Book List: Enemies to Lovers

The enemies-to-lovers trope follows the convention of when two (or more) characters begin as enemies or possess a dislike and/or rivalry dynamic which later develops into a romantic relationship.

There is a specific difference in the character dynamics and nuance between enemies to lovers and rival to lovers – with the main difference being the severity of antagonism, feelings and thoughts between the affected characters. Furthermore, rivals to lovers may not necessarily be ‘enemies’, rather, the characters may strongly dislike the other whether or not sharing the same or similar goal. For the sake of simplicity, I’ve categorised the two tropes together (although I have a stronger preference to rivals to lovers compared to enemies to lovers).  

This category includes the following: reluctance to like, dislike to like, hate to love, rivals to lovers, enemies to lovers

Why ‘enemies-to-lovers’ trope is fun:

  • the tension
  • the banter
  • growth
  • angst

About this list:

This list will provide books that pertain the enemies-to-lovers trope and information regarding the book and author, such as representation in the books and of the author. Please note: I haven’t read all the books listed. If there’s any information needed (such as representation, content warnings, etc.) to be added please let me know.

Also, I feel that it is important to note that I intentionally list information such as the author’s identity in terms of ethnicity, gender, religion, whether the author identifies being neurodivergent or disabled if the author enclosed such information. Why disclose such information? Representation matters. I endeavour to be as accurate as possible with such information, however, if there’s any error please let me know so I can amend it.

Book CoverBook Title and AuthorInformation
An Affair of Poisons
by Addie Thorley 

Down Comes the Night
by Allison Saft 
Rep: bisexual protagnist
Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson 
The Candle in the Flame
by Nafiza Azad 
Rep: Author of Colour (South-East Asian), Muslim Author
The Shadows Between Us
by Tricia Levenseller 
To Kill a Kingdom
by Alexandra Christo 

• retelling of The Little Mermaid
Uprooted
by Naomi Novik 

Book CoverBook Title and AuthorInformation
Bone Crier’s Moon
by Kathryn Purdie 
Crier’s War
by Nina Varela 
Rep: f/f relationship
Dance of Thieves
by Mary E. Pearson
Daughter of the Pirate King
by Tricia Levenseller 
Hunted by the Sky
by Tanaz Bhathena
Rep: Author of Colour (South Asian diaspora; Indian)
Medieval India inspired world, Indian and Persian mythology inspired
These Violent Delights
by Chloe Gong 
Rep: Author of Colour (East Asian diaspora; Shanghai)
• retelling of Romeo and Juliet
The Bridge Kingdom
by Danielle L. Jensen
Note: New Adult
The Storm Crow
by Kalyn Josephson 
Rep: mental health
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Renée Ahdieh 
Rep: Author of Colour (American-Korean)
• Retelling of 1001 Nights
Ancient Arabia inspired world
We Hunt the Flame
(Sands of Arawiya #1)
by Hafsah Faizal 
Rep: Author of Colour (South + West Asian diaspora), Muslim Author
Ancient Arabia inspired world

Book CoverBook Title and AuthorInformation
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
by Brigid Kemmerer 
Rep: protagonist with MS
• retelling of Beauty and the Beast
Blood Heir
by Amélie Wen Zhao 
Rep: Author of Colour (East Asian diaspora)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor
Dark of the West
by Joanna Hathaway 
Serpent and Dove
by Shelby Mahurin 
The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco
Rep: Author of Colour (South East Asian; Filipino)
The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black 
The Tiger at Midnight
by Swati Teerdhala 
Rep: Author of Colour (Indian-American)
Indian history and Hindu mythology inspired world
The Winner’s Curse
by Marie Rutkoski 

Book CoverBook Title and AuthorInformation
An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir
Rep: Author of Colour (Pakistani-American), Muslim author

Kingdom of the Wicked
by Kerri Maniscalco

Shatter Me
by Tahereh Mafi
Rep: Author of Colour (Iranian-American), Muslim author

Do you have any recommendations for books in this category?

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