Discover all the best enemies to lovers books worth reading right now in this epic book list.
Enemies to lovers is hands down one of my most favorite romance book tropes to read.
If it’s your favorite as well, read on to find all the best enemies to lovers books in one place to add to your must-read pile!
The relationships in these books always start off with a bit of hate stewing between the main characters.
This initial animosity often leads to great banter between characters as the sparks inevitably fly and as those feelings begin to turn from hate to love. It’s the absolute best!
Check out my favorites below and then for even more enemies to lovers books, don’t miss these book lists:
- The Best Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Books
- The Best Enemies to Lovers Books in MM Romance
- The Best YA Enemies to Lovers Books
- The Best Academic Rivals to Lovers Books
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My Favorite Enemies to Lovers Books:
A Rock Star Enemies to Lovers Book
Make Me Sin is one of those take my breath away kind of romance books. I’ve come to expect that from most of J.T. Geissinger’s books!
Chloe is the maid of honor for her best friend’s wedding so she has no choice but to cross paths with best man A.J., the drummer of Bad Habit that she can’t stop thinking about despite his cruelty.
The chemistry between Chloe and A.J. was palpable from the start despite the cutting words between them.
Even their best friends knew to keep them away from each other as much as possible as there was no love lost between these two. But their animosity eventually breaks leading to a love that was almost devastating.
This rock star romance book gave me all the feels it was just so, so good.
A perfect enemies to lovers book that started with such hate and animosity but which quickly turns into a consuming love affair.
An Enemies to Lovers Book With a Stubborn Scot
Samantha Young’s Fight or Flight was such a fun book to read!
Ava had one heck of a day and was ready to get out of dodge and just get home when a grumpy, arrogant man steals her chance by snagging the last seat on the plane she was set to be on.
Fate has a way of conspiring against these two and has them sitting together on a new flight which kicks off their antagonistic words.
That doesn’t stop them from spending the night however!
One of the best things about enemies to lovers stories is the banter and I loved how Caleb and Ava easily got under each other’s skin at the start of this book.
Fate also had a hand in continually bringing them together which made for a great, steamy read.
One of the Best Office Romance, Enemies to Lovers Books
The Hating Game is a fantastic enemies to lovers book that thrives on office animosity.
Lucy and Joshua share an office and have a constant need to outdo each other.
But when a promotion comes up that only one of them will get, it takes their office antics to new heights.
I loved how both began to question their feelings toward the other person and soon realized that hate wasn’t what they were feeling at all.
This was a brilliant story that I loved to pieces and is worth of all the 5 star reviews it’s received!
A Fake Dating Enemies to Lovers Book That Has It All
Armas’ debut novel should not be missed! This book was like catnip for all of my favorite tropes.
Catalina Martin is in a bind. She does NOT want to show up single at her sister’s wedding with her ex in attendance and his new fiancé.
Nor does she want to take up her infuriating co-worker’s offer to travel to Spain and be her fake boyfriend. Yet she really has no choice but to take up the charade.
I loved the animosity between Catalina and Aaron though you could tell there was more under the surface of their teasing. When their feelings were FINALLY made apparent, ahhhh, it was amazing!
The Best Fantasy Enemies to Lovers Book
I became a huge Armentrout fan after reading this book and the entire From Blood and Ash series. Even if you don’t like fantasy romance, this book and these characters will just suck you in and you won’t be able to put it down.
Poppy has lived her entire life as the Maiden, the girl behind the veil until she meets Hawke. Her new guard, however, is not who he appears to be.
I absolutely adored the push–pull of Poppy and Hawke’s relationship. These two apparent enemies grew to be so much more despite the lies surrounding them and the future they are destined to fulfill.
I highly recommend this for all romance readers! My review of From Blood and Ash.
A Forced Marriage, Enemies to Lovers Book
The Kiss Thief was one of the first books by L.J. Shen that I read and after reading it I understood why it was a finalist for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Romance.
This book was an enemies to lovers story based on an arranged marriage.
Francesca loved one man but was forced to marry another which not only wrecked her heart but wrecked her relationship with her family as well.
