Tag: #Friends2Lovers

Faded in Bloom by Julia Wolf

I know three things about my neighbor, Adam Wainwright.

1. He likes to play his guitar on his balcony, often in his underwear.

2. He lives up to his f-boy reputation.

3. He must never, ever exist outside of the Friend Zone.

But the problem with number three is over the last year, he’s become my everything.

Adam’s the best friend I’ve ever had. The one who pushes me to follow dreams I’d written off as impossible.

We have strict lines that we don’t cross. Even when we blur them on occasion by playing you can look but you can’t touch, the lines are always there, guarding our friendship.

Taunting me with possibility.

Anytime he’s near, butterflies wage war in my stomach, desperately wanting those possibilities to become reality.

But me and my stupid butterflies are alone in that desire.

Adam Wainwright will never be mine, and I can no longer watch him be everyone else’s.

I don’t know how this will all go down, but one thing I do know?

I’m going to ruin our friendship.

 

And Then We Sever by A.V. Asher

What happens if you lose the one person you need the most?

Cressida

Cressida Bennett had learned the hard way not to leave her heart unguarded. She hadn’t been looking for a relationship, especially from her closest friend. But Declan had a way of drawing her in, making her ache for things she shouldn’t. She had to choose; keep herself safe, or risk it all for love.

Declan

She’d stolen his heart years ago. No matter how hard he’d tried, Declan McKinley couldn’t keep Cressida out of his head. But she was his subordinate, and more importantly, his friend. Keeping her at arm's length was the only way to have her in his life. Losing her wasn't an option.

One Night

One incredible night changes everything. Despite their best efforts, they can’t go back to the easy world they’d once known. When a handsome American millionaire sets his sights on Cressida, Declan becomes desperate to hold on to what they were. But this man wants more from her than they know. As the lies unravel, Cressida finds herself caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous scheme, one that leads her back into the arms of the only man she can trust.

Can Declan keep her safe, or will they sever the ties between them forever?

 

Hard Pass by Brenda Rothert and Kat Mizera

Sariah

Ever meant to text your ex, but accidentally messaged a stranger instead? I did, and that mistake started a friendship that became important to me as I navigated a move and a new job with the St. Louis Mavericks. I’m crushing life as a strong, single woman until I discover the truth. That stranger I’m crushing on? He’s actually not a stranger at all.

Nash

Giving a fake name to the woman who accidentally texted me seemed like a good idea at the time. As a pro hockey player, my real name tends to draw out puck bunnies and fame seekers. But when the woman who thinks I’m “Rob” starts working for the Mavericks, I find myself in a jam. How do I tell her the man she thinks she’s falling for is actually the somewhat arrogant (though charming) hockey player she can’t stand?

 

The Dragon’s Promise by Marie Johnston

The only female I ever wanted was promised to my brother. But he found a woman, fell in love, and Venus is back on the market. Only she doesn’t want someone like me. A self-professed nerd, but worse, a male ten years younger than her. She’s stubborn, but I’m determined to win her over. Until she leaves.

The cost is high for a dragon shifter who’s single after a certain age. For a girl who grew up the laughingstock of her clan, mating Penn is the best way for history to repeat itself. So I flee to live my last days in peace. Only the persistent and devastatingly handsome male finds me. And when I start to melt, another female stakes her claim. And I have to decide if shifter politics are worth losing my life and my guy over.

 

Waiting for Her by S.A. Clayton

A brand new brother's best friend romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!

Max Winters has been in love with Addison Mitchell since he was sixteen. Being best friends with her brother made things a little more complicated and so he suppressed it, denying his feelings for over a decade.

Then she got pregnant.

Addison Mitchell never thought she would get pregnant by a man who loved football more than becoming a father. She always expected to end up with Max, her brother's best friend, and secret fantasy. So when the father texts her that he wants nothing to do with her or the baby, she has to come to terms with being a single mother.

That is until Max turns up, suitcase in hand demanding that he stay with her until the baby arrives. But the longer they are together, the harder it gets for their feelings to be denied and so they have to decide if what they feel is worth the risk of losing everything.

