10 Books for those who love enemies-to-lovers fantasy

24.08.2022
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Have you ever wondered why enemies-to-lovers is such a popular trope? What is it about two people who can’t stand each other (or worst, they hate the other with an unbridled passion) that makes everyone think they’d make a cute couple?

A few promises come with this trope that are universally true.

1. The opposites attract. Readers love to be surprised, and nothing is more surprising than romance blooming between two characters who seemingly have nothing in common and, worse, they can’t stand each other. Finding common ground is bewildering and even unsettling, bringing me to the next point: the entertainment value.

2. An entertaining story. Seeing characters fighting their feelings and often questioning their morality makes for an engaging read. The emotional turmoil, the characters fighting their emotions out of sheer principles, creates drama. Readers love drama and messy relationships because they’re relatable (hopefully not to the same extent). When the story is well written, the characters fight their feeling for a long time, and we love a good slow-burn romance. That is until one of them is in danger, and all bets are off. All their differences seem to blur, and their true feelings come to the surface.

3. They are embracing their flaws. The most potent message this trope sends is that no matter how flawed, broken, or irredeemable the character thinks they are, they can still be loved. In the end, no one is truly irredeemable. Enemies-to-lovers portrays multilayered characters that are more than the sum of their flaws which is something we all aspire to be perceived as. We all have flaws (some real and some only in our minds) that feed our insecurities. Deep down, everyone wants to be loved, not because of our flaws but despite them. Enemies-to-lovers is evidence that love conquers all.


Enemies-to-lovers is a broad term in fantasy that gives leeway to protagonists to loathe each other at first or merely be adversaries. Below I included a few book recommendations where, according to readers, this trope was well executed. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Book Cover Angelfall
Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Released: 28.08.2012
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.11 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover From Blood and Ash
Title: From Blood and Ash
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: 29.03.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.70 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.31 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Dance of Thieves
Title: Dance of Thieves
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Released: 23.06.2022
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.60 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.22 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Kingdom of the Wicked
Title: Kingdom of the Wicked
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Released: 27.10.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.96 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover The Bridge Kingdom
Title: The Bridge Kingdom
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Released: 13.08.2019
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.40 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.09 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover The Cruel Prince
Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Released: 02.01.2018
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.10 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover A Deal with the Elf King
Title: A Deal with the Elf King
Author: ELISE KOVA
Released: 06.11.2020
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.30 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.77 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Six Of Crows
Title: Six Of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Released: 08.10.2018
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.70 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.49 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Daughter of the Pirate King
Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: A.K. Mulford
Released: 23.03.2022
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
4.01 (read)
Our review: No review yet

Book Cover Shatter Me
Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Released: 06.03.2018
Reviews:
Amazon:
4.50 (buy)
GoodReads:
3.91 (read)
Our review: No review yet

 

 

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