This book was the perfect slow burn romance with an anti-hero that I loved and a young heroine that was equally as captivating.
An enemies to lovers book that is so worth reading!
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Work Rivals
Man Card is the perfect enemies to lovers book where you are glued to the page and want to be a fly on the wall when the two characters start sparring.
Braht and Ash are competing realtors who have chemistry in spades that either has them fighting or tearing their clothes off.
I loved how this was a bit one-sided at first where Braht knows he’s meant to be with Ash but continues to instigate things with her to eventually wear her down.
This enemies to lovers book, was hot, funny and full of chemistry. A must read in this trope.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Opposites
The Name of the Game is the perfect enemies to lovers book that hinges on the antagonism between the main characters.
James and Gracie are complete opposites, and it is their differences that fuel their witty banter and teasing in this lovable read.
The real fun begins behind closed doors when they realize that they actually have the same interests between the sheets.
He’s this straight-laced, health-obsessed professor while she is wild and a baker of sugary treats. So why can’t they keep their hands off each other?!
I loved both of these characters and consider this a must read book for this trope.
A Reputation Saving Enemies to Lovers Book
Hard Sell made the list because I loved the “hate to love you” relationship between Sabrina and Matt.
They share the same friends so they are always in each other’s paths but their interactions are antagonistic more than anything.
And yet, on occasion they take their amazing chemistry into the bedroom unbeknownst to their friends.
When Matt’s reputation is on the line at his investment firm, Sabrina steps in to clean up his image with a fake relationship – with her!
A great, enemies to lovers book with perfect chemistry between characters. I loved it and so will you.
The Best Enemies to Lovers Book – and a Historical Romance!
Truce is also on my list of the best romance novels of all time because it gave me all the feels and because the feuding between these characters is off the charts HOT!
Robert and Elizabeth tormented each other as children so the hate between them had years of pranks and jabs fueling the flames.
Reunited as adults their animosity is just as fierce however their hate has such heat that their interactions are so combustible.
Seriously, the chemistry between these two is so incredibly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.
This is one enemies to lovers book that you should not overlook. An absolute favorite!
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Childhood Nemeses
I honestly couldn’t pick just one book from R.L. Mathewson as her best enemies to lovers book so another made the list!
Truce is incredible, but Checkmate is laugh out loud funny and is the perfect enemies to lovers romance.
It too features two characters who have been at each other’s throats since childhood and who are now forced to work on the same construction project.
Rather than a relationship built on true hatred, this one is based more on pranks that get more and more out of control.
Filled with Mathewson’s signature steaminess and witty characters, you’ll love this enemies to lovers book.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Rivals
This enemies to lovers book thrives off of a decades long feud between two families.
Their grandfathers may have had a major falling out, but that doesn’t prevent West from pushing all of Sophia’s buttons now that they co-own a hotel.
The trouble is, every time they fight, she somehow winds up under HIM.
From the moment of their first run in, Weston and Sophia just exuded this strong chemistry.
Each one of their interactions was filled with the best back and forth banter that oozed tension until they ended up within the sheets, making this an epic, enemies to lovers book.
A Royal, MM Enemies to Lovers Book
Red, White and Royal Blue is just one of the best overall romance books ever in my opinion, but it’s fantastic because of the enemies to lovers tension between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England.
After an initial brush-off from Prince Henry, Alex not only considers Henry his nemesis but also a stuck-up and unfeeling bore.
Too bad they get into a skirmish at a royal wedding requiring international damage control – creating a fake friendship between the rivals.
Though they’re both in the spotlight and shoulder public responsibilities, they appear as complete opposites.
But it’s this opposites-attract tension that makes this enemies to lovers story burn and tug at your heart strings. A truly must read royal romance book!
You’ll also find it on my list of best enemies to lovers books in MM romance.
A School Rivalry, Enemies to Lovers Book
The Risk is the perfect enemies to lovers book fueled by a school rivalry, sending the chemistry in this novel off the charts!
The tension is really turned up in this enemies to lovers book because it is also a fake relationship story.