 

Wrecked by Rebecca Wilder

This story starts with a break in.

Madelyn Freya has always had things come easy for her. She’s outgoing, smart, pretty, comes from a loving family. So why isn’t she happy?

She thought that it was just growing pains, a side effect of growing up in a small town and that she would be able to find herself when she went off to college.

Instead, she found Flynn.

He broke into her dorm room one night by mistake and while she should have been terrified, she was drawn to the crazy man.

Now they’re graduated and back in her hometown of Destiny Falls. They’re closer than ever, living together and things seem perfect.

There’s just one problem.

She’s in love with him.

When Flynn gets a job offer halfway across the world, will Madelyn be able to work up the courage to tell him how she really feels before it’s too late? Or will her admission ruin the friendship that they have?

 

The Grand Pact by JC Hawke

We all have a dream.
But I think I preferred holding mine at arm’s length...

It’s not that I don’t want to go to New York.
It’s that it’s all I’ve ever wanted.
So when a dream internship lands in my lap, the last thing I should be doing is hesitating.

Elliot thinks I should take it — he’s always believed in me.

Smirking, smouldering Elliot Montgomery.
Playboy-about-town.
Notorious womaniser.
And...dearest friend?

It was Elliot’s arms I’d innocently fallen asleep between on lonely nights.
And those same arms that promised all kinds of unspeakable things when I found myself writhing between them...

But even as he threw me out of my comfort zone, Elliot promised me something immeasurable.

So now I’m here, living my fashion design dreams in the trustiest outfit I own — indecision. But the longer I stay in New York, the further I feel myself drift from everything I thought I wanted.

And somehow, absence is making the heat grow stronger...

If Elliot Montgomery is no Prince Charming, why does he feel like happily ever after?

 

My Best Friend’s Wish by Blue Saffire

Dario
When I was younger, I believe I heard something I shouldn’t have. After what I overheard, I don’t believe our mother just up and left us. I was a kid. I didn’t have money, power, or respect to get the answers I needed back then. Not until now. I’m being promoted in the family and I’ll have all the power I need.

However, there’s one problem, I’m in love with my best friend and business partner. Carleen is everything I would want in a wife. If only being a Di Lorenzo didn’t threaten her life.

Carleen
I’ve been in love with Dario Di Lorenzo since I was eight years old. My father believes that’s the reason I walked away from being a surgeon to become a chef. One drunken night and Dario learns my secret. A secret that leads to a bigger secret that threatens my life as I know it—everything is about to change.

I’d give my all for Dario. Even if that means becoming what he doesn’t know he needs.

Will all these secrets tear everything apart? Will the Di Lorenzo world turn everything on its head? Or will one single wish fall in with the plan?

*This is a Novel in the Work Husband Series the beginning of a new world and is not connected to any other Universe of Blue’s at this time. Blue Saffire’s books are written to weave, loop, and intertwine with one another, so for the best experience in this series, it’s best to read it in order.
This is the read order for the best experience.

Unexcpected Lovers
My Best Friend’s Wish
The Ones Left Behind… Coming soon

 

Falling for Her by S.A. Clayton

A brand new second chance romance from S.A. Clayton set in her new Harbour Cove series!

Hannah Baker knew leaving Harbour Cove was a mistake the second she reached the outer limits, but it was too late. She was moving in with her boyfriend, starting over and trying her best to get over the fact that the feelings she had for her best friend were anything but platonic.

Cash Harris was everything she wanted in a man; strong, loving, and fiercely loyal to those he loved, and that's why it hurt so much that he just let her go without so much as a fight.

Five years is a long time and can completely change someone, and Hannah knows that first hand. Why else would she be leaving in the middle of the night while her boyfriend is out. He's changed, and not for the better.

Hannah just hopes Cash hasn't changed that much over the last few years because he's her only hope at escape.

 

Worst Best Friend Ever by J.S. Cooper

I’ve been writing letters to a military man overseas and now he’s coming back home...

