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Gabbi Grey: What I love about the Best Friend’s Brother Trope (Contest)
Wednesday, November 15th, 2023

UPDATE: The winner is…Jennifer Beyer!

Thank you, Delilah, for hosting me today!  I’m here to share a new book. As you may know, I love writing short stories for charity anthologies and when I saw this one by The New Romance Café, I signed up right away.  Amazingly, I’ve never written a story with this trope, so I was excited to try.  Since I write gay romances, I knew my story would have a bit of a different twist.  Tanner loves his best friend, Nita.  They’ve been friends forever.  When Tanner turned twelve, he witnessed an incident between Nita’s brother Kade and a bully.  Kade, although only sixteen, had come out as gay.  A boy from another school didn’t like that and a brawl ensued. Tanner realized, for the first time, that he was also gay.  And that he sort of had a crush on Kade.

Fast forward fifteen years and the men have taken very different paths in life.  Yet both wind up back at Nita and Kade’s family home frequently.  One night, Kade comes on to Tanner.  Nita’s, uh, annoyed.  So is Kade’s best friend, Cam.  Kade’s been a player.  Nita and Cam are worried he’ll date Tanner for a bit, break his heart, and walk away without a backward glance. Tanner, though, is all grown up.

Now, I won’t give away the rest of the story, but things definitely get interesting.

So why best friend’s brother?  I think it’s something readers can often relate to.  I know I can.  I had a huge crush on my best friend Chrissy’s older brother.  He was nice to me, but clearly had no interest in an eleven-year-old girl (yeah, I knew I liked boys when I was super young).

When I signed up to write a story for this anthology, of course I wondered about how the story might be different if my character was gay.  I adore Tanner and wanted to make certain that not only was his relationship with Nita strong, but that his crush was genuine and could grow into love.

With over twenty stories in this anthology, there’ll be something for everyone.  And, best of all, the proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research.  I hope everyone grabs a copy today!

As a thanks for letting me drop by, I’m happy to give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card to one random commenter.  Have you read this trope before?  Do you enjoy it, or is there something else that you would one click as well?  Best of luck and thanks, Delilah.

Breaking the BFF Pact

We all know the rule – Do not lust over your best friend’s sibling. But what happens when you break all the rules? Will Breaking the BFF Pact get you a happily ever after? Or will you lose it all?

Read titillating stories from USA Today best-selling and award-winning romance authors in a spicy Best Friend’s Sibling collection curated by The New Romance Cafe, with ALL proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Keighley Bradford
Serafina Jax
Guinevere Jordan
A.R. Bell
Michelle Moncrieff
Katina J. Rose
Melanie Greene
Hannah McKee
Chelle Pimblott
Jewelz Baxter
Bethany Monaco Smith
Chele MacCabe
Kat Long
Jenna Daring
Noa Camhi & Lashe’ Lacroix
Heather Scarlett
Sofia Aves
Wynter Ryan
Sarah Stein
Harper Michaels
Niki Trento
Tasha Blythe
Gabbi Grey

The anthology will only be available for a limited time.

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About “Jeopardy” inside Breaking the BFF Pact by Gabbi Grey


I’ve had a crush on my best friend Nita’s brother for fifteen years. She’s made it clear she doesn’t want me hooking up with him, and he’s never shown any interest. Until the night we wind up in the pool alone together and then everything changes. Is he serious about his interest in me, or will he want to forget in the morning? Have I ruined everything with my best friend for one meaningless night?


My life is perfect until the moment I realize I’m attracted to my younger sister’s best friend. Now, my eyes are open, and my need to get Tanner into my bed is impossible to resist. But with my best friend warning me off and my sister giving me the evil eye, I’m having second thoughts. Are my feelings for Tanner serious enough to lead to forever?

This is a 7k gay, best friend’s brother’s romance short story with an interfering best friend, a bossy sister, and the possibility of love becoming realized.

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Gabbi Grey lives in beautiful British Columbia where her fur baby chin-poo keeps her safe from the nasty neighborhood squirrels. Working for the government by day, she spends her early mornings writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances. While she firmly believes in happy endings, she also believes in making her characters suffer before finding their true love. She also writes m/f romances as Gabbi Black and Gabbi Powell.

9 comments to “Gabbi Grey: What I love about the Best Friend’s Brother Trope (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · November 15th, 2023 at 12:42 pm · Link

    I do enjoy that trope but will admit to reading others first.

  2. Mary Preston
    · November 15th, 2023 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I am quite sure I have read a Best Friend’s Brother Trope story. Not one I would reach for first.

  3. Beverly
    · November 15th, 2023 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I’ve read the best friends brother trope, best friends younger sister also. I don’t usually look for that particular trope when picking a book. I go by what’s in the blurb or an excerpt as to if it’s something I’m interested in.

  4. Jennifer Beyer
    · November 15th, 2023 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I enjoy best friend’s sibling romances. It’s fun to have the couple have to deal with the disapproving sibling.

  5. Debra Guyette
    · November 16th, 2023 at 7:20 am · Link

    I think I have read every trope out there at one. I enjoy them all if the story is great. This sounds wonderful and what a great cause. Thanks

  6. Diane Sallans
    · November 16th, 2023 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Best friends brother or brother’s best friend, both can be fun. I have probably read all the variations of tropes – I just want likable characters, some humor and a happy ending.

  7. ButtonsMom
    · November 17th, 2023 at 12:37 am · Link

    I love supporting charity anthologies so I one-clicked as soon as I read this post. My favorite tropes are friends-to-lovers and second chance.

  8. flchen
    · November 18th, 2023 at 8:07 pm · Link

    I’ve definitely read and love the sibling’s best friend trope–I always love different takes on it. I think some of my favorite tropes are rivals/enemies to lovers, fake relationships, and second chances… and sometimes mashups of these or other tropes!

  9. BN
    · November 19th, 2023 at 1:25 am · Link

    read it

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