Today I am giving you my Top 10 Enemies to Lovers book recommendations. I realized in making this list that I don’t often read Enemies to Lovers because it typically falls under a bully romance which is not my thing.
This list will likely be updated in the future. I have a lot of enemies to lovers on my to be read list. You’ll want to pin this to your favorite book boards to check back on my recommendations.
Warning: Some of these books are dark romance which means there may be kinks or content that you may wish to stay away from completely.
Enemies to Lovers Book Recommendations
This list is in no particular order but each book will get a brief synopsis, a favorite quote, my thoughts, triggers, and finally what I rated the book.
Kings of Quarantine Series by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
Tatum’s dad dropped her off at a prep school just as the Hades Virus is sweeping the globe. What’s worse is the whole world thinks he purposefully released the virus, including the Night Keepers. Three guys who basically rule the school are now out to make Tatum’s life hell while she tries to find a way to prove her dad is innocent.
“Besides, if I got thrown to the Night People, I reckon I’d come back leading them so I guess I’ll take my chances.”Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, Kings of Quarantine
I am currently reading the Kings of Quarantine series and I’m on the third book. I’m not a bully romance or highschool/prep school fan in books, however, I will read anything by the twisted sisters. I’ve read three of the four books in the last three days because I can’t put them down. I actually have to force myself to put the book down right now because I need to write this post.
This is a reverse harem book based around a pandemic in almost an alternate universe. There are a lot of triggers for this series so once I get my full review up I will link it here so you can check those to see if it’s your thing.
I haven’t even finished the series and I’m giving it 5 stars, 4 peppers, and a box of tissues. It’s a great read. I highly recommend the twisted sisters and most everything that they’ve written.
Check out my full Kings of Quarantine series review here.
Forget-Me-Not Bombshell by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
The Mafia Wars have wreaked havoc on six families and these families know that it’s time to find a way to live peacefully. They create a marriage pact where a daughter from each of the families will marry the heir of another. Anya arrives in London to marry Danny Church but little does she know that’s not who she’ll actually marry. Now Anya has to survive a marriage she never agreed to with London’s biggest crime family.
“Power could be quiet, unassuming, power could creep into your bed and slit your belly open without you ever seeing it coming. That was the downfall of arrogant men. Assuming women weren’t a threat to their grand empires.”Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, Forget-Me-Not Bombshell
Forget-Me-Not Bombshell was my very first reverse harem read and I absolutely loved it. Once again the Twisted Sisters have given us a stoSeries by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valentry that is freaking phenomenal. I really don’t believe that this book gets the hype it actually deserves. It’s just so freaking good.
This book is a reverse harem mafia romance. Once again there are plenty of triggers so you can check out my Forget-Me-Not Bombshell book review here for the ones I’ve spotted.
This book is a 5 star, 5 pepper, and a couple of tissues book. It’s a chunky book so it will likely take a couple of days to finish. I recommend taking a weekend for it because you will not want to put this book down.
Zodiac Academy Series by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti
When twin sisters Tory and Darcy Vega are told they are actually princesses and fairies from a land called Solaria they don’t believe it. Soon they are pulled into a brutal land where you can only prove yourself by being brutal yourself. They are attending Zodiac Academy where four heirs hate their existence and try to make their lives hell. Not only do they need to learn about this world and learn to control their powers, but now they have to survive the heirs.
“Where I’m from I found out the hard way that this life will throw all kinds of crap at you, but the one thing you don’t have to accept is other people’s bullshit.”Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti, The Awakening
The Zodiac Academy series put me right through the freaking ringer. I have laughed, cried, screamed, and got so freaking angry I wanted to throw my tablet. Again it’s a bully romance series and I gotta tell you it is absolutely brutal. I highly recommend reading Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac before reading this series just so you can better understand the world itself. I firmly believe the Twisted Sisters hate these characters and want to see them suffer.
There are so many freaking triggers for this series. I plan on doing a reread sometime soon and I will make sure to do a full series review at that time. I will come back and link it here so you can see what triggers I spotted in the series.
I give the Zodiac Academy series 5 stars, 4 spice, and an entire case of tissues. I would say that the Ravenhood series was emotionally damaging. This series will completely destroy you and leave you curled up in a ball cursing the authors while ugly crying.