Desperate to claim a sports broadcasting internship, Brenna has no choice but to ask rival hockey star Jake to pose as her boyfriend.
They may be from rival colleges when it comes to hockey, but Brenna and Jake’s chemistry together is so hot it easily melts the ice.
Kennedy seriously wrote the best banter between these two. The sarcasm was spot on and their back and forth was hilarious.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Down on the Farm
When opposites attract, they make the best enemies to lovers romance books!
Jack is the broken and broody farmer who immediately clashes with Margot, the rich city girl who’s been hired to update the image of his family’s farm.
He may not like her fancy ideas but he certainly doesn’t like the attraction he feels toward her, not when his heart is still broken.
I could read this book over and over again, I loved it so much!
Jack is the perfect wounded hero who is not only grieving his wife but also suffering from PTSD from his time in the Army.
Margot may be a softer woman who’s more socialite than farmgirl but she can stand up to Jack when it counts, igniting some serious sparks between the two.
This is not only one of my most favorite enemies to lovers books, but another one to make my list of the best romance novels of all time.
A MM Enemies to Lovers Book that Packs Heat and Melts the Ice
Competition between athletes can make a steamy, enemies to lovers book!
Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov are the most talented men in pro hockey. The media may hype up their rivalry but out of the spotlight these two men heat up the sheets.
When secret hookups are no longer enough, it may be time to walk away rather than risk it all.
This enemies to lovers book between NHL hockey studs was hot!
The secrecy of their relationship only added to the tension fueling their chemistry since they were supposed to be rivals on the ice but were anything but behind closed doors.
Their jabs to one another and determination to best each other on the ice created such a strong push/pull dynamic to their relationship.
It was the moments when they actually dropped the façade and reveled in their intimacy that really made this enemies to lovers book a must read for me.
A Mafia, Enemies to Lovers Book
Can you really love the daughter of your greatest enemy? This enemies to lovers books says YES!
Killian Black is a man not to be messed with but who is he really?
His world is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a thief who happens to be the daughter of his greatest enemy.
This is a slightly different enemies to lovers book because neither character really knew each other before their first meeting, but their status as enemies is implied given their standing in the mob world.
I loved how Killian just falls head over heels for Juliet despite her family relationship, but it’s Juliet’s struggle to come to grips with his work that made this such a great, enemies to lovers book. Check out my review of Cruel Paradise.
A Historical, Enemies to Lovers Book
This classic is one of the best enemies to lovers books that has stood the test of time!
Pride and prejudice are definitely feelings that fuel this fantastic, enemies to lovers book.
While Darcy and Elizabeth may not be enemies per say, they definitely get off on the wrong foot and form the least favorable opinions about each other from the start.
You just want to cringe at the frank snubbing Darcy blatantly makes about Elizabeth and her family at the ball where they first meet.
But oh how I love how their opinions slowly change as they get to know the other’s true character.
Read this enemies to lovers book and then watch the classic movie or the newest release to see this slow burn come to life.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Set in the Most Fantastic of Sceneries
This is the perfect enemies to lovers book that will sweep you away into another world.
Calla Fletcher returns to Alaska to reconnect with the father she hasn’t seen since she was 2 years old.
While awkwardly trying to bond with her father she also has to deal with the arrogant, rude, yeti of a man, Jonah. He’s the charter pilot helping her father keep the business afloat who wants nothing to do with the city slicker he’s pegged her as.
This is a classic, enemies to lovers set up where the chemistry sizzles between opposites.
Jonah does not make it easy for Calla as she adjusts to life in the wilds of Alaska.
But as her eyes are opened to all the beauty and hardship of life in Alaska, her heart begins to open to the pilot who may not be so bad after all.
After you fall for this must-read enemies to lovers book, you’ll want to continue reading the second book in the series, Wild at Heart, and the novella as well. So worth it! Check out my review of The Simple Wild.
A Heartbreaking, High School, Enemies to Lovers Book
High school is the perfect setting for an enemies to lovers book because of the clash of cliques and all the potential for teenage angst and drama.
