20 Friends To Lovers Books For Friendship Romance

Friendship Romance

There’s so much jealousy, angst, tension, and build-up between the two friends in the friends to lovers trope. It’s so obvious they want to be together. They love each other so much, but they don’t want to break off their friendship or ruin what they have.

So as time pass, they create new chaos and stories that make a new relationship or break the friendship. If you like friendship romance, or friends to lovers books stay with me.

20 Friends To Lovers Books

Opposite gender must attract each other, and in friendship, it is easy to make this attraction fast and strong. When we share our feelings and life stories and get support from friends, we like to spend time with him/her. Our common mental behavior is to express ourselves and get support.

So most good friendship turns into something deeper, called love or attraction. It can be physical or mental, depending on them. Now I am going to review 20 friends to lovers books. Let’s go!

1. Love and Other Words

This book is told in the past and present perspective when Macy was young. Her mom passed away, and her dad got the lake house that they go to every weekend. At this lake house, she walks in on the first day there, and there is a boy (Elliot) sitting in her bedroom on the floor reading a book. They make the little closet that they have into a library. They became best friends every weekend and hangout since elementary school. Elliot is the only one who understands her.

Macy looks forward to her weekends with him. He is such a cute, wholesome, little nerdy reader boy. She’s going through a lot with her mom passing away, and he’s always there for her and wants to talk about it with her. But she’s closed off throughout their whole high school experience. Then in the present perspective, they’re no longer friends or lovers.

One day they reunite at a coffee shop. The next day Elliot comes up to her and proposes for friendship. The book starts with them meeting as kids and adults reuniting and going back and forth. Also, you’re watching them fall in love as kids and watching them fall in love as adults, all way to the buildup of what happened between them. So that is a great friend to lovers to start with childhood friends.

Love and Other Words

Author: Christina Lauren
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Humorous Fiction
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2. Him

This is a trilogy, but you can read it as a standalone. It is also friends to lovers between two boys and hockey romance. They go to this camp every summer for hockey when they are teenagers. These two boys are best friends, one of them is in the closet, and the other is straight. There are flashbacks of them having this moment together when they were younger.

After what happened, the one friend in the closet decides to break off all contact with his best friend. He feels guilty about his feelings, and four years later, they’re in the hockey playoffs, competing against each other. Jamie is straight and has a girlfriend. He is so confused why he got cut off by his best friend and confronts him at their game at the hotel. Moreover, it is their romance from there. There’s a lot of sexuality questioning. The buildup is so intense because they’re both so confused by the situation but obsessed with each other that they can’t stop.

Him

Author: Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: LGBTQ+ Romance
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3. The Problem with Forever

This book is about Mallory, who has had a rough upbringing through foster care. She has gone through so much trauma that she rarely talks has bad anxiety. She’s a quiet girl who only talks when necessary, and she has been dealing with a lot of PTSD from her childhood. So she was in the foster care system with this boy named Ryder, who is a year older than her.

Ryder would protect her when they were in the house. He always looked out for her and took the hits for her. Also, he sacrificed himself for her multiple times to keep her safe as a kid. Mallory was so grateful for him and didn’t know how she would have survived without him until one night when they were kids. Something horrible happened at their foster house, and they were separated, and they hadn’t seen each other. Mallory decides it’s time for her to go to public school, overcome her fear, go to class, her last class of the day, and Ryder is in her class.

Ryder is super popular has a girlfriend. They look at each other and realize this whole past that they had together with their shared trauma. They’ve gone through the same stuff, and she’s been so noticeably affected by it. In contrast, Ryder seems perfectly fine until they start getting closer. Mallory is uncovering how much of his past he hasn’t resolved and hasn’t gotten past that she’s been working on for all these years. It was good friends to lovers because their bond is so strong.

