Hello hello, and welcome to another stop on my Five Books With… series. I’ve posted about a couple of different themes before, from strong female leads to morally grey characters. Today, I’m looking at one of my favourite tropes: Enemies To Lovers. I didn’t even realise how much I loved this trope until the last year or so, and now it’s a firm favourite.
I could have picked so many books for this – as always – but I’ve managed to narrow it down to five books that I’ve read, and enjoyed, and want to share with you.
A Court of Mist and Fury
I absolutely love this book, and rave about it with and without prompting. So far, it’s my favoruite book in the ACOTAR series. The character development that goes on both individually and as a couple is absolutely fantastic, allowing the world building to continue, and also enhancing the story completely to the next level. You can read more of my thoughts here.
The Cruel Prince
If there was ever a story that themes around enemies to lovers, it’s The Cruel Prince series. We had a fantastic time late last year with the release of How the King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories, which is a novella from Cardan’s perspective, with short stories at moments across the series, giving us more of an insight to his behaviour, especially that in The Cruel Prince. One of the things I love about this book is that it is a gritty story. Highly recommended.
To Kill A Kingdom
I still haven’t got around to writing up my review of To Kill A Kingdom, but it’s a fantastically unique take on the mermaid and prince scenario. Here’s the synopsis:
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
When Harper is picked off the streets of Washington D.C. by an assistant to a prince trying to break a curse, she has absolutely no intention of even speaking to Prince Ren, let alone developing feelings for him. The dark secret he is hiding has driven girl after girl away, and Ren has all but given up hope for things to work out. Somehow, they come to trust each other more than anyone else. Which they’ll need, given the sequels…. Review here.
From Blood and Ash
I absolutely loved this book, and it was my first five star read of the year. The characters are fantastically created, working with and against each other in perfect harmony. There were so many twists and turns to this story that I really couldn’t stop reading it earlier this year, and I’ve been recommending it to absolutely everyone since. I’m reading the second book in the series this month ahead of the release of book three, and I’m so excited. You can read my full review here.