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#RomBkLove Day 29: Friendships

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#RomBkLove Day 29: Friendships. Bro-mances, Best Buds, Girlfriends, galpals, what are the best friendships in romance?

Friendship is super important to me as reader. I love romances where the protagonists have close friends, people who love and care for them and in many cases act as family. I actually keep a GR list for books that feature "great friend group" versus packs of frenemies or sexual rivals.  I have lived far from my family for most of my life, so friends have stepped in to fill that void, and acted as surrogate grandparents to our children, and essential part of our lives in every way.  While I love my spouse, I still need my friends and he needs his. We value and respect that.

One of my favorite things in Anne Bishop's The Other Series is Meg's human pack,  the women who grew from strangers into her family, and Meg's unique friendships with Erebus Sanguanati & The girls at the Lake. She and Simon might have a special deeper friendship, but Meg needs all these people in her life.

One of my favorite things in Beverly Jenkins' Forbidden were the friends Rhine and Eddy both had. Their friends challenged, encouraged and embraced them when they had hard choices to make.

Ruby Lang's Practice Perfect series has great friendships too.  Her three heroines are all doctors and work together. They give each other crap, and known when something is going wrong. The might snip at each other but it is out of love.  Olivia Dade's Lovestruck Librarians also features strong friendships if zany friendships.  Whether they are watching amateur hockey games together or forging dating profiles, these friends have each other's best interests at heart.

How essential are platonic relationships for you in Romance novels?

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