My next book, The Billionaire’s Best Friend, will release on June 17th. Last time I blogged, I mentioned some of the more challenging (at least to me) parts of the friends-to-more or friends-to-love trope. This time, I thought it would be fun to visit some of my favorite CCR that has the friends-to-more trope. Because there are a lot of great ones out there!
As hard as I struggle sometimes when I’m writing this trope, I really do enjoy it when it’s done well. Because there’s something about that fingernail biting time where one (or both) of the friends is on the cusp of trying to change the relationship and they’re agonizing about whether or not to take the plunge.
Because it could be glorious!
But they could also end up losing more than they bargained for.
So while this is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, here are some friends-to-more books that I have enjoyed greatly.
First up is An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh. I love that this one just is all in, right from the start. Because not only is it friends to more, it’s a marriage of convenience! In some ways, being friends makes the MOC work really well. Because of course this is something friends would do for one another. But on the flip side? It really pushes the problems of the change in relationship into the forefront. But I loved how Toni handled it. Plus, the hero had adorable kids who really added to the story.
Next, also friends-to-more combined with marriage of convenience, is Marrying Mandy by Melanie Snitker. I loved that in this one, Preston was already half in love with Mandy at the very beginning, despite her having seriously friend zoned him. And so his suggestion of a marriage of convenience is one that is kind of self serving, but also it really does have the potential to solve her problems. And he’s such a gentleman–despite his care for her, he lets her set the pace in that transition out of the friend zone.
Then there’s Lavender and Lace by Tara Grace Ericson. This one is fun because it’s got a bit of hidden/mistaken identity to it as well. Lavender and Emmett are friends…online. They don’t actually know each other in person until she’s hired to help with his social media. In person, they aren’t fast and immediate friends, but the potential is there. And it’s fun to see that push-pull of the online friendship at odds with the in person fighting and frustration.
Another is The Breakup Project by Carolyn Miller. This has a fun twist on the friends to more trope because, in addition to being friends in their own right, he’s also her brother’s friend. So there are some extra, fun reasons for him to be in the friend zone.
Older, but still fabulous, is A Lesson in Love by Autumn Macarthur. I love her books set in the UK (because hello free vacation without all the travel delays) and Fraser is almost the perfect hero all around. Who doesn’t want a handsome Scot?
For me? The Billionaire’s Best Friend isn’t my only friends-to-more story. A Heart Reconsidered is book six of the Peacock Hill series. Claire and Danny have spent the previous five books as friends–a little unrequited love along the way from both sides, just never at the same time. And it all comes to a head at the end, because Claire is tired of the friend zone.
My very first book ever, Wisdom to Know, is a friends to more as well. Kevin has been in love with his best friend, Lydia, since high school. But she’s got him so firmly in the friend zone, she doesn’t always remember he’s not her brother. In fact, that whole first series is mostly friends to more. Courage to Change (book 2) is. Joint Venture–a prequel that I have listed as book 4–is. And there are elements of friends to more in book 3 (Serenity to Accept) as well as book 5 (Pathway to Peace).
Books 2 and 4 (Muffins & Moonbeams as well as Donuts & Daydreams) of my Arcadia Valley Series are friends to more.
And finally, because I really could go on and on, my book A Dash of Daring is also friends to more.
Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite friends to more books (CCR, please!) What are your thoughts on the trope? I’ll choose one commenter on Saturday, June 11, to get their choice of my friends to more titles.