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If your result is Friends to Lovers…

There’s something special about this trope, when you fall in love with someone you trust and who knows you it feels amazing but then there’s the will-they-won’t-they about taking that next step – how can you be sure it won’t ruin what you already have? What gives them the courage to try?

Here are some suggestions for Friends to Lovers novels you might enjoy:

As Seen on TV by Meredith Schorr

Adina Gellar, a budding journalist tired of the New York City dating scene, seeks love in a small town with picturesque charm and eligible bachelors. When Pleasant Hollow becomes the target of a real estate tycoon’s development plans, Adi sees it as her ticket to a coveted position at an online magazine and a chance at finding her ideal partner.

However, Pleasant Hollow falls short of Adi’s romanticized expectations. With no quaint bakeries or lively festivals, and residents less than welcoming, Adi’s only solace is Finn Adams, an attractive but conflicted figure working for the very company she aims to expose. As Adi navigates her feelings for Finn and her career aspirations, she questions if her pursuit of love and success aligns with reality or if she risks losing both.

If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

If the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.

Cindy, a plus-size fashion enthusiast, moves back in with her stepmother, Erica, who produces a popular dating reality show. When a contestant drops out, Cindy seizes the chance to showcase her shoe collection on national TV.

However, her appearance as the first plus-size contestant catapults her to unexpected fame and prompts her to reevaluate her romantic prospects. As she navigates newfound fame and romantic interests, Cindy must trust her instincts and embrace self-love in Julie Murphy’s enchanting retelling of a classic fairy tale.

Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale

Hallie Flynn cherishes her aunt Clara’s seaside sanctuary, Firefly Beach, with its comforting porch and mesmerizing ocean vistas. Yet, tragedy strikes as Aunt Clara passes away, leaving Hallie shattered. In her final letter, Aunt Clara entrusts Hallie with her childhood bucket list, urging her to fulfill it. Ditching her mundane job and routine, Hallie embraces this opportunity.

Amidst the serene backdrop of Firefly Beach, Hallie reconnects with her true passions and childhood friend, Ben Murray. However, an encounter with affluent newcomer Gavin Wilson rattles her resolve and unearths buried emotions. As Hallie navigates her past and present, she faces a pivotal choice: pursue her newfound dreams or let lingering secrets sabotage her chance at love and a fresh start. Will she conquer her bucket list and rewrite her destiny, or succumb to the shadows of her past?

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

Poppy and Alex – a mismatched pair, bound by an inexplicable friendship. Despite their contrasting personalities – she’s a free spirit, he’s more reserved – they’ve remained inseparable since a serendipitous car ride home from college. Each summer, they reunite for a cherished week-long vacation, until a fallout two years ago left them estranged.

Stuck in a rut, Poppy realizes her happiest moments were with Alex. Determined to mend their bond, she persuades him to embark on one final vacation together. With only a week to reconcile their differences, Poppy grapples with a looming truth that threatens their seemingly flawless relationship. Can they overcome the past and salvage their friendship, or will unresolved tensions tear them apart for good?

Curious about the other quiz results? Here are links to those recommendation pages:

Second Chance Romance

Opposites Attract

Grumpy Sunshine

Have others that should make this beach read recommendations list? Obviously I can’t read *all the things* myself, so I’d love to hear your recommendations! Contact me