The Problem with Forever

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Orphans & Foster Homes Fiction
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4. The Fourth Time Charm (Fulton U)

This is the fourth book in the Fulton U series, but it can be read alone. But I recommend reading the whole series because this book hits so differently from friends to lovers. They are LJ and Marisa. They don’t want to lose the friendship. It is a strong bond of friendship, their whole lives. They’ve always been there for each other. Marisa followed him to this college because she missed him so much. They lived together. So there’s the roommate trope because they’re best friends.

LJ confesses that he did try to be more than friends with her at one point, but it didn’t work out, and they didn’t want to risk losing their friendship. So he’s been in love with her in secret, and he tells his friends that. Marisa’s dad is the football coach, and LJ is on the football team. Marisa has a bad relationship with her dad, and he’s taking that out on LJ. and benching him and not letting him play. There’s so much drama in this book, but they finally get to be together, and it’s so satisfying.

The Fourth Time Charm

Author: Maya Hughes
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Sports Romance
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5. People We Meet on Vacation

Two college friends (Poppy and Alex) hang out every summer and go on vacations once a year to see each other. There have been platonic, best friends that are opposites attract like he’s super uptight, and she’s super spontaneous. They go on these vacations together, and it’s so fun. So it’s past-present perspective love, except it flashes to when they were in college and started going on these trips together every year.

So it shows each of their summers and then flashes to the present when they are not going on these trips anymore. Something happened, and they had a falling out. But they are about to reunite because the boy’s brothers are getting married and Poppy is invited to see each other at this wedding.

Poppy is gearing up to see him, and she invites him to go on a vacation with her, like a reuniting trip. Also, you’re trying to figure out why they aren’t friends anymore. What happened between them? It starts to turn into lovers. They have a falling out. They become enemies, and then they reunite with lovers.

People We Meet on Vacation

Author: Emily Henry
Average Customer Review: (4.3 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Comedy
Available: Audiobook | Paperback | Library Binding | Kindle

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6. Archer’s Voice

It is so wholesome, and the characters deserve the world. They are the true definition of soulmates. Bree’s father passes away, and she decides to pack up and hunt for her safety. She moves to a small town where she thinks no one can find her, and she gets there a little cottage. On her first day there, she bumps into a man.

Archer looks at her, then walks away and doesn’t say anything. Bree is intrigued by him, starts asking around the town. She’s getting to know people, getting a job, and meeting her neighbors. She starts asking everyone about him, and they’re all told that, Don’t talk to Archer. There are many rumors about him.

They have a little connection moment, but he does not speak. So there is a language barrier. Archer is so innocent and so wholesome. Everyone in his town so misunderstands him. No one will even give him the chance to get to know him. When Bree gets to know him and their romance, he is so cute. So all of his energy and love are focused on Bree, and it is so good. They become friends and start hanging out every day. It takes a while to start unfolding, and she has to take charge.

Archer's Voice

Author: Mia Sheridan
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
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7. Bright Side

This book is about a girl named Kate. She has a childhood best friend named Gus. They’ve been friends their whole lives. Their parents were friends. Kate decides that she’s going to go out of state to college. She keeps in contact with Gus, but the relationship is not with Gus. In the beginning, the romance was going to be between Gus and Kate. But then you see that the perspective is between Kate and this boy named Keller. Who’s Keller? You meet him when she goes to college. She’s still best friends with Gus, but she befriends Keller.

Gus was in love with her the whole time. But Kate and Keller strike up a friendship there on the same friend group. He worked with the coffee shop she goes to every morning. They start hanging out, and their relationship is so cute. Both of them keep many secrets, and you can tell that they have a lot of secrets from each other. Moreover, they’re best friends but surface-level friends because they don’t want to bring each other.

Keller is catching feelings for her. Kate is catching feelings for him, but she is very reserved because she doesn’t want to tell him what she’s going through. Keller ends up telling her about everything in his life, what he’s been hiding. She meets his whole family. So, she meets everyone, and she’s still in denial.

