?

  1. This book is written in first dual POV as many books in NA genre are. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I think I prefer Lauren Layne’s books written in third POV. I always proclaimed myself as a Reader who loves first POV, but first dual POV begin to grate on my nerves. I prefer first single POV, where we still have some intrigue about thoughts of another main character.
  2. I missed humor while reading Blurred Lines (like in New York Finest series).
  3. I missed angst and emotions (like in Broken).
  4. I missed characters’ growth (like in Isn’t She Lovely).
  5. Sexy times while plentiful were less meaningful.

If you gave me this book without naming the author I wouldn’t guess it was written by Lauren Layne. She set high bar for romance and I guess my problem with this book was that I expected a different story. My review on this book came out like a negative one, but I didn’t mean it this way. It’s a solid “friends become more” NA romance and if you are in the mood for such a story I’m sure you would enjoy it.

Audiobook review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Narrator: R.C.Bray


A mission to Mars.
A freak accident.
One man’s struggle to survive. Read More

Review: Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) by Lauren Layne

Title: Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3)
Author: Lauren Layne
My rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


I admit I had difficulties rating this book. On one hand I enjoyed this book, on the other I had a lot of issues, and I can’t look past them.

Jill and Vincent are long-time partners and best friends. Being a homicide detective is hard, but they make a good pair. It’s easy for Vincent to be a “bad cop”, when Jill is a natural “good cop”. Read More

Review: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Title: Boys Don’t Knit
Author: T.S. Easton
My rating: 5 of 5 Stars


I’m always on the lookout for books with well-done male POV. Boys Don’t Knit is such a little gem, and I wish it got more attention.

Ben Fletcher is your average teenage boy. Well, maybe not so average, but, hey, we all have our quirks. Read More

Audiobook review: Branded (The Cavanaugh Brothers #1) by Laura Wright

Title: Branded (The Cavanaugh Brothers #1)
Author: Laura Wright
Narrator: Kaleo Griffith
Story rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Branded take place in a small Texas town. When owner of the Triple C – a ranch that sustains the town passes away his three sons return home. They left their hometown after tragic death of their little sister and they don’t want to have anything with the ranch. Actually the oldest son Deacon would stop at nothing to destroy the ranch. Mac is the foreman of the Triple C and their sister’s childhood friend. She also happens to have a crush on Deacon when she was a girl. As they battle for the ranch they can’t deny their mutual attraction. Read More

Life update

It’s been very quiet here. It’s hard to believe but I haven’t posted anything since May. I’m a little bit rusty, sorry for my English.

So where have I been? I’ve been very busy in real life. I admit that I had time to post from time to time, but I didn’t. Why? It’s just that (like a true addict) I prefer to be completely immersed in the blogosphere: post my reviews and discussions, visit different blogs, chat with my bookish friends on GR. These last several months I only had time for a rare comment here and there and a post once a month, so I decided to make a full disappearing act.

I believe I’ve mentioned my medical background. I’m a radiologist. This year I’ve made an important professional decision. I’m going to begin my Ph.D. program in a couple of weeks and I’m excited about it. June and July was a whirlwind of applications, studies and exams. I’m so happy my husband supports my plans. I admit I had my doubts, because of financial aspect and family-time that I undoubtedly would have to sacrifice, not to mention my hobbies such as reading, blogging and my pottery class.

In August I spent three wonderful weeks with my family in the countryside. We all needed that break.

Also my oldest son went to two weeks ago for the first time. I worried about it more than he. Lol. Their good-bye celebration in the kindergarten was such a bittersweet experience for me. My little boy all grown up.

I won’t be able to post and comment as frequently as I used to, but I hope to manage. I have so much on my plate right now, sometimes I feel like I’m trying to hold too much in my palm and that I would eventually drop something.


During my hiatus I missed all of you so much. I’m happy to finally be back. It probably would take me a while to catch up, but you’ll see my comments on your blogs soon. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. All new releases that I’ve missed. I’m dying to read your reviews.

Audiobook review: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Title: The Boy Most Likely To
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Jorjeana Marie
Story rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. Read More

Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Title: Act Like It
Author: Lucy Parker
My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


“Almost every night, between nine and ten past, Lainie Graham passionately kissed her ex-boyfriend. She was then gruesomely dead by ten o’clock, stabbed through the neck by a jealous rival. If she was scheduled to perform in the weekend matinee, that was a minimum of six uncomfortable kisses a week. More, if the director called an extra rehearsal or the alternate actor was ill. Or if Will was being a prat backstage and she was slow to duck.”

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Audio Obsession #9. Audiobooks with multiple narration.

Audio Obsession is a feature where I spread my love for audiobooks around blogosphere. Here you’ll see all things audio related.

If you know me at all you know that I love audiobooks, and I try to get more people to listen to audio format. Several of my friends complained that they have problems getting into the story, when one narrator performs several characters. So I’ve made a list of audiobooks with multiple narration. I’ve listened to several of them myself; others are praised by my fellow audiobook lovers. Click on the cover and you’ll find the book on GR. Read More

Review: Fall with Me (Wait for You #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Fall with Me (Wait for You #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout


Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Read More