Favorite Enemies to Lovers Romance Novels

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

I’ve not found an enemies to lovers romance that I love more than The Hating Game. Hands down. I loved the unique writing style and, of course, the banter. I think the main reason I gravitate toward this trope is because of the hilarious back-and-forth between the characters. I loved it so much, in fact, that I created an entire blog post of my favorite quotes from this book.

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From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

If anyone can write hilarious banter, it’s Mariana Zapata. And she nails it in this one. I think the most unique thing about this book that attracted me to it was the fact that it was a sports romance with ice skaters. Along with the fantastic hate-to-love trope, I really adored how hard Jasmine works. There are also a lot of parallels between this book and The Hating Game, so if you loved The Hating Game, you should definitely pick up this one.

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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

This was the first Mariana Zapata book I ever read, and it may still be my favorite. This isn’t exactly a traditional enemies to lovers. These two begin in an employer/employee relationship and end up having a fall out. I think my favorite thing about this novel is Aiden. I love his fierce dedication to his passion. I like that he is quiet and severe without necessarily being broody.

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Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Again this one doesn’t begin with the couple starting out as enemies, but very quickly into the story they do not get along. It’s actually an interesting premise since the main character has actually idolized the hero in this book growing up. He is a retired professional soccer player and she is a current soccer player. He gets recruited as her assistant coach and things go down from there. Again, I love how badass Sal is and I so appreciate how this book addresses the significant lifestyles and pay difference between women in sports and men.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

This is my most recent enemies-to-lovers read and I was so pleasantly surprised by it. I really like Christina Lauren and will read almost anything they write, but it’s only once in a while that they hit it out of the park for me. This book had me laughing out loud with the banter and one-liners. It was such a fun reading experience.

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Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This book has been extremely popular this year and not just because it’s such a sweet enemies-to-lovers romance. I think everyone appreciates the political escapism this book provides… and the humor is on point. The writing style took a little while for me to get into, but once I did, I really loved this book. This was my vote for the Goodreads Choice Romance category!

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Captain (Morgan Brothers #2) by Lauren Rowe

This book actually begins with an instalove, but don’t run away just yet. No one pulls off instalove better than Lauren Rowe. She has the ability to created palpable chemistry between two characters. These characters soon have a falling out and the tension is high. If you’ve never read a Lauren Rowe book, I highly recommend her!

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Amour, Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista and Becca Ricci

This book took me completely by surprise. I loved the setting of a cirque de soleil type troop. The super-talented, somewhat arrogant hero who seems unbreakable is always fun to read about – particularly when you throw in a character who is absolutely going to break through the prickly exterior.

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Well Met (Well Met #1) by Jen DeLuca

I think my favorite part of this book had to be the fact that it takes place during a renaissance fair. In this book you have the hero who takes his job very seriously and the heroine who would just assume not be involved at all. It creates a very tension-filled dynamic with lots of potential.

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Mini-Reviews: City of Bones, Etiquette & Espionage, The Enchanted Sonata, & The Beast’s Heart

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
★★★
When I first read this book many, many moons ago, I gave it 1 star. I absolutely hated the ending and it ruined the entire book for me to the point where I refused to read on. In an attempt to see if re-reading it now would change my mind (and also because this is such a popular series, I’m wondering if later books are better) I gave it another shot. And I didn’t hate it nearly as much, but I also didn’t like it enough to keep reading the series. Maybe one day, but also… probably not.

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger
★★★★
This was such a cute story. It’s not really something I gravitate toward, typically, and I’m not sure that I’ll pick up the rest of the series, but I did enjoy reading it quite a bit. This is actually something that I may read to my girls once we finish the Caraval series because I think they may enjoy it as I did.

The Enchanted Sonata by Heather Dixon Wallwork
★★★★★
First, I love the name of this book. It’s absolutely beautiful and I would’ve read it no matter what simply because of the name. The story itself was a really interesting retelling of The Nutcracker. I actually read this book this time last year (this is a fantastic Christmas read if you’re looking for one) and I went and saw The Nutcracker ballet soon after reading it and it definitely enhanced the experience.

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
★★★★
I wanted more from this book than I got, however, I didn’t not like it. I’ve been wanting a Beauty and the Beast re-telling with much more of The Beast’s voice in it, and this is entirely from his perspective. I didn’t fully feel like the Beast was portrayed as I’d hoped he would – he was a little whiny and less broody than I was expecting, but I still enjoyed this book (and the covers are gorgeous). I did, however, read A Curse So Dark and Lonely which fulfilled all my Beast expectations and then some soon after reading this one.

Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5) by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Night of Cake & Puppets
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5
Format: Hard Copy purchased from Book Outlet

Synopsis:
In this stand-alone companion to the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone series comes the story of Mik and Zuzana’s fantastical first date—as a gorgeously illustrated gift edition with bonus content included.

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her “rabid fairy,” her “voodoo eyes” are said to freeze blood, and even her older brother fears her wrath. But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to Mik, or “Violin Boy,” her courage deserts her. Now, enough is enough. Zuzana is determined to make the first move, and she has a fistful of magic and a plan. It’s a wonderfully elaborate treasure hunt of a plan that will take Mik all over Prague on a cold winter’s night before leading him to the treasure: herself! Violin Boy is not going to know what hit him.

New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor brings to life a night only hinted at in the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy—the magical first date of fan-favorites Zuzana and Mik. Originally published as an ebook, this new print edition will include breathtaking black and white illustrations, plus bonus content in a gorgeous package perfect for new and current fans of the series.

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Is it weird that this might be my favorite book in this whole series?