Ava has her fair share of drama to navigate when she returns to Camden Prep for her senior year as the outcast.
The popular Sharks may rule the school but one destroyed her and now another is leaving secret love notes in her locker.
The animosity between Ava and the Sharks, particularly football stud Knox, was THICK and with due reason.
A Case of Mistaken Identity Fueled Enemies to Lovers Book
The worst meet cute sets off this enemies to lovers book!
Stevie is having the worst day when she meets her neighbor – hockey star, Bishop. Assuming she is someone she’s not, let’s just say that he’s less than welcoming.
I loved the frustration and tension between Stevie and Bishop in their initial antagonism.
Once the favors start trading however, I loved how they both were completely upfront and direct in admitting their attraction despite their working relationship.
A Marriage of Convenience, Enemies to Lovers Book
Would you marry an enemy to save someone you love? For Bianca, the answer is yes in this enemies to lovers book.
Bianca is the chef of a popular New Orleans restaurant but she’s struggling under her mother’s medical bills.
She’s desperate, so despite his rude behavior, she’s actually accepting the offer of marriage from arrogant billionaire, Jackson Boudreaux.
There was actually so much more to this marriage of convenience story than I anticipated.
I found Jackson to be such a heartbreaking character.
He’s a billionaire so he should have everything, right? But he’s this struggling soul, who needs a wife to claim his inheritance.
This was a beautiful slow burn between two people coming to grips with feelings that are becoming more real than fake.
An enemies to lovers book from one of my most favorite authors.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Neighbors
What would you do if a Hollywood heartthrob moved in next door? Would you snoop over the hedges to take a peek?
OMG, I love how the initial meeting between Adam and Lucy (as she fell over said hedges) ended with her being carted off by the police, hence establishing each other as the “enemy” in this fun romance.
The intense vibe between the two continued from there and I admit that I loved Lucy’s sass the most.
While the initial hate between Adam and Lucy made this enemies to lovers story, I also loved the sweetness of it too.
Heartfelt pillow talk is always a plus in my book and Adam has it nailed.
If you like romance books where the girl nabs the famous actor, check out this enemies to lovers book.
An Opposites Attract Enemies to Lovers Book
This is another fun enemies to lovers book between neighbors but this time its between a pampered heiress and the celebrity divorce attorney who live in the same apartment building.
Andrew and Georgianna seem to have nothing in common except the foyer of their apartment building where they run into each other each morning.
The morning sparring sessions between them were hilarious.
Both of them only seem to see what’s on the surface when there is so much more to each of them if only one were to look deeper.
Opposites attract love stories often make the best enemies to lovers books and this one totally fits the bill.
One of my favorites from Lauren Layne!
A Super HOT Enemies to Lovers Book
Look no further for an enemies to lovers book that is off the charts HOT and full of chemistry.
This is definitely one of my most favorite Christina Lauren books and the start of one of my favorite romance book series.
I adore office romance books, especially those between boss and assistant, but this is one of the first where boss and assistant can’t stand one another.
Bennett and Chloe are two extremely smart people who know that an office romance is NOT smart and yet they can’t help it even though they don’t even like each other.
Let me just say that the first time they cross the line between business and pleasure is SO incredibly hot, as is the time they cross the line in the stairwell and the bathroom and the…. You get the picture 😊 H-O-T!
This is probably one of the most popular enemies to lovers books worth reading.
An Enemies to Lovers Book on Campus
This enemies to lovers book proves that the bro code is alive and well.
River may be one of the kings of football on campus but he treats Anastasia as a ghost. Both may act as though they can’t stand each other but it’s really just that – an act.
I love how this book gives a different take on the enemies to lovers trope where the hero is “the enemy” because he’s trying so hard to deny and ignore his feelings.
There is so much going on under the surface of this book and it gave me all the feels!
Madden-Mills writes the best college romance books and this one is no different.
It has the perfect amount of angst blended with a simmering tension that you can’t get enough of. A must read! Check out my review of The Revenge Pact.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Multiple Rock Stars
Why settle for an enemies to lovers book with one enemy when you could have three!