Bright Side

Author: Kim Holden
Average Customer Review: (4.7 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
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8. 99 Percent Mine

This one is brother’s best friend slash childhood friend’s romance. It’s a slow burn forced proximity with the tension of being the brother’s best friend. Darcy would have an attitude, and Tom was super sweet and soft-spoken. She always called him the perfect man. In addition, they’re forced to work on renovating a house together.

There’s so much tension, so much longing, and angst. Tom is so sweet and tries not to have a relationship with her because he doesn’t want to upset the best friend, but she throws herself at him. She does not care. It’s called 99 percent mine because he’s 99 percent of her brother’s friend and only one percent of her. But then, slowly throughout the book, as their connection deepens, she earns 99 percent of him.

99 Percent Mine

Author: Sally Thorne
Average Customer Review: (4.0 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Women’s Friendship Fiction
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9. Maybe Someday (Maybe)

In this book, the main girl (Sydney) finds out her long-term boyfriend has cheated on her with her best friend. So she’s forced to move out. But she has nowhere to go. So she moves in with her neighbor (Ridge), who she always sees playing his guitar on the balcony, which also happens to be deaf. So there’s a language barrier there, and the only thing they have in common is that they both love music.

That is how they bond, and that’s how they form their connection. It’s so special and so unique. But there’s the barrier. Ridge has a long-time girlfriend, and there’s a specific reason they can’t break up. So the tension between them too, as friends wanting to be more.

Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Literature & Fiction
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10. A Pizza My Heart: Brother’s Best Friend Romcom

This one is childhood friends to lovers slash brothers, best friend. They’ve been friends their whole lives until Foster Marlett moves away. He gets engaged while he’s away, and he comes back. He’s broken up with his fiancee, going on all these online dating dates at the restaurant Wren works at. So they start going on fake dates to train him.

After his failed marriage, he explains why he had to leave, and a romance unfolds. Then there’s a whole series after that of different characters from the books. It’s super fun, a lot of angst you’re in. If you want a quick, fun, easy read, you could continue with the series.

A Pizza My Heart

Author: Teagan Hunter
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Satire Fiction
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11. Wherever You Are (Bad Reputation Duet)

The story has friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, and age gap romance tropes. Garrison and Willow meet in high school, and they become friends. She’s a new girl. Super shy, super quiet, super reserved. Willow finds out a bunch of stuff about her family, and she runs away from home and finds out that her real family is famous.

They’re the people from the addicted series, and Garrison is a bad boy. He’s been terrorizing the neighborhood with his friends, and her family hates him and his friends. So it’s a classic good girl and bad boy romance. Garrison has a bad reputation, but he is such a softie, and she is so soft.

Wherever You Are

Author: Krista Ritchie
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
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12. The Truth About Heartbreak

This is the only book about a couple, and they (River and Rhett) are childhood friends, slash brother’s best friend. River has gone through the foster system. She had an abusive family, finding solace in her adopted brother’s best friend. She’s always had a crush on him, but Rhett is always acted that way because they couldn’t be together.

They connect again, and he’s engaged, but they have this connection that they can ignore, and there are miscommunications in this. So it is another deep friend to lovers about a girl coming from a broken home, then reuniting with her childhood friend years later. There’s a barrier in the way because he has a fiancee, but there is another deep, dark reason why he can’t break up with her. Also, there are so many secrets that go unveiled in this book.

The Truth About Heartbreak

Author: B. Celeste
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
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13. The Deal (Off-Campus)

The first book in the Off-Campus series is The Deal. This book is about a girl (Hannah) who’s super smart meets a hockey player (Garrett) who’s failing one of his classes and needs help. She ends up helping him to continue playing on the hockey team and continue passing his classes. But she has also gone through so much trigger warning sexual assault.

Garrett helps her get over that, and they do not use each other, but they have this beneficial symbiotic relationship where they help each other. This couple stuck with each other so much, dealing with major issues. They help each other, and a romance does unfold.

