Recently, seeking joy, I re-read The Hating Game which made me, well, happy. Josh and Lucy’s battle for superiority is gleeful and witty and their love story outstanding. (That kiss in the elevator gets me every time.) Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes–I like it much better than friends to lovers which I usually find a bit bland.
Luckily romance is full of surpassing such stories. The best series I read last year was Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air in which the leads, Jude and Cardan, begin the story as enemies to the death. (Really, Cardan almost kills Jude in the first few chapters of The Cruel Prince (Book #1). By the series’ end, their love is so deep and strong and satisfying that… look, just read the books!
In fact, when I look at my DIK and high B reviews, more of them are enemies to lovers tales than any other trope. I adore Jackie Ashenden’s Having Her, Courtney Milan’s Unlocked, Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson, and Bec McMaster’s Dukes are Forever. I really could go on and on.
How ’bout you? What are your favorite enemies to lovers stories? Is it a trope you love?