Legacy of Nine Realms Series by Amelia Hutchins
Aria and her sisters have come back to the human realms to figure out what has happened to her twin. What they find is a self declared King that everyone follows who has made it his personal mission to destroy Aria and her sisters. The attraction between Knox and Aria grows stronger and Knox has to figure out if he can let go of his past or if he’ll continue to try to destroy Aria.
“It happened a long time ago, wolf. I’m not that scared little girl anymore, nor do I give a shit what others think of me. Life is a bitch, and you can let it destroy you, or you can face it head-on and show that it doesn’t define who you choose to become in life.”Amelia Hutchins, Flames of Chaos
Legacy of Nine Realms is another series where I firmly believe the author hates their characters. Furthermore it’s an unfinished series Series and I have no clue when the next book in the series is coming out, which totally sucks because I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next. It’s a great fantasy series but it will likely destroy you.
There are a lot of triggers for this series so I highly recommend you check those out. I will probably do a reread and review sometime in the near future. I’ll come back and link that here.
I give this series 5 stars, 5 peppers, and a case of tissues. This series is extremely emotional with a main female character who is entirely amazing. Aria is strong, smart, sexy, and all around a fantastic character.
The Ritual by Shantel Tessier
Blakely is attending Barrington University, her boyfriend Matt however is involved in a secret society and was once friends with Ryatt. At a Halloween party she finds Matt with another girl and she’s completely done with him. Now Ryatt has a mission to make Blakely his chosen through his final year. Blakely needs to decide if she’ll take that vow or if she’ll live up to the expectations her family has placed on her.
“Do you ever just want to shut it all off? Not have to think about the next second of your life? Go on an unplanned road trip? Have a one-night stand with the cute guy you scrolled past on your timeline? Social media makes you think you have all this freedom, but you don’t. Not really. You’re stuck behind a device watching others live out their dreams. You post selfies of fake smiles and expensive clothes, hoping that someone will envy you. Reassure you just how good you have it. All the while hating your life. “Smile, dear, you never know who is watching you,”Shantel Tessier, The Ritual
The Ritual was a very good book, while there were some elements where you would need to suspend reality, it was still good. If you like possessive over the top fictional men, you’ll love Ryatt. If you like women who start out as innocent but grow through a book, you’ll like Blakely.
The Ritual is a dark romance secret society based at a university. It has murder, sexually explicit scenes, lots of kink, and triggering content. I haven’t done a review for this book yet, when I do I’ll make sure to link it below.
I gave this book 5 stars with 5 peppers and maybe a couple of tissues. I will buy this book, reread this book, however, I will say that this book is not for everyone. I have found this is one of those books you either love or you absolutely hate. I happen to like this book a lot.
Scarred by Emily McIntire
In Scarred we follow Sara as she is set to marry Tristan’s brother, the king. Her real intention though is to kill the King and his entire family for the death of her father. She didn’t anticipate the attraction and connection she shares with Tristan. Now she must decide if she will complete her mission or if she’ll let herself fall for the villain of the story.
“You could burn down the entire kingdom until it’s nothing but charred rubble, and I would crawl over the embers with glee, so long as I could worship at your feet.”Emily McIntire, Scarred
The Lion King elements to this story are done amazingly well. I personally liked how the story isn’t predictable, there are fantastic twists in the plot. I also absolutely loved Tristan, he is a fantastic villain. I love books where the main character falls for a villain and this is one of those books.
There are quite a few triggers in this book and it is a dark romance. Please check the trigger warnings inside the book. Sometime soon I will be doing a series review on the Never After Series to share my thoughts and I’ll like that here when I do.
Kiss Of War by Clara Elroy
Eliana and Leo were friends until tragedy struck and Eliana’s dad was charged with the murder of Leo’s twin sister. Now Leo has made it his life’s mission to make Eliana suffer for the crimes her dad committed. For years she put up with his cruelty but now she’s done with it and she’s learning to fight back.