The Deal

Author: Elle Kennedy
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
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14. A Love Letter to Whiskey

This book only read it if you can put up with very slow burn miscommunications missing each other because there’s not been on the same page for years timespan. Jamie and Brecks meet in high school. They become such good friends. He’s dating her best friend, and they click and hit it off as friends. Brecks is committed to her best friend. The best friend breaks up with him. They have had a bit of a moment ever since. They have this little time together where they have some romance.

It expands over the years. Stuff happens where Jamie has to move back to another state, so they’ve separated again. Brecks has to move to a different state when she finally comes back, and it’s very missing each other. But the friendship romance and the passion these two characters have for each other don’t want to give up on each other.

A Love Letter to Whiskey

Author: Kandi Steiner
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Campus Romance
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15. Broken Knight (All Saints High)

This book is about childhood friends to lovers jobs or best friends their whole lives. Then kids have been friends since they were literal newborns, and it’s so obvious that they love each other. But they don’t want to admit it. Knight in this book is not afraid to tell everyone he loves her. Luna is the more reserved one. She’s a little bit older than him, too.

She has gone through a lot of trauma to the point where she chooses to be a mute, but they have a strong connection. She doesn’t have this connection with their family to communicate, and they figured out ways to talk and be friends. They were kids, and slowly but surely, he gets her to open up even more and more throughout the book. This book has so much jealousy because they’re friends, and they don’t want to admit their feelings.

Broken Knight

Author: L. J. Shen
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: College Romance
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16. My Favourite Half-Night Stand

A group of friends, like Big Bang Theory, one girl, many guys. They’re all professors, and our main girl is Millie. They all decide to go on a dating website to get a date to a work function at night.

Millie has a one-night stand with one of her friends, and she ends up catfishing him, and it’s a whole big mess. It was so entertaining, and you will love the friend group so much and how it became friends to lovers.

My Favourite Half-Night Stand

Author: Christina Lauren
Average Customer Review: (4.4 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Romantic Comedy
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17. Getaway Girl (Girl)

This book is about a girl who doesn’t have a good relationship with her family. But she’s back in town for one of her relative’s weddings, and her relative doesn’t show up. So the groom is left there and runs out of the church, and she’s his getaway girl, and she takes him away. He’s about to be some politician.

He hangs out at her house, and they become good friends. There are all platonic feelings initially, and a relationship develops. So it’s friends to lovers without any feelings whatsoever in the beginning, and they help each other out. Then it turns into something more.

Getaway Girl

Author: Tessa Bailey
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Contemporary Romance
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18. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Josh and Hazel know each other in college. Then now, fast forward Hazel’s a teacher, and she runs into Josh at a party. He’s friends with her friends, and they start hanging out. Then they start to go on double dates together with people they set each other up with. Later they end up together after the date, but they don’t want to make it serious.

So they started as friends, and they have friends with benefits, things going on, and it turns into something more. There’s a common theme of friends helping each other date and then realizing they like each other.

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren
Average Customer Review: (4.5 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Women’s Fiction
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19. Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street)

This is book three in the Dublin Street series. It can be read as a standalone. You’ll have some characters you don’t know from other books, and this is Olivia’s story. Olivia is a librarian. She’s very bookish by her best friend, Nate. He’s very much the lady’s man, super outgoing. They hang out a lot.

Nate starts getting jealous when she starts dating other people. So it’s super fun to watch them realize they like each other when they didn’t know the potential was there when they’re helping each other date. It’s hilarious and contains so angsty.

Before Jamaica Lane

Author: Samantha Young
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Erotic Fiction
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20. Anna and the French Kiss

Anna is forced to go to boarding school for her senior year of high school in France. She knows no French, and she has no friends and family. So she’s all alone, and she meets this friend group, and they immediately hit it off. Étienne has a girlfriend. Clair and Anna become such good friends, and they give each other advice. Clair finds something out about his family, and she helps him through it.

They hang out all the time and are not done with it yet. They start to like each other and start writing music together. It is the angsty friends to lovers, where they have to be friends because they can’t be together.

Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Average Customer Review: (4.6 out of 5, on Amazon)
Category: Multicultural Fiction
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