I knew going into this reverse harem book that there was going to be some intense animosity between the main characters and it did not disappoint.
Braxton is just handed her dream job.
She’s now the new guitarist for the popular band, Bound, only her three bandmates want her gone and have no qualms about showing her just how much with their instant hate and determination to make everything difficult for her.
The beginning totally pulled me in, keeping me reading to find out what happened next and what was behind each of these intriguing characters.
Houston, Loren and Jericho were each horrible to Braxton in their own way and yet they each posed such an intense attraction to her as well.
Often times the line between love and hate can be oh so thin and that sure is the case in this enemies to lovers book.
If you love romance books where the bark is just as good as the bite, you’ll want to check out this enemies to lovers book.
A High School, Enemies to Lovers Book
This ya enemies to lovers book was so much more than I expected and is book one in an enemies to lovers series that you’ll devour in one sitting!
Ella is plucked from her life of stripping and moves in with the Royals, a family of privilege. But it remains to be seen which is harder – life trying to make ends meet or life at her new prep school under the wrath of the Royal boys.
Ella has not one, but all five Royal boys as her enemy as soon as she sets foot into their mansion.
Their reception is so cold, but it’s Reed’s animosity and deception that fuels the tension AND the chemistry between him and Ella.
Be forewarned that this enemies to lovers book ends on a cliffhanger, but trust me when I say that you’ll be grabbing for book two in the Royals series once you read the end!
Pick it up if you love romance books set in high school.
A MM, Enemies to Lovers Book Between Fraternity Brothers
If this duo is writing a MM romance, it’s a must read, but this one is especially good with its enemies to lovers storyline.
Keaton must be one of the best boyfriends around because he’s trying to give his girlfriend what she wants for her birthday – an invitation to another guy to join their bed.
He just didn’t expect to be just as interested in the set up as she is the more he messages back and forth with the willing guy on the dating app.
I love how the connection between Keaton and Luke begins with anonymous messaging in this MM romance. It’s so much easier to be yourself and explore “what if” when you’re texting.
But it’s when they both realize that the person they’ve been thinking about is actually the fraternity brother they can’t stand that things get interesting!
If you’re looking for a unique twist on an enemies to lovers book, check this one out then discover what else is on my list of best enemies to lovers books in MM romance.
A Historical, Enemies to Lovers Book That Ends in Marriage
Even enemies can find love amongst the ton in 19th century England in this fantastic enemies to lovers book.
Anthony Bridgerton may not have the best reputation among society, but he’s finally determined to marry and has already picked out his wife. Too bad his intended’s older sister does not look favorably on the match.
I absolutely loved the tension and growing fascination between Anthony and Kate in this unforgettable historical romance novel.
Kate may not believe a rake can make the best of husbands, no matter how handsome, but she can’t help but fall for the rogue himself.
The back and forth between these two was so much fun to read, as was Anthony’s vulnerability once he shared it.
You can fall in love with Anthony Bridgerton in this must read enemies to lovers book and then fall for him all over again while watching him in the TV series, Bridgerton, on Netflix!
A Thought Provoking, Enemies to Lovers Book
I wasn’t sure if I should include this book on the list but it’s just too good to leave off.
My hesitation is in the fact that this is book TWO in a trilogy so you HAVE to read book one, Flock, before reading this book.
Without giving away any spoilers to this amazing duet, let me just say that these two enemies have chemistry that is off the charts!
You almost can’t believe the moment the clothes start coming off because the hate is so strong between them, you’d think they’d be steering clear of one another as much as possible.
Stewart amazed me with yet another well-written, captivating story with this enemies to lovers book that should not be missed. The entire Ravenhood series is a must read! Check out my review of Exodus.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Academic Rivals
Hazelwood dazzled in this enemies to lovers book between two rival physicists who makes this STEM-focused romance extra steamy!
Elsie is an adjunct professor who’s barely able to pay her rent or afford her insulin despite working three teaching jobs. To make up for it, she works for an app where people can hire her to be their pretend date for events.
