Throwback Thursday // Friends to Lovers

October 05, 2023

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday!

This post has been missing for a while, but it's back and today I'm sharing with you the first five Friends to Lovers stories I reviewed on the blog that won high marks from me. Oldies but goodies, maybe you've read them, maybe they're sitting on your TBR... maybe you even have a suggestion for me because I really enjoy this trope.

I hope I've reminded you of the love for a particular story, suggested a new read, or at least entertained you for a moment. Happy reading! xo

Normal by Danielle Pearl

This is a young adult romance that read like a new adult romance. It tackled issues that no youth should ever have to face. It had a relatable heroine and a fantastic hero. On top of everything going on with these characters, the author can write. I remember being completely absorbed by this story and the ones that followed in this series. From the blurb: a gritty story of trust and abuse, heartbreak and salvation, and if they're lucky - love. This is not a flowery romance - not for the faint of heart.

Find my review HERE

Sweetest Sorrow by J.M. Darhower

After falling in love with Matty in the first book (By Any Other Name), I knew I wanted to be back in this world and I got what I wanted with this book. I fell in love with Dante (although Matty is still my favourite) and I really enjoyed how the author mixed suspense, mafia hijinks, friendship, humour and romance all in one story. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end and knew that this wouldn't be the last book I'd fall in love with from this author.

Find my review HERE

27 Truths by M.J. Fields

This book right here... y'all this book taught me about angst! That tear-into-your-guts, feel-like-I-wanna-puke, how-could-you-do-that, why-am-I-still-reading, kind of angst. I didn't know a story could be so gut-wrenchingly good until I read this book. I didn't know I could love and hate a character with equal measure until I read this book. If you haven't read it, try it. If you have, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

Find my review HERE

Beard Science by Penny Reid

For years, this author has been one of my go-tos for romantic comedy. There is such quirky humour and warmth in Penny Reid's stories that I've really come to appreciate. With her Winston Brothers series, I quickly realized who my favourite brother would be—Cletus. While I loved and appreciated all of them, there was something truly special about Cletus and I couldn't wait to see him appear in other books in the series. He was the light of my life LOL!!

Find my review HERE

Defying Her Mafioso by Terri Anne Browning

While I didn't get everything I was hoping for from this story, it introduced many points that I was interested in exploring. Did I explore them? No. However, with this post, I'm reminded about it and hopefully will get back to this author's writing and discover that something more I was looking for from it.

Find my review HERE


  1. I haven't read Normal, but I read the fourth book in that series and really liked it. I guess I should read this one. I loved Beard Science. It's my favorite in that series. I should check out the rest of these. Thanks for the recs!

  2. I haven't read any of these either! 😂 I own the Penny Reid one though, and I just added Normal and 27 Truths to my tbr! 🙌🏼 I'm 100 percent intrigued!

  3. I don't care what anyone says...friends to lovers is one of the most relatable and realistic fun tropes to read in romance. I actually haven't read any of these. JM Darhower is an author that I have been meaning to read more of.

    Great recommendations that I can't wait to try out.


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