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If you’ve been around for a while you will know that this is my ALL TIME favorite trope. There is just something that hits perfectly with enemies to lovers books. I live for all the tension, angst, and spice that comes from this popular trope.
What are the enemies to lover’s book trope?
This trope is exactly how it sounds. Two of the main characters start out as enemies and eventually develop feelings for each other and fall in love.
They have to overcome their hatred and depending on the book there can be A LOT to overcome. With this trope often comes lots of steamy tension that makes me what to squeal like a maniac. It’s seriously hands down one of my favorite things to read.
Enemies To Lovers Fantasy Books To Add To Your TBR
This is a big list with each recommendation built into different categories. It includes historical fiction, new adult, YA (young adult), paranormal and even some spicy book recommendations!
1️⃣ Kingdom of the Wicked series
Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe, witches living secretly among humans, until one night when Vittoria is found murdered. Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and seek vengeance, even if it means using forbidden dark magic. Along the way, she meets Wrath, one of the Wicked princes of Hell, who claims to be helping her solve the series of women’s murders on the island.
You can read my review of the last book in the series here!
2️⃣ The Four Horsemen series
Sara Burn’s town is threatened by the arrival of Pestilence, one of the Four Horsemen with the power to destroy humanity. Despite her attempts to stop him, Pestilence survives and takes her prisoner, but as time passes, Sara finds herself uncertain of his true feelings and her own, and must decide whether to sacrifice her heart in order to save the world.
This is one of the truest enemies to lovers books that I have read in a long time!
3️⃣ A Court of Thornes and Roses series
Feyre is dragged to a treacherous magical land after killing a wolf, where she discovers her captor is an immortal faerie. As she adapts to her new home, her icy hostility towards him turns into passionate love. However, an ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin and his world forever.
4️⃣ We Hunt the Flame
Zafira is a Hunter and Nasir is the Prince of Death, both of whom are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya. When an ancient evil threatens the land, they are sent on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic and stop the Arz. However, their mission is complicated by the fact that if Zafira is exposed as a girl, her achievements will be rejected and if Nasir shows his compassion, he will be punished.
Young Adult – YA
1️⃣ Daughter of the Pirate King series
Alosa, the seventeen-year-old daughter of the Pirate King, is on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map, and deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies in order to search their ship. She must outwit her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden, in order to get the map and complete her mission.
I love the tension between Alosa and Riden, which makes it a great YA enemies to lovers book.
2️⃣ The Cruel Prince
In The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, Jude was stolen away to the treacherous High Court of Faerie at the age of seven and, ten years later, she wants to belong there despite her mortality. She must defy the wickedest son of the High King, Prince Cardan, to win a place at the Court, and in doing so discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. In order to save her sisters and Faerie itself, Jude must risk her life in a dangerous alliance.
3️⃣ A Curse so Dark and Lonely
Harper and Rhen must break a powerful curse in order to save Rhen’s kingdom from ruin. Along the way, they must battle powerful forces and learn to trust each other as they fall in love.
4️⃣ An Ember in the Ashes
Laia and Elias are both trapped in the Martial Empire, where defiance is punishable by death. Laia is forced to become a spy for the rebels in exchange for help rescuing her brother, and she meets Elias, the Empire’s finest soldier, who is secretly unwilling to enforce the tyranny. Together, their choices will shape the fate of the Empire.
1️⃣ Serpent and Dove
Serpent and Dove is a fantasy book about a forbidden union between a witch, Lou, and a Chasseur, Reid, of the Church, who are forced into marriage. As their feelings for each other grow, they must choose between their loyalty to their respective sides in the war between witches and the Church, and their love for each other.
Penryn, a seventeen-year-old girl, embarks on a dangerous journey to San Francisco to rescue her little sister who was taken by warrior angels of the apocalypse. Along the way, she meets Raffe, an enemy angel who she must rely on for survival. Together, they must brave a dark and twisted Northern California in order to reach the angels’ stronghold and save Penryn’s sister.
3️⃣ The Ex Hex
In The Ex Hex, Vivienne Jones casts a curse on her ex-boyfriend nine years ago, only to find out that it may have caused more harm than she thought when he returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. Vivi and Rhys must work together to save the town from the curse and the mysterious forces attacking it, while also trying to ignore their off the charts chemistry.
4️⃣ The Whispering Dark
Delaney Meyers-Petrov joins a prestigious program at Godbole University to prove herself, but finds herself in a rocky start as she faces professors who won’t accommodate her disability and an upperclassman fascinated by her unusual talents. When she meets Colton Price, who died when he was nine years old and came back to life, they form a tenuous alliance to uncover university secrets and fight against an old and nameless enemy.
1️⃣ From Blood and Ash
In this enemies to lovers fantasy, Poppy is chosen from birth to usher in a new era, but her life of solitude and duty to the kingdom is challenged when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard, enters her life and tempts her with forbidden desires. As a fallen kingdom rises to take back what they believe is theirs, Poppy must find a way to protect her heart, her soul, and her life.
2️⃣ The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Addie LaRue makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets until she meets a young man in a hidden bookstore who remembers her name after nearly 300 years. This book is magical realism at its best!
3️⃣ Gods of Jade and Shadow
In Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-García, a young woman is sent on a life-changing journey by the Mayan god of death to help him recover his throne from his treacherous brother. Along the way, she embarks on an adventure that takes her from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City and into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
4️⃣ The Poppy War
A war orphan from Rooster Province shocks everyone when she aces the Keju test and is accepted into the most elite military school in Nikan. There, she discovers she has an unearthly power – the nearly-mythical art of shamanism – which she must master in order to save her people from the looming Third Poppy War, but at the cost of her own humanity.
I absoulty love the enemies to lovers trope and I hope YOU love these book recommendations. If you are looking for even more recommendations, go check out this post all about what to read after ACOTAR.
Comment below and let me know what your favorite trope to read is. 👇