17 TOP Best Friends to Lovers Romance Books

Anyone you want to fall in love with, you want to be your best friend too, right? But what if your best friend was your friend before your lover? Would that be the ideal way to fall in love or would it just be awkward?

Best friends who fall in love is a romance story we all want to happen in our lives, one way or another. But with so much on the line, this kind of relationship can get rocky…which makes for a compelling read!

Have you ever fallen for your best friend? Have you considered your relationship with each other as more than just friends? Or perhaps you’re just curious. Well, these enticing best friend to lovers romance books will be right up your alley.


Best Friend Romance Books

Want to know what dating your best friend would be like? These best friend to lovers romance books will give you some ideas!

1. People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, and winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Romance in 2021, is this warm and fuzzy best friend contemporary romance novel is the perfect vacation read.

Poppy and Alex are childhood friends. They are two very different people; she’s wild and free; he’s more of a geek. Yet somehow, the two are best friends, ever since they shared a car home from college years ago. 

For most of the year they live in different cities, but every summer for more than a decade they have embarked on a week-long vacation together.

That was, until two years ago when an event happened and they haven’t spoken since.

Since then, everything was going wrong for Poppy, and she realised the last time she was truly happy was on that last trip. She convinces Alex to go on one last vacation with her, but can she make it all right?


2. Friends Without Benefits – Penny Reid

Elizabeth Finney is sarcastic and loves knitting, and no one unnerves her more than Nico Manganiello.

She’s just about to give up on a love story when she plans to find benefits without friendship arrangement with her irritatingly charismatic and former nemesis, Nico Manganiello.

As time goes on, she finds herself struggling to keep the walls up around her heart and not fall victim to Nico’s charisma, charm and ‘nice guy attitude’. But can she?

Friends Without Benefits is the second book in the Knitting in the City series by Penny Reid, though each book is written as a stand alone novel.

The series tells of the hilarious misadventures of seven friends to lovers trope in a Chicago knitting group.


3. Friend Me – Michelle McCraw

When executive assistant Marlee is invited to her boss’s wedding, she must find a date in order to not look silly in front of her massive crush and his brainy and beautiful girlfriend. To cheer her up, her best friend Tyler offers to be her plus-one to help sparks a bit of jealousy, but instead sparks fly away from the friend zone.

Then one magical kiss on the dance floor changed everything.

Marlee isn’t sure she’s ready to move their friendship up a notch, but she can’t deny her true feelings for him.

Friend Me is a best friend romance novel that starts off slow and then becomes fiery and passionate. This friends-to-lovers story is the second book of the Synergy series but can be read as a standalone novel.

The story is full of tender moments and angsty romance.


4. Reckless Memories Catherine Cowles

Isabelle Kipton (Bell) has lived in a small town on a remote island called Anchor Island since she was a little girl. She took a job managing The Catch and Bar Restaurant for The Hardy family, who were more family to Bell than her own.

Ford Hardy was her childhood friend, but when he was 18, he left to live a good life in LA, abandoning her when she needed him the most.

Years later, he has never really been back home, but after hearing the family may lose the bar, he decides it’s time.

Bell isn’t too pleased with Ford’s return, not only because he left, but because of the rekindling of feelings she had for him when they were teenagers. Will Bell and Ford be able to move past their mistakes? Will their feelings for each other ever rekindle?


5. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is a hilarious contemporary friend romance book full of relatable love tales.

Josh and Hazel are best friends, and no matter how many times they fall into bed together, they are definitely not dating.

Hazel is a quirky and energetic character, and most men can’t handle her no-filter approach to life. Josh, on the other hand, has known Hazel since university, and his mellow personality proves compatible with her zany character.

After ten years of friendship, and after a cheating girlfriend left Josh confused, he found “going out: with Hazel was much easier. Even though they end up on disastrous double dates together, it doesn’t mean they are dating…does it?

