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Guest Post: Cindi Madsen on the Wonder of Friends-to-Lovers

12 Steps to Mr. Right Cindi Madsen

In 12 Steps to Mr. Right, Savannah Gamble, dating coach extraordinaire coaches clients and teaches a workshop to help women start going after the wrong guy, and find their way to Mr. Right. When the guy who inspired several of her rules (thanks to a one-night stand in college) crashes into her life again, she finds herself breaking all of her own rules. Part of the problem is they were friends before that one amazing night during spring break, and he knows things about her most people don’t.

Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, so I thought I’d talk about why I love them so much.

Shared history- there’s something about shared inside jokes, how they know that you once skipped a college class to watch Jersey Shore, and how they remember that time you took beer up to the roof of the science building to look at the stars.

Comfort level- dressing up can be fun, but it’s also to kick back with someone and spend a chill night in where you know you’ll have a good time no matter what you do.

That moment when each of the friends is starting to have more than friendly thoughts about the other person. Often they try to talk themselves out of it, because crossing the line could ruin everything. But then that voice whispers about how it could be amazing. Meanwhile, I’m shouting at my book or TV for the characters to kiss. And I sort of love when they draw it out with almost kisses and confessions—I guess I’m a friends to lovers masochist.

The HEA- When you see that the friends have crossed into something more and it’s just there and you sigh and have a big grin on your face at the end of the story.


Cindi MadsenCindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Cindi can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and CindiMadsen.com.

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