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Books I Read in November | November 2019 Wrap-up

November was a fantastic reading month for me, mostly because I’m hustling to catch up to my Goodreads goal and because I implemented little challenges for myself.

I decided to read all of the books that were nominated in the romance category for the Goodreads Choice Awards, then I decided to round up all the shortest books on my bookshelves and read as many of those during Thanksgiving Week as I could.

If you’re interested in hearing my thoughts on these books, you can watch my wrap-up video here:

 

 

November Stats

  • 20 Books total
  • 1 Re-read
  • 2 DNF
  • 1 one-star book
  • 1 two-star book
  • 3 three-star book
  • 7 four-star book
  • 8 five-star books
  • 15 audiobooks
  • 5 hard copy
  • 0 eBook
  • 2 currently reading

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Muse by Alexa Riley & Fiona Davenport

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Overall Rating: 2 Stars
Title: Muse
Author: Alexa Riley & Fiona Davenport
Format: Hard copy purchased from Shameless Book Con

Synopsis:
Shelby Walsh is struggling to make ends meet. She spends her days doing singing telegrams for extra cash, but she never expected to be sent out to perform for the world’s most famous composer. And definitely not in a skimpy Greek goddess outfit. How is she supposed to keep it together when every part of her is screaming for him to take her?

Theo Hayes is a recluse. He just wants to be left alone to work on his next big movie score. He’s even grumpier than usual because he’s in a bit of a rut. But when his brother sends him a singing telegram for inspiration, he finds his muse and plans to never let her go. Keeping her for his very own is the only option.

Warning: We’ve teamed up with Fiona Davenport to give you an epic symphony for your lady business. What’s better than two authors working you over? How about four? If you want insta-love with all the safety and security of a happily ever after, then jump in bed with us. There’s room for more!

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In an attempt to actually reach my Goodreads goal (it’s not looking good LOL), I’ve pooled together all of the shortest books on my bookshelf.

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Maybe Now (Maybe #2) by Colleen Hoover

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Overall Rating: # Stars
Title: Maybe Now
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #2
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
What is more important? Friendship, loyalty or love?
Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge and Sydney.
And Maggie.
And Warren and Bridgette.

This is a follow-up to the NYT bestselling novel, Maybe Someday. It should be read after Maybe Someday and the novella spinoff, Maybe Not in the series.

Completed.

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This book is such a prime example of a book that has proven one of my bookish pet peeves wrong.

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Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Luna and the Lie
Author: Mariana Zapata
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself.

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It felt like it’d been YEARS since I read a Mariana Zapata book when I finally read this one.

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Mini-Reviews: The Cruel Prince, Red Queen, Sythe, Shatter Me, & Time’s Convert

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The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Rating:★★★★

Mini-Review: Going into this book, I fully expected that it would be a 5-star read, and when I wasn’t completely blown away, I was pretty disappointed. Not necessarily in the story, but in the fact that this book didn’t immediately scream FIVE STARS to me. To be fair, when I read it, I don’t think I was particularly in the mood for a YA Fantasy. At some point I’d like to do a re-read of this entire series and just binge it. On the other hand, the bullying aspect in this book kind of put me off. I tend to hate that particular plot device in contemporary novels and it does nothing for me either even when translated into fantasy.

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Red Queen
(Red Queen #1)
by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

Rating:★★★★

Mini-Review: I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading this novel. I don’t think my expectations were particularly high, I’d just seen this book absolutely everywhere when it first came out. Perhaps that is why I liked this book as much as I did. There were a lot of things about this book that I feel could’ve been done better, but overall I really enjoyed the reading experience overall. I, of course, wish the romance was a little more prominent, however, the ending leads me to believe that the rest of the series may have a bit more of the romance in the forefront.

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Scythe
(Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Rating:★★★★★

Mini-Review: I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Given the synopsis, it’s not something I would excitedly reach for, however, the story absolutely sucked me in. Again, I wish there was more of a romance, but it didn’t even matter that there wasn’t. I was also surprised by how emotional this book made me in several areas. I adored the overarching question of morality and ethics and how this book made you question everything.

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Shatter Me
(Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Rating:★★★★

Mini-Review: I feel like I should have loved this book. The writing is unique and flowery and I typically really gravitate toward it, however, it felt a little excessive. I’m not sure if it was because it was a little too distracting or if it made the story drag a bit. I almost lost the storyline because of how the book was written. Surprisingly, this book was pretty forgettable for me. I don’t see myself reading on in the series.

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Time’s Convert
(All Souls Universe #1)
by Deborah Harkness

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches–now a hit TV series airing Sundays on AMC and BBC America, and streaming on Sundance Now and Shudder–comes a novel about what it takes to become a vampire.

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’s deeply held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood.

Fast-forward to contemporary Paris, where Phoebe Taylor–the young employee at Sotheby’s whom Marcus has fallen for–is about to embark on her own journey to immortality. Though the modernized version of the process at first seems uncomplicated, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human who wishes to be a vampire are no less formidable than they were in the eighteenth century. The shadows that Marcus believed he’d escaped centuries ago may return to haunt them both–forever.

A passionate love story and a fascinating exploration of the power of tradition and the possibilities not just for change but for revolution, Time’s Convert channels the supernatural world-building and slow-burning romance that made the All Souls Trilogy instant bestsellers to illuminate a new and vital moment in history, and a love affair that will bridge centuries.

Rating:★★★

Mini-Review: I so wanted to like this book. I LOVE Marcus. I loved him ever since he was introduced in the original series and I was so excited about his romance storyline, however, this book was unfortunately pretty boring. Marcus’s past dragged on quite a bit for me. However, seeing the characters I fell in love with in the Discovery of Witches series made my heart flutter with excitement and nostalgia.