5 Best Friends to Lovers MM Recs You NEED in Your TBR

5 Best Friends to Lovers MM Recs You NEED in Your TBR

Hey everyone, welcome back to A Novel Idea! If you’re new to our website or simply our blog, my name is Caitlin, I’m 23 years old from Melbourne, Australia and I’m the owner of the site your own, A Novel Addiction. I also have a YouTube channel where I film a lot of YA (Young Adult) and MM (male/male) romance related videos, you can find me by searching catbandbooks into the search bar. 

Today I’m back with a recommendations post. I feel like I haven’t written one of these in such a long time, so I’m excited! As I was going through the YouTube comments I’d missed over the past few months, I saw quite a few video suggestions and requests, one of them being for ‘best-friends-to-lovers MM romance recommendations’ which is what I’m going to share with you today.

Sticking to my normal recommendations routine, I have 5 MM romances that I’m going to be recommending for you. If you’d like a part two, just leave a comment or message me on any of my socials to let me know because I love writing these posts.


Book #1 on this list is Show Me by Neve Wilder

It is book three in her Extracurricular Activities series, but you don’t need to read the other two to be able to read this one as it’s pretty much a standalone. I would recommend the other two simply because I love them and think they’re well worth the read.

In this one, we are following our lovable protagonist Jesse who gets crushes super easily and also gets crushed just as quickly. He is always getting friendzoned and it’s kinda killing him. When his roommate, Sam, asks him for help with a little NSFW project to earn some extra cash, he says yes, but it doesn’t take long for him to realise that Sam is more than just his good looks. To keep himself safe, Jesse needs to friendzone himself this time. The only issue with that is that filming NSFW things and friendzoning don’t really go hand in hand… I think we all know what’s going to go wrong here.

This book also:

  • Is an athlete romance
  • Features an awakened sexuality
  • Is a feel good romance
  • Features the roommates trope
  • Is set in college

Book #2 on this list is Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux
(We have this one in stock! I’ll link it here.)
This is the first book in her Sidewinder trilogy. It does lead on from the Cut & Run series if you’ve heard of that one, but you do not have to have read that series to delve into this one. 

In this book we’re following Nick and Kelly. These boys - I say boys, they’re men - have been in the same military squad for so many years; they know each other inside out. They know each other better than some people will ever know another person. When Kelly barely survives a shootout in New Orleans, he needs to rest and recover for at least a month before he’s allowed to go back home. Nick, being the kind man that he is, offers to stay with his best friend while he gets back on his feet, and ever after he’s gone home just to help him recover. (Now, there’s a little bit of a forced proximity trope in here because these two guys are spending literally every waking minute with each other.) 

Eventually, Kelly starts to wonder what it would be like for him to kiss another man. When he brings it up to Nick, Nick’s reaction was along the lines of: ‘Look, you’re my brother. I’ll go through with it. I’ll help you with this.’ And it was just meant to be a test, a brother helping out another brother, but it turned out to be so much more. These guys now need to figure out exactly what they mean to each other and if they’re going to go through with anything that they feel.

This book also:

  • Features at least one awakened sexuality
  • Features a law enforcement/military type aspect
  • Is way less angsty than the Cut & Run series! I’m not someone who can read angsty novels, so my heartrate was way higher than it should’ve been just sitting and reading that original series. The Sidewinder trilogy is definitely much lower in angst levels. 

Book #3 on this list is Master of Mayhem by Saxon James
This is book two in her Frat Wars series, but, again, you do not have to have read the first one before delving in. Although, I loved it so I would recommend it.

One of our protagonists, Robbie, is the social chair of his frat, Sigma Beta Psi. He kind of delves into absolutely everything head first; he’s the life of the party. So when one of his frat brothers and good friends ends up hooking up and having a relationship with another dude, he kind of wants to give it a try and see what all the fuss is about. Brandon, on the other hand, is the risk manager of Sigma Beta Psi. Essentially, it’s his job to keep Robbie in line. So no one is more surprised than him when he ends up volunteering to help out with Robbie’s experiment.

This book also:

  • Features at least one awakened sexuality 
  • Features the failed casual relationship trope
  • Is a feel good romance
  • Features a first time scene
  • Is set in college

Book #4 on this list is Irresponsible Puckboy by Eden Finley & Saxon James
Am I cheating by including Saxon James twice? Kind of. But it’s a co-written book, so I’m going to allow it. This is book two in their Puckboys series with Egotistical Puckboy being the first. Again, you don’t have to read the first one to delve into this, but the first book is my favourite in this series so far… Do with that what you will. 

In this book we’re following Tripp and Dex. These two are best friends and they’re both playing on the same NHL team. The only issue is that Tripp has been madly in love with Dex for years, and not only is Dex straight, he’s also way too oblivious to even notice. Tripp has been dealing with these feelings for so long that he’s just mentally exhausted; he needs some space from Dex. But when Dex’s latest relationship fails and he turns to Tripp for comfort, Tripp can’t find it in himself to turn him away. 

Dex knows he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed and he’s never let it get to him before. But when his last ex labels his fear of commitment as him being ‘irresponsible’, his solution might just be his dumbest idea yet. The issue with his ‘idea’ and his ‘solution’ is that it could cost him the one thing he loves more than anything else - Tripp. Dex will do everything in his power to keep Tripp by his side.

This book also:

  • Is an athlete romance
  • Features an awakened sexuality
  • Features the fake relationship trope
  • Is a feel good romance
  • Features a first time scene

Book #5 on this list is Playing the Player by Beth Bolden
I feel like I might be cheating a little bit by using this one because these guys weren’t best friends for super long before the ball got rolling, but their connection was instantaneous so I’m going to go with it.

Logan came to the Miami Piranhas to live his life freely and out of the closet. Dylan came to the Piranhas to be their new kicker, but when a water main breaks in the club’s hotel, he kind of finds himself homeless until Logan swoops in and immediately offers this stranger a spare room in his house and their friendship is pretty much instantaneous. 

When someone from Logan’s past pops up spewing sh*t about him and saying that Dylan and Logan’s relationship is more than it actually is, no one is more surprised than Logan when Dylan recommends they go along with this ruse; they fake their relationship until this person gets off Logan’s back. Logan knows that it is so off limits to fall for Dylan - not only is he straight and his teammate, but he’s his best friend and his roommate. There is so much on the line, but the more they fake this relationship, the more real it ultimately starts to feel. 

This book also:

  • Is an athlete romance
  • Features an awakened sexuality
  • Features the fake relationship trope

And that’s it! There are five MM ‘best-friends-to-lovers’ recommendations for you. I hope there are some new titles in there that you can enjoy!


Feel free to leave a comment if you’d like recommendations for another trope! 

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