Loving Some Hate to Love Books

orangutan list

You guys know I love me some enemies-to-lovers, so I figured itโ€™d be a fun way to kick off my Feb posts with some HATRED (that turns into love of course).

pride and prejudice

Pride and Prejudice– Austen was in to hate-to-love before it was cool- what a hipster ๐Ÿ˜‰

from lukov with love

From Lukov with Love– I read this the most recently, so this chill romance about rival ice skaters coming together is fresh in my mind. And, when it comes to antagonistic romantic partners, this doesnโ€™t disappoint.

the hating game

Hating Game– such a hilarious romp- I wasnโ€™t expecting to love this as much as I did!

court of mists and fury

A Court of Mist and Fury– I like this even more because it buried a romance I was not behind. And it also delivered on (another of my personal favourite tropes) secretly-a-sweetheart.

cruel prince

Cruel Prince– if youโ€™re looking for pulpy entertainment with bantery enemies-to-lovers, look no further! Speaking of faeโ€ฆ

iron king

Iron King– I never feel like I recommend this enough- but itโ€™s such an enjoyable series! And the romance! Ah the romance! Hate-to-love mixed with forbidden love- YES PLEASE!

to kill a kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom– a Little Mermaid retelling where a siren falls in love with a prince- how intriguing is that?

serpent and dove

Serpent and Dove– a witch and a guy that hunts witches for the church- what could go wrong?!


Uprooted– okay, this one doesnโ€™t have nearly as much antagonism, but it still gives us some nice friction leading up to the romanceโ€ฆ and that works for me!

carry on

Carry On– saving the best to lastโ€ฆ well at least in my opinion ๐Ÿ˜‰ What more can I say about this series that I havenโ€™t already said?! Simon + Baz forever!!

Okay, I let my fangirl out at the last minute, hope you donโ€™t mind ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have you read any of these? Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments! Iโ€™m always looking for more enemies to lovers!

67 thoughts on “Loving Some Hate to Love Books

  1. Ooh I never even thought too much about this category but now you mention it, Iโ€™d quite like to read more of these types of books (is the word trope, please?). The Iron King and From Lukov With Love sound like the top two Iโ€™d like to read, but thereโ€™s a good few here Iโ€™m intrigued by! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I so loved From Lukov with Love (and ACOMAF and the Cruel Prince and …) but I laughed so hard sometimes! Plus her family was kickass and so funny!

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  3. I havenโ€™t read any of the above but really want to! I find no matter what I will always be behind with current reads, however Iโ€™m definitely looking forward to getting round to reading them (eventually!). One of my favourite tropes is Hate to Love/Enemies to Lovers ๐Ÿ˜

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  4. I think that when it’s done well it’s one of my favorite tropes. When it’s done poorly though it seems like they’re almost TRYING to hate each other in the beginning: getting mad at one another for things that wouldn’t bother them if anyone else did it. That annoys me because it doesn’t allow for a natural seeming progression.

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    1. Ahh I do hear you there!! And I think at the same time, if it’s too antagonistic, it can feel like it’s a bit of a U-turn (it kind of depends how it’s done) So yeah, I definitely agree, there needs to be a natural progression and it needs space to breathe.

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  5. I love enemies to lovers trope as well! I read Carry On 3 or 4 times? And usually I’m not the type to go for a reread.
    As for what to add to that: Crier’s War, We Set The Dark On Fire, How To Lose The Time War, The Queen & the Homo Jock King. That’s all off the top of my head โ˜บ๏ธ

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    1. Me too! That’s basically my comfort reread at this point ๐Ÿ™‚
      ooh cool!! I already wanted to read how to lose a time war and I’ve heard of crier’s war- but all the others are new to me- I’ll have to check them all out! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. The first book of this type I read many, many years ago, Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers. I was hooked, exclusively devoured the love/hate romances for quite a few years before moving on to different genres. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. I loved Spinning Out, although it gave me major anxiety. It’s not just about figure skating , but also mental health. Unfortunately it was cancelled this week, so there’s only 1 season, but it’s still quite good. Let me know if you end up watching it!

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  7. Haven’t read any of these but I do think it’s good for couples – book and IRL – to have some conflicts throughout their courtship. I was pleased when my two teenaged romantic leads starting having little fights … not over stupid stuff but consequential stuff.

    On the other hand, I have seen young guys get the idea that because of this trope, if they pick a fight with a girl the next step is that she will agree to date them. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. What’s better than hate-to-love? Burrying a love you don’t like while at it ! eheh ๐Ÿ˜‰

    From Lukov with love & The hating game is already on my virtual wanna read – though the iron king and To kill a kingdom looks interesting!

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  9. I did enjoy The Hating Game, and I am simply giddy that Kagawa is writing more Iron Fey books. I loved the romance in the ACATOR books too. That was epic. A recent hate-to-love, which I thought was well done, was Lucy Parker’s Headliners. I love the series in general, but I really believed the bad blood between these two

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  10. Aw man, I love ‘enemies to lovers’ & ‘secretly a sweetheart’ tropes, too! I haven’t read any of these but, I have to add Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren! It was such a fun one. ๐Ÿ˜


  11. i am so happy to be with all these books and the way this discussion is goingโ€ฆbeing a librarian its liberating to know the perspectives as shared by al..Its all about hate turned to love and if the story dint end there where wud it go?

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  12. Firstly, #SnowBaz4eva.
    Secondly, I LOVE all the books on here that I have read (which is a surprisingly high amount), so I 100% agree with this list forever!!
    Finally, I now have to read the other three because this is clearly an excellent list of amazing books, and hate to love is my FAVOURITE type of romance.


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