Friends to Lovers Books: BFF’s House

Let’s dive into the sea of friends to lovers books. It’s popular trope that spans every subgenre of romance books which, can make it overwhelming to pick just a single friends to lovers book out from the crowd. But, we are here to help! We have a curated list of friends to lovers books that we have enjoyed and recommend you give a chance.

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The reading challenge

You’ve rolled the dice and moved your romancepoly playing piece and have found yourself at your BFF’s house. For this reading challenge we have two choices:

  • Read any young adult or new adult book of your choosing; or,
  • Read a friends to lovers romance

The friends to lovers romance can be from any genre you choose, as long as contains the friends to lovers trope it fits the challenge. This trope is one of my favourites. I love that the characters already have a bond; they already know they like each other as human beings. What’s happening now is a different expression and deepening of that regard for they have for one another. And sexy times. Let’s not forget the sexy fun times.

Lets talk friends to lovers books

The friends to lovers trope can be divided further, normally on the length of time the characters have known one another. Like, childhood friends to lovers. For this challenge it doesn’t matter. The friendship then romance could develop during the book, or they already knew each other when the book started. All that’s important is that they became friends before the romance started.

I as excited when I landed on BFF’s house and saw that I needed to delve into some friends to lovers books. Then I actually started delving and it was a little overwhelming. There are a lot of books and the blurbs all blurred into one. I did eventually chose a book. But I thought it would be helpful to create a concise list of our favourite friends to lovers books to help you pick your BFF’s House read!

Friends to lovers books we love…

Here are some of our favourite friends to lovers romance books. You will find a mixture of newer releases and some long time favourite books we want everyone to try. Enjoy!

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Booked on a Feeling
by Jayci Lee

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • beta hero
  • childhood crush
  • small town romance

Brief synopsis

When Lizzy Chung, a conflict-averse lawyer on her way to making partner, has a panic attack during a hearing, she knows there’s only one thing to do. Take an extended holiday to Weldon, California. She can spend three weeks relaxing in the company of her best friend of twenty years, Jack Park. But when Lizzy gets to Weldon, she discovers new feelings and new dreams when she and Jack spend their days helping renovate the small-town bookshop and their nights becoming more than just friends. But as Lizzy discovers new passions, she must also decide her right path. Stay in Weldon to be close to Jack, or return to her lawyer life in LA to appease her mom.


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Blindsided
by Amy Daws

Available on Kindle Unlimited

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • fat heroine
  • sports romance
  • rom com hijinks

Brief synopsis

Freya never expected for one disastrous, drunken game of never-have-i-ever to lead to her best friend, and famous soccer star, Mac to offer her lessons in seduction. And yet…here she is an almost 30 year old virgin being taught lessons in seduction by her too-sexy-for-his-own good best friend. Freya never imagined their nights of Netflix and banter to turn into something more adult rated. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with him. And yet…


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I Married a Dragon
by Regine Abel

Available on Kindle Unlimited

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • virgin hero
  • monster romance
  • alien dragon hero

Brief synopsis

The Prime Mating Agency is a galactic match making service that tries to give arrange perfect matches. However, there is an underlying benevolent agenda, they want to help “primitive” societies reach their full potential. What better way to do this then to pair up the leaders of these societies with soulmates who also happen to have just the skills they need?


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Six of Hearts
by L.H. Cosway

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • magician/mentalist hero
  • set in Ireland
  • plot twist!

Synopsis

Step right up and meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster.

I think in triangles. You think in straight lines.
I show you a table and make you believe it’s a chair.
Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand, misdirection. I trick and deceive.
But most of all, I put on a good show.
The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t. Bear with me. It’s all a part of the plan.
Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her.
I want it for all six of us.

She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything. She’ll be my prize at the end of all this–if I can hold onto my willpower, that is. Maybe I’ll slip up a little, have a taste, just a small one.

So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show. Look at my hands, look so closely that you can’t see what’s happening while you’re so focused on looking. I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight.

You’ll never see me coming until it’s too late.

I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her.

So, sit back, relax, and let my girl tell you our story. You’re in for one hell of a ride.


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Being Mary Bennet
by JC Peterson

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • sweet read
  • romantic comedy
  • Pride & Prejudice reimagining

Brief synopsis

Marnie Barnes has always felt like an outsider in her own family. Next to her sisters, she’s always the one in the shadows, with nothing special to claim as her own. Which is why winning this year’s annual Hunt Prize is so important to her; her sister, Lindy – aka the Barnes’ very own Elizabeth Bennett – won when she was a senior. So maybe if Marnie wins, her family will finally notice her. Marnie embarks on a mission to root out and destroy all traces of the unnoticeable sister, the Mary Bennett, within her and become a new Marnie. But with the help of an animal shelter, her outgoing roommate, and a cute love interest, she begins to learn that she doesn’t have to cast off the “old” Marnie to find herself – and that perhaps she can be the hero in her own story.


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Beast
by Pepper Pace

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • fat heroine
  • ugly hero
  • interracial romance

Brief synopsis

Christopher aka “Beast” has a badly mangled face, all people ever see when they look at his scarred face and massive body is a monster, never really knowing the man he is underneath. Ashleigh has had her heartbroken once again. Men think they can walk all over her just because she is plus sized. When the two meet can they both get past their own prejudices and insecurities and create their own Beauty & the Beast fairytale?


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A Lady for a Duke
by Alexis Hall

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • trans heroine
  • class differences
  • tortured characters

Brief synopsis

When Viola Carroll was injured at Waterloo, she gave up everything in her life in order to start living her true, authentic self: her title, her estate – even her lifelong friendship with Justin, the Duke of Gracewood. But when Gracewood is unexpectedly brought back into her life two years later, Viola knows she can’t sit idly by while her former friend suffers both physically and mentally.

Under the guise of a stranger, Viola helps both Gracewood and his younger sister find their place in society. But all that close proximity isn’t good for keeping secrets, and soon Gracewood discovers that his best friend, the person he’s been mourning since Waterloo, isn’t gone after all. But as Gracewood and Viola’s rekindled friendship evolves into something more, Viola will have to decide if she has the strength to live her true life all while loving herself and the best friend she thought she’d lost.


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She Gets The Girl
by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

read this if you’re in the mood for:
  • friends to lovers romance
  • sapphic romance
  • opposites attract
  • college romance

Brief synopsis

Alex and Molly meet during their freshman year of college, and agree to help each other out with their relationships, forming an unexpected and unlikely friendship. Alex needs to show her ex that she’s not as selfish as she thinks. So, helping Molly catch the eye of her crush, Cora, seems like the perfect way for her to prove it. As they begin their plan for the socially awkward Molly to catch the attention of Cora, they being to wonder who the plan is actually working on…Cora or themselves.


What I’m reading…

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I’m using the romanceopoly reading challenge to help me focus on my TBR. I am open to books that are completely new to me, but… I have so much on my TBR that I want to read but never seem to get around to. So, when I was scrolling through I saw that I hadn’t yet read Dr Strange Beard by Penny Reid. Even though Penny Reid is one of my favourite authors. It’s amazing what you can lose track of!

Dr Strange Beard is book 5 in the Winston Brother series, and is a childhood friends to lovers deal. If you haven’t read this series, I would recommend starting from book 1, Truth or Beard, which is a childhood enemies to lovers story. The hero has had an unrequited crush on the heroine for years…but he’s a boy and gets all dumb. And now she doesn’t like him and thinks he doesn’t like her. Oh the tangled webs we weave!

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