Contributed by Ashia (Romancing the Books and More)
I’ve always loved the best friend trope in my romances in whatever form–sister/brother’s best friend, best friend’s brother/sister, or the main characters themselves being best friends. There’s something magical in the process of best friends becoming lovers. How did they transition into the new state? What about the angst/conflict they feel?
I’ve read a lot of this trope, and I have to say that not all authors can do it successfully. Or give me so much feelings–good ones.
Here are some romances in 2018 utilizing the “best friend” trope that I’m gonna be checking out:
Check Me Out by Becca Wilhite (Amazon)
Greta loves her job as assistant librarian. She loves her best friend, Will, the high school civics teacher and debate coach. She even loves her mother despite her obvious disappointment that Greta is still single.
Then she meets Mac in the poetry section of the library, and she is smitten. Mac is heart-stoppingly gorgeous and showers her with affection, poetic text messages, and free hot chocolate at the local cafe where he works. The only problem is that he seems to be a different person in his texts that in his face-to-face conversation.
When the Franklin Library is threatened with closure, Greta leaps into action. She arranges for a “battle of the bands” book jam, hosts a book signing by a famous author, and finally, stages a protest that raises more than a few eyebrows.
Through it all, she slowly realizes that it is Will, not Mac, who she turns to for support and encouragement. Mac has the looks; Will has the heart. How can she choose between them?
Check Me Out is a contemporary romance—with just a hint of Cyrano de Bergerac—that reminds us to never judge a book by its cover.
The Only Thing by Marie Harte (Amazon)
What do you do when a “fake” relationship is so much better than the real thing?
Hope Donnigan is finlly getting her life together. She’s working a job she likes, has some amazing friends, and is steering clear of Mr. Wrong. Now if only she could get her mother to understand that. Maybe a hot tattoo artist from the other side town is just the ticket to teach her mom a lesson.
J.T. Webster fell for Hope months ago at his sister’s wedding. So when she propositions him to be her fake boyfriend to get her mother off her back, he’s all in. The only problem is J.T. had no idea their pretend relationship would be better than anything real he’s ever had…
For more book suggestions, check out our April 2018 where the full article is first published.
If you’ve read any of the books mentioned or would like to recommend some more in this trope, please do so in comments below.