Favorite Book Lists: Enemies to Lovers

small favorite booksToday we have another installment in our recurring Favorite Books feature… Enemies to Lovers! [In honor of Friends & Enemies to Lovers Week I have updated and reposted this list of our favorites]

Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes. I love it because it takes the typical friends to lovers and amps it up.  These guys not only have the hurdle of turning a friendship to romance, they need to get past hating one another before they can even think about falling in love.  I think it takes a lot of creativity and skill to make a reader believe that two characters who are enemies can make that kind of transition to love. Plus, all that pent up angry sex and intensity makes for a really exciting story.

Here is a list of our Joyfully Jay Favorite Enemies to Lovers Books.

So what do you think? Do you like this trope? Any favorites of your own? If you have some to add, I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

P.S. To see all the books we have reviewed that feature enemies to lovers, click here. Also, Goodreads has a list of their Best Gay Enemies/Rivals/Opposites Become Lovers you can also check out if you like this theme.

[Last Updated: 3/5/16]


  1. Tucker McCallahan says:

    I *loved* MJ O’Shea’s book, “Coming Home.” Enemies-to-Lovers is a trope I enjoy, for the very specific reason that it’s automatic, built-in conflict from the word “Go.” Conflict is the driving force of drama, and I adore high dudgeon done well! I was surprised to find a few titles on your list that I haven’t read – surprised & excited. Thanks for this list!!

  2. That list is epic! Love it!

  3. Don’t forget the ‘Special Forces” series by Marquesate. It’s darkly engrossing and I love the MCs Dan and Vadim!

  4. Lots of good choices here! Thanks for the list.

  5. Thanks or sharing this list, it will be fun to check out the books.

  6. I didn’t realize how much I was into this trope until I saw how many of these I had read and enjoyed.  Several more are on my contest entry wish list!

  7. The first Cut & Run by Abigail Roux

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