Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fun - Friends to Lovers

Pink Heart Society regular, Stefanie London, is talking about one of her very favourite tropes...friends to lovers!

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 2009) 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 lovers trope? Tell me your recommendations below. 

Stefanie London's latest book is The Tycoon's Stowaway:

The one that got away…Luxury yacht tycoon Brodie Mitchell and dancer Chantal Turner haven’t seen each other since that fateful night when the searing heat between them ignited, devastating everything in its wake. Yet it’s clear that their fire has never dimmed.

Eight years ago their irresistible attraction was forbidden. Now they’re both single, and Brodie’s determined to get Chantal out of his system. Even if he can only offer a no-strings fling… On his yacht, exploring the electric chemistry between them, Brodie finds his eyes opened to what he really wants – what he’s always wanted: Chantal.

This time he’s going to tame his little stowaway… for good!

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  1. This is one of my favorite romance tropes. I hope to write a really good friends to lovers story one day. I've read both your sweet and sexy picks and I loved them both as well. Harlequin's Romance line had a good run of them as well in years past--put some nice spins on the hook. Can't wait to see what's next for you, Stefanie. I loved your Presents book!

    1. Thank you!! It's such a fun story to write, I hope you get the chance to do it :)

  2. Stefanie, have you seen "One Small Hitch"? It was a cute movie that was a friends to lovers/engagement of convenience type story. I think it had a fairly small budget (maybe a TV movie or independent film), so I'm not sure how available it is world wide, but it was a good "rainy Sunday afternoon" movie, as I like to call them. ;-)

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, Jill. I can't say I've heard of it but I'll look it up. Sounds like my cup of tea! :)

  3. I really like this theme:

    my recs:
    Hot in Here by Sophie Renwick
    Eye Candy by Dorie Graham
    anything by Sarah Mayberry
    Pure Temptation by Vicki Lewis Thompson
    A Cowboy to Come Home to by Donna Alward

    1. I so agree with 'anything by Sarah Mayberry' - she's amazing! Thanks for all the other recommendations, I'm familiar with a few of these authors but haven't read these particular books. I'll definitely check them out!

  4. Night Moves by Julie Kenner
    Seducing Simon
    Her Best Friend's Lover by Shiloh Walker
    Hot Heads by Damon Suede
    Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

  5. Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre
    Conveniently Wed by Angela Moore
    The Christmas Bargain by shanna Hatfield (characters knew each other from school but not well..

    I'll stop now

  6. Hot and Bothered by Kate Meader
    Photo Op by Jesse Dee
    The Baby That Changed Her Life by Louisa Heaton

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  8. From Best Friend to Bride by Jules Bennett
    Going All the Way by Tanya Michaels