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text 2017-03-29 17:12
Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne 99 cents
Blurred Lines - Lauren Layne

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.

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text 2016-09-12 16:33
You Make Me By Erin McCarthy Free!
You Make Me (Blurred Lines) (Volume 1) - Erin McCarthy

The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend in frat president Ethan.

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

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review 2016-05-25 00:00
Blurred Lines (Blurred Lines Volume 1)
Blurred Lines (Blurred Lines Volume 1) - Breena Wilde A little edgy Pretty Woman anyone?

This was a quick read that I didn't want to end. The opening to Blurred Lines is so in your face, there isn't any easing into what our female lead does for a living. Cadence is getting out of the business and all she has to do is finish one more job without screwing it up. Sometimes fate and chance have their own ideas about what path or room we end up in. Now, Cadence has found her prince ... her Richard Gere, but she gained a very pissed off pimp. Overall a good read.
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text 2016-03-16 03:57
Blurred Lines (Lauren Layne) - DNF Review
Blurred Lines - Lauren Layne

DNF'ed at 38%

NOPE. Not working for me. It is not the writing's fault -- Lauren Layne writes wonderfully, the friendship feels unforced, and I liked the banter.

BUT, there is a reason why I don't particularly eager with YA/NA genre in overall. I can't connect with the themes most of the time. I mean in this book, in the first 38%, what I got was basically Parker being dumped, and she thought about doing casual sex, and I assumed it would be for the last 62% as Ben and Parker moved to the lovers part of their relationship.

That was my problem. I wanted MORE than that. Okay, disregard of my asexuality, what I want when I read about new adults are things that 'happened' to me at that age. Getting my first job, dealing with paying taxes for the first time, having money to finally travel ... ability to do my hobby now that I have MY OWN money, navigating office politic as the new girl, getting performance review and fret about it, going out with colleagues after office hours, etc., etc. I couldn't care less about Parker not having sex for the past two months, or how Ben thought it was 'not healthy'.

I guess I want to read about new adults who EMBRACE the outside world now that they are, well, 'adults', rather than just focusing on romance and relationship. Man, I loved it when I was able to travel SOLO when I got my first paycheck. It was the sense of financial independence -- not having to go back to my parents and ask for money. Sure, love and relationship matters, but I want it to be just one facet in a new adult story, not the core of it.

So yeah, this didn't work for me on that level. I couldn't connect with their problem. Not one bit. Better quit now than later. And go back to ADULT romance instead.

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review 2016-03-08 00:00
Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs) (Volume 1)
Blurred Lines (Cops and Docs) (Volume 1) - Kd Williamson This book is not perfect, but it certainly made me feel 5 stars, so it's getting a full 5 stars from me.

Let's start to say what the book could be, but it is not.
It isn't a crime novel.
Somehow I was expecting a crime novel; you know, Cops and Docs series sounds like police cases and legal medicine. Also, hints about Rizzoli & Isles fanfic made me think in that direction.
So I read it with this kind of anticipation.
At the beginning, when Kelli and her partner were shot by some criminals, I thought we were going to search, find and nail them.
Later, when Nora gets in trouble, I thought Kelli was going to be the police superdetective, to solve the matter and be her heroine.
Well, no way. This is not a crime novel at all.

So what is this book?
In two words: pure romance.
But oh, what romance! Psychology is great. I never saw two characters more in tune with each other. They really, affectionately, wholeheartedly like each other.
Attraction, flirting, sweet anticipation, reciprocal consideration (with thoughtful speech and actions), dialogue, friendship, true desire to be together, it's all there.
Now, to state the truth, the whole thing is not very realistic. Indeed it's a bit pushed. Nora's isolation was a bit too much to keep her a healthy human being if it was real. Kelli is a little too perfect. Also Nora's trouble at work sounds a little created as a pretext for romance development.
But hey! The result is wonderful.
Yes, I do have a soft spot for "defrosting ice queens", but Nora was really moving for me. So helpless in her compulsive refusal to get involved in any sort of human relationship and yet we clearly see she is so great and innocent inside. I was totally sold out for her.
And Kelli was so a perfect match for her. All butchy, but with a feminine heart as big as the sea. A very lovely contrast. And her crass speech is so funny and cathartic with bullies!

I'm almost afraid to read the sequel, fearing that some mess may come between those two.

Blurred Lines got to my heart, and goes straight to my favorites.
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