Jun 30 2016 1:07pm

Bromances Matter—Friendships Are Just as Important as Romantic Relationships

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis

Today we're thrilled to invite Jill Shalvis (Sweet Little Lies) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. She has promised that her Heartbreak Bay series will be chock full of bromances and today she's here to talk about a few of her favorite fictional guy relationships. Thanks, Jill!

People often ask me my favorite part of romance, and hands down, writing or reading, it’s a good, solid bromances.  To me, there is nothing sexier than a close, solid (nonsexual) relationship between two guys to hit me right in the feels.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sex, but that’s another article entirely.

The fact is that I just can’t get enough of the love and affection that comes out of a solid emotional bond between male characters, especially if it makes me laugh and sigh in sheer delight.  

Maybe this is why I love the Avengers so much, all of them.  I mean you’ve got Stark and the big green guy.  Bucky and Cap.  Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you can’t deny their chemistry.

One of my all-time favorite bromances was on the TV show Friends.  This was was a three-way between Ross, Chandler, and Joey, although I loved Chandler and Joey best.  These two could finish each other’s sentences, share a cardboard box fort (by choice), a girlfriend (not by choice), and let’s not forget that they raised a chick and a duck together.  Better than most marriages… 











And I’d be hugely remiss to not mention Dean and Sam and Castiel from Supernatural.  But today we’re going to concentrate on Cas and Dean because their genuine love for each other never failed to make my heart roll over in my chest. It began when Castiel saved Dean from hell, literally.  But watching Dean teach Cas how to be more human had me glued to the TV every single week.  (Okay, that was a lie, I inhaled the first nine seasons on Netflix after my spine surgery over a period of two months.)  These guys would do anything for each other, and have.

Oh!  How could I have almost forgotten Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in The Fast And The Furious franchise?  (It’s been a long day without my friend but I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again…)  Don’t get me started, I’ll need tissues.









One of my most recent faves is Adam and Blake from The Voice.  I love that show ridiculously and it has absolutely zero to do with the contestants, although I do enjoy the music very much.  It’s all about Adam and Blake and their bickering back and forth over Adam’s silly hair-do of the week and Blake’s red solo cup.  Can’t get enough.

Here’s some more of my faves:

  • Sherlock and Watson (BBC version with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, of course!)
  • Blake and Adam from The Voice
  • Nick and Schmidt from New Girl
  • Scott and Stonebridge from Strike Back
  • The Avengers, all of them
  • Turk and JD in Scrubs
  • Spock and Kirk in Star Trek (no, really!)
  • Sully and Mike from Monsters
  • Woody and Buzz from Toy Story
  • Cory and Shawn from Boy Meets World

So trust me when I promise you, there WILL be plenty of bromances in the Heartbreaker Bay series starting with Sweet Little Lies. Who’s your favorite bromance pair?

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky animals. Any resemblance to the quirky animals in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete booklist and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


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1. wsl0612
Yay for Kirk & Spock, I love(d) their bromance too! And the Avengers, it really is squee-worthy when they all get together :-) But I also love Castle, Javier and Ryan - they were a main reason I watched the show! Thanks for this post, I celebrate the Bromance - there should be a Bromance appreciation day!! ;-)
2. MariaC
house and wilson -- house
howard and raj -- the big bang theory
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