Top Ten Tuesday: Enemies to lovers

July 30: Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find weekly topics on her page.

Since we’re doing a freebie today, of course, I have to use it to talk about my favourite trope. Enemies-to-lovers. I love the tension. I love the constant pushs and pulls. I love all the ‘ugh… why, of all the people it had to be you??’ and ‘how could you imply I’m into them??’ So, I’m doing my Top 5 of that. I’ve read more of this trope and could put Top 10 easily but I wanted to include only The Best of The Best.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela | GR | REVIEW

  • f/f romance
  • duology
  • a human/AI romance with humans/AI being at war with each other
  • high-stakes
  • slow-burn with lots of yearning


The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | GR

  • genderfluid/genderfluid romance
  • duology
  • distrust based on a certain mistake with big consequences
  • yet, lots of lust and yearning and fascination
  • fantasy


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | GR

  • m/m romance
  • duology
  • HP fanfiction, techincally
  • and they were roommates!
  • a spin on ‘the chosen one’ trope
  • absurdism and crack
  • magic school
  • fantasy


The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie | GR

  • f/f romance
  • duology
  • lesbian pirates!
  • morally gray characters
  • sea monsters
  • captor/captive relationship and the subject of ‘equal footing’
  • sci-fi


The Queen & the Homo Jock King by TJ Klune | GR | REVIEW

  • m/m romance
  • technically part of a series but can be read as a stand alone
  • drag queens!
  • holding grudges
  • ‘I love you but I’ll d i e before I admit it’
  • contemporary

What are your favourite hate-to-love relationships? I’m always in need of recs for those! Bonus points if they’re LGBTQ+!

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Enemies to lovers

  1. I know I have to read Carry On someday but seeing it on this list just made me even more excited to get to it! Hopefully soon, hopefully.. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite tropes as well, although I’m not really too picky when it comes to tropes.

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    1. Read it! It’s such a comfort read for me ๐Ÿ˜€ I can’t wait for the sequel! And I love absurdism and crack that is at the same time super emotional so I love it so much!

      I love enemies-to-lovers because it always has lots of tension but there’s a whole list of the tropes I love too ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. There’ll be a sequel? AWESOME. I didn’t know about that yet, haha.

        Yup! The tension and the knowing that they’ll give in eventually and you’re like “Ooohh YES” when they finally crack. At least.. I’m like that. ๐Ÿ˜› I also kind of like the best friend of sibling thing. And I’m a sucker for dark and broody types, haha.

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        1. Yep! I think it comes out in October? I’m not sure, I was tracking some releases this year but I got lost in all of it…

          Right?? I’m so impatient and want them to Just Get Together but also I love this suffering :’) I’m not really into the best friend of a sibling but that may be because I only have a jounger sibling and that would be ewww..! But dark and broody is a big yes!

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          1. I gave up right before the baby was born because.. well, on one hand because it was impossible to keep track and on the other because I’m not allowed to buy as many books anymore so why bully myself by reading all about the awesome new releases? :’)

            Haha! I have a younger sibling as well but everyone seeing us together things I’m the younger one. (He’s a head taller and doesn’t want to shave off his beard so he looks like five years older and there’s already a four year gap..)
            I once told my BF I need him to be more broody and he looked at me with the best “wtf” face ever! ๐Ÿ˜›

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          2. I mostly look them up so I know what ARCs to request in the future and since not all wishes are granted I don’t really read all of them as well but there’ve been so many good releases lately I just :shrug:

            Oh, mood! I’m tiny and I have such a baby face everyone thinks I’m 15 without makeup on…
            Haha! It’s interesting in fiction but I don’t know if I managed to live with someone like that! I’m broody enough on my own! ๐Ÿ˜€

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