It’s pretty easy to take Valentine’s Day and make it a day about your significant other, but what about a Leslie Knope-Ann Perkins-type relationship? I’d argue that a true Galentine’s Day friendship is much harder to find, especially the older you get. No longer do you have the avenues of high school and college to solidify your relationships with peers who are going through the same things as you at the exact same time. Instead, you have to venture out and somehow find your own beautiful land mermaid. Below is a list of what I would argue are some of the top female friendships in romance:
1. Elena and Sara from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series
Nothing says, I platonically love you quite like the gift of custom weapons as well as the promise to send an extraction team in after your best friend becomes involved with a seriously deadly Archangel. If anyone doubts the depth of Elena and Sara’s friendship (for those who don’t remember, Sara is the head of the United States Guild), go to the end of Angel’s Blood. Elena laments her change into *spoilers* an angel, but Sara points out at least there will be someone to watch over, Zoe, Sara’s daughter and Elena’s goddaughter. Being able to handle that your friend has been changed into a superhuman species? I’d say that is true friendship right there.
Friendship Rating: Sisters to the end – nothing says solidarity like looking out for the ones you love.
2. The Women of Sector Four from Kit Rocha’s Beyond series
It’s hard living in a dystopian society that lies on the fringes of what is considered to be the utopia of the future, but that’s just what the women of Sector 4 do and not only do they get by but they manage to thrive in the unforgiving setting that is the Sectors. If I had to choose one of the women to be friends with out of all of them, it’d probably be Lex. There’s a reason why Lex is the queen to Dallas O’Kane’s king and it’s because she knows people as well as how to get the best out of them. If you’re looking for specific moments where Lex and her way of supporting the O’Kane women really shine, I suggest looking at her relationship with Noelle in Beyond Shame or the way she nurtures Rachel while Ace and Cruz are off having an epic (more than) bromance in Beyond Jealousy.
Friendship Rating – Squad goals – there may be bad blood on the outside but at the end of the day, O’Kane women fight for what they believe in
3. Kyra and Brodie Hawaii from Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series
For some women, their best friend isn’t human but an animal and sometimes that bond transcends death as Kyra shows us in Laurenston’s The Unleashing. Making a deal with a Nordic goddess is no joke, but when faced with death and a second shot at living, Kyra makes absolutely sure that her dog comes with her in living up the afterlife. Brodie can be a bit unfaithful at times in terms of taking walks and car rides with the other Crows, but when Kyra needs her she’s there, just like the bond between a girl and her dog should be.
Friendship rating: Best friends furever, literally – Despite being a bit of a skank when it comes to walks and car rides, Brodie is there in a pinch
4. Roxy, Abby and Honey from Tessa Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series
If you are able to share an apartment and still manage to be friends with the people you are living with then you have a solid foundation upon which that friendship is built. If you look at any moment in Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series, you’ll see that none of the three women fully takes the plunge into forming a romantic connection with their male counterparts without support from the other two women. Add in the fact that they all share a living space and it’s doubly impressive the friendship can survive the tests of love and the tension of living in New York City.
Friendship rating: Forever young – These are the types of early adulthood friendships that will help you choose the friends you decide to make family in the future.
Can you think of other great groups of female friendships that I might not have mentioned here? Who should I give an honorary mention to? And what are you doing for Galentine's Day?
Learn more about the books mentioned in this post:
|Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh|
|Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha|
|The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston|
|Chase Me by Tessa Bailey|
Sahara Hoshi reviews for Wicked Lil Pixie and is a lifelong reader of romance. Favorite genres include new adult, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and erotica.