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Christina Phillips | My fave friends-to-lovers romcoms

July 17, 2018

I absolutely love romantic comedies, and one of my fave tropes is friends-to-lovers. Sometimes a slow-burn romance, when the hero and heroine are trying so hard not to overstep that line, is just perfect. In my latest release, ONCE UPON A PLAYER, both Lucas and Violet fall for each other as soon as they see each other, but decide not to cross the friend line, because Violet’s vowed to never trust another player. And although Lucas knows he should walk away, he can’t. It’s better to be friends than nothing at all, right?

Famous last words…😊

So, in no particular order, I thought I’d share three of my favorite friends-to-lovers romcom movies!

Just Friends

Well first of all, what’s not to love about Ryan Reynolds? He’s adorable, and not just in his movies! Nerdy Chris returns home for his ten-year school reunion and meets up with the girl he crushed on in high school. They were best friends back then, and when his grand plans to impress her come crashing down, it looks like friends is all they’ll ever be!

Leap Year

It’s so much fun watching Anna, who’s come to Ireland in order to propose to her boyfriend on 29th February, meet the grouchy Declan, who agrees to take her across the Emerald Isle. They’re so different from each other, but as they let down their guards and start to get to know each other, we know they belong together!

13 Going on 30 (The title was changed to Suddenly 30 in Australia because distributors thought Aussies wouldn’t understand the original one… ummm…???)

This is such a cute movie! I love how Jennifer Garner captures the innocence of her inner teen, although, with the help of some magical glitter dust, she’s now grown up into a ruthless magazine editor. She tracks down her childhood best friend, Matty, but time has to reset before they can regain the special bond they once shared. I need to watch this movie again tonight!

ONCE UPON A PLAYER by Christina Phillips

British Bad Boys #2

Once Upon a Player

Falling for the player was never part of the plan…


When my mum gets sick, I volunteer to fill in for her and clean some hot jock’s penthouse. I’ve heard all the rumors about him, so the plan is get in, clean some toilet bowls, and get out. After my last experience with a “sports hero,” I’m done with that sort of guy.

But Lucas Carter is full of surprises. He wants to help me clean and is nothing like the toad the press has made him out to be. Resistance may be futile for some girls, but not me. Then he asks me to help him with the interior design of his new place. I can’t say, no. It’s going to look great on my resume.

Unfortunately, spending time with Lucas is dangerous. He’s so charming and sweet, but I can’t let myself forget––once a player, always a player.

Romance Comedy | Romance Contemporary [Entangled Embrace, On Sale: July 16, 2018, e-Book, ISBN: 9781640635678 / eISBN: 9781640635678]

About Christina Phillips

Christina Phillips

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit, who now lives in Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She’s had more than twenty romances published, from novellas to single titles, in contemporary, ancient historical and paranormal. Whatever the subgenre, she writes on the sizzling side of naughty, and loves bringing her heroes to their knees (her heroines enjoy this, too 😊 )

She loves good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes, although not necessarily in that order. She’s also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. As in all things, they are not wrong. Sign up for her newsletter at

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