I started writing to Cody two years ago while he was stationed at a base overseas. I’ve told him everything about my life...only I slightly embellished some parts. Like the fact that I’m really into sports, have a serious boyfriend, and I’m in my fifties. I had my reasons, you see, but now he wants to meet and I’m scared he’s going to think I’m a big liar.

So I decide to tell him that I’m his pen pal's daughter, yeah, nothing like adding oil to the fire. But when we meet I can’t help but think how handsome he is and how I want more. But how can I ever start a relationship with someone that doesn’t really know the real me? Am I the worst best friend ever?

 

Fighting Chance by Lea Coll

He was all business until he fell head over tool belt for the sexy, single mom.

I’m not bitter that Savannah St. James rejected me in high school. It's her cluttered storefront I have a problem with. Still, it’s hard to stay mad at her when she’s more beautiful than I remember and her son keeps finding new ways to sneak over to my hardware store every chance he gets.

While I admit he needs a male figure in his life, I’m the wrong guy for the job. Despite my reluctance, the little guy brings us together even as our pasts keep us apart.

I’m falling deeper for this woman, and the more I get to know Savannah, the more I realize I may have misjudged her. Maybe we can get a second chance after all.

 

Make Me Whole by Marie Johnston

I had a perfect life. School teacher. Married to my high school sweetheart. Little starter house that we called charming but was really just old. All I needed was the two-point-five kids and I’d be living my dream. Then my husband died.

After the funeral, I had a breakdown that lasted for a month…or twelve. But now I’m reemerging, healing, and finding my way. It’s time to learn who I am, and whether or not I can fix a leaky sink. And by my side the entire time is my husband’s best friend Liam Barron. The single dad knows a thing or two about personal struggles, and about how to replace faucets.

With Liam, I feel alive again. Confident. Capable. Liam has become my best friend too. Except if my parents, my in-laws, and the rest of the town had any say, I’d stay far away from the former bad boy. How do I tell them what’s so hard to admit to myself? That I’m starting to look at him like he’s more than a friend. That the heat in his eyes when he looks at me is also far beyond friendly. That like it or not, I’m ready to move on, and I want to do it with him.

 

My Unexpected Surprise by Piper Rayne

I never thought of myself as dad material.
Until my one-night stand showed up in my small Alaskan town five months pregnant.

But I don’t shy away from responsibility. First, because I’m a Greene and not to boast but we’re kind of a big deal in Sunrise Bay. Second, I’m the Sheriff.

I couldn’t have predicted how protective I’d become for the safety of her and my unborn baby to the point of asking her to move in with me and be my roommate.

Just when I think I have the situation under control, another surprise knocks me over, but it only spurs me to double down.

I’ll be the first to admit, I didn’t think it through. Somewhere between the dinners, the TV show binging, the doctor appointments, and me walking in on her naked, lines blurred.

In what feels like warp speed, my bachelor for life status is in jeopardy and I’m fighting for the most important thing of all—my family.

 

Stone Cold Notes by Julia Wolf

They called him Stone Cold.

Once upon a time, I called him my pen pal.

When I wrote to Callum Rose five years ago, I never expected a response. He was an up and coming rock star, afterall, and I was just a shy seventeen-year-old. He did write back though, and through hundreds of emails, we became best friends.

Until the day we unknowingly broke each other’s heart.

It’s been three years since our last email. I’m all grown up with a new job at Good Music, and finally have my act together. But then Callum Rose walks in the door, and I’m instantly thrown back to the days when he meant everything to me.

The thing is...he doesn’t know who I am. He’s never seen my face. And this Callum Rose lives up to his stone cold reputation.

That is, until one night, he sees me in another man’s arms, and decides to claim me. Then there is nothing cold about him.

Callum becomes a man on fire for me, introverted, awkward, chubby Wren Anderson. He’s obsessive, possessive, and kind of stalker-y—and I like it...a little too much. The problem is, he still doesn’t know I’m the girl who walked away from him or the reason behind it, and I’m afraid when he finds out, I’ll be right back in the cold again.

