You can’t go wrong with a best friend of a best friend romance, but there are few tropes that I like more than a best friend of a best friend romance. You want to know why? I like second chances because they usually have all of the history I love about a second chance romance without all of the drama I don’t like. They also have the depth of a friends to lovers romance with a fresher feel and a better “getting to know you” phase. These are often light and sexy, with a gradual build up of intimacy that works for me.
There are a lot of books on this list that have these kinds of relationships in them. It’s possible that some of these couples have known each other their whole lives and just need a little push. Others are just getting to know each other, and they only know each other based on what they’ve heard. There is always a catalyst that starts the chemistry, and there’s no going back after that. This list also has a good mix of books. Some of them I’ve read recently, some I can’t stop recommending, and some I read before I started writing about them. None of these books are bad.
As a bonus, I’ve added the blurbs and links to Amazon so that you can quickly add them to your Kindle. Happy reading, everyone!
The Bookworm’s Guide to Dating by Emma Hart
Birthday gifts: Books.
I got my brother’s best friend as a gift for my birthday.
Keep Kinsley Lane’s name out there. I’m 100% against being set up with someone else.
Josh Carter is not the man to find me a boyfriend.
As if I’m so good, why doesn’t he like me? I don’t know the answer. So, that’s what he asked. Still, I’ll play along with him. My bookish, introverted self will learn how not to be awkward on every single one of his dates if I go on them with him. It’s simple: All I have to do is fall in love with one of the men he’s giving me on a silver platter. They all meet my very specific needs. Right? It would. If only I could stop liking Josh.
When the Time is Right by M. Mabie & Aly Martinez
Fate doesn’t always happen right away.
A man I’ve ever known: Hudson Bradley is the most cocky and hard-headed person I’ve ever met. As a result, he has been best friends with my brother for the last fifteen years
It’s not friendship at all that I’m feeling for him these days. It’s something else.
Why does my heart start to race when his blue eyes lock on me?
Why does every word he whispers in my ear make my body start to move and move?
I bet him that I could find a woman that he and his son would both love. That was the worst part.
A lot of people say that if I hadn’t given up on love, Hudson would have been the perfect match for me. He was there when my world fell apart. He’s been putting me back together for the last six years.
There are a million reasons why we can’t work together, but after a single kiss, I can’t remember them.
Make him mine now, before I lose him for good.
The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks by Max Monroe
Don’t fall for people who are mean.
Another rule is not to fall for your best friend’s brother.
Oops. It’s too late.
I’m Luciana Wright, and I’m a teacher at the school.
Everyone calls me Lucky, but when it comes to love, I’m not so lucky at all.
I’ve had a lot of bad dates in the past.
My favorite ones are the ones you know, so don’t worry.
The guys who are so beautiful and charming that they are almost too good to be true.
Those people who are quick to fall in love and don’t want long-term relationships.
Talking about the jerks.
The guys who taste good, but aren’t very good at all.
As soon as we broke up, I thought I’d learned my lesson. I put myself in jerk rehab and said I was going to change my ways.
But, let’s be honest: Love isn’t easy.
It’s even worse when a self-centered, charming, and sexy alpha man gets in the way.
People from Australia speak with an Aussie accent
The skin is tanned.
Muscular body with a surfer’s bod.
Those brown eyes are beautiful.
And a sexy smile that makes women fall to their knees.
Besides, he’s also my best friend’s brother.
Yeah. This story, my story, is a real slam-dunk.
In Oliver Arsen, the most mean person I’ve ever met, the day I stopped falling for jerks was the day I met Oliver Arsen.
Not Just Friends by T. Gephart
A little harmless flirting doesn’t hurt anyone, so don’t be afraid of it. Before having one-night stands with your best friend’s sister. If that wasn’t bad enough, her crazy ex-boyfriend is also following her. The two of them should have just been friends, but it’s probably too late for that now.
The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan Quinn
It’s a romantic comedy set in New York City about falling in love with your best friend’s sister. Meghan Quinn is a USA Today best-selling author who has written many other books.
It’s not easy to date your best friend’s sister. Easy.
Make it sound like you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring you and your friend together.
Step two: Go on a lot of dates with a lot of different women, get drunk, and talk about your best friend’s sister. This gives you the courage to finally make a move.
Step three: Show up at her apartment and tell her you love her. Right?
Everything looked so easy. How to make the love of your life fall head over heels for you in three easy steps.
For sure–that is, at least. Even though I tried to win over Julia Westin, they didn’t work out in more ways than I can remember. When it comes to Julia, what do you know? A lot of the charm I’ve tried to give her doesn’t work because of her wicked look. She’s very smart. She doesn’t care about games, gifts, or stories. She might want me too, but she’s not going to give in that quickly.
The Boyfriend Effect by Kendall Ryan
I’m not a good match for him.
This is what a trail of broken hearts and a bad record of failed relationships have taught me. This is what I’ve learned from all of them. Until next Sunday, my friends are happy to give me shit about my breakup. The root canal would be better.
One more thing, too.
As well as
Relief comes in an unusual package: Maren, who is both beautiful and feisty. I don’t find it weird that she is the sister of my best friend.
And Maren wants to show me how I’ve been a bad boyfriend. There must be a lot. And it’s all very interesting until I start to feel things.
It’s not just my reputation that’s at risk now. My heart is also at risk.