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Top Ten Tuesday – February 14, 2017: Friends-to-More Romance

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 14, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About X Romance/Trope! I have so many favorites but friends-to-more is one of my top choices for romance!  

The Friends-to-More romance is one of my favorite tropes! Whether it’s best friends who have known each other for a long time or two recent friends who start to have feelings for each other, I just love the trope in any way! I’ve created a few posts about it including the Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend post (both one and two) and I started compiling a Comprehensive List for my favorite trope, which I hope to keep updated the more books I find that fit the list! Here are a few of my favorites for today’s Top Ten Tuesday!

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West  | Goodreads | Amazon

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is my go-to for this trope but you know what… I MAY love the romance in ON THE FENCE even more. Dare I say it? ANNA will still be my top contemp but I just love this one from Kasie West!


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | Goodreads | Amazon

My top contemporary booooook! I’m sure if you’ve been on my blog, you know everything that I have to say on this.


The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas | Goodreads | Amazon

Titus and Iolanthe!!!! They became an instant OTP as soon as I started reading this series. Gah, I just love them in every way.


emmy & oliver book cover

EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway | Goodreads | Amazon

I haven’t read many books that are childhood friends reuniting after being apart for a long time and this story from Robin Benway was touching, swoony, and serious all at the same time!


Shadow and Bone

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo |  Goodreads | Amazon

I was one person who did not ship Alina and the Darkling in this series. I was more more Alina/Mal, especially towards the end of the series! They were just MEANT to be together!


The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins |  Goodreads | Amazon

The romance is actually my least favorite part of this entire series but I was way more Team Gale than I ever was Team Peeta! I’m just a sucker for that best-friends-to-more.


The Raven Boys - Maggie Steifvater

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater |  Goodreads | Amazon

Basically this whole series is friends-to-more, and kind of in more than one way. I love the all encompassing friendships and romances here!


When Joss Met Matt Eliie Cahill Liz Czukas

WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill |  Goodreads | Amazon

Funny, adorable, sexy, and swoony — I fell head over heels for WHEN JOSS MET MATT and if you’re looking for a good New Adult book, you totally need to read this one!


Say whaaaat? This is all I have for friends-to-more!? Tell me what other books you loved featuring this trope!

 

The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance | Part 2

It was actually just about two years ago that I first posted the original “Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance” post after watching an episode of New Girl that sort of inspired the whole thing. Immediately it set my feelings in tizzy because I LOVE best friends falling for each other and I felt inspired to write a post about it because it’s also one of my favorite tropes in literature.

In two years, I’ve done a LOT of reading (over two hundred more books and holy cow, when you put it that way, that number sounds crazy) so I thought it was time to update this post with a “PART 2”. I’ve read quite a few more “falling for the best friend” stories that I just HAVE to share with you if you haven’t read them! So open up Goodreads, get your TBRs ready — these are some books you HAVE to read!

BEST-FRIEND-TURNED-BOYFRIEND ROMANCE: PART 2

THE BOY NEXT-DOOR

ON THE FENCE BY KASIE WEST

ON THE FENCE had so many things that I love in a book — a tomboy, a great family dynamic, and a story about a girl and the boy next door. YES. Charlie (short for Charlotte) and Braden are best friends and next-door neighbors and I loved watching their friendship start to develop into something more. I absolutely LOVED them and this entire book from Kasie West! I highly recommend it for a fun and heart-fluttering read!
REVIEW: On the Fence – Kasie West


ALTHEA & OLIVER BY CRISTINA MORACHO

ALTHEA & OLIVER is a bit grittier of a novel, set in the 1990s. Althea has a bit of a rebellious streak and Oliver has a rare sleeping disorder that puts him out of commission for up to weeks at a time… But the two are best friends and stick together through thick and thin. Oliver is not RIGHT next door but he’s the boy down the street and that’s close enough for me! I really loved their friendship and it’s so intense seeing those romantic feelings develop after knowing someone for so long and so well.
REVIEW: Althea & Oliver – Cristina Moracho


LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE BY GINA CIOCCA

LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE actually doesn’t come out until May, but I immediately picked up because of the romantic best friend possibility! It’s definitely an emotionally-charged book with feelings flying all over the place when Kelsey’s ex-best friend (and neighbor boy) David shows back up in her life. I was definitely on the edge of my seat trying to see what would happen to these two and even what DID happen to these two through the flashbacks throughout the book. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!


