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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! In case you didn’t know yet, here’s a confession: I am a big, sappy, hopeless romantic.
There. I said it. I love books with romance in it (as long as it doesn’t take over the story, has any instalove or annoying love triangles). I love romance tropes. Enemies-to-lovers, best friends-to-lovers, penpal romances, boy or girl-next-door romances, the fake date trope, the opposites attract trope. Give me them all, because I can keep reading about them forever.
BUT. Today I’d like to focus on one trope in particular and that is the enemies-to-lovers trope. I can’t help it, MOST of my favorite romances and OTP’s fall under this trope. So let’s get started!
Let’s start off the list with what may be the only contemporary novel on the list, but was definitely one of my top ten reads of 2016. The story of Lucy and Josh was so much fun, sweet and swoon-worthy. Two office nemeses trying to get the same promotion – what could go wrong?
SIMON X BAZ 4 EVA! No seriously, this book is so much fun. Imagine a Harry Potter-like world, where Harry and Draco room together and Draco is a vampire. Oh, and totally in love with Harry. Except this story becomes so much more and Simon and Baz are completely their own characters and you can’t help but fall in love with them and their interactions.
Prepare to fall in love with the story of Kestrel and Arin! Kestrel is the daughter of the General, in a world where her nation has conquered and enslaved another nation. One day, she ends up buying a slave named Arin at an auction. Swoony, forbidden romance enseus and it becomes so much more.
I know this series has been out for a while, but I’m still not sure how much I can say about it without spoiling too much. BUT, know that this series has one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE OTP’s. They are the best and I loved watching their relationship develop and their own character development because of it.
I may have had a few issues with this book, but the romance? OMG, the romance was so well-done! Kudos for a fantasy standalone where the princess falls in love with the sister of the prince she is betrothed to. Also, they really don’t like eachother at first, hence the enemies-to-lovers.
Warning: this series is very graphic and features scenes of violence, sex and rape. Mature adiences only.
Though this is a pretty violent and graphic m/m fantasy series, I absolutely adore it and especially the relationship between Damen and Laurent. Starting of as natural enemies from two nations at war, the story starts as Damen, prince of Akielos, gets betrayed and sent as an anonymous pleasure slave to Laurent, prince of Vere. What starts of as a dangerous and treacherous situation, soon morphs in something beautiful as we watch Damen and Laurent slowly (very slowly) go from enemies, to reluctant partners-in-crime, to comrades-in-arms, to friends, to something more. My favorite ever enemies-to-lovers story.
This is an amazing little dystopian that I feel got a little buried underneath all the Hunger Games and Divergent hype, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome! In a world where dangerous storms have wiped out most of humanity, there are only two groups left: those who spend all their life inside a dome, with only virtual reality to keep them from going insane of boredom, and the clans, who are still trying to suvive on the outside. When Aria, a life-long dome-girl, suddenly finds herself outside, she has to form an unlikely alliance with the “wild” Perry to survive.
This is currently my new favorite fantasy / romance and Emi and Shiro are my new OTP! Yes, it’s that good. Get ready for a gorgeous Japanese mythology fantasy! Emi is a Kamigakari, a vessel for an immortal goddess. In only a few short weeks the goddess will inhabit Emi’s body and Emi will cease to exist. But one day she rescues a fox. This fox turns out to be a kitsune, which is a yokai, or an earthly spirit and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Epic adventures and a swoony slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romance ensues. I am impatiently awaiting the third and final book in the series, which should be out in March this year.
Again, I don’t want to spoil too much for those who haven’t read it yet, but this fae Beauty and the Beast retelling features another one of my all-time favorite OTP’s. Especially book two, A Court of Mist and Fury is absolutely glorious and swoon-worthy. One of the best enemies-to-lovers romances out there.
A gorgeous story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights! Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Every day, he takes a new bride and she never survives until the next day. When Sharzhad’s best friend becomes one of his victims, she volunteers to be his next bride and plans her revenge. This story is absolutely gorgeous and breath-taking and a must-read.
This is a trilogy featuring trolls, which admittedly, doesn’t sound very romantic. But it is! This story features an enemies-to-lovers romance that had me swooning big-time.
A gorgeous romance in the middle of an impossible heist? Yes, it’s possible and it is glorious! There are several romances in this in fact, but Nina and Matthias own my enemies-to-lovers-trope loving heart!