10 books with best-friends-to-lovers themes


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The Broke and The Bookish are finally back from hiatus!


The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 book recommendations for ______ (our choice). Now, English is a hard language. (Says the person who knows English better than her mother tongue) I wanted to recommend books to readers looking for books with best-friends-to-lovers storylines. I did not know (and was too lazy to figure out) how to phrase that to match the topic exactly. 😅

Anyway! For the past few months, I’ve been on a romance-reading streak. If I had to pick one storyline theme which would almost always hook me in, it would be best-friends-to-lovers. Therefore, here I am to share a few of my favourites with the theme.


[1] Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

searching for beautiful

I cannot say HOW MUCH I adored this book! This was my first book by the author, and after this I read the rest of the series by her as well. And as I expected, I pretty much loved them too. (Reviews coming soon)

Gen and Wolfe’s relationship progress/growth was so beautiful to see. Also I really liked Wolfe. He’s such a sweetheart!

You can read my detailed review here.


[2] Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen


Lila Wilder is a shy nerd and she’s done being that. She wants to be sexy and desired for a change. She recruits her playboy best friend Beck to help her since he’s her best bet on getting the transformation right. But as she starts to show off and change, Beck falls for her. She’s still the same in personality, though, so that’s good.


[3] Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

Love rosie

Firstly, when I read the book (more than 5 years back) it was called Where Rainbows End. Years later when the movie came out, it was named Love, Rosie and they changed the book’s name as well??? Um hello, I AM NOT AMUSED. I hate when book covers are changed when movies are made. And I hate it even more when they change the book’s NAME itself. The movie wasn’t nice enough, anyway. #thebookisbetter

Onto the story. This was my first book by the author and I ADORED it.

The story is narrated through notes, letters, postcards and online chats. The writing format isn’t the usual, and I LOVED it. We’re taken over 40 years through these, starting with notes passed in class and birthday invites. I really liked reading their relationship growing through written correspondence.


[4] Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.


I liked the relationship between  Arizona and Carter while they were platonic. I liked the chemistry between them after they moved out of the platonic category. But the transition was VERY sudden. That’s one tiny thing which put me off. One minute they were just best friends and the next minute—BOOM—sexual attraction. Um, okay?

I liked Arizona the most. I loved her character, how she got a degree before understanding what she actually wants to do in life (be a cook). She actually snuck into lessons at an academy as she couldn’t afford them! #yasgirl


[5] The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The boyfriend app

This was such a cute YA book! I LOVED the MC and how badass she was. She’s also a coding geek, so I obviously loved that. Except she’s WAY more into coding (and is a genius) than I am. #myinspiration

I do plan on writing a whole review soon, so look out for that.

Her romance with a fellow geek was SO ADORABLE. There was the usual teen awkwardness, doubt and angst, but I loved that she went for the best friend instead of the hot guy like the norm (not that she ever even considered the hot guy).


[6] Leo by Mia Sheridan


Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids and through the flashbacks, we see how their relationship went from friends to more than. I adored the flashbacks and young Leo. ❤

And another thing I liked about this book was Evie. She worked two small jobs for a living and she does it unapologetically, seeing no shame. She’s fine as long as she’s happy and I love that.


[7] Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

queens of geek

Taylor and Jamie are best friends, and both of them want to be more but are afraid of ruining the relationship they have by confessing to the other. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. I loved seeing them finally confess and get together.


[8] Swear on this life by Renee Carlino


First of all, a brilliant story.

We start with Emiline reading a well praised book by a J. Colby. The shock? It’s her own story. The characters are EXACTLY like her and her childhood best friend Jase. She then goes to find the author, who is, obviously, Jase.

Click here to read my review.


[9] The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer


This story is about movie star Kendall and her best friend Payton. (Hello diverse read)

I absolutely adored reading this story, especially since it was my first lesbian romance read. The transition from best friends to lovers was as awkward and beautiful as I expected, and I really liked it.


[10] Here’s to Falling by Christine Zolendz


This heartbreaking story is about Charlie and Jase. We see their tragic childhoods, where only they were the good parts of life, then the falling out and meet years later. Honestly, I couldn’t write a proper review when I read it and still can’t. (I also really want to reread this book now.)


Aand that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Do you like best-friends-to-lovers themed books? Which are your favorite? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Also, if you’ve published a Top Ten Tuesday do comment the link so I can check it out!

5 thoughts on “10 books with best-friends-to-lovers themes”

    1. Thank you! I have heard A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue being spoken about SO MUCH. I have got to check it out soon!


  1. Yess I love this trope! It’s SO CUTE and always wins me over. One I loved was in Tash Hearts Tolstoy…particularly when they were totally in DENIAL and the whole time it’s so obvious how cute they are together.😍 I also loved it in Queens of Geek!!!

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