Sometimes, I’m in the “mood” for a certain trope. Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, love triangles, etc. And yes, they’re usually romantic tropes.
But it’s incredibly hard to find quality books when you’re in the mood for a certain trope, and it’s not like the bookstore organizes books by trope. Or the library, for that matter.
So even though I’m a HUGE sucker for enemies to lovers, I also love seeing a friendship turn romantic. These are a few of my favorites. Let me know your favorites below! I always am in need of a good read ;).
Emma by Jane Austen
“Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected” (Amazon).
Why it made the list: So the whole reason I love this trope to begin with starts with an important movie: Clueless. And Clueless is based on Emma, so naturally I loved the book too. I also love seeing a lifelong friendship develop into a romantic relationship. Gets me every time.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart” (Goodreads).
Why it made the list: Okay, I’ve featured this book before, BUT come on. I loved the story, the world, the writing, AND the romance.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
“Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….
Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…” (GoodReads)
Why it made the list: This romance was just so swoon worthy. I don’t even really like contemporary romance, but I loved this one.
Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
“Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex—usually, she can’t get up the nerve to approach guys she’s interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it’s time to push past her fears and go after what she wants.
Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he’s as loyal as they come. So when Olivia turns to him with her relationship woes, he offers to instruct her in the art of flirting and to help her become more sexually confident.
The friendly education in seduction soon grows into an intense and hot romance. But then Nate’s past and commitment issues rear their ugly heads, and Olivia is left brokenhearted. When Nate realizes he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he will have to work harder than he ever has before to entice his best friend into falling back in love with him—or he may lose her forever….”(GoodReads).
Why it made the list: Okay, this is complete and utter trash, but I mean that in the best way. It was so fun to read, and even though it was a little cheesy, I loved Olivia and Nate’s relationship.
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