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Written by: Lauren Layne
Narrated by: Mason Lloyd, Allison Pike
Series: Love Unexpectedly, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 that 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.

©2015 Lauren LeDonne (P)2015 Tantor

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"It's my kind of book, sexy and witty, and the banter between the characters is off the charts." (Sidney Halston, author of Laid Out)

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  • Misty
  • 2015-12-02

All Kinds Of Feel Goods

I absolutely adored this book. It was very well written and completely addicting. And although completely predictable, it was the best kind of predictability when you need a book to swoon over. I can't wait to bust this book out in between deep, emotional reads when I need to smile and laugh.

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  • Britney S
  • 2016-06-12

Meh...

(shrugs) Meh...This book just didn't do it for me; like at all. I've always liked the concept of friends becoming lovers. I know its a line that some wouldn't cross, but that's never really been my issue. Any who, this book just missed the mark for me. I'm sure it gets all angsty toward the middle and blah, blah, blah, but I couldn't even finish it.

It felt kind of incestuous. I mean, in the beginning of the book they go on and on about how they have never seen each other as sexual beings and he's more like a brother and she's this annoying sister he's never had and blah, blah, blah. And then all of a sudden you're having sex?? Really? And it wasn't even good sex to boot..(at least not in my opinion.) To put it simply, the sex scenes were sub par. I mean, if you're going to risk your friendship shouldn't the chemistry be out of control? Shouldn't the sexual tension be thick enough to cut with a chainsaw. People should be literally chocking on the pheromones you and this person give off when they are in the same room as the two of you. I didn't get any of those things from this book. The narration was good though.

Take my advice. If you're looking for a book that does friends to lovers perfectly with the hot sex, heart racing tension and angst, listen to Before Jamaica Lane, by Samantha Young. You will not regret it.

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  • Crystal
  • 2017-04-18

it was a god book but some frastratimg times

they story was good but it was frustrating when they just couldnt communicate that what got me they did so well thats why they are like best friends but they complicate things still good but when is too late thats when they notice but any way it was good

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  • Jessica - KaleidoscopesAndPolkaDots.Co
  • 2020-02-26

Redemption, friendship, & ❤️

This was such a great story. I really enjoying the banter, the friendships and, most of all, their love story. ❤️

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  • Joe
  • 2019-02-08

Hot damn rating?

The female voice sounded like she was on speed. She spoke in shot gun blasts, speaking so fast at times you can't understand her. The story had no heart, I lost interest 1/4 way through.

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  • Sarah
  • 2018-12-03

Great

I truly think Mason Lloyd did a great job with narrating Ben's voice. the story was exceptional and really enjoyed listening as I saw this in Chapters.

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  • Audiobookhoe
  • 2018-07-19

Just ok

The set up for this friends to lovers eventual fwb story was cool, but nothing special. All the love scenes are closed door and took almost half the book to get to(it’s not a long read) but don’t go into detail.

Parker was a little too mom-ish for my taste; she cleans and washes his clothes. He’s super dependent on her and he’s nothing special so I have clue what she saw in him outside of looks. Ben was a little too sexist for my taste. Gender roles were too traditional for my taste in general with this book. I ignore it normally as long as it’s not overdone but Ben was just useless outside of sex so I didn’t really connect to him. The narrators worked to improve the story but it just wasn’t enough.

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  • OwlEyez
  • 2016-11-04

Friendship

An example of friends and the reality of life. Watch as these two handle each other's friends. Then they have to figure out how to handle each other. Love the dialogue.

Mason Lloyd is a wonderful narrator. Allison Pike speaks too fast. Maybe it's just me.

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  • J.
  • 2016-10-15

One word... amazing!

omg I LOVE these books! they are A M A Z I N G good!!!!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2016-10-02

loved it!!!

hilarious, passionate romance!!! Love the story line and characters!!! Narrators were excellent and made the book even better!!! :-) Love Laura Layne's books!!!

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