But when she discovers that the brother of someone she’s fake dating is actually a rival physicist on her hiring committee, she fears her career is in jeopardy.
The tension between Elsie and Jack is off the charts as he tries to uncover the “real” Elsie. As much as she tries to keep her distance from the man who ruined her mentor’s career and tarnished her field’s reputation, she can’t help but succumb to his demand for honesty.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between a Girl and Her Best Friend’s Brother
Twisted Hate is one of those books where you can just feel the animosity between characters and know that once they take things in a new direction, it’s going to be H-O-T hot to see those feelings collide in more ways than one.
Jules Ambrose is best friends with Josh Chen’s sister Ava. Overhearing Josh’s dislike of her soon after meeting each other, leads to years of the two hating one another and not being afraid of showing that animosity.
But forced to spend one weekend away together, the tide starts to turn between these two enemies kicking off one steamy frenemies to lovers relationship.
My favorite thing about this enemies to lovers book was the amazing chemistry between Jules and Josh. Talk about using your hate and antagonism towards one another as fuel for their pleasure. Yowza!
This an especially fun enemies to lovers book for anyone who loves dirty talking heroes or books with the best friend’s brother trope!
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Colleagues
I absolutely adored Swan’s Miles High Club series but this enemies to lovers book was one of my favorites because Elliot and Kate loved to push each other’s buttons and I couldn’t get enough.
Kate may have worked for Elliot for years but the two have never gotten along. Only one night when Elliot spies Kate in a hot red dress he starts to see her in a whole new light.
Meanwhile, Kate is anonymously chatting with a man named Edgar on an app who may or may not be the man she thinks he is.
Man, I loved everything about Elliot and Kate in this billionaire romance that came with a really great twist.
I loved their initial banter that showed that no feelings were spared but it was their softer moments that got to me too.
Swan amazes me with her ability to write moments of conflict where I can see where BOTH sides are coming from and it guts me to the core.
You can’t pass up this enemies to lovers book if you like office romances or steamy romance novels.
A Captivating Fantasy Enemies to Lovers Book
I dare anyone who’s read Fourth Wing to challenge its place on this list because I found it to be phenomenal and one of the best enemies to lovers books I’ve read in a long time.
I know I’m not the only one because this book has spent WEEKS on the bestseller lists and has captivated young adult fantasy romance readers and those who never dabbled in fantasy before.
Trust me when I say you’ll fall in love with Violent, a young woman who always thought she would become a scribe like her father but who last minute is thrust into the Riders Quadrant to battle it out for her place as a dragon rider at the risk of losing her life.
No one expects her to survive even a day, especially when she’s up against the likes of Xaden – a third year dragon rider who has an axe to grind against her mother, the Commander.
You could sense the animosity and tension between these two before Violet even crossed into the Riders Quadrant and their chemistry was FIRE.
Yarros crafted the perfect slow burn romance between these two enemies where there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to their character and what they are hiding.
This is absolutely a must-read enemies to lover book. You won’t be disappointed.
Check out my book review for Fourth Wing.
A Popular Enemies to Lovers Book That Doesn’t Disappoint
Sometimes #Booktok gets it right and it definitely did when this popular Christina Lauren title was making the rounds.
This enemies to lovers book is definitely one to add to your must-read list and makes the perfect beach read.
At Olive sister’s wedding, she’s forced to spend the day with Ethan, the best man and her enemy. But when the entire wedding party except her and Ethan get food poisoning, she finds herself on an all-expenses paid honeymoon to Hawaii with Ethan posing as her fake husband.
Now the two enemies have to pretend to like each other for ten days and soon the pretending doesn’t seem so hard.
This is definitely one of my favorite Christina Lauren books and I cannot wait for The Unhoneymooners movie to be completed because I cannot wait to see Olive and Ethan’s chemistry onscreen.
Not only do you get the best banter between these two enemies, but you also get some quiet, heartfelt moments where you see them begin to cross that line from hate into love.
It didn’t hurt that I was picturing them on the shores of the Hawaiian islands hoping that I was there along with them!
