I’ve been re-reading Curse Workers by Holly Black, and I realized that Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows reminds me a lot of Cassel Sharpe. I bet they’d be con artist frenemies, and their girlfriends would be bros. Lila would try to recruit Inej into the Russian mafia for sure.
Imagine that you’re someone who has been cursed to be a cat. You seek out Loki, the person you’d been told could break your curse without its requirements being met (which is to be loved unconditionally by someone who doesn’t know you’re not actually a cat). Loki, when you find him, is unusually dense and doesn’t realize that you’re trying to get his help–he makes you his pet cat, even!
One night, after a year of living next to him as a cat, you wake up on the bed next to him as your usual self and not a cat.