Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

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

MY THOUGHTS

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.

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4 Comments on “Review: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne

  1. I have such a tough time with NA anymore, I’m not sure this would be the read for me but I do like that you broke your review down so honestly with what you did and didn’t like. Wonderful job!
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    • Thank you, Ali! I used to read a lot of NA, but lately I often feel dissatisfaction after I close the book. I guess after you’ve read so many titles you became pickier and it’s harder to find a winner. Let me know if you find a gem in this genre.

  2. I know she’s gaining popularity in this genre but this particular series hasn’t been getting the best reviews. I think I want to try her To Have and To Hold series (idk if that’s the title). I did wonder about this one, though. The cover sure looks very attractive to readers of this genre.

    Lovely review, Ksenia!

    • I guess Blurred Lines is more suited for those readers who enjoy NA. I’ve heard a lot of positive things about her The Wedding Belles series (To Have and To Hold is the first book), and I plan to read it soon. Looking forward to compare notes about it with you, Joy.

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