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Best Enemies to Lovers Books

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7 February 2024

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Are you a sucker for a good enemies-to-lovers book? If you’re looking for your next read, look no further! This ultimate list has something for every reader who loves a memorable romance story with a dash of tension and conflict.

1

THE HATING GAME

By Sally Thorne

A fun, sharp and hilarious novel about a workplace rivalry between Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman. Tension rises when they both find discover they’re in the running for the same promotion. This rivals-to-lovers book is packed with sassy banter, career drama and great chemistry—plenty to get your teeth into.

Hating Game book cover

2

Serpent & Dove

By Shelby Mahurin

This fantasy enemies-to-lovers story is set in a world where witches are hunted by the Church. It follows a young witch, Lou, on the run, and who must suppress her magic. She crosses paths with a witch hunter devout to the Church, and the two are forced into marriage. They hate each other, but quickly the barriers between them begin to fall. 

Serpent and Dove book cover

3

A Study in Drowning

By Ava Reid

A dark academia centred on Effy, a young student chosen to redesign a remote estate called Hiraeth Manor. But when she arrives, she finds a literature scholar, Preston, got there before her and is trying to prove her favourite author is a fraud. This tale is not just about academic rivals though, but extends to feminist themes and a gothic mystery at play.

A Study in Drowning book cover

4

Pride & Prejudice

By Jane Austen

A classic novel that follows Elizabeth Bennet, a witty, curious and confident girl, who meets the wealthy and proud Mr Darcy. Elizabeth immediately dislikes his apparent arrogance, while Darcy is put off by her family and status. This is a timeless haters-to-lovers story, and the journey is absolutely beautiful.
Pride & Prejudice book cover

5

The Unhoneymooners

By Christina Lauren

An enemies-to-lovers romance novel that’s delightfully fun. When newlyweds are floored by food poisoning, their siblings take their places on an all-expenses paid honeymoon. They despise each other, but nevertheless, agree to pose as a happily married couple (hello, fake marriage trope) and head off to Hawaii. Cue the witty banter and a hilarious haters-to-lovers story.

The Unhoneymooners book cover

6

Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik

This enchanting novel is inspired by European fairy tales, but even more complex and gripping. When Miryem learns how to turn silver into gold through her father’s moneylending business, she inadvertently draws the attention of the Staryk, powerful creatures from a cold kingdom who demand her to complete impossible tasks. It’s a slow burn enemies-to-lovers tale, with strong female characters, multiple POVs and rich worldbuilding.

Spinning Silver book cover

7

The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black

This YA fantasy follows the story of Jude, a mortal girl kidnapped and raised in the High Court of Faerie. She tries to prove herself in this deadly court surrounded by cruel and unpleasant faeries. All the while she’s tormented by Prince Cardan, the wicked son of the High King, and his friends. As the story progresses, their relationship deepens, making way for a good enemies-to-lovers book series.

Cruel Prince book cover

8

Kingdom of the Wicked

By Kerri Maniscalco

A tale of revenge, romance and magic, Emilia Di Carlo seeks vengeance for the murder of her twin sister. As she tries to uncover the truth, she suspects Wrath, a demon prince. Soon, Emilia and Wrath reluctantly work together to investigate Vittoria’s death, giving room for a slow burn haters-to-lovers story.

Kingdom of the Wicked book cover

9

The Ex Talk

By Rachel Lynn Solomon

Two co-workers, Shay and Dominic, are tasked with pretending to be former lovers for the sake of a new radio show. Enter a fake ex-relationship romance, and a dynamic full of tension that the audience loves. The set-up is the ideal place for an enemies-to-lovers story.

Ex Talk book cover

10

Red, White & Royal Blue

By Casey McQuiston

Set in an alternate reality, this enemies-to-lovers story follows Alex, the First Son of the United States, and Henry, Prince of Wales. The pair have a longstanding rivalry, made worse by a confrontation at a royal wedding. To repair damage, they are forced to stage a fake friendship, that leads to unexpected chemistry and a blossoming romance.

Red White & Royal Blue book cover

11

Fourth Wing

By Rebecca Yarros

Dragons, a war college, and a girl who proves herself against all odds. Fourth Wing is an epic fantasy that centres on Violet, her journey to become a dragon rider and her growing steamy and slow burn enemies-to-lovers romance with wing leader Xaden Riorson. It was one of the best-selling fantasy romance novels of 2023, and a must-read featuring the enemies-to-lovers trope.

Fourth Wing book cover

12

From Blood and Ash

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

A fantasy novel that features an enemies-to-lovers story. We follow Poppy, a Chosen Maiden, destined to fulfil a sacred duty, and the handsome guard, Hawke Flynn, who is assigned to protect her. Their relationship is marked by tension and conflict, and despite this initial animosity, it develops into a reluctant alliance and romance.

From Blood & Ash book cover
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