 

Only in Dreams by A.K. Evans

When Samantha Roberts wandered into his bar three years ago, Calvin Gates immediately knew she was the woman for him. Sadly, she ends up attached to someone else before he can make his move.

Calvin’s pull to Samantha is undeniable, and he’s never faced a challenge more difficult than fighting his feelings for her.

Until one day, she steps through the front door again and has heartbreak written all over her face.

For years, Calvin settled for being Samantha’s friend—listening as she shared her hopes and dreams and fears. And now that she’s single, he’s hoping to find a way to make the woman who existed as more only in dreams a reality.

 

Love Burns by Greenleigh Adams

Can a man’s broken heart be mended more than once?

Charlie’s best friend disappeared after high school. She thought she had made the right decision, but all she did was chase him away.
Louis always knew he and Charlie would part ways to go to college, but he hadn’t anticipated they would never speak again after that night senior year.
Following a minor accident 5 years later, Louis returns home and Charlie quickly realizes the boy that vanished resurfaces very much a man.

The two friends reconnect and begin to let go of the years of resentment and anger. But as they find themselves growing closer, Louis stumbles across a family secret.
The urge to run away from the emotional trauma tugs at Louis again.
Can Charlie restore his faith in love in order to get him to stay?

Author’s note: This is Book One in the Callahan Clan series. All books can be read as a stand-alone in any order. Each book has a guaranteed HEA and no cliffhangers.

 

Hers to Tame by Avery Samson

Maggie Emerson has known Colin Rhett since meeting him in her friend’s swimming pool her freshman year of college. Everyone knows the playboy with the movie star looks. They also know he goes through women with barely a second thought. So what does she do when he appeals to the literature teacher in her? She gives him a book, of course. What about when he doesn’t stop at one? Maybe the Colin everyone thinks they know is really much deeper than anybody gives him credit for. If she looks, really looks at him, will she find the man of her dreams or that same playboy she thought he always was?

Colin is a successful attorney with a different woman every week, but what he really wants is the one woman he can’t have. All he has wanted since that fateful day in the swimming pool six years ago is to be her hero, but there was always a reason holding him back. Will this finally be his chance to prove to her that he can be the man she needs? If he has to read every damn book in the bookstore, he’s going to fight this time for that right.

 

My Almost Ex by Piper Rayne

In the middle of a crowded bar in our small Alaskan town, my estranged wife snuggles up to me as if we’re still a happy couple.

Don’t get me wrong, we were a happy couple—before she walked out on me a year ago. We were the high school sweethearts everyone thought were destined to be together forever. We thought so too, which is why we married shortly after graduation.

We had a good marriage. Until she left me without any real explanation.

Now, she’s back—and this is the real kicker—she has amnesia and thinks I’m still her husband. Technically I am, although the divorce papers are sitting at the lawyer’s office.

She’s desperate to remember her life in Sunrise Bay but I only want to find out why she left me. Once we conjure that memory up, it’s sayonara because there’s no second chances here. But as you probably already figured out, things didn’t go quite as I planned.

My Almost Ex is a second chance romance between two childhood friends-to-lovers in Piper Rayne’s brand-new, small-town family series, The Greene Family.

 

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Losing people you love is hard.

Aurora De La Torre knows moving back to a place that was once home isn’t going to be easy.

Starting your whole life over probably isn’t supposed to be.

But a small town in the mountains might be the perfect remedy for a broken heart.

Checking out her landlord across the driveway just might cure it too.

 

Frayed by Laura Pavlov

Bad boy football star. Innocent girl next door. Two different worlds.
One small town. A million reasons why they should have stayed away from one another.

My life was mapped out for me before I even entered the world.

Who I'd date, where I’d attend college, what I'd be when I grew up.

But there was a time in everyone's life when they'd face a fork in the road.

Should I go left, or should I go right?

It didn't matter as long as I didn't remain stagnant any longer.

Jett Stone opened me up to a whole new world.

Reminding me that it was okay to find my own way.

