There is a favourite trope of mine we haven’t discussed yet and that is the brother’s best friend falling for the brother’s little sister or vice versa. And lately it seems that most of the romances I have read featured this trope.
So why do I like this setting you might ask? Well it’s quite obvious: I LOVE protective and thoughtful men and usually these heroes have grown up with the heroines, saw them when they were little, vulnerable and as friends of their brothers they still feel a bit responsible for the sister’s wellbeing. I just love those scenes when these alpha male heroes get all Neanderthal when an other man behaves irrespectfully with the girl and they step in *Stella fans herself so as not to swoon* And those scenes where the big brother’s best friend hero is trying hard not to think about the beautiful woman the little sister has grown into that way are also a lot of fun 😀
I guess what it boils down to is that usually some sort of friendship or thoughtfulness already exists between these characters before they start developing romantic feelings for each other, and you all know what a sucker I am for the friends to lovers trope 😉
So you want some recommendations of the books I read with this trope recently? Here are just a few:
Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn – A sexy bantering romance I enjoyed a lot, as you can see in our dual review here.
Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye – Such an angsty hero that he made my heart ache *sighs* You can read our dual review here.
Try Me by Diane Alberts – For such a short novella of 60 pages it sure packed a lot of emotion. I loved it and BLI’s dual review will be posted in 2 weeks.
Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series – Though here the big brothers are really brothers-in-law, but they are just as yummy ;P To get a first taste of its awesomeness take a look at my review of Simply Irresistible and The Sweetest Thing.
Many Nora Roberts series/trilogies (like the MacGregors for example)
Nightfire by Lisa Marie Rice
Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett – Wow, wow wow. This hero is my dream hero. Seriously. *sighs* You have to read this! (Or until you get to it read my review to see what I’m talking about.)
A Lady’s Revenge by Devlyn Tracey – which not only features this trope but the brother, his best friend and the little sister are all spies in a historical setting!
I just realized that I can’t think of more historical romances with this trope so please help me out.
And tell me,
Do you like this trope as well? If yes why exactly?
Any favourite books with this trope you’d like to highlight?
Please give me some great historical romance recommendations with this trope, I’d be so grateful!