Jun 9 2017 1:00pm

6 Enemies-to-Lovers Stories for Every Mood

Mature Content by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Mature Content) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan and Santino have explored a lot of tropes we love, but today they're here to talk about one of our favorites—enemies to lovers! They've come to discuss the different types of enemies-to-lovers stories that are out there—and trust us when we say, there's one for every mood! Thanks, Megan and Santino!

While writing the Cyberlove series, we've explored themes ranging from social anxiety to age gaps to barriers due to chaotic families, but Mature Content is our first joint venture into enemies-to-lovers. Writing it was intense, and the buildup of sexual tension led to chemistry that was pretty explosive. It also led to several conversations about how this volatile relationship could develop into something long-lasting with a believable happily ever after.

It also got us thinking about other masters of this trope, and we decided to share a list of our favorite enemies-to-lovers novels!

Work Place Enemies-to-Lovers

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Whip-smart banter and sexy as hell, this book is a must-read for fans of push-pull romance. Once you read the first, you’ll want to read the whole series, so dig in!

Political Enemies-to-Lovers

Special Interests by Emma Barry

Special Interests by Emma Barry

The hero and heroine in this book might be on the same side politically, but they debate their differences of opinion. Barry has a whole series with political subplots, fronted by super sexy romances.

Fantasy enemies-to-lovers

Captive Prince by CS Pacat

This trilogy is epic in every sense of the word. From the world building and beautiful and vivid descriptions to the sweltering sexual tension that builds between two rival princes who absolutely despise each other… I cannot recommend it enough.

Law Enforcement Enemies-to-Lovers

Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes

These guys really, really hate each other at the beginning of the series, but it quickly dissolves into hot sex between two men who find the other understands them in ways no one else can. Also piercings. *Ahem*

Neighbors Enemies-to-Lovers

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Hilarious and fun, Wallbanger was a huge seller for a reason. The hero and heroine are neighbors whoaren’t too fond of each other at first, but they soon find they have undeniable chemistry.

Sports Enemies-to-Lovers

Empty Net by Avon Gale

Gale has a way with words that absolutely draws you into the story. You'll be rooting for Laurent and Isaac, and loving every minute of their evolution from rivals to lovers.

Classic Enemies-to-Lovers

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

No enemies-to-lovers list would be completed without P&P! Jane absolutely loathes Mr. Darcy from the moment she sets eyes on his super handsome and super smug face. And he loathes the fact that he is totally infatuated with her from the go, which leads to the most backhanded proposal I've ever read in fiction. It's good stuff. So good, I still refer to someone as being Mr. Darcy'd when they get a backhanded compliment!


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Megan Erickson

My first stories written in crayon-scrawl on loose-leaf notebook paper were about my childhood pet — a deaf cat with dandruff. And after covering real-life dramas as a journalist, I decided I liked writing my own endings better and switched to fiction. My romance novels full of humor and heart are a far cry from those early scribblings about my hygiene-deficient pet.

I live in southern Pennsylvania, with my husband, two kids and two cats. I like a good pint of beer, a greasy bacon cheeseburger, homemade mac and cheese, and a great book with a happily ever after. When I’m not tapping away on my laptop, I’m probably listening to the characters in my head who just. Won’t. Shut. Up.

I am represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Santino Hassell

Santino was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into a guy who spends his days and nights writing romance with an edge.

Santino is a dedicated gamer, a former fanfic writer, an ASoIaF mega nerd, a Grindr enthusiast, but most of all he is a writer of queer fiction that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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1. Kareni
This is the rare situation where I've read all but one of the recommended books. I guess Enemies to Lovers really is a popular trope. (And I have
Special Interests by Emma Barry on my want to read list.) Megan and Santino, I've been enjoying your series and look forward to reading Mature Content. Best wishes with your next book!
2. nikipotter
Sorry I'm being nitpicky, but I think you mean Elizabeth, and not Jane :P
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