I’ve always loved a friends-to-lovers story. And I’ve loved them for a very long time. Oh my how I held my breath when Anne (of Green Gables) realised she’d fallen in love with Gilbert Blythe. When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favourite films ever. And some of my favourite authors have written friends-to-lovers stories too. Anyone for Jennifer Crusie’s Anyone But You or The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James? And if you haven’t read Sarah Mayberry’s Her Best Friend, do yourself a favour and go get a copy NOW!
So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that my May release -- First Comes Baby… -- is a friend-to-lovers story. When Ben agrees to be Meg’s sperm donor he doesn’t think anything will change (I have to say I’m rather partial to a clueless hero too), but as soon as she’s pregnant he starts to see her in a different light. A very different light. And being the focus of Ben’s undivided attention is suddenly making Meg’s pulse-rate quicken in the most disconcerting way. Cue a comfortable relationship suddenly turned on its head and being tested to its limits. The thing is, though, it’s not just a comfortable relationship. It’s the most important relationship of their lives. To lose that friendship would mean losing a part of themselves.
I’ve been lucky with the title on this one. It reverberates on more than one level. Until Meg is pregnant, Meg and Ben’s relationship is stable. Once there’s a baby on the way, though, everything changes. And at the heart of the story is the idea of “first.” Till now, Meg has always put Ben first—his needs, his desires and his well-being. Now with a baby on the way, she has to put the baby’s needs first. He, of course, finds that unbelievably confronting. While she is torn.
And that, my friends, is why I love this theme so much. There is so much at stake. Lovers can come and go, but your best friend can anchor your whole world. To mess with that friendship could mean destroying and losing one of the most important relationships you will ever have.
So, do you like a friends-to-lovers story? Does this theme call to you? Or is there a different kind of story that speaks to you more?