February 27, 2015

Suped Feature: Friends to Lovers Trope feat. Bec McMaster, Susanna Ives, Kristen Callihan, and Sara Humphreys

Friends to lovers. Possibly one of the most favored and popular trope in romance novels. There's just something so sexy and exciting about a relationship that starts with bickering, dangerous plotting, and hateful thoughts concerning the other party. It's a different, and definitely a dysfunctional foreplay, that almost never fails. 

I love this trope! After all, the Bible says "Love thy enemy," and if my nemesis is like these four hunky males, I wouldn't mind turning the other cheek (and more) to them.

It’s a fine line between love and hate, and these heroes know that first hand! Here to tell us the signs that you may be falling from your enemy are Leo Barrons (Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster), Lord Randall (Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives), Adam, King of the GIM (Soulbound by Kristen Callihan), and Killian Bane (Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys). 

Leo Barrons, Of Silk and Steam:
  1. You find yourself looking forward to matching wits with her, even when she comes out the victor. 
  2. You make rash challenges, like promising to help her outrun assassins, in exchange for a single kiss... 
  3. You trust her with information that could ruin you, knowing it's the only way to get past her quest for revenge against your family. 
*I do love the part where you tricked Mina in showing you her boobies*

Lord Randall, Wicked, My Love:
  1. You want to be with your enemy all the time, even if you’re just going to bicker and insult each other. 
  2. You get confused as to whether you’re fighting or flirting. 
  3. Things turn ugly and you turn to your enemy because you know she’s there, your enemy in thick and thin. 
*Tsk, hanging out to bicker? Sounds like foreplay to me*

Adam, King of the GIM Soulbound:
  1. Certainly you want to tup her. But when you imagine holding her after you tup? Trouble, my friends. Trouble. 
  2. Even when she annoys that bloody hell out of you, she’s the only person you want to be around. Irritating, that. 
  3. When it is foregone conclusion that you will lay down your life for her. 
*Oh yeah, I remember how you'd bait Eliza in the dungeons just so she'd stick around and talk to you*

Killian Bane, Vampires Never Cry Wolf:
  1. I couldn't stay away from her. No matter what I did or what I said, I was drawn to Sadie and I kept going back to her damn club night after night. I couldn't get enough of her and I never will. 
  2. I walked away from my duty as crown prince. No title and no amount of power could possibly replace having Sadie by my side. 
  3. I knew I was done for when I realized that I'd rather fight with Sadie than make love with anyone else. 
*Giving up your crown? Now THAT is a sacrifice!*

To hear more on how these hero tried (and failed) to resist their enemies check out their stories!

Leo Barrons: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
Lord Randall: WickedMy Love by Susanna Ives
Adam, King of the GIM: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan
Killian Bane: Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

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  1. Oooooh yes, this really does look good, I love Friends to lovers/Enemies to lovers, especially the bickering part ! Some were already on my list, I've added the others, thanks for sharing :)

    1. The tension in this trope never fails to make me giddy!

  2. Here here on the friends to lovers thing. It is my far my most favorite trope as well! There really is just something about it and I really do think all great relationships start out this way. ;)

    1. I enjoy it better than friends-lovers. the tension is just unbelievable!

  3. Friends to lovers is one of my favorites too. I would have to add Mac and Barrons and Kate and Curran to your list!

    1. Barrons!!! Eee!! He's such a jerk but you can tell from almost the beginning that it's half real. Deep down he can be a lovey dovey dude.

  4. Oh some great characters there, I agree!

    1. I only know Callihan & McMaster's characters. The rest looks good too!

  5. I LOVE friends to lovers, there's so much potential there for explosive chemistry and love scenes. I've read some fantastic ones lately that just made my year.

  6. Buahaha! These are great...'you get confused whether you're fighting or flirting'.

    Love enemies to lovers! Can't wait to read these stories.

    1. Right?! Verbal foreplay followed by angry sex is explosive!

  7. I think friends to lovers is the best! Especially when they bicker.

    1. Ohyes! The bickering laced with heavy sarcasm is very quotable.

  8. Awesome post, Braine!! Three of the four are on my tbr - I'd not heard of SIves! She's going on there as well. :)

  9. What a fun post! Now I'm super curious about these characters!


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