I’m over at The House of Kirkus today talking about Friends-to-Lovers plots, and the various pitfalls that could happen to the hero and heroine on their way from friends to friends-with-benefits all the way to friends-with-happily-ever-after.
There’s the type in which one person is secretly in love with the other, while the other remains ignorant of all that ardor. I call this One Pines and One is Clueless.
Then there’s the type where one or both Wake Up (often at about the same moment) and See Something More in the other person that wasn’t so obvious before.
Both plots can be very satisfying, but there are pitfalls to each—it’s easy for the book to go off the rails or for the characters to lose the reader’s respect regardless of what path they take.
I loooove friends-to-lovers plots, like The Kiss Test and the slightly-more-a-boss-nanny-than-friends-to-lovers story Not Just the Nanny, because when that “something changes” happens, it can be explodey with the joy and possibility, and then there’s pages and pages to explore that possibility.
What are your favorite friends-to-lovers plots? Share share, please – I’m loading up the digital reader for the long weekend today!