A Mafia Enemies to Lovers Book to Devour
I completely devoured this enemies to lovers book in just one day because it was that good!
The story focuses on an arranged marriage within the New York mafia between Nicolas and Elena’s younger sister, but the minute she meets Nicolas their connection is instant.
Seriously, the tension and chemistry between Elena and Nicolas of their forbidden romance totally jumped off the page and I just kept reading to get to the point that it finally boiled over.
That’s not to say that Nicolas or Elena wanted to admit their feelings. He may be handsome and powerful but she doesn’t like him and she certainly doesn’t like the feelings her sister’s fiancé ignites in her.
But getting back to the tension between them. Yeah, it was incredible and made this one of the best mafia romance books I’ve ever read.
A Forced Proximity Enemies to Lovers Book
It’s extra special when you find a new book you absolutely love from an author you’ve never read before.
The Worst Guy was the first book by Canterbary I ever read because the book blurb for her enemies to lovers story sounded too good to pass up and boy did it deliver in the best way.
Sebastian and Sara are both surgeons whose latest tiff in the hospital has landed them eight weeks of mandatory conflict resolution counseling forcing them into close quarters with the very person they can’t stand.
Yet even though they seem to draw out the worst in each other at times, they soon find it difficult to keep their hands off each other and that’s when things started really getting good.
Neither of these characters are perfect, each shouldering something heavy in secret, and I love that they were exactly what each other needed.
Toss in the grumpy sunshine trope with this enemies to lovers book and it also delivers the best bickering 😊. I loved it and so will you.
An Enemies to Lovers Book For Greek Mythology Lovers
When I was teaching my kids Greek mythology, I was devouring everything on the subject and was so excited to stumble upon this fantasy romance with nods to various Greek mythology characters.
I was even more excited when it delivered the best enemies to lovers story in a fantastic series!
Cat is living with a traveling circus as a soothsayer but is unexpectedly kidnapped by a leader who recognizes that the magic she possesses marks her as the Kingmaker – a woman who divines the truth through lies.
Though Griffin initially wants her power for his realm, the more time he spends with her, he realizes that he wants so much more.
I’d say being kidnapped would definitely skew my feelings toward someone, so I can commiserate with Cat in her initial feelings toward Griffin, but I can also easily understand how they quickly change given the man’s character and loyalties.
The back and forth banter between Cat and Griffin during their travels was off the charts as she fought her feelings for him, but he was the most patient alpha male in existence.
You’ll be picking up book two in The Kingmaker Chronicles as soon as you finish this one!
Check out my review of A Promise of Fire.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Based on a Family Feud
This new adult enemies to lovers book totally gave me a Romeo and Juliet kind of vibe where you have two families at odds with one another with a hate that passes from generation to generation.
Tate Adler and Maggie Todd were always sworn enemies given the longstanding feud between their neighboring family farms and that doesn’t change when they both go off to the same college.
Yet when Maggie discovers Tate’s secret, a side hustle that could jeopardize his hockey scholarship, she’s got him where she wants him and then some.
Tate and Maggie were the best characters to root for with some highly combustible chemistry!
Forced to share a booth at a local market every weekend, they actually come to know each other better but that doesn’t mean we don’t get a lot of great barbs and banter between the two.
Check out my book review of Blindsided.
An Enemies to Lovers Book That Soothes the Soul
I love this enemies to lovers book so much that I’ve reread it several times. Yes, maybe it’s because I enjoy how Grant loves to walk around naked just to tick off Amanda but that’s beside the point. 😊
Amanda Shaw has finally got her life on track and she’s even opening up a new yoga studio in the same beach town where her brother has a beach house for her to stay.
Only upon moving, however, she did not anticipate finding a naked football player, Grant Hendricks, who’s recovering from a back injury.
To say that Grant and Amanda got off on the wrong foot is an understatement. And since Grant is hurting from his back injury, he’s quite the grump and knows just how to push Amanda’s buttons.
Dangelico is the queen of slow burn romance so you know that you’re going to get a lot of great back-and-forth between these two as they duke it out in close quarters while slowly coming to understand what they’re both hiding under the surface.