THE LONG TIME BEST FRIEND

BETTER OFF FRIENDS BY ELIZABETH EULBERG

What I really loved about BETTER OFF FRIENDS was how much time we got to see these two characters — Macallan and Levi — as best friends before things started to happen. I LOVE witnessing that friendship portion and even though the book started out a bit younger (going from junior high through high school), I never felt like the characters were too young for me to relate. I also had a male best friend who lived next door (though I think Levi lived in the neighborhood and not really next door? But still.) and grew up with so it’s always something I really connect with! It’s always interesting when things start to escalate and then then characters have to reassess their feels. THE BUTTERFLIES I GET.
REVIEW: Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg


THE GRISHA TRILOGY BY LEIGH BARDUGO

What’s interesting about this romance is that well A) it’s a fantasy trilogy so there’s a WHOLE LOT MORE than just a romance going on and B) it’s a three-book series so it develops over time instead of a single book. We meet Mal and Alina who have grown up together, who are best friends, and who would walk through hell for each other and it’s so incredibly interesting and touching to witness how their friendship evolves as the series progresses. At first I didn’t like them romantic feelings there — I know, with my affinity for this trope, how could I not? — but the more things developed, the more I loved the two together. It’s really fascinating to see this play out in a fantasy trilogy too!
REVIEWS: The Witch of Duva (Grisha Trilogy#0.5) – Leigh Bardugo // Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo // Re-Read Review: Shadow and Bone // The Taylor (Grisha Trilogy #1.5) – Leigh Bardugo // Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) – Leigh Bardugo // Re-Read Review: Siege and Storm // The Too-Clever Fox (Grisha Trilogy #2.5) – Leigh Bardugo // Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) – Leigh Bardugo


ASK AGAIN LATER BY LIZ CZUKAS

Prom is a real struggle for Heart (yes, that’s her real name) as she tries to decide whether to go to the dance with her brother’s friend or with her group of friends… but all the while we see this THING start to develop between her and one of her best friends… and it is magical. I loved how everything unfolded and just thinking about everything that transpires gives me all the little feelings again! This was definitely a fun novel overall and I really fell in love with it.
REVIEW: Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas


THE BEST FRIEND… BUT IT’S STILL FORBIDDEN

NANTUCKET BLUE BY LEILA HOWLAND

I absolutely loved NANTUCKET BLUE. I just really related to Cricket overall but I also loved the romance in this book. It develops slowly but surely and it’s a teensy bit on the forbidden side due to who the boy is. It’s a friend but definitely someone she shouldn’t be falling for… so that kind of made me love it even more. I suppose you might be able to guess who it is once you start reading BUT I didn’t know going in how the story would unfold so you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
REVIEW: Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1) – Leila Howland


WHEN JOSS MET MATT BY ELLIE CAHILL

Ellie Cahill is actually the pseudonym for author Liz Czukas for her new adult novels so if that name looks familiar, it’s because I just mentioned ALSO KNOWN AS above! WHEN JOSS MET MATT was absolutely perfection in my eyes. I loved every bit of it and it has an amazing friendship that of course turns into a jumble of feelings when friend Joss and Matt begin a sort of “friends with benefits” plan after a relationship gone very, very bad. I really just loved both characters and the friendship was fantastic so if you’re into new adult or looking to get into it, this one should be on your list!
REVIEW: When Joss Met Matt – Ellie Cahill


THE RAVEN CYCLE BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER

Well, the series isn’t over yet but it’s already broken my heart a few times (or really just set my feelings on edge). This is such a tight knit group of characters and it’s just so amazing to watch ALL of them interact. My feelings have sort of been all over the place but I think I’ve finally settled on a permanent space for them… that is, until the final book comes out this fall and everything could just totally break me. Anyway, if you haven’t read the series, there’s a major premise that if Blue (the main female character) kisses her true love, he will die. Naturally, that sets us up for all kinds of heartache and just THINKING about the scenes in the third book… Gah. WAY too many feelings. Soooo, if you like your feelings being messed with (in a good way?)DEFINTELY go read this series. You can binge read it this year. You’re welcome.
REVIEWS: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater // The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) – Maggie Stiefvater // Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) – Maggie Stiefvater


 So that’s my new list of favorite best-friend-to-more books! Which of these have you read? Are there any more out there I’m missing? (I know there are… and I want them all!)