I could have roots in Willow Springs and still spread my wings and fly.

What I didn't expect was to fall in love with the broody football player.

The boy I’d known since kindergarten.

The boy who had somehow become my everything.

 

One of Them Girls by Cala Riley

Xavier
I moved all the way to Texas to start a new life. Move on from the girl who fell for her brother’s best friend.
What I didn’t plan on was her. She blew in like a Texas Tornado, spinning my life out of control.
I gave my heart freely once and was burned.
They say everything happens for a reason, but they never said it would be easy.

Cassi
Gripped by mistakes of my past, all I want is to move on with my life. I wanted desperately to come to terms with my past while having a better future.
Then he showed up. It started as a small favor, but soon turned into so much more. Who knew I would find someone who could make me forget.
Secrets aren’t meant to be kept, and soon I spiral out of control.
They say learn from your past and move on, but can the past really stay in the past?

 

For Keeps. For Always. by Haley Jenner

Our friendship fell into our laps.
The right place, the right time.
We were for keeps.
Until we blurred the line of love and friendship.
Our love story hasn’t been easy.
Right place. Wrong time.
Wrong place. Right time.
We’ve felt heartache as heavily as we’ve caused it.
As deep as we love one another, we can’t seem to fight hard enough at the same time.
Our friendship was for keeps.
Will our love last for always?

 

Got Your Six by J.S. Wood

Going home was definitely the last thing on my to-do list. I left my hometown with too many ends untied and now, years later, I had no idea how to fix any of it.

Leaving gave me the chance to breathe and gain perspective on my past. It gave me a chance to make a better life where I dedicated myself to helping others. But I hadn’t helped the ones that truly mattered, the ones I’d left behind.

It was time to start.

Back home, in the town I fought so hard to leave, I find myself scraping together apologies, mending mistakes, and attempting to move forward in the best way I know how.

It isn’t until I’m home that I find a piece of myself I didn’t even know was missing. A piece that had been so integral to my existence before I up and abandoned her.

It was time I made it right. It was time to make Delaney Torrez mine.

 

Shock: An Everyday Heroes World Novel by Marie Johnston

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Marie Johnston’s Shock is a friends-to-lovers contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Everyday Heroes World project.

Sunnyville was just a place to stop for a while and resuscitate my life—until I met Ford Monroe. To all the other women in town, he’s a player. To his ex, he’s a failure she doesn’t want around their kid. But to me, he’s a paramedic and my partner and my best friend. Dating isn’t worth ruining the best relationship I’ve ever had, no matter how hot he is.

But when my ex-fiancé comes to town to woo me back and Ford’s ex-fiancée claims he’s a poor role model for his son, Ford has an idea. An idea so crazy it might just work to get both our exes off our backs.

***

Fake dating the only woman who can resist my charms shouldn’t have backfired. But I’ve spent more than a year trying to pretend Lia Wescott isn’t the sexiest, smartest woman I’ve ever met. It’s not long before working together isn’t enough and we’re no longer pretending to date—we’re doing the real thing.

I’m getting the life back that was taken away years ago and enjoying time with my new girlfriend and my son. Until my ex drops a worst case scenario on me, and I’m suddenly faced with choosing between the two most important people in my life.

 

Little Lies by Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting

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I don’t want you.
You mean nothing to me.
I never loved you.

I turned my words into swords.
And I cut her down. Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.

I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.

Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.

Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.

I used to be the one who saved her.
Over and over again.

But I don’t want to save her anymore.
I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.

A standalone angsty new adult romance.

Heroine: Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin, Pucked Series )

Hero: Kodiak (Kody) Bowman (Rook and Lainey Bowman’s son, A LIE FOR A LIE couple origin, All In Series ) 

According to Plan (Stone Haven, #2) by Victoria Ellis

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Madison Alexander fled Huntington, South Carolina the day after graduating from high school and has refused to look back since. Being in the very center of a scandal in her small-town made the decision to pack up and leave easy.

After putting herself through college and starting her photography business, life in New York City was looking up...