This is the perfect book to read after a break up as it restores your faith in love.


6. Like Lovers Do – Tracey Livesay

Successful Dr. Nicole Allen is an accomplished surgeon. She’s not had it easy, and worked hard to become the success she is today. But when an intern messes up, her disciplining methods may have jeopardized a prestigious fellowship.

Benjamin Reed Van Mont comes from a successful business family, but he doesn’t want to be part of his family legacy and wants his own company instead.

He’s also best friends with workaholic doctor Nic. When his ex-girlfriend starts orbiting in his life again, Nic offers to pretend to be his girlfriend in exchange for him helping her not lose her fellowship.

What could go wrong? It was only for a week…or is it?

This fake date turned relationship doctor romance novel will pull on the heartstrings.


7. Marriage on Madison Avenue – Lauren Layne

Marriage on Madison Avenue is a sweet best friends to lovers romance book that will have you reaching for the tissues.

Audrey is a social media influencer and has an amazing best friend called Clarke. They have always had a platonic relationship ever since elementary school, but when they decide to pretend they’re engaged, Audrey sees her best friend differently.

This hilarious and fun best friend romance book is unlike any other romance book. This novel is part of the Central Park Pact series but can be read as a standalone novel.


8. The Change Up – Meghan Quinn

The Change Up is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you hooked from start to finish.

Maddox and Kinsley are lifelong two friends who always have each other’s backs. They’ve been through the highs and lows together.

One day, Kinsley moves in with Maddox, and their relationship starts to move from childhood best friends to something more.

But Maddox has a reputation for being a bit of a bad boy, so when Kinsley and Maddox start seeing each other differently, can Maddox contain his inner demons?

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9. Wicked Envy – Sawyer Bennett

Wicken Envy is a best friend romance book with tons of emotions and relatable characters.

Dane Hawthorne, Andrew Collings, and Avril Carrigan are all intelligent and devoted people, who each became billionaires through Dane’s company.

But when the three friends who all met in college embark on a no strings attached relationship, it can start to get complicated.

Can feelings be switched off? Can three people truly enter a no strings attached relationship? Or will jealousy get in the way?

This incredible billionaire romance novel will have you hooked!


10. Adore You – Nicole Falls

Devorah and Ellis are two friends who share chemistry, but Devorah is worried about what other people might think. Mostly because Elis happens to be the playboy brother of her ex.

Elis adores Devorah, but agrees to keep their relationship a secret, but can a secret relationship really last?

This adorable best friends to lovers books tells a very relatable story about how love can be complicated and that sometimes you have to battle to save it.

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11. The Friendship Contract – Mia Heintzelman

The Friendship Contract is a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance book full of humour and endearment.

Allegra Malone and Damon Dawson are best friends and partners at a law firm together, but Damon sees Allegra as more than a friend. When she finds a ring at her boyfriend’s place, but that it wasn’t for her, it is Damon who volunteers to mop up the pieces of her broken heart.

After entering into a no strings attached relationship, they vouch that they shall not let their feelings get in the way of their relationship. But is it that simple?

This office romance novel is both passionate and comedic.

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12. Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren

Macy Sorensen is a hardworking paediatrics resident whose getting ready to marry a rich, older man. Only when a chance encounter with her unrequited love from the past shows up, everything is about to change.

Elliot Petropoulos was a great friend and the first guy she ever loved. When her mother passed away and she and her now single dad took weekend trips to San Francisco, she formed a bond with the geeky boy across the road. He was there for her in a way no other friend could be. Only when he finally coaxed her into opening her heart, he broke it. 

This is one of my favorite friends to lovers books because it takes you on a ride of emotion. Told in a mixture of past and present timelines, you follow along as two teenagers go from spending weekends devouring books and sharing their favorite words to battling the emotional connection. 

Now as adults, will Elliot and Macy be able to put what happened a decade ago behind them? And what about Macy’s future husband? This is one second chance romance novel you won’t be able to put down.


