Monday, February 24, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Best Friends Romances Are Awesome


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Romance tropes are standard themes or plot devices, usually in contemporary romances, that readers love. They are classic but updated, and highly recognizable. You know them well. Secret baby. Marriage of convenience. Dating the boss (who is a billionaire). Lovers reunited. Unrequited love.

I’m not a trope-y writer. My books have been rejected more than once because the acquisition team couldn’t identify the romance trope and therefore the best marketing angle. But there is one trope that I LOVE, and that’s friends to lovers. Here are my top 5 reasons why:

1. Best friends are already close, sharing intimacies they took years to be comfortable with.

2. That closeness can lead to deep emotions, which is a cornerstone of a good romance.

3. Often one friend already loves the other, so there’s plenty of angsty aching. Even better if they both have feelings but neither one suspects.

4. If they didn’t see each other romantically, but something triggers them to look at each other differently, it’s exciting to watch it develop.

5. The dynamic fits into any kind of story, including romantic suspense.

In my latest book, releasing today from Entangled Ignite, best friends Brady and Molly are spies falling in love as they search for truth about Brady’s brother’s death. I loved twisting up the typical friends-to-lovers storyline, adding action and urgency as their feelings for each other grew and changed.

Read on for details about Hearts Under Siege, and the huge giveaway I’m doing with Sharron McClellan, who also has an Ignite, Risking It All for Her Boss, releasing today. For a limited time, both books are available at a special price of 99 cents each!

Then tell me, what’s your favorite romance trope, and does it fit well into a romantic suspense novel?

Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…

Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn't buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.

Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?

Hearts Under Siege
by Natalie J. Damschroder
Romantic Adventure/Romantic Suspense
Entangled Ignite, 2014
ISBN 13: 9781622664948


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29 comments:

  1. Looking forward to this. I adore friends to overs. Also best friend's sister/brother.

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    1. Yes! I had a crush on my cousin's best friend's brother when I was a kid. Similar thing. :) So those stories are great fun, too!

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  2. Hi Natalie,
    I had never heard of the romance trope before. I like the friend to lover that my husband and I had.
    I think we see this in the Castle series.
    Jan

    Janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. Aw, real life friends to lovers! They make the best husbands, I think. :)

      Castle is a good example!

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  3. I admit to not at first being a fan of friends to lovers, but it has grown on me a lot and I really enjoy these romances now!

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    1. That's cool! There are some types of romances that I've grown tired of, but then I read one that's been handled in a new way and that changes everything. :)

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  4. This sounds great. Love stories of friends to lovers!

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  5. Congrats on this latest release! I enjoy the variety of tropes out there... some of my favs are Mistaken identity, Friends to Lovers, etc.

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    1. Thanks, Colleen!

      Yeah, the mistaken identity trope can open up a lot of hijinks! :)

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  6. You hooked me on this story. I just went to Amazon I downloaded Hearts Under Siege.

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    1. AWESOME! Thank you, Joyce! I hope you like it!

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  7. I like the friends to lovers stories.
    Downloaded both books today - can't wait to read them!

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  8. I like the friends to lovers and also reunited lovers. Can't wait to read this one sounds really good.

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  9. congrats to Natalie on the newest release!!! I also really love the friends to lovers trope and this has definitely caught my attention :) Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Congrats on books, love fiends to lovers
    Kimh

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  11. My favorite tends to be lovers reunited. I think that theme works really well in romantic suspense! There are so many opportunities there for the characters to come back into each others' lives and fall in love again.

    Congratulations on your release! It sounds great.

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    1. I would have to agree, Brooke! And it makes the romance more believable on a shortened timeline, too. I'm not sure I've done a reunion romance along those lines. Hmmm...

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  12. Friends to Lovers is a lot of fun, especially when they maybe weren't really the best of friends to begin with and maybe didn't really like each other...I also love Romantic Suspense. Would love to win, thanks lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. That definitely creates a challenging dynamic, LS! :)

      Good luck!

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  13. I like your five reasons listed on this post for the "friends to lovers" trope, Natalie. I agree. I think there would be fewer divorces if the marriages were between friends. I think friends tend to work harder toward amicable solutions when there are difficulties...and difficulties always arise in relationships. I'm so glad I was introduced to you on this blog because I devour romantic suspense stories!!! BTW, I tried to sign up for your newsletter on your website, but there was no "submit" button and when I hit "enter" on my keyboard instead, my e-mail address disappeared. (?) Thanks for sharing on this post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Oh great, I was able to sign up for your newsletter on the Rafflecopter!

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    2. Ooh, nice depth in this comment, Janice. :) I totally agree. Whichever comes first, your spouse really does need to be your friend.

      I'm sorry you had issues with the widget on my website. It should have opened a new window telling you about the confirmation e-mail. Maybe a popup blocker interfered or something. I'm glad you got through the other way, though! :Thank you so much! :)

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