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I’m feeling very anxious right now and I can’t shake it. Logically I know why I’m feeling like this and I’m trying to reason with myself and yet the antsy-ness is still there as is the pit in my stomach lol.
In a bid to make myself better I’ve had a nice long shower, eaten some mini chocolate donuts, opened my window (why I think this will make me feel better idk but it’s open) and now I’ve decided to talk about some books.
Say what you will but I love reading about classic or “over-done” tropes, they’re classics for a reason!! I did a whole post a while back where I shared my thoughts on Popular YA Tropes but today I’m stepping it a notch and recommending to you some of my favourite Enemies to Lovers stories :))
I love a good Enemies to Lovers trope. I think I might enjoy them more in contemporary novels because they tend to be rivals whether through school or sport while typically in fantasy it’s like “oh yeah I killed your entire family but I love you”. That might be a bit of an overexaggerating but I know what I’m trying to say. Anyways, here are some I loved!
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
I’ve talked about this book a lot in recent weeks since reading it, and I’m sure you’ve heard so much more from other people since it’s release but this book is one that definitly live’s up to the hype.
Not only is this Enemies to Lovers, but it’s actually a double whammy as you get an Enemies-to-friends-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers storyline between the heirs of warring mafia families with the main focus, of course, being on them being enemies again who still love them.
These two have done pretty unforgivable things to each other which has ended in the deaths of thier loved ones which, as I was trying to explain earlier, is something I’m not a huge fan of because at some point that just get’s hard to ship. I don’t know what it was about this book though but I was obsessed. The two characters, Roma and Juliet, had so much on page chemistry which, paired with an interesting backstory on their romance that we learn about slowly but surely, I couldn’t not root for them.
I hope to God they get their happily ever after in the second book however I’m very aware that this is a Romeo & Juliet retelling so who knows. Maybe I’ll lower the bar and just hope they both survive.
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
My expectations for this book were non-existent when I received an ARC of this book but I was blown away. I enjoyed this book so much and a large part of that was the hate-to-love dynamic between Emilia, a witch hunting her sisters killer, and Wrath, a literal Prince of Hell.
My favourite aspect of this trope is the banter between the two characters and Kingdom of the Wicked had a whole lot of it. With this book in particular I really enjoyed reading about the them falling for each other and I’m really excited for the sequel (although I will probably end up re-reading the first book if I’m being honest).
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
I admit the enemies-to-lovers aspect isn’t as big of a focus as some of the other books on this list but it’s there and this book is definitely worth the read so I’m adding it to the list.
Not My Problem is about a girl called Aideen who becomes known around her school as the girl that can fix any problem you may be having. This all started when she pushed her arch-nemesis down a flight of stairs, consequently spraining/breaking (?) her ankle so she could free up her schedule to focus on the student council.
This is where the enemies-to-lovers aspect comes in. Like I said it’s not the main focus of the story but we see Aideen and Maebh put their differences aside, realise the other isn’t as bad as they thought, work together on this problem solving thing they have going on and eventually fall for each other. I had a lot of fun with this one and I think you will too.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
The son of the most well known superheroes falling in love with a villain he himself has been trying to catch … and who legit tried to murder one of his dads.
In my eyes Adrian and Nova is like the ultimate Hufflepuff and Slytherin couple I’ve ever read about and I love it. There’s so many layers to the trope in this book too.
Adrian is part of the Renegades while Nova was raised by the Anarchists. Nova tried to kill Adrian’s father. Adrian, under the guise of his secrete identity, has been trying to track down a villain who just so happens to be Nova. Their paths cross in so many ways and I loved that!! The absolute rollercoaster that was their romance was the highlight of this series for me!!
The Risk by Elle Kennedy
If you’re fed up of me talking about Off Campus/Briar U series, I understand, I do, and I really am trying to limit how often I speak about this series but I loved it so much.
I don’t love the spin-off series, Briar U, as much as the original 4 books but The Risk was still a fun book. It follows Brenna, the daughter of Briar University’s hockey coach, and the star of the rival schools team, Jake.
This is more rivals-to-lovers but I feel like it falls under the same umbrella. I enjoyed the fact that these two people don’t hate each other, per say, it’s more the teams they’re apart of and support which are the enemies, therefor adding an added complication to their relationship.
As with all books in this series this was fun and flirty and so easy to read and as much as I try not to, I probably will continue to praise this series.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
I haven’t read the third book yet so please keep your spoilers to yourself!!!
With that being said, I think Carry On is a staple within the enemies-to-lovers trope. In this first book we read about how Simon and Baz have hated each other since thier first year of school and Simon goes on to tell the tales of how Baz has tried to kill/injure him several times and all that, and yet when Baz doesn’t show up for the start of term, Simon is instantly worried.
What I liked about this book was the focus on how, from Simon’s perspective at least, they were mortal enemies but suddenly he had to re-examine his feelings and realise that it’s not hate he’s feeling, but love. The focus on their relationship dynamic is by far my favourite aspect of this series and I’m so excited for the sequel which, from YouTube videos I’ve watched, looks humungous!!
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
This could be classed as a rivals maybe even frenemies-to-lovers but, once again, I’m including it.
Tweet Cute follows Jack and Pepper. They go to the same school and where Pepper is top of her class, take’s school very seriously, Jack is a total class clown which is where the first point of tension comes in to play. Added on top of that is the fact that they both run the social media accounts for their family Grilled Cheese business and, without even knowing it, get caught into an online Twitter War.
I have recommended this book at every opportunity since reading it and here I am yet again to say you should read this if you haven’t already!!
So those were a couple of recommendations. I’d love to know what you think about these books if you’ve read any of them. I’d also love to hear any reccomendations you have for me!! Thanks for reading.