Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.
It’s Valentines Day! We’ve already done a list of books that are perfect for Valentines Day if you want to check that out. But for Top Ten Tuesday this weeks topic is is all about the romance tropes/types. We’ve decided to pick one of our favourite tropes – Friends to Lovers. We love relationships that start out with mutual support and trust with someone who truly knows you and that slowly turns into something more. We love how deep and strong the connection can be when it’s between best friends turned lovers.
So here are our favourite top ten books with the Friends to Lovers trope:
1. Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
Dating Sarah Cooper was a super cute, fluffy YA lesbian contemporary. It had a super-duper shippable romance between Katie and Sarah, who have been best friends since 2nd grade. They were mistaken for a couple, so they continue the fake relationship until it becomes real. Dating Sarah Cooper is a perfect read for someone looking for a f/f friends-to-lovers trope AND the fake-dating trope.
I’m probably cheating a bit by putting both Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel and If You Could Be Mine under one number, but they are by the same author so.. shhh! Both of these feature the friends-to-lovers trope, but Tell Me Again How A Crush Should feel is a fluffier and happier read. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel is about Leila and how she deals with her feelings and her attraction to women, and she ends up coming closer to an old friend, Lisa. If You Could Be Mine is a more tragic read about two girls in love in an oppressive regime, and they have to make some difficult choices – definitely not as happy or as fluffy as her other novel.
3. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
When the Moon Was Ours is, simply put, a beautiful book. At the heart of this book there is a love story between Meil and Sam and it’s a beautiful one at that. It was first and foremost a friendship (they have always been inseparable) that developed into a romantic relationship. They are supportive and protective of each other. A truly heart-warming love story. When the Moon Was Ours is also a great #ownvoices book. Meil is a Latina MC in love with Sam, a Pakistani transgender boy.
4. Dirty London by Kelley York
Dirty London was a really good f/f book. The main highlight of this book was London’s relationship with those around her. I loved her dynamic with her sister Jasmine. I loved her relationship with Amber and Wade. The friendship between London and Amber was platonic at first which ended in romance. It also has the fake-dating trope with Wade, but it doesn’t end how most fake-dating tropes end because London never once questions her sexuality, which was good. While the family dynamics was at the center of the book, the romance was a subtle move to friendship to romance which I really liked.
5. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Far From You is a all-time favourite read of mine. Sophie is a recovering drug addict, who was left disabled by a car accident. It was told in two alternative time lines, one present and one past. Mina, Sophie’s best friend and her girlfriend in secret, was murdered and although everyone thinks it was a drug deal gone wrong, Sophie knows better. I loved the romance between Sophie and Mina, their love and chemistry and their long friendship made it an easy relationship to love.
6. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
Labyrinth Lost is an original and compelling book filled with lots of culture, mythology and tradition. Alex, our main character, is bisexual and there is a love triangle between Nova, a new acquaintance, and Rishi, Alex’s best friend. But Alex end’s up with Rishi. Rishi was a good character, but I do wish we had seen more of her, and more of her relationship with Alex because it didn’t have too much focus or development, but it did feature the friends-to-lovers trope!
7. On the Fence by Kasie West
On the Fence is a nice contemporary scoring low on cringe-worthy moments. Charlie, who is a tomboy and has grown up with three protective brothers, and thus knows how to bad-mouth and out do all the other boys. Along with her three brothers, Charlie includes her neighbour, Braden as an honorary brother. So Charlie and Braden have a close relationship having grown up neighbours and close friends. The romance was slow burn with some really good development, they had cute late night ‘fence chats’. A cute romance between close friends.
8. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
The main romance in Of Fire and Stars is between Denna and Mare. They didn’t know each other at beginning of book, so it was a new and hesitant friendship. Denna was betrothed to Mare’s brother. Denna’s and Mare’s hate-to-friends-to-love relationship was what I enjoyed most about Of Fire and Stars. I loved their budding friendship and slow-burn romance and their absolute unabashed devotion towards one another. They have a subtle change from friendship to romance, so it is definitely a slow burn romance.
9. Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas
The relationship in Keeping Her Secret is between Courtney and Riya, and is ultimately a friends-to-lovers relationship, but it is in fact more complicated. It goes from friends to lovers, to enemies when they shared a secret kiss and essentially ‘broke up’. But then they reconnect in summer camp and they engage in an all out prank war. It was a cute and fun summer read. Together, Riya and Courtney have some really great chemistry and development.
10. The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson
The romance in the Gold Seer series is between Lee and her childhood friend Jefferson. It’s a slow-burn, developed and more friendship based in the first novel, but in the second novel it becomes a soul-crushingly cute romance between the two.
What are your favourite romance tropes?