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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!)

Top Ten Tuesday – February 11, 2014: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:  Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

It was easy and hard all at the same time to come up with my book boyfriends again but luckily, I have a shelf on Goodreads called “All the Swoons” so I already had a good reference going! It was really hard to cut some out, but when it came down to it, I could only pick ten. So here we go, in a sort of “minimalist poster” style… Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon!

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Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Swooning for: Captain Carswell Thorne

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Where She Went (If I Stay #2) – Gayle Forman
Swooning for: Adam Wilde

SIEGEANDSTORM

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
Swooning for: Sturmhond

ANNA

Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
Swooning for: Etienne St. Clair

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The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
Swooning for: Emilio Vargas

CONFESSIONS

Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) – Louise Rozett
Swooning for: Jamie Forta

ASKAGAINLATER

Ask Again Later – Liz Czukas
Swooning for: Schroeder/Chase

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The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
Swooning for: Josh Bennett

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
Swooning for: Levi

CAKEANDPUPPETS

Night of Cake and Puppets (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2.5) – Laini Taylor
Swooning for: Mik

So those are my major swoons! So many books to choose from it was almost hard to narrow it down but I do have my favorite book boyfriends!  

My Latest Bookish Addiction [9] – Swoony Snark

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Swoony Snark

Screw the days of White Knights. I want my Prince Charming to be completely sarcastic and utterly witty with a streak of adventure and let me tell you, NOBODY knows how to write these guys better than today’s YA writers. I feel no shame in admitting that I’m in love with a few fictional characters because they’ve just stolen my heart with their brilliance and boldness and I can’t get enough of the japes, the jokes, and the borderline arrogance (just as long as it doesn’t go TOO far). Give me a Han Solo or an Indiana Jones (apparently any Harrison Ford character…?) any day! I have many, many book boyfriends, but these scoundrels are the ones who stole my heart… Just to name a few:

ThorneScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
My Latest Bookish Addition [8] – The Lunar Chronicles

Well, after finishing CRESS, Carswell Thorne tops the list. He’s funny and cocky, but also has a gentle and protective side. I’m SO glad we got to see him as more of a main character in CRESS and more of his story. Marissa Meyer wrote him perfectly and he is definitely my top book boyfriend of all time, at the moment.
Quote: A relieved grin filled up Thorne’s face. “We’re having another moment, aren’t we?”

Swoon Level: Sci-Fi Snark
 Han Solo

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SturmhondSiege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo’s character Sturmhond, who first appears in SIEGE AND STORM, is another top top top choice. I love his banter with Alina and even the conflict with Mal, which I usually don’t enjoy. He’s confident, but not cocky, and his sense of adventure surely drives the book forward!
Quote: “I can’t decide if you’re crazy or stupid.”
“I have so many good qualities,” Sturmhond said. “It can be hard to choose.”

Swoon Level: Adventure Snark
Captain Jack Sparrow mixed with Indiana Jones

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duvalGrave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers

Duval was not only chivalrous, but he was kind, dashing, and a whole lot of swoony. I love his clever with and sharp tongue I swooned for him right from the start. Just looking up quotes has me itching for a re-read!
Quote: “I will sit here but an hour or two, then leave.”
I yawn. “So very long as that?”
When he answers, there is a wry note in his voice. “I do have my reputation to protect.”

Swoon Level: Historical Snark
Ichabod Crane

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The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

I actually wasn’t super swoony over Adrian in the Vampire Academy series because I had Dimitri-blindness, but I really got to love him once I started Bloodlines! I really love seeing that rich-boy swagger mixed with a sensitive side that he doesn’t want anyone to really know about. Add all of the snarkiness in there and you KNOW I was sold!
Quote: “You look confused,” said Adrian.
I shook my head and sighed. “I think I’m just overthinking things.”
He nodded solemnly. “That’s why I try to never do it.”

Swoon Level: Trust Fund Snark
Chuck Bass

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jasonMeant To Be – Lauren Morrill

Jason Lippincott from MEANT TO BE is a character that grows on you. Practical jokes, typical boy humor, and a whole lot of mischief turn off MC Julia, but as the book goes on, both Julia and I found a soft spot in our hearts for him!
Quote: “Holy crap, is that a bathtub at the foot of your bed? That’s awesome! Can I join?”
“Hilarious.”

Swoon Level: Goofy Snark
Chandler Bing

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dayLegend by Marie Lu (review to come!)

Well, I just finished LEGEND and LOVED IT. I really loved Day too! He’s smart, quick on his feet and also quick witted. He wasn’t super snarky in LEGEND but he and June has some nice banter which I always love! It makes me even more excited to continue on with the rest of the series too!
Quote: “You’re very attractive.”
I’ve been complimented on my appearance before. But never in his tone of voice. Of all the things he’s said, I don’t know why this catches me off guard. But it startles me so much that without thinking I blurt out, “I could say the same about you.” I pause. “In case you didn’t know.”
A slow grin spreads across his face. “Oh, trust me. I know.”

Swoon Level: Survivalist Snark
Sawyer mixed with the athleticism of Jason Bourne

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I totally swooned over Emilio in THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS. He was sly, witty, and FORBIDDEN *fans self* I really loved his interactions with Jude and how their relationship developed! Definitely swoon-worthy for me!
Quotes: “Emilio smiled, and it was like, stubble, dimples, scar. Damn.”

 Swoon Level: Bad Boy Snark
Phil from The Hangover

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I swoon for snark! Who are your favorite literary scoundrels? Anyone on this list that you would have included that I missed?

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.

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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.

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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!