Top Ten Romance Tropes – Enemies to Lovers

Image result for heart iconEach week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is all about romance tropes/types! I decided to chose one of my guilty pleasures, the enemies to lover trope. Really nothing is better than having two characters butt heads with witty dialogue and a lot of sexual tension before they both realise how stubborn they’ve been all along and fall madly in love. *sigh*

It is, of course, Valentines Day today which is a holiday I have never really understood. Who wants to buy chocolate or flowers that are overpriced, or try to book reservations months in advanced at some overcrowded restaurant? This Valentines Day I plan on cuddling with my fiance on the couch in a mountain of blankets, eat cookies I baked and watch ‘You’ve Got Mail’.

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1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne –I feel like I must start this list off with naming the biggest enemies to lovers book of 2016. The chemistry between Lucy and Josh in this book is amazing.Their highly witty hateful banter becomes even better sexual tension that was so much fun to read. I actually really enjoyed their arguing in the beginning. I know some other readers saw it as childish, and it was, but it was also so hilarious. I loved all of Lucy’s jabs where she insinuates that Josh is the devil, and lives “close to earth’s core”.

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I don’t want to give too much away, as the love interest is supposed to be somewhat of a secret when you begin this book but you can read my review here.

3. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This was one of those books where you almost can’t explain why you love the male love interest so much. Daemon is a huge jerk towards Katy who already has a tough go of life after being forced to move to a new town after her dad dies. Daemon is just so overly confident and egotistical but somehow makes it sexy and you want him and Katy to get together so badly!

4. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee – When Penryn sees a single feather floating in the sky, suddenly everything changes, and with an unlikely partnership with the enemy she fights to get her sister back.  Angels are regarded as the enemy in this dystopian book and Raffe is no exception. Although this is YA and nothing steamy happens I loved reading about Penryn and Raffe’s uneasy relationship. You can read my full review here.

5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare – Jace Wayland…oh boy. I think he wins the award for the most egotistical and overly confident character in my list. Even more than Daemon! The love/hate relationship between Jace and Clary was so fun to read.

6. Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard – I have a very special place in my heart for ‘space opera-sci-fi-romance’ type books. Add in the enemies to lovers trope and you have a winner. I was really expecting the whole “I fell in love with my kidnapper” Stockholm-syndrome type formula but it didn’t fall into the typical traps you would expect.

7. Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban – Ty and Zane may be my new favourite couple of 2o17! There is definitely no ‘insta-love’ in this novel as Ty and Zane spend most of it arguing and fighting (both verbal and physical!). I have never read a more convincing novel of two characters that absolutely loathe each other and somehow that turns into something more.

8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy – The premise of this was just so good. Edie finds herself in another form of servitude when she is “attached” to Finn, meaning that if she dies, he dies. And if she gets too far away from him, he dies as well. He is her bodyguard from then on, protecting her from any attacks, as she is highly sought after for her special ability as a “cyberteck” who manipulates technology with her hands and can create “life” on inhabitable planets.

The romance was a nice slow build. If you are expecting sexy times right away you will be disappointed but the wait is SO worth it. I kept picturing Finn as Tom Hardy from the Mad Max movie. Stoic, calm, with a violent dark inner turmoil, but also a surprisingly sweet side that we see with his interactions with Edie as their relationship builds.

9. For Finlay by J. Nathan – Finlay lived her entire life in the shadow of her older brother, football star Cole Thatcher. When her brother suddenly dies she tries to live his dreams. She moves to a new town to work for the Alabama college football team which means working beside the new quarterback Caden Brooks. She has reasons to hate him for taking her brother’s place on the Alabama team but soon hatred turns into sexual tension as neither of them can deny the strong attraction they feel. You can read the rest of my review here.

10. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – Ending the list off with this a romantica novel, and holey-moley guacamole this is not for the faint-hearted! The sex scenes are REALLY steamy. Like, really really steamy haha.

What are some of your favourite enemies to lovers books? Or do you have a different romance trope that you absolutely love? Tell me below in the comments!

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Book Review -Dream of You (Wait for You, #4.5)


TITLE: Dream of You (Wait for You, #4.5)
AUTHOR: Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn)
PAGES:  131 pages
PUBLISHED: June 23rd, 2015
PUBLISHER: Evil Eye Concepts Inc
GENRE: Novella, Romance, New Adult

MY RATING: 4/5 birds

Rating - 4 Bird



This novella is #4.5 in the Wait For You Series, but it is also novella #9 in the 1001 Dark Nights series. I hadn’t heard of this series before but you can find a list of each novella here, which includes authors Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Larissa Ione, Lara Adrian, Carrie Ann Ryan, Jennifer Probst, and many more! It looks like this novella is featured in [Book: 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Six (1001 Dark Nights)] which also features novellas by Lorelei James, Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright, and Donna Grant. I think this is such a cool idea, short novellas that are inspired by The Arabian Nights: Tales from 1001 Nights, which is about a wife’s desperate attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution in the morning.

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I really did enjoy this book but it didn’t reach full five star status due to a few things. First, I really did not like when our heroine Abby, who is an editor, starts talking about real authors such as Jamie McGuire and brings up the “Maddox Boys”. I don’t think I am using this correctly but I was very uncomfortable with the “breaking of the fourth wall” that happened. Not sure if that is the right context but I am not exactly sure how else to explain it. What I mean is it really took me out of the story and the character and made me very aware that this is a novel written by an author. I started thinking about Jennifer Armentrout and if she’s friends with McGuire? Does she even know the author? Was she trying to be popular bringing the “Maddox Brothers” into the novel or something? I don’t know, it just really jarred me.

Even though this is a short book and I could have read it in one sitting I actually put the book down after that scene and went to sleep. I am so glad I did that because when I started reading fresh again I wasn’t irritated at all about the author name-dropping and started to enjoy the novel. Colton was such a sweetheart and totally crush-worthy. I liked Abby but I am glad this was a novella because I don’t think I could have taken her neurotic thoughts and self-doubt for an entire novel. Colton really made the entire thing and I thought they were such a cute couple. The ending, when (view spoiler) was very interesting and created a bit of spice at the end of a typical HEA story.

Only other criticism I can think of is this would have been interesting from Colton’s POV. I know that isn’t really the author’s style. The novels in this series are the female main character’s POV only (unless it’s an alternative perspective novel like Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) which is in Cameron’s POV) but I feel like I would have enjoyed seeing Colton’s perspective.

I am excited to continue the series and read Forever with You (Wait for You #5) which is from Stephanie’s perspective. I had to look back to even remember who she is, so if you forgot as well, she is the girl that Cameron and Jase were hooking up with and is Teresa’s roommate. I honestly can’t remember anything about her so we’ll see how this goes!

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