Enemies To Lovers Romances

Do you have a favorite romance trope that you find yourself reading over and over again? For me that trope is enemies-to-lovers/hate-to-love. I am such a sucker for these romances! Something about that initial hate with underlying sizzling chemistry that I fall for every single time.

Sometimes the hate elements is greater than the love and vice versa. I really need to feel a bit of the angst in the enemies-to-lovers romances for them to really stand out for me. But overall, this is definitely a trope that I gravitate towards.

Here are a few of my favorite enemies-to-lovers romances!

A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

Immediately from the get-go I knew I was going to love this book. Bishop and Stevie had such great chemistry even though they got off on the wrong foot (ahem, very wrong foot). Bishop is a complete grump/jerk, but so protective of the people he loves and I loved him! I loved the daily shenanigans between Bishop and Stevie – they had me laughing out loud but the scenes between these two were also smoking hot! This book had the slowest of slow burns with plenty of sexual tension.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

“I type my password: IHATEJOSHUA4EV@.”I mean that sets the premise for this enemis-to-lovers office romance. Lucy and Josh HATE each other something fierce, or do they? The Hating Game had so much angst and had my heart racing constantly, but I could not stop reading this book. The hating game that Josh and Lucy incorporated into their everyday boring office life made this book that much more exciting. A favorite that I have re-read many times!

The Simple Wild by KA Tucker

The chemistry between Jonah and Calla was so amazing. As soon as these two have their first scene together, you are rooting for them to end up together. I loved the witty banter between these two. I hated Jonah and yet I also loved his personality and the way he would needle Calla. I loved loved loved the fact that both Jonah and Calla got to know one another first. They started off on the wrong foot, but the more you got to know both Calla and Jonah the more you hoped and wished for their love story to continue.

Lawless by Nora Roberts

A western romance by Queen Nora? Yes please! Nora Roberts is generally known for writing contemporary romances (usually suspenseful romances), but I loved her foray into historical/western romance. Jake Redman comes across as this rude, horrible gunslinger, but the more Sarah finds out about him the further she falls in love with this complicated man. Okay I will admit, I bought this paperback when it came out in 2003 and it has held a special place in my heart. I LOVE the witty banter, the way these two misfits “hate” each other, but also keep coming back to each other.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Immediately you sense the hatred between Ethan and Olive but it’s still so fun to see them interact and watch sparks fly. It’s always so fun watching an enemies to lovers trope unfold and Ethan and Olive have so many hurdles thrown at them it made it extra fun! If you want an enemies-to-lovers romance that will have you laughing out loud – grab this book!

Truly Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson

When hairdresser Delaney Shaw returns home to Truly, Idaho, she doesn’t expect to run into Nick Allegrezza. The resident bad boy in town. Delaney and Nick have always had a love/hate relationship and that relationship becomes even more complicated now that they are adults. Definitely a favorite old school Rachel Gibson book!

The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

I enjoyed the banter between Gabriel Duke and Penny so much! I am a sucker for grumpy meets sunshine and that was definitely the relationship between Penny and Gabriel. Gabriel initially doesn’t want anything to do with Penny or her animals, but I loved the slow transformation of how he came to care for Penny so much.

After the Night by Linda Howard

After the Night is the romance between Hope and Gray. Gray and Hope have a push and pull attraction to one another that neither of them initially want. Gray hates Hope and her family for what they have done to his family in return. And hope…she wants nothing to do with Gray but has to be surrounded by him based on a mystery she is trying to solve from the past. I LOVE this old school romance from Linda Howard. Perfect amount of romantic suspense filled with sizzling sexual tension!

