This Top 5 series started back in October 2018 and it has grown really big! This is a series of books that all have a common theme. I post the schedule for the next month the last week of the prior month. You can talk about books you want to read or books you have read and all prompts are open for interpretation! Feel free to get as creative as you want with the prompts.
The Upcoming Top 5 Saturday Schedule Is:
7/25/20 — #OwnVoices Books
8/1/20 — Enemies to Lovers
8/8/20 — Underrated Books/Hidden Gems
8/15/20 — Recommended Reads
8/22/20 — Young Adult Books
8/29/20 — Detective Books
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Enemies to Lovers
For a while I really wasn’t enjoying reading romance in novels at all, but I realized that I really hate lust and insta-love rather than romance. I actually really enjoy a well written romance! Recently I have read the Daughter of the Pirate King duology by Tricia Levenseller, and I absolutely loved the enemies to lovers romance. These types of romances tend to be slow burn, because the characters have to go from being enemies to falling in love. When it’s done right it happens slowly and over the course of the book. Looking back I realize that I’ve enjoyed this trope in lots of books. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, The Cruel Prince, A Curse So Dark and Lonely and The Winner’s Curse all have enemies to lovers romances and are all books that I really loved! Below are the top 5 books with enemies to lovers romances that I’m really excited to read!
The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.
Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.
Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.
Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.
When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.
This book is one that I really am excited for! It’s got dark, witchy vibes and is supposed to be super atmospheric. The idea of an island city that is constantly sinking under water is really fascinating, but the witchy vibes are what really has me excited for this book! There is a f/f romance between the witch queen Eva and her sacrifice Lina, and I’m really excited to see how the whole thing plays out!
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.
This book has been on my TBR for a long time. I wanted this book at first because I kept seeing it on bookstagram, but when I found out that there was a found family between the characters I got really excited. But when searching for enemies to lovers books I found out that this book also had an enemies to lovers romance! With all of the hype, the found family aspect and the enemies to lovers romance I am dying to get my hands on a copy of this one!
One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
There are so many reasons I want to read this book! First of all, it’s an #ownvoices cultural fantasy novel! It’s also a retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights and has an enemies to lovers romance that sounds really good. After recently talking about #OwnVoices books I couldn’t resist adding this book to the list when it came across my radar when searching for enemies to lovers stories. I also really love desert settings and the reviews for this book are incredible. While I’ve always wanted to read this book, now I am seriously moving it up my TBR and plan on seeing where I can get my hands on a copy!
A broken bond. A dying land. A cat-and-mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, the first book in Swati Teerdhala’s debut fantasy trilogy captivates with electric romance, stunning action, and the fierce bonds that hold people together—and drive them apart.
The Tiger at Midnight is a book that I’ve had a copy of for a while now and I can’t really explain why I haven’t read it yet. I think I was scared that it would be slow paced, except in reviews I’ve heard the exact opposite. I hope to pick this one up soon because it has everything I love in a book, it’s an #OwnVoices fantasy inspired by Indian history and Hindu mythology, it has a main character who is an assassin and it has an enemies to lovers romance.
A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book! From reviews it apparently has lush writing, incredible world building and representation and a great character arc. It’s #OwnVoices and inspired by Bolivian politics and history, which I have to admit I know nothing about! I love decoy plots and was really obsessed with them a while back after reading Mirage, but haven’t seen many books with this theme lately, so I’m excited for that aspect! This book sounds magical and unique and I have pretty high hopes for it!
Check out other Book Blogger’s Top 5 Picks!
Jill @ Jill’s Book Blog — Top 5 Saturday — Enemies to Lovers
Dini @ Dinipandareads — Top 5 Saturday: Enemies to Lovers
Becky @ Becky’s Book Blog —Enemies to Lovers — Top 5 Saturday
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Margaret @ Weird Zeal
Anna @ The Bursting Bookshelf
Julie @ A Little Book Problem
Chrissie @ Chrissie’s Romance Reviews
Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess
What do you love about enemies to lovers books? Are there any that you would recommend to me? Have you read any of the books I listed above? What did you think? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about enemies to lovers books!