Ep 187 Friends to Lovers

On this episode of Buzzing about Romance we are going to tackle one of the hardest tropes to do in a way that makes sense and is believable-  Friends to Lovers.   Is friends to lovers really your favorite trope or is just the easiest to read? Overall, the “friends to lovers” trope taps into universal themes of love, friendship, and personal growth, making it a timeless and popular narrative choice in storytelling.

Term of the Week: Hand Necklace

Discussion Points for this episode

  • What is the basics of a friends to lovers trope 
  • The friends-to-lovers trope in romance typically involves two characters who start as friends and gradually develop romantic feelings for each other. Key points include: 
  • Does length of friendship matter?  
  • Why do you think so many people love friends to lovers.  
  • Friends to lover – low angst?  
  • Emotional Tension:** The story often builds emotional tension as characters navigate the shift in their relationship dynamics. Examples- 
  • Communication:** Often F to L is riddled with Miscommunication- but Honest communication becomes crucial for a successful transition, as characters need to express their feelings and concerns. Examples- 
  • Resolution:** The trope typically concludes with the characters overcoming obstacles, acknowledging their romantic connection, and often leading to a satisfying romantic relationship. Examples- 
  • What is wrong with friends to lovers  

Book of the Week

New Segments- Can you guess the book- Each week we will share a quote from a recent or popular Buzzing about Romance Read- You have the chance to Email us your guess at [email protected] .  We will announce the correct guess on next week’s show. 

This weeks Quote –
“You’re being weird. And not like pineapples-and-olives-on-pizza weird.

Books Mentioned this Episode

2 Fights by Nikki Castle 

Beautifully Broken Spirit by Catherine Cowles 

Falling Embers by Catherine Cowles 

Matching All the Way by Veronica Eden 

Dax by Sawyer Bennett 

Dangerous Rescue by Riley Edwards 

This Is Wild by Natasha Madison 

Only One Regret by Natasha Madison 

The Silent Waters by Brittainy Cherry 

The C*ck Down the Block by Amy Award 

Siblings’s Best Friend

Matching All the Way by Veronica Eden

All the Little Things by Rachel Leigh

Prey Tell (Ravaged Castle, #1) by Amanda Richardson

Before and After You (Leffersbee #2) by Hope Ellis

Hold Me Today by Maria Luis

Former Lovers, to Friends, to Lovers

            Fearless at Heart (Kincaids of Pine Harbour, #4) by Zoe York

            We’re Made of Moments by Molly McLain ???

            Key Change (Common Threads #3 SPRU) by Heidi Hutchinson

            Been There Done That (Leffersbee #1 SPRU) by Hope Ellis

            Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid

Childhood Friends to Lovers

            The Cock Down the Block (The Cocky Kingmans, #1) by Amy Award

            Between Never and Forever by Brit Benson

            Letter Late Than Never (Green Valley Heroes, #3 SPRU) by Lauren Connolly

            A Very Friendly Valentine’s Day (Very Holiday, #2) by Kayley Loring

Friends, estranged, to Lovers

            In a Jam by Kate Canterbary

            Deconstructing Delilah by Alison Rhymes

            A Love by Design (The Secret Scientist of London #3) by Elizabeth Everett

New Friendship to Lovers

            Can’t Fight It (Lessons Learned, #3 SPRU) by Allie Winters

            Lost Track (Common Threads #5 SPRU) by Heidi Hutchinson

            Sidequest for Love by LH Cosway

            The  Fall Up (The Fall Up #1) by Aly Martinez

            The Hardest Fall by Ella Maise

Insatiable – Melanie Harlow 

Finding Focus – Jiffy Kate 

The Bangover – Lili Valente 

Witches Get Stitches – Juliette Cross 

Dr. Strange Beard – Penny Reid 

Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne  

To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise – Childhood friends to lovers  

Hitting the Goal Line- Childhood  

Matching all the Way by Veronica Eden  

Weston by Samantha Whiskey- BBF – Lovers  

Between Never and Forever by Brit Benson- Childhood friends/Former friends   

The Sebastian Guarantee by Krista Sandro- Friends to Lovers    

Every Shade of Winter – BBF to Lovers  

Merciless Devil by Kylie Kent – BBF- Lovers  

Faded in Bloom by Julia Wolf  

Falling Embers by Catherine Cowles –

Baden by Sawyer Bennett  

Only Regret by Natasha Madison – BBF to Lovers  

The Silent Waters by Brittainy Cherry – Childhood friends/Former Friend  

Smitten by Lauren Rowe  

Best Friends Don’t Kiss by Max Monroe

The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

Reid (Vested Interest #4) by Melanie Moreland

Changing Roles by Melanie Moreland

#Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert

Chasing Riptides (Save Me Series #5) by Aly Stiles

            Give Love a Chai (Common Threads #2) by Nanxi Wen

            Baking Me Crazy (Love at First Sight, #1) by Karla Sorensen

            Little Lies (Lies, Hearts and Truths, #1) by H. Hunting

            Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

            Fighting Silence (On the Ropes #1) by Aly Martinez

  Homecoming King (Three Kings 1) by Penny Reid

            Friends Without Benefits (KITC #2) by Peny Reid

Later in Life Friendship to Lovers

            Live and Let Grow by Penny Reid (novella)

            Glitch (Next Level, #1) by Briana Michaels

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

Ten Trends to Seduce Your Bestfriend by Penny Reid

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