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Best friends to lovers books!

Welcome to Romanceopoly, the yearly reading challenge . You’ve landed at your BFF’s House where your challenge is to read a best friends to lovers book. Alternatively, if you are doing the genre only challenge, read any young adult or new adult book that catches your eye.



Who doesn’t love a best friends to lovers book? It’s one of our favourites. You already have the solid foundation of friendship, now the attraction and sexual chemistry is building and building. Until BAM! The boinking. We love the will-they-won’t-they push and pull and the slightly forbidden feel of the best friends to lovers trope.

And it’s such a versatile trope and no matter what your favourite romance sub-genre is, whether it’s paranormal romance or historical romance, you’ll find a friends to lovers story there. It’s perfect for a reading challenge!

Genre only challenge

If you’re doing the genre only version of the challenge, pick any young adult or new adult book of your choosing! If you want some book recommendations take a look at our pages dedicated to the genre on Under the Covers book blog:

  • Young adult genre page
  • New adult genre page

The recommendations


Dear Aaron
by Mariana Zapata

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Brief synopsis

Writing a letter to a soldier overseas seems like the least Ruby Santos could do. A letter or email a week and the occasional care package to brighten someones day and break the monotony, she’d done it before. However, she never expected that over the waves of cyber space to fall in love with someone she’d only ever seen in writing.


Painted Faces
by L.H. Cosway

Publisher’s synopsis

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn’t have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbour Nicholas takes a shine to her.

Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of colour when she’s around him. When he walks into a room he lights it up, with his quick wit and charisma. He is a travelling cabaret performer, but Freda doesn’t know exactly what that entails until the curtains pull back on his opening night.

She is gob-smacked and entirely intrigued to see him take to the stage in drag. Later on, Nicholas asks her if she would like to become his show assistant. Excited by the idea, she jumps at the chance. Soon she finds herself immersed in a world of wigs, make-up and high heels, surrounded by pretty men and the temptation of falling for her incredibly beautiful employer.

In this story of passion and sexual discovery, Nicholas and Freda will contend with jealousy, emotional highs and lows, and the kind of love that only comes around once in a lifetime.


Tempting Mr. Weatherstone
by Vivienne Lorret

Publisher’s synopsis

Penelope Rutledge longs for passion, but only with the man of her dreams: the brilliant, dashing Ethan Weatherstone. If only her longtime neighbor would open his eyes and realize how much she loves him. If only they weren’t best friends with so much at stake. Penelope knows her future—and their friendship—is in her hands, but is she willing to take the biggest risk of all on the man she loves?

If it were up to Ethan, life and love would be as predictable as the figures in his ledgers—certainly nothing like the adventures Penelope longs for. Yet his childhood friend has grown into a beautiful, feisty woman blissfully unaware of the danger she causes when near. Ethan knows he must save Penelope and her reputation … but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?


by Grace Draven

Publisher’s synopsis

The Prince of no value
Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.

The noblewoman of no importance
Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light.

Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.


Love Lettering
by Kate Clayborn

Available on Kindle Unlimited

Brief synopsis

Meet Meg Mackworth. Her hand lettering skills have earned her the moniker the Planner of Park Slope. But she also has another skill that no one knows about: signs. She notices things other people don’t, whether it’s a forgotten but gorgeously rendered sign on the side of a building or the small signs that will make a new marriage a success…or not. The last time Meg saw Reid Sutherland was a year ago when he came in with his fiancée to go over their custom wedding stationary. And, maybe Meg did something she shouldn’t have; weave a secret message into their wedding program. But no one else would notice, right? Wrong. Reid is back and asking her uncomfortable questions…


by Belle Aurora

Brief synopsis

Valentina Tomic, Tina to her friends, has watched the unbelievably hunky man who works across the street from her shop come out for his break three times a day, not once has he cracked a smile. She decides to try and brighten up his day. She never knew that some sweets and a note would lead to her actually becoming friends with him. Even if now she what she is feeling for him is very much outside of the friend zone.

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