”There’s no limit on how many times we can …hook up. No timeline. We stop when it stops being fun.”
Blurred Lines is a new stand alone book by Lauren Layne. I assume it will be a stand alone because I do not see a series attached to it yet. Parker and Ben meet in college and the book is set six years later so I would classify this book as NA.
Six years into their friendship, Parker and Ben are still proving everyone who said boys and girls can’t be just friends, wrong. They have lived together for several years without any temptation of crossover. Parker is in a serious relationship and Ben is a man whore who lives on bringing home a new woman whenever possible.
Everything changes when Parker’s boyfriend tells her he isn’t feeling it anymore and Parker is ready to go crazy. She is young, free and wants to just have sex and enjoy it. She feels like it has been way too long since her last sexual encounter, two months, and is ready to get back out there. Ben isn’t so sure she is ready and really doesn’t like the idea of Parker turning into….well, him. He goes along as her wingman hoping to keep her from making a big mistake and taking home the wrong guy.
Parker is still emotionally reeling from her breakup and isn’t getting into the whole hookup thing like she thought she would. Every time a guy talks he seems to ruin it. The only guy she has ever liked actually talking to is Ben and that gives her an idea. Why not hook up with Ben? They like each other, they can enjoy each other and then go back to how they were. She proposes her idea to Ben and though he resists at first, he is a twenty something dude being offered no-strings sex, so he accepts.
At first, things are going great. They have sex, lots of sex. Everything is just like it always has been except now they see each other naked. Then things start become different. Something happens in Parker’s life and she has a big decision to make. That decision will affect her and Ben’s future friendship and potential relationship. Parker is torn but her life has always been moving in one direction and now that something else is an option she doesn’t know what to do. Plus, how can she build a future on a man who has always made it clear he is not one for commitment? Both Parker and Ben face some big decisions and neither are sure what the right answer, to protect their hearts, really is.
Like I mentioned above, Blurred Lines is New Adult. I usually avoid NA because I never think the characters are mature enough but this is Lauren Layne, who is an auto-buy for me, and really I didn’t pay to much attention to their ages. There are some books with 24 year old characters who are very mature so I thought the age would be okay. Unfortunately, it really wasn’t.
I really never liked Ben or Parker. Parker spent most of the book slut-shaming. Every girl Ben brought home was an airhead, naïve, a slut or something along those lines. She wasn’t even nice to the one girl she called a friend. Her friend had a crush on Ben and instead of doing the right thing and telling her about the relationship with Ben, she just kept quiet. I don’t consider someone a friend if they do not disclose information like that. What made me dislike Parker the most is a decision she makes toward the end of the book. There is no rhyme or reason as to why she made the decision. It was dumb and very clear she shouldn’t have gone that route. So why did she? I don’t know and I don’t think it was ever explained very well.
Ben wasn’t much more likable. He was the definition of a man whore. Gasp…he went a day without shagging someone? The horror! At one point one of his women is wearing an article of clothing the previous one had left? Yuck. Not very funny at all.
Overall, I just wasn’t feeling them as a couple or individually. The book is still very sexy and Ms. Layne can write the heck out of a love scene but I didn’t connect with the characters. Fans of NA would enjoy this one and if you haven’t read Lauren Layne I would encourage you to give her books a shot. There are completely worth it. Final grade- C
“Just because we are hooking up doesn’t mean you can demand nonstop naked time-”
I let my own towel drop giving him an unobstructed view of my butt as I walk away.
“Okay maybe nonstop naked time is fine!” he calls.