There are a few tropes that I like, but by far the Enemies-to-Lovers trope is an instant add-to cart for me! There’s just something about the bickering and the transition from hate to love that just attracts me to the story.
I’ve got a long list of books in that category to read this year, however, I’m sharing the first group I’ve gone through so far. Keep in mind that all these books are in the Adult genre, so they may contain some steamy material, except for The Match, which is considered a clean romance.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive has felt unlucky her entire life — that includes her career and love life. On the other hand, her identical twin sister, Ami is possibly deemed the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests. And it just so happens that Olive is forced to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Laying their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is abruptly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck appears worse than ever. What is weird is that she doesn’t seem to mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels… lucky.
Think out loud with me.The Unhoneymooners, Christina Lauren
I have absolutely no words to describe how much I love this book! From the writing, to the characters, to the plot,… It’s incredible!
I never thought that I could ever react to a book out loud while reading, but I have gasped, laughed and gotten all emotional. Thoroughly an amazing experience!
This book is now my go-to recommendation for Rom-Coms. You will not be disappointed 🙂
Beach Read by Emily Henry
This story is about a romance writer called January Andrews, and a literary fiction author named Augustus Everett. Both are the complete opposite of each other, for she writes happily-ever-afters and he kills off his entire cast.
In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months they’re living in neighbouring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block. Then one night, they decide to make a deal: Augustus will spend the summer writing about something happy, and January will do the contrary. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult. Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. That’s the plan.
How well do you think these two will abide by the terms of their deal?
Here’s the thing about writing Happily Ever Afters: it helps if you believe in them.Beach Read, Emily Henry
One thing to keep in mind ahead of starting this book is that it opens up where the main character is in a really bad place. I picked it up right after a really happy book and it bummed me out at first — not because it was bad, not at all, but because I did not expect the book to be a bit dark.
January’s whole world changes overnight, therefore I really loved seeing her picking herself back up throughout the book. I Loved the chemistry between the two leads. I just want to give Augustus the biggest hug!
Highly recommend this one 🙂
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Lucy Hutton is known to be charming and helpful and prides herself on being loved by everyone at the publishing company. Well, everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
They both share an office together and have found a common ground for their bickering by playing a very addictive, ridiculous, never-ending game of one-upmanship. You have the Staring Game, the Mirror Game, the HR Game, and so on… One thing for certain is that Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything, especially when a huge new promotion is on the line.
If Lucy wins the promotion, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing up for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe she doesn’t hate him. And maybe he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
Books were, and always would be, something a little magic and something to respect.The Hating Game, Sally Thorne
This book was so hyped up that I went in with such high expectations. I’m one of the people who think it’s overhyped! I had to double check if this is an Adult book as the main characters were acting like teenagers 😕
At first I thought the story takes place right after the merger, but it seems to be a year after which didn’t make sense to me and lowered my interest in the enemies-to-lovers trope it held.
I struggled to get through the first chapters, but a group of fellow readers advised me to give it a chance for it’ll get better along the way. And it did!
It wasn’t the best book I’ve read so far, but it also wasn’t too bad. So if you’re curious, give it a go!
The Match by Sarah Adams
Evie has been working for Southern Service Paws for a few years now. You’d imagine she’d be accustomed to all kinds of clients. Well, that’s what she believed until she met with single dad, Jacob Broaden, about potentially pairing his daughter with one of their service dogs.
Valuable lessons were taken after that meeting: always set your alarm clock, single dads are much hotter than predicted, and that you can go from romantically fantasising about someone to wishing they would be run over by a truck in a matter of two minutes.
Thankfully, Evie doesn’t hold that view on Jake for very long. Not when he shows her a different side of himself — the sweet and caring father and family guy. She can already see how he’s so far out of her league, but Jake doesn’t appear to be on the same boat as after a few days of working closely with him and his daughter, they start to get close and look at each other in a not-so-friendly way, making her dream of something she wouldn’t and couldn’t have… A family.
Sometimes people just need to talk and be heard—not fixed.The Match, Sarah Adams
Such a cute story! I loved the fact that it covers the narrative of someone with epilepsy and the big influence that service dogs have on that. In addition to the fact that not all families are open to the idea of keeping their child’s safety in the hands of a dog.
The main character has experienced loneliness for such a long time, and being surrounded by this new group of individuals, you can see how much this affects her positively.
If you’re looking for a feel-good book, then this one’s for you!
Two books from this list are being adapted into movies: The Unhoneymooners, which I’m so excited for, and The Hating Game, that I will definitely watch after I saw who’s playing Joshua’s role 😉
Let me know if you’ve read any of these books before or are interested in checking one out! I’m more than happy to have a chat about any book.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, I have such a lengthy list of Enemies-to-Lovers books on my TBR so make sure to follow our blog and Instagram account to keep tabs on a part two!