May 10, 2017

Just Friends? Read these Friends-to-Lovers Romance Novels

“And you say he’s just a friend? And you say he’s just a friend?

Oh baby youuuuuuuuu.”

-scratches record-


Judging by the title and the opening lyrics, you know that this post will be about one of my favorite tropes in romance: friends-to-lovers. It’s a storyline that has been done many times over and because it is quite successful, we’ll continue to see our fair share of these.

Now while it has been done many times, it is not always done well.


Here are my favorite friends-to-lovers romance novels, along with the publisher’s’ description.

Tempt Me At Midnight by Maureen Smith

Very few people create sensual romances like Maureen Smith. I like this particular friends to lovers romance because the connection was very organic.

“Lexi Austin is living a fantasy. At the stroke of midnight, in the most romantic country in the world, a masked stranger sweeps her into his arms. But when the man turns out to be Quentin Reddick, Lexi’s best friend since college, the celebrity chef knows she’s in trouble. He may be the most irresistible man on the planet, but the powerhouse attorney is also the world’s hardest partying bachelor.

The sensual woman he kissed on New Year’s Eve is a world away from the fast-talking tomboy Quentin always thought of as a kid sister. Back home in Atlanta, he plans to show Lexi that he’s a one-woman man. As desire reignites—even hotter than before—he’ll tempt her with his passion. Seduce her with his love. And together, they’ll ring in the new year—and every year—in each other’s arms….”

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

I’ve always been a fan of the On Dublin Street series. Olivia and Nate have had palpable chemistry since fans were first introduced to them so I knew that these friends would soon turn into more.


“Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.

Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.

The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever….”

Bending the Rules by Christina C Jones

Sure, there are rules. But rules are also made to broken, or at least bent from time to time. Justin was a best-selling author, Toni was  his best friend and former literary agent. A  romance book about books and the publishing industry?  Add in a little friends to enemies to friends again drama and I’m sold. They thought that they’d just be friends but everyone you know that was a lie this was a solid addition and ending to the right brother series.


“Justin and Toni were friends.


Besties, with a whole list of life rules developed over a friendship that started when they were kids. As long as they stuck to the rules, even when they blended a business relationship into the friendship, things went off without a hitch.

But then one of them broke the rules – It was Justin. Justin broke the rules- and Toni has been mad about it ever since.

She’s spent the last several years traveling the globe to cultivate her business, but now she’s back in town. Her only goals? Help her parents with “Mr. Bestseller’s” signing at the store, help them pack up their house to sell, and get out of town without too much interaction with her former best friend.

Mr. Bestseller has different goals.

He broke the rules – no getting around that, and he’s not trying to. His main goal now that Toni is finally home is to get her to hear him out… and get his friend back.

Neither of them anticipated that the rift in their relationship would be the catalyst for seeing each other in a whole different light. But now that they do, they’re wondering if it may be time to make some amendments to those rules.

Or at the very least… bend a few.”


What are you favorite books with this favorite trope? Let me know in the comments below!

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Natalya Muncuff

Natalya Muncuff

Natalya is an Account Manager by day and writer by night. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is somehow keeping track of 55 television shows. You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on Twitter @NatalyaMuncuff.
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