But, the friend-to-lover scenario doesn’t always work. Diane and Sam’s love never really made it out of the Cheers' bar. They were on-again, off-again, on-again, and then she was permanently off the show, and that pretty much finished that relationship.

Buffy and Angel? Here’s what: when a guy turns evil—I mean from Hell evil—after you’ve had sex, I’m thinking that’s not a relationship with legs.

Rachel and Ross? Okay, seriously, don’t you think the producers of Friends had that one planned for a ratings bonanza? Kind of forced the issue, don’t you think?

This is classic Nora, because it’s all about relationships and family. She weaves the characters and their interactions with each other in such a way that you almost wish you were part of the family. Yes, there are ups and downs, but that’s what family and relationships are all about. They’re real; they’re messy and filled with lots of love. If you enjoy contemporary romance, I recommend fluffing up the cushion of your favorite reading chair, and starting at the beginning with the first book, Vision in White.

But back to my question. Can best friends have sex? If you can remember when a boy threw frogs down your back, would it disqualify him from romancing you?




Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer.

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by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-15-2010 03:34 PM

Great article Maria, and I am so glad that I can say I didn't have a friend like that because to be honest I would probably worry that age old question to death, what happens if it doesn't work out, the friendship will suffer and like most of us know men are a dime a dozen but real friends aren't.

How about the rest of you out there, would you be fearless enough to do that I don't know if I would be.


by Cheyenne_Catina on ‎04-15-2010 07:27 PM

Yes i think in rare cases, the friend to love could work out...but only rarely and only if both had the courage to go for it.

i cant wait for this book! ive really liked the first two books...

by on ‎04-16-2010 02:23 AM

Hmm well a buddy from childhood....


Best friend from college school... yep. Married him, and he's till my best friend.

by Blogger Maria_Lokken on ‎04-16-2010 08:06 AM

Yes, the childhood buddy is a bit of stretch for me.  But like TiggerBear, I married my college sweetheart and there are still surprises.



by kmgevans on ‎04-16-2010 09:43 AM

I married my highschool sweetheart. The childhood friend thing certainly didn't work out for my brother who constantly pursued my best friend, who in the end, ended up marrying my husbands best friend!



by Moderator becke_davis on ‎04-16-2010 02:57 PM

Same here - got married at age 19 and this Sunday is the 40th anniversary of our first date. I love books where best friends marry!