I don’t know about you guys, but enemies to lovers has to be one of my all time favourite tropes. When done well, you get to feel all the angst and dramatic tension between the characters, whilst also wanting to jump into the book and hit them both other the head! No? That’s just me? Any who, I couldn’t really come up with anything for this weeks TTT prompt so figured I would showcase some of my favourite fantasy series with an enemies to lovers romance. Some of these aren’t exactly ‘canon’ yet, but I can see where the author is headed and I am here for it! Do you have any favourite ‘enemies to lovers’ romances? Please let me know, I’m always looking for more to add to my overgrown TBR pile.
Zafira and Nasir – Sands of Arawiya by Hafsah Faizal
For lovers of a slow burn enemies to lovers with ALL the angst… look no further. These two have got to be one of my all time OTP’s and Faizal’s writing had me swooning at their interactions.
“If I told you my name, would you bow?” His voice was soft. A melancholy caress. He lifted his chin when understanding dawned on her face. “Or would you flee?”
Jack and Killian – Seekers Series by Josie Jaffrey
This is one of the more humorous enemies to lovers on the list. Jack holds a massive grudge against Killian for a past grievance, but even a blind person could see their attraction to each other, and there were far too many parts of these books where I wanted to jump in and hit them both over the head.
“I made an exception for a friend,’ Drake says, resting against the bar next to me. ‘I really hop you’re not talking about me.’ ‘Do you?’ he says leaning in closer. ‘Because I can hear your heart racing.”
Juliette and Roma – These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Ok, so technically this is lovers to enemies to lovers again BUT it has an amazing amount of angst and I just LOVED reading their interactions. Gong knows how to write a romance that gets you hooked to the story and then leaves you with a killer cliffhanger.
“And he mourned for her. He didn’t wish to, but he did—he ached with the knowledge that the softness of their youth was gone forever, that the Juliette he remembered was long dead. He ached even more to think that though he was the one who had dealt the killing blow,”
Apaay and Numiak – The North Series by Alexandria Warwick
So this is one of my ‘no quite canon’ yet enemies to lovers but I see what the authors doing and I am here for it. It has one of the slowest burn romances I’ve read and I am LOVING it, their interactions are equal parts hilarious and frustrating and I can’t wait to get my hands on book 3 because I hear we might get ‘there’s only one bed.’!!
“I only have enough power for one.’ Kaan was saying, the whisper fraught with fear. ‘It wouldn’t make sense, Numiak. She’s too close to death.” “I don’t care how close to death she is,’ he snarled. ‘You save her, Kaan.”
Vhalla and Aldrick – Air Awakens by Elise Kova
This is a relatively quick enemies to lovers, but the whole will they/ wont they of this series gives us plenty of angst, and leaves us wondering whether they will ever get their happy ending.
“You bastard.” The words were out before she even had time to consider them, but after spoken she hardly regretted them.
“What did you say?” Prince Aldrik snarled.
“You, my prince ,” she sneered in kind. “You are a self-centered, egotistical, self-absorbed, narrow-sighted, vain, self-important,” she felt her anger finally reach its boiling point, “conceited bastard !” Vhalla cried out.”
Jude and Cardan – Folk of the Air by Holly Black
Man the drama that these two created all because they couldn’t admit their feelings for each other, It left me a little frustrated in parts, but I definitely enjoyed the ride.
“Have I told you how hideous you look tonight?” Cardan asks, leaning back in the elaborately carved chair, the warmth of his words turning the question into something like a compliment.
“No” I say, glad to be annoyed back into the present. “Tell me.”
Mia and Ash – Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff
I will admit to being slightly anti Ash when these two first get together! I mean, she killed Tric and I loved him. But I quickly got on board with their relationship and loved their banter, plus all the angsty scenes we get treated too when a certain person makes a surprise re-appearance.
” No, if Mia was afraid, it wasn’t of wanting a girl. It was wanting this girl. Ashlinn Jarnheim. Theif. Liar. Traitor. Killer.”
Aeduan and Iseult – Witchlands by Susan Dennard
Another not quite Canon enemies to lovers but I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on Isuelt’s book next month. Aeduan was a character I wasn’t a huge fan of, but seeing him spend time with Iseult in Bloodwitch and their relationship blossom… I am so here for it.
“I can walk away,’ he said coolly. ‘And I will walk away. We are not friends, we are not allies.” “We are…’ she began. “Nothing,’ He leaned closer. Their noses almost touched. ‘There is no we, there is no us. Do you understand.’ … ” You might lie to yourself,’ she said at last, voice smooth as a scythe and twice as sharp. ‘But you cannot lie to me.”
Paige and Warden – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
A adore Paige and Warden’s relationship… even if I can’t forgive Shannon for the ending to the latest book! Seeing their relationship grow from enemies to allies to friends and then to more was a journey I never get bored of reading. Plus forbidden romance… What more do you want?
“No, Paige. I am trying to help you.”
“Go to hell.”
“I already exist on a level of hell.”
“Exist on one that isn’t near mine.”
Renata and Castian – Hollow Crown Series by Zoraida Cordova
While I did think the romance was a little rushed in this book, it still has peak enemies to lovers vibes AND there’s only one bed scenes. Cordova sure know’s how to write angsty romance.
“I want to tell you everything is going to be all right and that were going to find the Knife of Memory, but the truth is, I a more terrified of what will happen once we do. How do I even start to heal a kingdom when I can barely get you to look at me without murder in your eyes? How am I supposed to lead Puerto Leones is I can’t survive you?”