One of the most popular storylines in contemporary and new adult romance is the friends-to-lovers theme. Some of the sweetest love stories are the romances where the characters relationship starts with friendship. There’s something endearing about childhood friends who realize they’ve always been each other’s soul mate or true love. My favorite plot is where one friend has been secretly in love with the hero/heroine for as long as they can remember – just like Rachel and Dex in “Something Borrowed.”
These storylines are the perfect combination of awkward sexual tension, heartwarming feels moments, and angst you can handle. When I started to put together a top ten list for this romantic theme, I realized I haven’t read that many books I could recommend. I also realized I’ve yet to read some wonderful friends-to-lovers stories. In an effort to resolve this issue, I came up with a 2016 Friends-to-Lovers Reading Challenge. Below I have listed ten challenges along with my personal picks.
A Book with a Scottish, British, or Irish Hero/Heroine
Because I’m a sucker for an accent.
My Pick: The Pact by Karina Halle
For the Love of Books and Alcohol says: “This is a best friends to lovers story that has tons of bumps along the way.”
Substitute challenge option: Any accent will do.
A Book with a Wedding Theme
Just because it’s so romantic.
My Pick: Bed of Roses: Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
When reviews say: “A contemporary fairytale” and “hot sex and lots of romance” Count me in!
A Book Your Friends Are Begging You to Read
My Pick: Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young
We all have that book that feels as if all our friends have read it, and we are the last the party. One of my friends called this “a cute swoony romance read.”
A Book by an Author from Your Home State
Kristen Ashley is from my home state of Indiana, and I have yet to read any of her books. Shh don’t tell Red or Kelly. For The Love of Books & Alcohol seal of approval.
Substitute challenge option: A book set in your home state.
A Book that Takes Place during the Winter
My Pick: Frigid by J. Lynn
It’s all in the title, not to mention this one has been on my TBR forever!
A Young Adult Read
My Pick: That Boy by Jillian Dodd
This isn’t my favorite genre, even though I grew up reading Sweet Valley High and loving it. I’ve heard that Jillian Dodd is a fantastic storyteller, so I think I will give this one a try.
A Historical Romance
My Pick: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
One of my not so favorite genres, but hey, we have to push outside our comfort zone right?
A Book with the Word “Friend” in the Title
My Pick: Friend-Zoned by Belle Aurora
I’m excited to read this one, because I have heard it is laugh out loud funny.
A Book Everyone is Talking About
My Pick: Appealed by Emma Chase
Emma Chase writes hilarious stories, and she is one of my automatic “one click” authors.
A Book by an Author You’ve Never Read
My Pick: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
For The Love of Books and Alcohol says: “Like stop whatever you are reading and read this now.”
Have you read any of the books I have selected? Let me know how you did with your challenge. Happy Reading!
About Christy Pastore
***Amazon Top 100 International Bestselling Author in Romantic Erotica, Erotica Fiction and Holiday Romance***
Christy Pastore lives in the Midwest with her husband, two lovable dogs and their crazy cool cat. When she’s not writing flirty and dirty books or updating her celebrity fashion blog, she loves shopping online, binge watching her favorite shows and daydreaming.
She believes books, especially love stories are an escape from the real world.
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