“I don’t hate you, Narcissus. No matter how hard I try, I can’t. You’re the fire to my smoke. You keep me going. You keep the flames blazing. And for that, I can never hate you.”Clara Elroy, Kiss of War
Right off the bat I will say that Kiss of War is filled with drama. It’s a bully romance where the main male character is absolutely vicious. We also see a main female character who deals with a lot of hatred from the people around her but how she uses that to fuel her strength.
As far as the triggers go, there are a few you’ll want to watch out for. Check those trigger warnings before you start reading. I plan on doing a series review once I read a few more in this standalone series. I’ll make sure to link that here when I do.
I gave this book 4 stars and 3 peppers. I didn’t really cry in this book so there are no tissues. It is a really good book if you are looking for a good amount of drama.
Twisted Hate by Ana Huang
Jules and Josh have hated each other for years but they’re stuck in each other’s lives since Josh’s sister is Ava and Jules is her best friend. When Jules gets a job at the same clinic Josh volunteers at though they need to come to a truce so they can at least work together. With that truce though the attraction between them starts to grow.
“You want someone who can challenge you. Excite you. Keep you on your toes. And as for what you need…”Ana Huang, Twisted Hate
The two main characters in Twisted Hate are complex and we see a lot of healing take place in this book. I especially love how strong of a character Jules is, she doesn’t need anyone to protect her because she can cut someone down so fast it makes their head spin. Meanwhile, Josh is arrogant and I loved seeing his character growth.
The triggers in this book are minimal but there are sexually explicit scenes, violence, and past abuse mentions. Please check trigger warnings before reading.
I gave this book 5 stars, 3 peppers, and 1 tissue. I really enjoyed Twisted Hate and once I picked it up I didn’t put it down till it was finished so that’s a fantastic book to me.
You can check out my Twisted series review here.
Brutal Prince by Sophie Lark
In Brutal Prince, Aida is the daughter of Chicago’s Italian Mafia. Callum is heir to the Irish Mafia. After an incident that could bring war to the families their fathers decide the two families should form a marriage pact that will bring the two families peace. Too bad Aida and Callum hate each other.
“If you EVER talk to my wife like that again, I’ll empty that clip in your chest.”Sophie Lark, Brutal Prince
I absolutely love Aida. She is feisty, sarcastic, strong, and not afraid to fight. Callum met his match in Aida and I love their dynamic. The more he demands from her the more she pushes back. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two characters.
As far as triggers go this book isn’t dark at all. Some violence, kidnapping, and sexually explicit scenes. You’ll still want to check the trigger warnings just in case.
I gave this book 4 stars and 2 peppers. This series seems to be one that is good for the easy laid back reads you might need for an escape that won’t completely destroy you.
You can check out my Brutal Birthright series review here.
The Takeover by T.L. Swan
Tristan Miles takes over companies so when he goes after Claire’s company she’s ready to fight back because it’s not just her company. It’s the company she and her husband built before he died leaving her with their three children. She hates him but he’s determined to break through her icy exterior.
“Claire Anderson,” he calls from the stage. My horrified eyes meet his. “Sit back down.” “I . . .” I take another step toward the exit. “Claire,” he warns. I glance around at the 120 pairs of eyes fixed firmly on me and then back up at him. “I said sit. Back. Down.”T.L. Swan, The Takeover
The Takeover was fantastic. There is so much chaos and beauty in this book, I love it. I laughed really hard, I cried, and I couldn’t put this book down. Claire is fantastic, her growth, her dedication, all of it was beautiful. Tristan is swoon worthy and I love how her family just throws him completely out of his element.
There aren’t many triggers but I would still check for trigger warnings. Off the top of my head the main character is a widow with children and there are sexually explicit scenes.
I gave this book 5 stars, 2 pepper, and 2 tissues. The entire series is pretty good and is a lighthearted read that’s good for a quick escape.
You can check out my full Miles High Club series review here.
Enemies to Lovers Book Recommendations
What I love about the enemies to lovers trope mostly is the tension that builds between the characters. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference. Hate means you still feel something towards them. In this trope the line between love and hate is thin and so easily can be crossed.
If I find another enemies to lovers book that I really love I will probably update this list. I may add an honorable mentions area for any books that get knocked off my top 10.