It’s one of my favorite romance books of all time.
The Perfect Frenemies to Lovers Book
I was already in love with Callihan’s VIP series, but this enemies to lovers story featuring the bassist and the band’s publicist is my absolute favorite.
Rye, the bassist for the biggest rock band in the world, and Brenna, his publicist, are like oil and water. But everything changes when he overhears Brenna make a confession about her needs.
Soon Rye is volunteering his services to satisfy her in every and any way she needs it, and she can’t find a reason not to take him up on his offer.
And by services, I think you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about 😊.
This book offers everything I love about the enemies to lovers trope. Great banter, fun characters, wonderful writing, and a love story that I instantly want to reread after reaching the end.
Rye and Brenna have been frenemies for so long that it adds an extra layer of heat to their secret frenemies-with-benefits relationship.
Their chemistry had me glued to the pages but I really loved how Rye listens, doesn’t push, and is honest with Brenna where he hasn’t been with anyone else once the air is finally cleared between them.
Rhys completely and utterly captured my heart and he earned the top award for best book boyfriend of 2021.
A Historical Enemies to Lovers Book
I love Judith McNaught and her romance books, including this historical romance, were some of the first to capture my heart.
I was instantly struck by this enemies to lovers book where the English Duke, Royce Westmoreland, abducts a young Scottish woman from her convent school.
You’d think being kidnapped by a man with a reputation for terror would strike fear in Jennifer, but this young lass stands up to the arrogant Duke creating the best sparks between captor and captive.
Their verbal sparring created the best build-up and tension between the two which finally boiled over into the hottest chemistry.
I cannot recommend this historical enemies to lovers book enough as it’s one of my favorite romance books of all time.
An Enemies to Lovers Book Between Lawyers
This enemies to lovers book makes me want to beg Julie James for MORE books! She absolutely dazzles in this office romance that pits two lawyers against each other to take the coveted spot as partner, giving new meaning to the phrase laws of attraction!
Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson have worked for the same law firm for eight years, only tolerating each other at best, but are now forced to join forces on a major case.
Though they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law, it becomes an all-out battle to win the only open seat as partner and that’s when the fun begins.
James makes writing romance seem so simple with this book. She writes strong heroines, really hot heroes, and combines humor and tension in the absolute best of ways.
So many new romance books can overshadow the gems from years past but don’t pass on this one. It’s truly one of the best.
A Hollywood Enemies to Lovers Book
I love authors who write messy, vulnerable, and real characters and that’s exactly what Wilder did in her sophomore novel.
Lilah Hunter and Shane McCarthy are two Hollywood stars who made it big on a hit paranormal TV show until Lilah left.
Now four years later she’s back to film the final season where their characters finally get together onscreen, only Lilah and Shane cannot stand each other after their secret, behind-the-scenes fling imploded.
This was such a great, enemies to lovers, second chance romance, yet there were times I just wanted to knock some sense into Shane and Lilah and say stop being your own worst enemies.
But I LOVED that Wilder didn’t write them as two perfect, Hollywood people.
And boy was there some extreme loathing between these two from the start that didn’t prevent them from mincing words, but it was in the moments when I finally saw them let down their walls and show who they truly were that I could see hope that they’d find their way back to one another.
Check it out as this is one of the best new romance books of 2023.
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Why Enemies to Lovers Books are the Best:
There are a lot of romance book tropes that I love to read (and I few I don’t) and enemies to lovers is one trope that never disappoints.
The saying is that there is a thin line between love and hate, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to romance books in this popular trope.
I’m partial to the romance novels where there is true animosity between the main characters due to a misunderstanding or an incident that occurred when they first met, setting their relationship off on the wrong foot.
It’s also fun to read enemies to lovers books that are based more on a healthy dose of competition rather an all out hate stirring up the relationship.
Variety in Enemies to Lovers Books
My most favorite enemies to lovers books span different romance book genres and those that include other romance book tropes as well.
That’s the best thing about this trope- the story lines can be endless!
Do you have a favorite enemies to lovers book? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear it!
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