Until she receives a call that her dad is hospitalized and she is catapulted straight back into all the reasons she ran away from her small, southern town in the first place.

Enter Travis Ford, the ultimate southern gentleman and Madi's first crush. He's agreed to help Madi's dad fix up the old farmhouse she grew up in. Sure, five years have passed since she's laid eyes on Travis, but how can five years be that good to a man? More importantly, did Travis have that chiseled of a jawline and those perfect, drool-worthy muscles back in high school?

No sooner than Madi and Travis reconnect, he's the one leaving this time, and for the turbulent world known as the military. The two say their goodbyes and promise that his tour won't stand in the way of their potential to be together.

But, life isn't always fair and seldom goes according to plan.

According to plan is a small-town romance that promises:
-A HEA
-No Cheating
-Steamy Scenes
-Friends to Lovers Romance

According to Plan is the SECOND book in a SIX book STAND ALONE romance series!

Beneath the Stars (Sugarlake Series, #1) by Emily McIntire

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Alina
I was eleven when I met Chase Adams. I loved him before I knew what lovin' was.
I pulled, he pushed.
I gave, he took.
I loved... I lost.
Now he's back. All grown up and sexy as sin.
But things changed while he was gone. So, he can show those dimples and flex those muscles all he wants. It won't change a thing.
Chase Adams is nothin' but a lost memory. I'll do everything I can to keep him that way.

Chase
Growing up, there were only two women I ever loved.
Neither one of them ever really loved my back.
Until her. Alina. My Goldi.
She was everything that's good. I was the bad.
She was the brightest goddamn star. I was the black hole shredding her to pieces.
I loved her wrong, losing her to my demons.
But now I'm back. A better man.
I'll do everything I can to make her remember us, even if all she wants is to forget. 

 

Fluff by Jenika Snow

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We’d known each other all our lives.

And I loved her that whole time.

Daphne.

She was all curves wrapped in a bubbly personality that no other woman could match.

And I’d saved myself for her… my first kiss, my first everything.

But I waited to make her mine for far too long.

When a job had me leaving her, I knew I’d come back. There’s no way I was letting her get away.

The years passed, but my love for her only grew. And when I’m finally back home, back to her, I knew I was done waiting, done pretending boundaries couldn’t be crossed in our friendship.

But was it too late?

I didn’t care if it was, because the truth was, I wouldn’t stop trying to make Daphne mine. All I had to have was the courage to tell her the truth about how she made me feel.

Everything else, anything else that got in the way, was just fluff.

 

Meant For You (Rocktown Ink, #3) by Sherilee Gray

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At twelve years old, I was torn from my family.

At fourteen I met her: my reason to draw breath.

One look into Everly Williams's big brown eyes and I knew I’d do anything to protect her. And for eight years I did. She was my world. My best friend.

But afraid I'd lose her, I held on too tight. Became a dark cloud blocking her sun. So I did what I needed to, and walked away. I hurt us both.

Now I’m home, and need Everly back in my life. Only everything is different. We’re different. My body burns for her when she’s near. And after one explosive kiss, I know she feels it too. I’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust again.

Because I don’t want what we had before. I want it all...for a lifetime.

A best friend's to lovers romance in the sexy new Rocktown Ink series.

Hold on to Hope by A.L. Jackson

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A best friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

Evan Bryant wasn't your typical hero.
But he was mine.
Broken by the worlds’ standards, he was still the strongest boy I would ever know.
My best friend. The boy I’d given everything to. My heart, my body, and the promise of forever.
The day I’d needed him most, he walked away.
He left me shattered and questioning the love I’d thought we’d shared.

Three years later, I wasn’t prepared for him to return to Gingham Lakes.
It wouldn’t have mattered if he wasn’t the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.
My fingers still would have ached to caress his skin.
My body still would have begged to get lost in his touch.
And my heart . . . it would have always sung his name.
But time changes things. With it, secrets that could ruin everything.
Can we find a way to love again, or have the fears of our past stolen the hope of our forever . . .