7 Romance Books About Enemies Turned Lovers That You Can Cosy Upto

Dhruvi Modi , 24 Aug 2019

Picture this: A boy and girl meet, instantly dislike each other, are forced to spend time together, fall in love, then fireworks and more ensue. If a story like this makes you go equal parts of ‘ew’ and ‘aww’, then you’re in for a treat! Rom-com fans, I read a lot. When I’m not at work or binge-watching Friends reruns, my head is most definitely buried in one book or another. So, here are 7 romance books where the characters tread the fine line between love and hate…

1. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Possibly on the top of my list, this book is a must-read for all romance books lovers! Two sworn enemies now find themselves stuck together on a free trip to Hawaii, and who’s going to back out of that, amirite? Over the course of their tropical adventures, spa days, and cruises, they find themselves learning things about each other they never knew.

2. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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2⭐️⁣ ⁣ Travis Ford, professional baseball player, moves back to his hometown following a career ending injury. There, he runs into his best friend’s little sister who has definitely grown up in his absence. The two form a plot to fake date to help shed his womanizing reputation and to get her family to see her as more than just the pesky little sister. ⁣ ⁣ To say I’m disappointed is an understatement. ⁣ ⁣ So many people who’s reviews I trust have absolutely RAVED about this. I’ve seen people say the romance is absolutely adorable and the book is fluffy and the steamy scenes are amazing but, I disagree. (Take this review with a grain of salt though, because my opinion is a very unpopular one)⁣ ⁣ I found the female main character to be an exaggeration of the “naive and innocent little sister” trope, to the point of her seeming just plain dumb. The male main character is a jerk with no redeeming qualities who talks like a cowboy from a mid-2000’s Nicholas Sparks movie. And don’t let the cutesy cover fool you, this book gets super steamy. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good steamy book. But I couldn’t stand the male MC’s dirty talk, it just took me completely out of the moment because it was so cringey (which we can all agree that dirty talk is often cheesy, but I don’t usually mind it if the sex scenes are extremely well written and in my opinion, these weren’t). ⁣ ⁣ I really wanted a heartwarming romance that would leave me feeling warm and fuzzy (and perhaps a little steamy😉) afterwards, and I was just a little let down. Like I said, a ton of people loved this one so you might too if this synopsis sounds interesting to you. ⁣ ⁣ #fixherup #bookreviews #bookreview #recentlyread #currentlyreading #bookstagram #amreading #readersofinsta #readersofinstagram #booksbooksbooks #romcom #romancenovels #unpopularopinion

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A raw and steamy read, this book tells the tale of a town clown (yeah, you heard me right!), Georgie Castle and her not-so-secret crush on her brother’s best friend and professional baseball player Travis Ford.

3. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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4⭐️ Lucy and Josh work together. Lucy and Josh hate each other. Lucy and Josh are up for the same promotion. ⁣ ⁣ This was sort of like The Office meets The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I stayed up until 2am reading this in basically one sitting. I loved the banter back and forth between the two leads. I loved seeing their relationship progress from I Hate Him to He’s Not So Bad to Oh Shit I Think I Like Him. I loved how Lucy was so sure of herself and her inner monologue was hilarious. I loved how we got to see Josh melt some of the ice around his heart. ⁣ ⁣ I took a star off because at times, Josh definitely was toeing the line between protective and controlling, and I’m not sure that’s healthy to portray as romantic. ⁣ ⁣ Overall I’d definitely love this if you love a good nemesis turned love interest story!⁣ ⁣ #bookstagram #talkinglit #buckwildbibliophiles #thehatinggame #lucyandjosh #romance #romancenovels #currentlyreading #amreading #readersofinsta #readersofinstagram #bookrecs #bookrec #bookreccomendation #bookrecommendations #bookreviews #bookreviews #recentlyread #summertbr

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A book that actually made me LOL very, very hard is Thorne’s masterpiece. I actually pictured Jim from The Office US as the lead, and that kinda did it for me to be honest! Office rivalry turned to forbidden love, this story is super cute! Also, it is being made into a movie with Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars and Robie Amell from The Duff. All I can say is: CANNOT WAIT.

4. From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata

A lighthearted and fun read about two ice-skaters following their dream and coming together for a big performance. Filled with heartwarming moments and extremely witty dialogues, you’ll be swooning after this one.

5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

I hear you, it was written quite literally 200 years ago, but if there’s one classic enemies-to-lovers story that you absolutely must read, it is this one, pals. The story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy is the perfect hate-to-love story. And, the famous quote we’ve all heard of is from this very book:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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★★★★★! 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 (𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝-𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝟏). 𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐢𝐭-𝐠𝐢𝐫𝐥 & 𝐫𝐞𝐛𝐞𝐥 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐲’𝐬 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫-𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬! . . . . . . I recently picked this book up, been forever since I've been searching for it. After I read the bad reviews on my favorite authors @annatodd book #after I had to just see. So I've been to all my local thrift bookstores, even @barnesandnoble and they didn't have it. . . . . So last night when me and my husband were chilling at @bookmansaz our local thrift bookstore I looked through the shelf and saw it. I of course was like "OMG they finally have it" and bought it. So I'm excited to get to read this and see what the whole fuss is about. . . . . People said @annatodd stole @simoneelkeles #perfectchemistry from her so I became desperate to see the comparison. . . . . I love After and I hope I love this one too. . . . . Happy Monday everyone it's been lazy

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Let’s talk about this Young Adult novel, shall we? Admittedly, the bad boy/good girl cliche is very prominent in this book. Even if, like me, you’re way past books set in high school, I promise this one doesn’t disappoint!

7. Bully by Penelope Douglas

Once again, let’s take a trip down the high school lane. Bestfriend turned bully turned lover? Sounds a bit exaggerated and pretentious, yet this book teaches some hard lessons to one and all!

Which one of these romance books will you read next?

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