Author: Lauren Layne
Love Unexpectedly #1
Love Unexpectedly #1
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
I love friends to lovers books and this one by Lauren Layne was so good! I loved Parker. I loved Ben. Their dynamic was stellar. I loved that even though Ben enjoys going out and meeting women, he'll cancel all plans to be there for his best friend when he thought she needed him. They had me laughing at their silliness. I cried. When you know how perfect two characters are together, the feels are overwhelming
Blurred Lines was my first Lauren Layne read and I'll certainly be reading more of her books! The story was light and fun with just the right touch of drama. Both Parker and Ben were likable and funny. It's the typical best friends to lovers trope [aka my bread n' butter] but the plot development didn't seem too typical? Not sure how to explain it, but the story took a small turn I didn't expect and had my heard aching bad.
There is a love triangle (Parker does start off with a boyfriend after all) but it's not a major theme and isn't present for a huge chunk of the book. I actually liked it, or at least how it played into the story. I've started to question whether or not I really do dislike love triangles or not now though haha.
Often times, I find myself preferring one character over the other but both MCs had half my heart in Blurred Lines. I think the biggest reason why is how open and honest both characters were to each other. It was obvious that they were besties, and I felt the way that Parker and Ben's romantic relationship developed felt very natural. It wasn't a wam-bam-woah-I-actually-love-you kind of scenario. There were highs and lows, and their dialogue would always have me smiling. Sure, there was a part I wanted to shake some sense into both of them but the confession and ending made up for their stubbornness.
Blurred Lines is a must for readers looking for some cute, grin and giggle-inducing, best friends to lovers romance! You'll for sure be waving #TeamParkerxBen flags and joining me on this ship ;)
**ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you, Loveswept!)
Extras: Character Casting