The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend Romance

Guys. I just finished watching New Girl the other day. THE episode…. You know the one…

And after immediately going to Twitter and gushing with Alyssa and Amy, I was like, YES! Another point for the best friend!!! I’m not 100% sure what it is I love so much about the best-friend-turned-boyfriend romance, but I CAN tell you that it is by far my favorite type of romance in almost any book. If I had to stop and think about it? YES. Here are my reasons:

  • It’s because this guy is someone you know so well and someone who gets you.
  • He’s always been there for you and it’s fiercely protective of you, but always in a good way.
  • He’s there if you’re happy or upset.
  • You don’t have to feel weird or stupid in front of him because he’s your friend — you’re already comfortable!
  • He’s already seen your boyfriends come and go and has known all along that none of them were right because it was always supposed to be him.
  • Because of that one incredible moment where his secret is revealed and there’s an incredible tension between the two… And you realize you feel it too… You always have.

EEEEP seriously. Giving myself goosebumps just thinking about it! So let’s go back to some of my favorite books with this relationship dynamic, shall we? WE SHALL!

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Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Okay, so this isn’t a case of a life-long friendship, but you know what? Doesn’t need to be!! Of course there was an instant attraction between Anna & St. Clair, but as he was taken, they made a great friendship in the meantime. They were relaxed with each other and despite the ever-growing and unspoken tension between them, they made a great dynamic duo. Obvs we know how Anna feels about St. Clair (we know how everyone feels about St. Clair!) so we can see her true feelings from the start… But when we learn that — gasp! — St. Clair might actually feel the same way!? Wooooot!!! BEST THING EVER!!! My heart jumps for joy! All the feelings come rushing to the surface! THE WHOLE BOOK COMES TOGETHER. Words cannot express the feelings I felt at the end of this book. Just… just… love.

TBF

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

THIS is one of my favorites. Violet and Jay!? Yes!!!! I’ve only read book one so far, but I loved seeing their relationship develop. When Violet first starts to see Jay in a different light and she’s finally starting to realize she has some feelings for her best friend… It’s like the whole book comes together and all the little butterflies are flitting and fluttering…
I just loved seeing those best friends get together!

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Discussion: Saying ‘So Long’ to the Twilight Saga…

Yep. I’m going there. And I never thought I’d say it, but I honestly think Taylor Lautner helped this case (maybe he was the only person who could act in the movies…?) but I was totally on “Team Jacob” (I don’t know why but usually I have an aversion to “teams” – Jacob, however, seems natural). He had a lot of passion and he was just a better fit for Bella. Hey, he was closer to her in age than Edward was! (For real. It’s true) Anyway, I really think I was just a sucker for the whole friends thing. I know I’ve been in Bella’s shoes where there’s a friend that wants to be more and you’re like “No way! We’re friends, dude!” but still, that didn’t stop me for rooting for Jacob Black! I just really, really liked him.

RonandHermy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) – J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) – J.K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library #1) – J.K. Rowling
Quidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library #2) – J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library #3) – J.K. Rowling

Okay, my FAVORITE ONE OF ALLLLLLLLL! Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger of my favorite series of all-time, Harry Potter. This was YEARS IN THE MAKING. We all saw it coming and yet, everyone was so thrilled to see it happen!!!! (If you weren’t…… We may not be friends anymore. No, kidding! But maybe not.) I absolutely loved seeing this relationship grow both in the books and on film and sometimes I think the actual actors Rupert Grint and Emma Watson really should be dating in real life….. Just saying, you guys….. Anyway. Definitely one of my favorite best-friend-turned-boyfriend romances. They faced trials and tribulations, fights, peril, even death together. You can’t get much closer than that. So let’s all fangirl over this one, please!!!

 

Okay, enough gushing from me. Which are you favorite best friend romances? Not a fan of the best friend? Who do you root for in books? Can’t wait to hear!Enjoy the best friend romance? Here are a few other posts you may enjoy!