15 Friends-to-Lovers Books to Read After Watching 'Bridgerton' Season 3

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15 Friends-to-Lovers Books to ReadDesign by Michael Stillwell


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It's hard not to enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope at the heart of Bridgerton season three.

Friends-to-lovers is the healthiest kind of romance story, star Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope, told Town & Country, because “you’ve skipped all of the posturing and all of the initial things you do when you meet someone—you try and pretend to have only nice underwear, or that you don’t sit on the couch and eat your dinner off your lap. Because they’ve been friends first, they go, ‘I know you.’ Deep, true, abiding love comes from when you love the bones of someone. You love them deeply in their entirety. That’s a thing that you get with friends-to-lovers, because you love them first as a friend.” Luke Newton, who plays Colin, agrees. "I think so many people relate to it, and have had that person," he says.

For fans who have already watched (and rewatched) Bridgerton season three, part one, and are eagerly counting down the days to part two, why not check out a romance novel that features a similar vibe to the latest set of episodes? Here are 15 books we recommend:

Emma (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Jane Austen's Emma just might be the original friends-to-lovers story. The titular Emma Woodhouse attempts to matchmake those around her—against the advice of her neighbor and friend Mr. Knightley. Spoiler alert... (can you spoil a book published in 1816?) Emma ultimately realizes she has feelings for him. It's a timeless classic for a reason!

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Love and Other Words

As teenagers, Elliot and Macy were inseparable, with Elliot helping Macy through the loss of her mother. Their friendship ended when Elliot declared his love for Macy, but when they run into each other years later, can they get over what happened that fateful night? Christina Lauren always delivers, and Love and Other Words is no exception.

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Like Lovers Do: A Girls Trip Novel

Nicole, an accomplished surgeon, is about to complete her residency when she is put on administrative leave for disciplining a well-connected intern. Upset, she goes to her best friend, Ben, and he suggests that she come on vacation with him to Martha's Vineyard. (Ben has just learned his ex-fiancée will be crashing his trip with his childhood friends.) Nicole agrees to be his pretend girlfriend, adding a layer of the fake dating trope to this lovely friends-to-lovers romance.

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People We Meet on Vacation

In Emily Henry's People We Meet on Vacation, best friends Alex and Poppy took summer vacations together for ten years in a row. But after one bad trip, the duo didn't speak for nearly two years. Realizing they could be more than friends, Poppy decides to convince Alex to go on one more getaway. He agrees, and they set off on a reconciliation adventure. Can they fix their friendship—and give themselves one last chance to fall in love?

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The Cheat Sheet: A Novel

In The Cheat Sheet, NFL star player Nathan Donelson and former ballerina Bree Camden have been best friends forever. Actually: Bree has secretly been in love with Nathan, but could never admit it. (It's giving Penelope and Colin.) When Bree accidentally spills her secrets to a TMZ reporter, things go south, fast. Nathan's publicist then has them pretend to be dating for a month—and you can guess what happens. (More sports romance book recommendations, here.)

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Before We Were Strangers: A Love Story

Matt and Grace met 15 years ago, when they were students at New York University and lived in dorm rooms next door to each other. They lost touch after graduation, until one random Wednesday, Matt spots Grace on a subway platform and posts a Craigslist "missed connection" ad. Will they make the most of their second chance at love?

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Hook, Line, and Sinker: A Novel

Fox, a fisherman, is a carefree flirt. Usually women easily fall for him—but not Hannah, who seems immune to his charms and just wants to be his friend. He agrees, and they stay close, but when she is in town for work (and staying in Fox's spare bedroom), she asks him to help her catch the attention of her coworker. The more time Fox and Hannah spend together, the harder Fox is finding their agreement to be "just friends," and the more Hannah realizes that she may have feelings for him, too.

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Every Summer After

Persephone, a.k.a. Percy, and Sam were always inseparable, and their best friendship turned into a relationship. But after a bad breakup, Percy hasn't seen Sam—until she returns home for his mother's funeral. Can they get over their past hurt? It's a romance novel, so you're guaranteed the Happily Ever After, but the journey they go on will have you riveted. Plus, Carley Fortune is a name you should know: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are adapting another one of her books, Meet Me at the Lake.

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This Spells Love: A Novel

If you're searching for a magical friends-to-lovers tale, this witchy romance will do the trick. This Spells Love begins with a bad break-up, and Gemma—drunk with her sister, aunt, and Dax, her BFF—decides to cast a spell to erase him from her memory. The spell needs a kiss from Dax, and he obliges. The next morning, Gemma wakes up and to her surprise, the silly spell has worked—the only problem is that it fully changed her life, and Dax doesn't know who she is anymore. To reverse it, she has to convince him, her former best friend who is now a stranger, to kiss her. Along the way, will she realize the love she's been searching for has been in her life all along?

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The Countess Conspiracy (The Brothers Sinister Book 3)

Sebastian is a well-known rake, who is scandalizing society with controversial scientific beliefs. But the ideas aren't his—they're that of his best friend, Violet, the widowed Countess of Cambury, who would like to keep her respectable place in society. When Sebastian tells Violet he's done presenting her work to the public under his name, their relationship shifts.

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All Rhodes Lead Here: A Novel

Marina Zapata has been named the "Queen of Slow Burn Romance" and All Rhodes Lead Here doesn't disappoint on that front. In this romance novel, Aurora, getting over a bad break up, moves back to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where she once lived with her mom. She rents a room from a man named Tobias, but when she shows up, she learns it was in fact his teenage son, Amos, who put the room up for rent. Aurora and single dad Tobias slowly (very, very slowly) build a friendship that ultimately turns into something more. Plus: If you love grumpy-sunshine romance pairings, this will be right up your alley.

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Real Men Knit (Real Men Knit series Book 1)

After their adoptive mom dies, Jesse and his three brothers struggle over what to do with her beloved Harlem knitting shop. Jesse wants to keep it open in her memory, but his brothers want to sell it. When part-time employee Kerry (who has been harboring a secret crush on Jesse, obviously) overhears his argument with his brothers, she volunteers to help him keep the store open. The more time Jesse and Kerry spend together, the more their feelings for each other grow.

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You, Again: A Novel

Kate Goldbeck's You, Again is touted as a gender-swapped When Harry Met Sally, which is really all you need to know. But we'll tell you a little more: Ari and Josh hate each other upon their first meeting, as they happen to be sleeping with the same woman. Years later, they randomly bump into each other and start to build a friendship. Can their friends-without-benefits relationship last? You, Again is a modern romantic comedy for the ages.

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A Long Time Coming

Inspired by My Best Friend's Wedding, Meghan Quinn's A Long Time Coming is the story of Breaker and Lia. Breaker's best friend, Lia, is getting married, and she asked him to be her man-in-waiting. As he helps her get ready for her wedding, however, Breaker realizes he's in love with Lia, and the only thing he can do is convince her not to go through with her wedding.

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, 4)

And if you haven't read Penelope and Colin's friends-to-lovers story, what are you waiting for?! It's different from the Netflix show, but the key plot points are the same—including the fateful carriage scene.

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