Are you a reader who has been burnt by book recommendations repeatedly? As readers, we have often found ourselves in a position where we picked up a book based on a specific trope only to learn that we had been lied to. There are countless books with the enemies-to-lovers trope but sadly, very few books that actually do it well. Now, not everyone can do what Jane Austen did with Darcy and Lizzy, but we would really love to read a book with true enemies who are dead set on killing each other, who hate each other with so much passion that you are left wondering how they survived for so long, angst so palpable that you want to stop reading it for a moment to collect yourself together. We are talking about knives-at-each-others-throats, scaring each other with blades like it’s a child’s play but being terrified of opening up to each other. We are talking about love so strong and passionate that you are left alone in your room, wishing you had that kind of out-of-this-world love.
If the book is not doing that, then we are sorry, not sorry to tell you that it’s not an actual enemies-to-lovers. But these books on our list are! These are a few real enemies-to-lovers books:
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The Cruel Prince
The Cruel Prince has become a famous book in the literary community, and it fully deserves that. The book follows Jude, a mortal girl, and Prince Cardan, the High King’s youngest and wickedest son. She wants to prove herself and win a place at the Court, but for that, she must fool everybody and defy even him. As she gets involved in the faerie world, she discovers her own capacity for the tricks and games that are required to survive in this enchanting world.
These Violent Delights
Set in 1926, TVD follows Roma and Juliette. A Romeo & Juliet retelling, this book revolves around madness and a monster that threatens Shanghai and the tension between both of these teenagers who belong to rival gangs. They work together to solve the mystery behind the monster but will they manage to solve the issues that tore them apart?
The Wrath And The Dawn
The murderous boy-king Khalid is an eighteen-year-old monster who takes a new bride each night. Come morning, these brides are found with a silk cord wrapped around their throats. After Shahrzad’s friend falls victim to this mess, she vows vengeance, volunteering to be his next bride. But, after learning Khalid’s story, will she be able to achieve what she came here for in the first place?
Shatter Me is a dystopian book series focusing on Juliette Ferrars, a girl with a lethal touch. After she murders someone by accident, she is discarded by her family, and The Reestablishment locks her up. When she meets Adam and Aaron there, she is given two choices: be a weapon or a warrior.
Ava Greene is ready to bid farewell to her old life. But that life has different plans for her. She didn’t expect Jack to be on her flight. And she certainly didn’t expect him to flirt with her. But, most of all, she didn’t expect this quick layover to turn into a weekend layover with Jack. Now, stranded at a luxury resort with this man she has held a grudge against seems like life is giving her a chance to choose what she really wants.
TJ Powar Has Something To Prove
TJ Powar ditches all the hair removal devices and tools after she becomes the subject of an ugly meme. The pretty and popular debater is set on proving that she can be hairy and beautiful. But she starts doubting if anybody would ever care about her just for how it is. While the infuriating boy from a rival debate team is set on proving her otherwise.
A Lady’s Guide To Fortune-Hunting
Kitty Talbot needs a fortune or a man who has a fortune to pay off massive debts that might ruin her family. So, she heads towards the most obvious and dangerous battleground to find a man in all of England: The London Season. Lord Radcliffe sees Kitty for who she is; a fortune hunter. But, when these two finally collide, things take a different turn.