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Top Ten Friendship-to-Dating Ships

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: All About Romance Tropes!

Happy Valentine's Day! I just see this as the perfect opportunity to talk about romance in books, and this week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt made it even better. I love love stories where the characters are friends first, so these are some of my favorite books where that happens!

Wing and Aaron from THE HEARTBEATS OF WING JONES by Katherine Webber: I'm currently in the middle of reading this book for the second time in the span of a week, which should show you how much I love it. And WOW, does this book give a whole new meaning to slow-burn romance! It's a little infuriating, but so satisfying.

Charlie and Braden from ON THE FENCE by Kasie West: Every Kasie West couple is perfect - this is just the one that happens to fall into this trope category.

Paige and Max from THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord: Paige and Max are one of my favorite fictional couples ever, so of course they had to be on this list! They're just so perfect for each other!

Leah and Jefferson from WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson: These two will be the death of me someday. I can't even begin to count the number of times that I had to stop reading for a minute and internally squeal about what was going on!

Ron and Hermione from HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling: This might be the ship that started my love for this trope. (Basically, everything in my reading life traces back to Harry Potter in one way or another.) And I just reread the series in December, so I got a refresher on exactly how perfect these two are for each other!

Kyle and Gideon from BEEN HERE ALL ALONG by Sandy Hall: This made me realize that there aren't nearly enough queer friendship-to-dating books! But this one is definitely adorable. And I loved that we got to see things from both perspectives!

Winter and Jacin from WINTER by Marissa Meyer: I'll admit that when I first read this book, these two characters definitely weren't my favorites. I'd loved the other main characters for so long that I never really gave these two a chance! But STARS ABOVE really changed my mind on that.

Anne and Gilbert from the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by L.M. Montgomery: Not just friends-to-dating - enemies-to-friends-to-dating! So you really get a good picture of how these two characters fit together throughout the series. They complement each other so well!

Anna and √Čtienne from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins: I don't think this one is quite as great in this aspect because I really like when the two characters have been friends longer, but it's still pretty wonderful.

Fanny and Edmund from MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen: I just read Mansfield Park a couple of months ago, and these characters have already worked their way into my heart! Sure, their obliviousness can be infuriating sometimes, but I really loved their relationship.

What's your favorite romance trope? Do you like friendship-to-dating stories as much as I do? Tell me in the comments, and link me to your TTT posts! 


  1. I love the friends to dating trope, so basically I have to read every book that's on this list. I sadly still have not read an Emery Lord book, so maybe I'll have to make The Start of Me and You to be the first book of hers I read. Ron and Hermione is definitely a classic friend to romance ship that I love! Great post!
    Here's my Top Ten!

    Lillie @ Little Lillie Reads

    1. I've loved all of Emery Lord's books, but The Start of Me and You has to be my favorite so far. I really hope you get to it soon!

  2. Awesome list!! I agree with your list too! The Start of Me and You, Scarlet(Cause I still have Cress and Winter to read), Anna and the French Kiss I also love it when characters are friends first :)
    My TTT

    1. Scarlet's actually my favorite Lunar Chronicles book! (Not that Cress and Winter weren't great - they ALL were!) It just doesn't really fit with the topic I chose.

  3. Aaahhh Wing Jones is amazing ❤❤❤

    1. I've been completely obsessed with it for the past week or so! I'm so excited for more people to read it!

  4. You have such a great list here! Paige and Max from The Start of Me and You are for sure one of my all-time favorite fictional couples. I also love the relationships in On the Fence, Anna, Mansfield Park, and Harry Potter (duh). I have an e-ARC of Wing Jones, so hopefully I'll get to that one soon-- I'm glad to hear you loved it!

    1. All of those ships are so cute! And I hope you get to Wing Jones soon - basically, I adored it and I need everyone to read it and I'm literally never going to stop talking about it.

  5. Oh heyyy I love best friend romance too! They're realistic and so cute <3 yes to Anna and the French Kiss, On the Fence, and Winter! In fact, Winter and Jacin is my favorite couple in TLC, Cress and Thorne a close second haha other books with this trope that I love is The Serpent King and Emmy & Oliver. Oh and my favorite romance trope is fake dating :P

    1. I'd have to say that Scarlet and Wolf are my favorite couple from The Lunar Chronicles, but I love them all so much! I really need to reread that series soon. I haven't read The Serpent King or Emmy & Oliver, but I really want to read both of them! I love fake dating stories, too, but I can only think of one or two that I've actually read. I need to read some more of those!


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