Big Bad Cowboy by Carly Bloom

Travis hasn’t had much experience running his family’s ranch and instead is relying on other forms of income taking on a few landscaping jobs to make ends meet. Maggie Mackey runs Petal Pushers a landscape and garden business in Big Verde and now she has competition in the form of one Travis Blake. When Maggie and Travis end up having to work together on a project together sparks fly. I loved their initial hate towards one another and how that slowly evolved into friendship. The witty banter between Travis and Maggie was so great and the chemistry was undeniable. The Halloween party and the Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf scenes were hot hot hot and I loved each and every one of them!

It Happened One Wedding by Julie James

After a meet-cute that goes terribly wrong, agent Vaughn Roberts finds himself in the same wedding party as the maid of honor Sidney Sinclar (yes, the same woman who rejected his advances). I’ve re-read It Happened One Wedding so many times and I never get tired of it! Julie James writes such good witty banter and the banter between Sidney and Vaughn was exceptional. I’m a huge fan of enemies-to-lovers and this book nailed down that trope so perfectly. You immediately sense the hate between Vaughn and Sidney, but their underlying sexual current is always just as active.

Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

When Wall Street hot-shot Ian Bradley has to prove to FBI agent Lara McKenzie that he wasn’t privy to insider trading information – sparks fly. These two definitely hate each other and don’t always see eye to eye, but what starts off has a mutual dislike slowly morphs into something more. Hot Asset had it all – a great plot, suspense to keep you guessing until the very end and a great romance between the two leads

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Must Read Steamy Romances

It’s no secret that I love romance, but I also love my romances to be steamy🔥 . There’s a lot of different terminology for stating how you like your romance books – sweet, sexy, open door, closed door. Whether you prefer a closed door romance (the sex scenes happen behind closed doors) or an open door romance (the sex scenes happen on the page), there are so many great romances out there! I’ve read and enjoyed both, but gravitate towards those that have a fair amount of steam.

I’ve listed a few of my favorite must read steamy romances!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

  • Super sweet cover with a very sexy romance!
  • Best friends little sister trope
  • Georgie and Travis have so much chemistry and literally steam up the pages

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

  • A couple who got married in Vegas while they were drunk, divorced and now can’t keep their hands off of each other – what’s not to love about that premise
  • Finn and Harlow smoke up the pages of this book
  • Entire series is steamy with a lot of heart

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

  • New age college romance
  • Hockey romance where the hockey star is failing his ethics class
  • They make a deal – Hannah will tutor Garrett and Garrett will help Hannah score the hot football quarterback. Lots of sexy shenanigans ensue!

Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

  • When Amalie finds her husband cheating on her on her wedding day she decides to take her honeymoon alone.
  • Amalie ends up on the island with Lexington – her soon to be ex-husband’s cousin
  • Lexington and Amalie engage in a fling that is scorching hot! But can they leave it at that?

The Roommate by Rosie Danan

  • A romance centered around two roommates and one of them happens to be a pleasure professional
  • Forced proximity with lots of heat
  • Perfect amounts of sweet and sexy romance

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

  • Chloe Brown is chronically ill with fibromyalgia is ready to start living her life a bit dangerously
  • Literally an item on her list: Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
  • Enter Red – the superintendent of the building she is renting – and sexy sparks fly!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

  • Stella hires an escort, Michael to help her with her dating life
  • Sweet, sensual and sexy relationship between Michael and Stella
  • Lots of heat, but also a very sweet romance that tugged on my heartstrings.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

  • Dangerous sexy Irishman who falls in love with one of the first few female physicians.
  • Great banter between Ethan and Garret
  • Ethan will have you swooning – he’s so sweet & sexy!

Man Cuffed by Tanya Eby/Sarina Bowen

  • Equal parts humor and sexiness
  • Meg meets Mac at a club and thinks he’s the “entertainment” aka male stripper, but he’s actually a cop. They unknowingly become next door neighbors
  • Lots of sexual tension oozing off the pages of Man Cuffed

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

  • So. Much. Angst
  • Devil (yes, that’s his name) and Felicity are both outcasts who can relate to one another
  • Super sweet, sexy and angsty – gave me all the feels