The Broke and The Bookish are finally back from hiatus!
The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 book recommendations for ______ (our choice). Now, English is a hard language. (Says the person who knows English better than her mother tongue) I wanted to recommend books to readers looking for books with best-friends-to-lovers storylines. I did not know (and was too lazy to figure out) how to phrase that to match the topic exactly. 😅
Anyway! For the past few months, I’ve been on a romance-reading streak. If I had to pick one storyline theme which would almost always hook me in, it would be best-friends-to-lovers. Therefore, here I am to share a few of my favourites with the theme.
I cannot say HOW MUCH I adored this book! This was my first book by the author, and after this I read the rest of the series by her as well. And as I expected, I pretty much loved them too. (Reviews coming soon)
Gen and Wolfe’s relationship progress/growth was so beautiful to see. Also I really liked Wolfe. He’s such a sweetheart!
You can read my detailed review here.
Lila Wilder is a shy nerd and she’s done being that. She wants to be sexy and desired for a change. She recruits her playboy best friend Beck to help her since he’s her best bet on getting the transformation right. But as she starts to show off and change, Beck falls for her. She’s still the same in personality, though, so that’s good.
Firstly, when I read the book (more than 5 years back) it was called Where Rainbows End. Years later when the movie came out, it was named Love, Rosie and they changed the book’s name as well??? Um hello, I AM NOT AMUSED. I hate when book covers are changed when movies are made. And I hate it even more when they change the book’s NAME itself. The movie wasn’t nice enough, anyway. #thebookisbetter
Onto the story. This was my first book by the author and I ADORED it.
The story is narrated through notes, letters, postcards and online chats. The writing format isn’t the usual, and I LOVED it. We’re taken over 40 years through these, starting with notes passed in class and birthday invites. I really liked reading their relationship growing through written correspondence.
I liked the relationship between Arizona and Carter while they were platonic. I liked the chemistry between them after they moved out of the platonic category. But the transition was VERY sudden. That’s one tiny thing which put me off. One minute they were just best friends and the next minute—BOOM—sexual attraction. Um, okay?
I liked Arizona the most. I loved her character, how she got a degree before understanding what she actually wants to do in life (be a cook). She actually snuck into lessons at an academy as she couldn’t afford them! #yasgirl
This was such a cute YA book! I LOVED the MC and how badass she was. She’s also a coding geek, so I obviously loved that. Except she’s WAY more into coding (and is a genius) than I am. #myinspiration
I do plan on writing a whole review soon, so look out for that.
Her romance with a fellow geek was SO ADORABLE. There was the usual teen awkwardness, doubt and angst, but I loved that she went for the best friend instead of the hot guy like the norm (not that she ever even considered the hot guy).
Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids and through the flashbacks, we see how their relationship went from friends to more than. I adored the flashbacks and young Leo. ❤
And another thing I liked about this book was Evie. She worked two small jobs for a living and she does it unapologetically, seeing no shame. She’s fine as long as she’s happy and I love that.
Taylor and Jamie are best friends, and both of them want to be more but are afraid of ruining the relationship they have by confessing to the other. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. I loved seeing them finally confess and get together.
First of all, a brilliant story.
We start with Emiline reading a well praised book by a J. Colby. The shock? It’s her own story. The characters are EXACTLY like her and her childhood best friend Jase. She then goes to find the author, who is, obviously, Jase.
Click here to read my review.
This story is about movie star Kendall and her best friend Payton. (Hello diverse read)
I absolutely adored reading this story, especially since it was my first lesbian romance read. The transition from best friends to lovers was as awkward and beautiful as I expected, and I really liked it.
 Here’s to Falling by Christine Zolendz
This heartbreaking story is about Charlie and Jase. We see their tragic childhoods, where only they were the good parts of life, then the falling out and meet years later. Honestly, I couldn’t write a proper review when I read it and still can’t. (I also really want to reread this book now.)
Aand that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!
Do you like best-friends-to-lovers themed books? Which are your favorite? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Also, if you’ve published a Top Ten Tuesday do comment the link so I can check it out!