The thing I love about romance novels (other than the sexy bits and swoon-worthy HEAs, of course) is the VARIETY. Seriously, there is a romance novel for all tastes.
Like your romance hot and heavy? Erotic romance has you covered. Want something with a sprinkle of faith? Read an inspirational romance. Don’t care for regular guys? Try paranormal.
Even within the subgenres there a massive choice of styles, voices and tropes. Billionaires (because millionaires are so 2014) and marriages of convenience, cowboys and secret babies, amnesia (pregnesia!), wrong bed, sleeping with the boss…if you like it, there’s a romance novel out there for you.
Today I’m going to share one of my personal favorites: friends to lovers.
There are so many reasons why I love this trope, I guess part of it is that is seems so plausible. How many people fall for their friends? It happens all the time.
Of course, friends to lovers stories can be mixed in with other tropes as well—what if that friend was a rock star? Or was the brother of the heroine’s ex-boyfriend? Yep, see what I mean. Variety!
Here are a few wonderful stories that you should definitely check out if you’re a friend to lovers fan as well:
This is a really cute story that mixes the friends to lovers trope with a fake engagement. Wes and Dani have been BFFs since college but a single awkward kiss gone wrong has put them off ever trying to take their relationship further. When Wes’s sister announces her plans to appoint none other than the ex who left him high and dry a few years ago as her bridesmaid, he decides there’s no way he wants to face that alone. so he calls in reinforcements from his friend, Dani.
It wouldn’t be a recommendation list without a Sarah Mayberry book. This is another friends to lovers mixed with a fake engagement, but there’s also a whole lot of unrequited love. *swoon*
At the annual Valentine’s Ball Andie allows herself a moment of sheer fantasy to fill out an entry form for the Great Wedding Giveaway. Andie channels years of fantasy and yearning for Heath McGregor onto the page, but she never intends to actually enter the Giveaway. Afterall, they’re not engaged. The form, however, finds its way to into the hands of the judges and shenanigans ensue.
Get yourself a bottle of water – Rule of Three by Kelly Jamieson
Friends to lovers works equally well in erotic romance. Here you’ve got friends to lovers with a ménage twist. They totally had me at the tag line: Kassidy is a good girl who wants to be bad. Dag is a bad boy who is very, very good. And Chris? He likes to watch…
This story is filled with lots of steamy scenes but also had real heart and emotion at the core of it. If you can get past the fact that they have a character named Dag (which means something very unappealing in Australia) then this read is a lot of fun.
Are you a fan of the friends to lover’s trope? Tell me your recommendations below.
HI Stef! Friends to Lovers is one of my fav tropes too!ReplyDelete
Sarah Mayberry - any Sarah Mayberry - is a great rec. Thanks for the Kelly Jamieson one - just one clicked that sucker!
My recs would be - (and there are sooo many FTL out there its hard to narrow down) Just read Kelly Hunter's Casey which is an awesome friends to lovers. Another one I've loved is Victoria Dahl's Fanning the Flames, its a couple in their 40's too which gave it an extra layer of humour with adult children in the mix. And I adored Sold Short by Ainslie Paton.
That should be enough to be going on with ;-)
I've seen Casey a lot on Facebook lately, I might move that up my 'to buy' list! Thanks for the recs :)Delete
What a fun post. You've mentioned a few that I haven't read but yes, definitely to the Sarah Mayberry.
I have to confess I don't automatically pick up friends to lovers stories. I seem to be drawn to a back cover blurb that promised lots of sparks, more like an enemies or strangers to lovers plot. But I've read some beauties, including by our own Michelle Douglas and by Liz Fielding.
Aw, thanks for the mention, Annie. You know I'm partial to a friends to lovers theme...and they've proven a lot of fun to write too. :-) Also, I LOVE Liz Fielding's books...and you put us in the same sentence. Happy sighs. ;-)Delete
They're definitely often not as dramatic as some other tropes, but I think that's why i enjoy them so much. Sometimes I just don't want anything OTT!Delete
I love friends to lovers stories too, Stef. I also love Sarah Mayberry books although I haven't read one for a while, so must get cracking. Thanks for the recommendation, Amy. I download Kelly Hunter's Casey.ReplyDelete
Sarah Mayberry is incredible. She's definite writing goals!Delete
Friends to lovers is one of my favourite tropes too, Stef. And Sarah Mayberry has written one of my favourites called, funnily enough, "Her Best Friend." Another one that I totally adored was Jessica Gilmore's "Proposal at the Winter Ball." It's one of those tropes that can be so full of emotion...and risk! I haven't read any of the three you mention, though, so shall have to go and check them out! Love the sound of your recs too, AA. :-)ReplyDelete
I don't think I've actually read that SM book - I'll check it out! Yes, I agree that the risk element is so wonderful, especially when you get to the end. Thanks for the recs :DDelete
I too love a good friends to lovers troupe and I have read a lot of them over the years now I need to remember the titles LOL the memory is not what it used to be
Ha! I know what you mean, that's why I have to log all my books in GR otherwise I never remember the titles.Delete
I love me some friends to lovers. Hmmm, trying to think of some recs but none spring to mind...I have Mondayitis! I will definitely get the Sarah Mayberry one though, haven't read one of hers for a few years!ReplyDelete
She's definitely my go-to for those realistic, emotional reads :)Delete
Hi Stefanie, I've read your Sarah Mayberry recommendation and agree it's a good one! I love that blurb for the Kelly Jamieson book!ReplyDelete