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top 7: enemies-to-lovers books

Hey there!

One of my favorite tropes is definitely enemies-to-lovers. The bickering, the developing feelings, the moment the characters realize that they don’t actually hate one another.

It’s a great trope, and I’ve read quite a few books that feature it, so today I’m talking about some of my favorites.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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This is a classic (in more ways than one) and if you haven’t read the book, you’ve watched one of the adaptations, or at the very least heard one of the famous quotes. I think at this point everyone kinda knows what this is about. And it’s wonderful. The way Elizabeth and Darcy sass each one in every interaction and go from not standing each other to eventually getting to know & understand one another is magnificent. It’s so satisfying to see how their relationship changes and evolves and becomes one of the most famous romances of all time.

2. Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

If you still haven’t read this book, what are you waiting for? This has everything you could possibly want in an enemy-to-lovers book: so much sassy bickering, all of the political/sexual tension, slow-burn romance, and high stakes. Not to mention that it’s hilarious while still talking about serious subjects such as the political landscape (it’s better than real-life but still has a lot of issues) and queerness.

3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The most underrated book among my faves. This book made me laugh, cry, and reflect on the role humanity has in the grand scheme of things. Not only is it an incredibly deep and interesting read, but it also has one of the most beautiful enemies-to-lovers relationships. As in, one of them literally tried to kill the other at the beginning of the book, but by the end of it, they are pretty much soul-mates. If you haven’t already, please go read this book (and then feel free to reach out to me so we can gush about it together).

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This is is pretty hyped up, but in my opinion, it totally deserves it. Another slow-burn romance, where at the start of the book you think they are enemies but as they get to know each other, that perception starts to change. It is the second book in a trilogy/series (it’s hard to know at this point, but I think it’s a trilogy and the other books will be companion novels? Set in the same world but following different characters?) but the first one was also nice, just not as good as this one (again, my personal opinion!). In case you’re not comfortable with it, this book is the only one on this list that contains graphic sex scenes, so please take that into consideration if you want to pick this one up.

5. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I read this one earlier this year and fell completely in love. In fact, I read it in like, 4 days while traveling (that’s how you know it was at the very beginning of the year). It’s a chunker but I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fast-paced story and the relationship starts with a marriage of convenience (!) between a witch-hunter and a witch (!!) but he has no idea (!!!). The characters are fantastic, it has great humor and it’s also slow-burn. I still haven’t read the sequel, which came out recently, but I can’t wait to pick it up. As a bonus, the covers are super pretty.

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This book is super popular, so I’m sure you’ve at least heard about it before. It has a lot going on, but on top of all the action, amazing characters, and great settings, it also features an enemies-to-lovers romance! The development of this relationship is so beautiful, and it was such a treat to read about it.

7. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

OMG THEY WERE ROOMMATES! All you need to know about this is that it’s like a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter fanfic come to life and despite not shipping those two, this book is fantastic! It’s so fluffy and funny, and the banter is so great. It’s a spin on the chosen-one trope as well if you’re into that. There’s magic, dragons, and also a beautiful friendship (Penny is great and I love her). I didn’t like the sequel as much, but I’m still holding out hope that the conclusion of this trilogy will be just as good as this first book.

That’s it for my top 7! I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention some other favorites, but I quite like the selection I have here.

What are your favorite enemies-to-lovers books? Please leave me all your recommendations below!

Until next time,

2 thoughts on “top 7: enemies-to-lovers books

  1. Awesome list! The only one I haven’t yet read is Serpent & Dove but I really want to. I absolutely agree with the others, especially in The Host. I loved that book back in the day! It was a lot more compelling for me than Twilight. I actually sobbed at one point! Not so keen on the movie though, hahaha

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