13. Dear Emmie Blue – Lia Louis

Sixteen-year-old Emmie Blue had a secret she wanted to be free of. So she stood in the fields of her school and attached a note to a red balloon. In vain, she included her name and email. Weeks later, Lucas Moreau discovered the balloon on a beach in France and the pair formed a friendship. 

Fourteen years later and Emmie is madly in love with Lucas. So much so, that her whole world is focused on him – she no longer looks for her father or tries to mend the relationship she has with her mum, and she’s been laid off from work. When Lucas finally tells Emmie he has a question to ask her, she’s ready to hear that her feelings are reciprocated…only, that’s not what he wanted to ask, was it?

This is one of the funniest and most heartwarming best friends to lovers books I’ve read this year. It has some sweet coming-of-age elements and an overall gripping storyline.


14. The Cheat Sheet – Sarah Adams

Bree Camden is hopelessly in love with a hot quarterback and good friend Nathan. He’s the package deal; smart, funny and talented.

Only she’s convinced that Nathan doesn’t feel the same, like their polar opposites. When Bree accidentally lets slip how she feels to a reporter, she is forced to fake date Nathan for three weeks up until after the Super Bowl.

Nathan is putting on a show for the cameras, and it does nothing to help Bree control her feelings. It’s only three weeks, but can she fight it? Is this going to end in tears or will Nathan see Bree as more than just a friend?

This is one of those best friends to lovers books that’s full of angst.


15. Lease On Love – Falon Ballard

When Sadie accidentally mixed up a roommate finding app with a dating app, she finds herself a new room at a steal of a price. Jack has just hit rock bottom and is grieving the loss of someone important to him.

He’s not interested in seeing his friends, let alone meeting someone of the opposite sex.

But as Sadia and Jack move in together and the ties of sharing a space force them to come together, they form a friendship, which may become something more…


16. Blurred Lines Lauren Layne

Parker Blanton and Ben Olsen meet in their freshman year of college. They have an immediate and platonic friendship that lasts for six years. Now, sharing a flat together in Portland, they settle into life as adults. 

When Parker gets dumped by her boyfriend, she starts thinking about a ‘no strings attached relationship.’ Ben is great at being her wingman and is well adverse to this casual dating scene. Only Park can’t get the hang of it until she tries it with him.

At first, it works well, but their friendship remains strong. When Parker’s ex comes knocking on the door and wants her back, Ben starts to feel possessive of Parker. 

Similarly, when Ben starts dating a girl from work, Parker finds herself jealous of this new woman in his life. 

For the first time, their friendship is close to breaking and the pair are faced with the undeniable truth that maybe this wasn’t friendship after all. 

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17. The Friend Zone – Abby Jimenez

Kristen Petersen is a headstrong woman who will do anything for her friends. She’s also hiding the fact that she’s about to face a medical procedure that means it might be impossible for her to have children.

Kristen is planning her best friend’s wedding when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s the kind of guy you only see in love stories; funny, steamy, charming and takes her for all her quirks.

But Josh wants a big family someday and she knows that might not be a possibility for her. She knows he is better off without her, but the more she spends time with him, the harder it is to let him go.

The Friend Zone is one of those romance novels that has you crying with laughter, or simply crying, as you are taken on a journey through love and loss. Written by New York Times bestselling author, Abby Jimenez, this is one author you’ll want to keep an eye out for.


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Final Word on Best Friend Romance Books

So there you have it, our top 17 best friend to lovers romance books! Whether you’re looking for just something sweet and long-lasting, or a steamy friends with benefits story, you’ll find something for everyone on this list.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

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About Louisa

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the founder, editor, and head honcho of Epic Book Society. Once a published poet at the age of 7, she aspired to become a journalist, but that career hit a wall so here she is writing about books instead. When she's not writing about books, she's teaching English to primary school kids around the world.

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