By A.M. Arthur, author of FINDING THEIR WAY
I’ve always been a fan of the friends-to-lovers romance trope. I enjoy reading it in romance novels, seeing it in films, and especially watching it unfold over time on a television series. You get to see a relationship build between two characters before it becomes sexual, which often establishes an even stronger foundation for their HEA. My upcoming Carina m/m romance release, Finding Their Way, uses the friends-to-lovers trope, allowing my heroes a chance to get to know each other, find common ground, and slowly fall in love.
Below are (in no particular order) ten of my favorite examples of friends-to-lovers romances from various media formats.
- Served Hot, by Annabeth Albert (novel). Robby’s slow-burn crush on the standoff-ish David creates a fun, sweet story.
- Walk the Line (movie). This fictional recounting of the real life love story of June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash is one of my favorite movies.
- The Assignment, by Evangeline Anderson (novel). Some folks may label this one as gay-for-you, but since Valenti and O’Brian are long-time partners with a years-long relationship, I like this for an angsty, drama-filled friends-to-lovers m/m romance.
- Kaylee/Simon, Firefly/Serenity (TV show/movie). Fellow Firefly fans will probably agree that this one the most anticipated pairings of the short-lived series. Their flirtation was almost immediate, the chemistry intense, and I definitely cheered when Simon finally had his “ah ha!” moment in Serenity.
- Shades of Gray, by Maya Banks (novel). Part of an m/f romantic suspense series, this particular installment brought together PJ and Cole, two members of an elite squad of private sector soldiers.
- Nobody’s Hero, by J. Leigh Bailey (novel). A fun, heartbreaking new adult m/m romance, I can’t say enough good things about Bradley and Danny’s story.
- Anastasia (movie). Don’t laugh. Yes, I’m talking about the 1997 animated film/musical with Bartok the Bat. It’s awesome.
- Love Lessons, by Heidi Cullinan (novel). Walter takes the very naïve Kelly under his wing and never expects to fall for his charge in a fantastic new adult m/m romance.
- Monica and Chandler, Friends. Do I really have to explain this one?
- Latter Days (movie). This is without a doubt one of my favorite movies ever. A closeted gay Mormon missionary moves to Los Angeles, and meets flashy, very out Christian. Christian makes a bet with his friends that he can seduce Aaron, but what starts as a challenge becomes so much more.
What are some of your favorite friends-to-lovers romances?
Thanks to an abusive father and a string of bad relationships, Riley McCage learned the hard way that people are not kind without a reason. Now, after landing a job at popular gay bar Pot O Gold, Riley is on the right track—until the night Boxer finds him drunk and drugged in the back room of an exclusive sex party.
Donald “Boxer” Boxwood wasn’t looking for anything beyond some casual kink until he peeled Riley off the floor and gave him a safe place to stay. But there’s something compelling about the guy crashing on his couch, and the two forge an instant friendship that eases into unmistakable attraction. Despite Riley’s hesitancy, Boxer knows one thing to be true: he needs Riley in his life.
Riley risked everything to run away and build a new life for himself, and his secrets aren’t something he’d ever wish upon his kind, gentle new friend. But when the past comes to call, he’ll have no choice but to put his trust in Boxer…and believe people can change enough to deserve a second chance.
Book two of The Restoration Series
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A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop.