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When the need to read a ‘hate at first sight’ romance book hits, nothing is better than a well-written fantasy enemies to lovers romance books. From morally questionable villains to rivals from opposing kingdoms to foes on opposite sides of the battlefield, the enemies to lovers trope makes for an enticing storyline between two people who fall in love despite their initial hatred towards the other.
If you’re not a fan of insta-love romances, you’re in luck. Enemies to lovers romance books almost always have a slow-burn element, and they typically put the slow in slow-burn, making it all the more satisfying.
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It’s been 42 days since the apocalypse: the day angels descended from above to eradicate humanity. For Penryn, life has become a game of life and death where only the lucky survive. When her younger sister is kidnapped, Penryn will do whatever it takes to rescue her. Even if that means striking up an unlikely alliance with the enemy.
After eons of fighting his own battles, Raffe never expects a half-starved teenage girl to come to his rescue. But when a fight ends with him wingless, they must rely on each other to survive the dangerous wastelands of Northern California.
Angelfall is the book to read if you’re a fan of fantasy enemies-to-lovers romance books set in an apocalyptic world ruled by angels with a slow-burn romance between foes.
Forever jaded by the deaths of their loved ones, the Corbin necromancers and the Hewitt weather witches remain locked in a bitter, centuries-long blood feud with no end in sight. Nothing and no one could ever hope to unite the two families.
That is until now.
When Cassius Corbin returns home six years after his mother’s murder, his plans include finding the long-lost magical folio stolen from his family and attending Tennebrose University: Not getting cozy with the enemy.
Ever since the night Graeme Hewitt unwittingly got in bed with the enemy, the moody, blue-eyed boy has taken up residence in his mind rent-free, to his complete and utter disgust. Unable to stay away, Graeme finds himself in an impossible situation that can only spell trouble for the star-crossed lovers.
Hauntingly beautiful, intensely eerie, and highly readable, Malum Discordiae is an unputdownable enemies-to-lovers, dark academia, fantasy MM romance overflowing with dark magic, forbidden love, and intense passion. Between Drewek’s intricate world-building and multi-dimensional characters, this must-read is undoubtedly one of the best MM fantasy romance books of 2022.
Feyre is out hunting when she notices a wolf stalking her prey. When she kills the predator, she never expects to be swept away to a magical kingdom and placed on trial for murder. Held captive by the mysterious green-eyed Tamlin, Feyre finds herself growing feelings for her jailer. But the question remains: What is he hiding behind the mask he refuses to remove?
As one of the best Beauty and the Beast retellings, ACOTAR is a must-read for anyone looking for one of the best fantasy enemies-to-lovers books filled with adventure, magic and romance.
Following a coup led by his half-brother, war hero, and heir to the Akielos throne Damon Akielos is captured, shipped off to the rival kingdom of Vere, and sold into sexual servitude. To make matters worse, his new master is none other than the prince of the enemy nation.
Beautiful, calculating, and vindictive, Prince Laurent is a master at mind games. When he unwittingly lands himself with his rival, a fact that he is unaware of, as a pleasure slave, he embarks on the biggest mind game of all – a mind game that will spell their ruin.
Dark, intense, and controversial, Captive Prince is a highly addictive slow-burn MM enemies-to-lovers romance overflowing with betrayals, political intrigue, deadly secrets, and dangerous games.
At seven, Jude’s entire life imploded, leaving her orphaned and reliant on her kidnapper after being whisked away to live in Faerie. At seventeen, Jude wants nothing more than to fit in, despite her own mortality. But many of the Fae despise humans, especially the youngest son of the High King.
Cunning, charming, cruel and wicked, Prince Cardan has a real mean streak when it comes to Jude. But the tides are changing. Swept into a deadly game of politics, Jude must stay one step ahead to come out victorious.
The Cruel Prince is perfect for everyone out there who loves their fantasy enemies-to-lovers romance books centered around cutthroat fae, scheming royals and a slow burn romance (of epic proportions).
After a botched mission, gifted thief Romeria’s night takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman tricks her into providing her services. Tasked with a dangerous quest to save Sofie’s husband, Romy is spirited away to an unsettling realm of warring kingdoms, unstable monarchies, and fantastical creatures.
The mission would be simple if not for the identity she has assumed as the treacherous Ybarisan Princess. Imprisoned for murdering the king and queen on her wedding day, Romy must figure a way out of her precarious predicament. All while looking for the sought-after stone hidden within Islet’s sacred garden.
Exciting, beautiful and unpredictable, A Fate of Wrath and Flame is an enchanting tale overflowing with political intrigue, magical twists, unforeseen betrayals and a blossoming romance. And as one of the best enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance books released in 2021, you won’t be able to put this page-turner down once you feast your eyes on K.A. Tucker’s intricate world-building and magnificent prose. Prepare to be spellbound.
Since the beginning of time, the Aska and Riki Viking clans have harbored nothing but resentment towards each other. During their yearly battle, Eelyn, an Aska warrior, spots her brother fighting on the wrong side on the wrong side of the battlefield. A brother who she believed to be dead. Hungry for answers, she follows him only to end up a prisoner of the Riki.
Read Sky in the Deep if you’re interested in slow-burn fantasy enemies to lovers romance books with a strong female heroine, Vikings and epic battles.
For seven-year-old Ash, wishing up a friend with a mouth full of sharp teeth and an uncanny ability to blossom a rosebud in seconds seemed perfectly normal – a normal that would persist for the next seven years until the day the visits stopped.
By twenty-one, Ash has long since forgotten his mythical childhood visitors, chalking them up as figments of an overactive imagination. So no one is more surprised than Ash to return home only to be kidnapped and swept off to the Unseelie Court.
With orders to shed his mortal skin and embrace a fae side he never knew existed, Ash’s entire world is turned upside down. What makes matters more confusing is Ash’s shadow, the Unseelie Queen’s youngest son Prince Lonan – a shadow who captures his attention and refuses to let go.
With hauntingly beautiful prose and highly addictive characters, Mortal Skin is a MM fantasy romance that deserves a spotlight and its very own spot on your bookshelf. As one of the best fantasy enemies to lovers romance books of 2022, you do not want to miss out on this unputdownable must-read.
The Wrath and the Dawn tells the story of eighteen-year-old caliph, Khalid, who takes a new bride each night only to have a silk cord wrapped around their neck each morning and a commoner, Shahrzad, who is intent on ending after her best friend falls victim to Khalid.
For an enemies to lovers romance mixed with a pinch of magic and a deadly vendetta, give The Wrath and the Dawn a chance. This fantasy romance novel will not let you down.
Starting your senior year at a new school in a new town is hard enough as it is without adding in the hot jerky neighbor. Everything changes the day Daemon rescues Katy by freezing time. Forced to reveal his unique origins, he accidentally marks Katy as a target. Together, they must figure out how to get rid of the mark before it’s too late.
Light up your day with this forbidden enemies to lovers romance between a native Earthborn human and an extraterrestrial from a different galaxy.
Former street thief turned Rahtan, a member of Queen Lia’s elite squad of soldiers, Kazi is given a mission to locate the man responsible for the deaths of Lia’s father and brother. Rumors of the general’s whereabouts lead her to Hell’s Mouth, a city unofficially under the control of the Ballenger family.
When Jace, the new Patrei of the Ballenger family, finds himself abducted and shackled to Kazi by labour traders, they must trust each other in order to escape and survive the elements.
I recommend reading Dance of Thieves if you like your fantasy romance novels centered around kickass characters who can handle their own in a fight… and, of course, the enemies to lovers trope. You can never go wrong with that one.
Louise le Blanc escapes to the city of Cesarine where she blends in as a common thief, hiding the fact that she’s a witch. If the wrong person finds out, she may find herself burned at the stake as witches are feared and hunted by the masses.
As a Chasseur (huntsman) for the Church, Reid Diggory is bound to one duty: kill all witches. However, he finds himself in a precarious predicament when Lou pulls a sly stunt that ultimately ends with the two becoming husband and wife.
If you’re into magic, witches, and an enemies-to-lovers romance between a hero with questionable morals and a quick witted heroine who can hold her own plus a fake engagement, then Serpent & Dove is one of the best fantasy romance novels for you. It literally has everything!
When Aria and her sisters return to the Human Realm of Haven Falls, they hope to find their missing sister except she’s not there. They soon discover that the Human Realm has changed and nothing is what it seems, especially Knox, a stubborn and egotistical man who stepped up as the unofficial king in the wake of the sisters’ absence.
Aria and Knox clash in a fiery explosion of sparks when they first meet and the sparks show no signs of dying. Still, no matter how much Knox is falling for Aria’s personality and friendly banter, nothing will stop him from setting the stage for the war he’s been planning for the past 500 years. Not even the descendants of Hecate.
You haven’t seen true hatred until you’ve read Flames of Chaos, making it perfect for anyone interested in an extreme case of the enemies to lovers trope.
Swept away from her sheltered life in the countryside town of Halfix with her uncle, Elloren Gardner is swiftly thrust into a shiny, new world of pretty veiled threats, treacherous political landmines, lofty expectations and preconceived beliefs that prove more debilitating than bullets. As the granddaughter of the Black Witch, Elloren’s lack of magic is a great source of disappointment in her aunt’s eyes.
Only when she begins attending Verpax University does she begin to question everything: her beliefs, the laws of the land, the history of her people and her burgeoning feelings for the enigmatic son of the commander and the mysterious Kelt who hates her on sight. Nothing is what it seems and the world, crumbling beneath the Gardnerian’s rule, is on the precipice of change.
If you like enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance books that are light on the romance and heavy on everything else, I would suggest The Black Witch, especially if you enjoy flawed characters with wonderful character arcs.
A Court of Silver Flames tells the story of Nesta Archeron, the prickly newly-turned fae, who is swift to anger, and Cassian, the battle-hardened warrior who has a penchant for pushing every single one of Nesta’s buttons. Together, they forge their own paths to redemption while battling the monsters set on destroying them.
Violent, sexy, and darkly thrilling, A Court of Silver Flames is a spellbinding fantasy enemies-to-lovers fae romance submerged in action, romance, and magic. If you’re obsessed with A Court of Thorns and Roses, you’ll love the anxiously-awaited fourth installment to Maas’s bestselling series.
With her large collection of prince’s hearts, Princess Lira is revered across the ocean as one of the sea’s deadliest sirens. But when fate forces her hand in killing another siren, Lira’s mother transforms her into the one thing she despises the most: human.
Hunting sirens isn’t simply a hobby for Prince Elian, it’s his purpose. After unknowingly rescuing the siren princess from the grizzly depths of the ocean, Elian finds an unlikely partner in the mysterious woman in his quest to destroy all of sirenkind. What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him. Right?
The Siren Reaper and the Heart Thief clash in this epic maritime love story between mortal enemies, perfect for anyone who loves enemies to lovers romance books.
As a mercenary, Kate Daniels makes a living by cleaning up supernatural messes. But when her guardian is viciously murdered with no witnesses or leads in sight, Kate takes control of the investigation, inadvertently drawing her into a precarious situation dominated by two warring rivals within the magical community. If Kate’s life wasn’t hard enough, she soon learns she’s become a target of a merciless killer.
Between Kate’s badass “take no shits” personality and Curran’s stubborn, assholeish streak, you have yourself one helluva entertaining read ahead of you. Expect witty banter, hilarious Kate Daniels-isms and a splendid enemies to lovers romance, perfect for all you slow-burn fans out there.
It has been foretold that the arrival of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will spell the end for mankind. Well, humanity has been judged and they’ve been deemed guilty. When Pestilence rides into town, Sarah Burn refuses to stand by and do nothing as everyone she loves dies. Determined to end his reign of terror, Sarah makes an attempt on his life only to quickly learn that he’s indestructible.
With vengeance on his mind, Pestilence takes his would-be assassin hostage. But as they journey across state lines, Sarah finds her initial all-consuming hatred towards the deadly entity morphing into something unexpected. But the question remains: Can the horseman rise above his purpose and forge his own path?
For a spicy slow-burn enemies to lovers romance between a human and one of the four harbingers of the apocalypse, I recommend checking out Pestilence.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue follows the long and lonesome life of Addie LaRue, a young French girl born in the early 1700s. In 1714, she brokers a deal that unequivocally changes the course of her life and sends her on a lonely, unending road of invisibility.
BookTok is overflowing with unputdownable books, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one of their best yet. Thought-provoking, complex, and beautifully told, V.E. Schwab brings us a mesmerizing tale that is utterly unforgettable.
In place of the gallows, Yelena is offered the chance to become the Commander’s new food taster. Naturally, Yelena accepts.
However, the head of the Commander’s security Valek is not one to leave things to chance. To ensure Yelena doesn’t try running away, he feeds her Butterfly’s Dust, a fatal poison that requires a daily antidote to stave off an agonizing death.
Thrust into a dangerous world of politics, assassination attempts and deadly poisons, Yelena will need all her wits to survive this political warzone.
If you’re in the mood for fantasy romance books with magic, adventure and romance, Poison Study is right up your alley. Also, if you like your enemies to lovers romance books slow-burn with a dash of espionage, you’ll have a blast with this exciting paranormal romance!
Laia’s life is turned upside down when her brother is arrested and likely tortured by masked soldiers commonly referred to as the Masks.
To save her brother, Laia seeks help from the resistance, but they demand something in return. As payment for their aid, Laia must enter Blackcliff Military Academy as a slave in order to spy on the Commandant who is in charge.
While there, she meets the son of the Commandant, Elias, who wants nothing more than to escape his tyrannical mother and his rigid life as a Mask.
An Ember in the Ashes is perfect for anyone who loves slow-burn enemies to lovers romances, badass heroines and dystopian worlds. This is the fantasy romance novel for you!
As a maiden, Poppy’s life has never been her own. At a young age, Poppy was taught that her duty was to the kingdom. That one day, the gods would lay judgment on the future ruler and decide whether she’s worthy of ascending.
But when a dashing guard enters her life, Poppy begins to question everything. And when a fallen kingdom forsaken by the gods emerges from the shadows, Poppy quickly finds herself on the brink of losing it all.
From Blood and Ash is an unputdownable tale centered around a nineteen-year-old girl at risk of losing her heart to the villain of her story. For an exciting enemies to lovers romance between two star-crossed souls, this fantasy romance book will make the perfect addition to your TBR list.
Two decades ago, a rift formed between Earth and another dimension – a dimension housing a host of deadly and monstrous species that flooded Earth’s continents and decimated human civilizations.
In Soul Eater, we meet Danny Sullihan, a 23-year-old southern boy who decides to enlist in the military following his mother’s death – a decision he comes to regret when his entire platoon meets a grisly end in an effort to capture the legendary Soul Eater.
To make matters worse, back on base, Danny soon learns that the Soul Eater refuses to communicate with anyone but him, a terrifying request that lands the soldier in an even more terrifying dilemma.
When it comes to monster romances, Lily Mayne is a master at crafting unforgettable monstrous love stories with perfect steam-to-plot ratios. As one of the best MM enemies-to-lovers books out there, I cannot recommend Soul Eater, along with the rest of the books in this series, enough.
Getting captured by a ship of enemies was all part of the seventeen-year-old pirate captain’s plan. As a hostage, she’ll have the chance to search the ship for the fabled map believed to hold the secrets behind the hidden treasure.
Romance was never supposed to be a part of this operation, but when Princess Alosa’s feelings grow complicated towards the brother of the cruel Captain, she must make a choice: act on her feelings and fail the Pirate King or find the ancient map.
Pirates, magic and adventure… What more can you ask for? Besides an enemies to lovers romance between a morally grey protagonist and a charismatic pirate, of course.
An unrequited love. An arranged marriage. And an unforeseen betrayal.
Brexley Kovacs has nothing to lose. Not after learning of her future nuptials to the abusive son of the prime minister. As a last hurrah, Brex finagles her best friend Caden into an adventure that would end with her imprisoned in the infamous Halalház – the House of Death. In the place feared by seasoned soldiers and civilians alike, Brex must fight to survive the Hell that will become her life.
If you love enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance books with heroines that can take down battle-seasoned warriors with the flick of her wrist (well, maybe not the flick of her wrist), check out Savage Lands. You won’t be able to stop reading, especially after the cliff-hanger.
When criminal prodigy Kaz Brekkar is offered the once-in-a-lifetime chance at an impossible heist to earn an insane amount of money, he jumps at the chance.
But to successfully carry out this deadly mission, Kaz needs to recruit the best crew the Barrels can provide: the dangerous assassin known as the Wraith, the gambling sharpshooter, the brains of the operation, the Grisha who can kill with a single look and a hunter trained to kill Grisha.
Breaking into the world’s most impenetrable fortress to rescue an important prisoner should be a walk in the park…
Rather than focusing solely on the romances, Leigh Bardugo writes the relationships to complement the story. And complement it they do. But to satisfy your enemies to lovers craving, Nina, the fun-loving Grisha, and Matteis, the complicated warrior, have you covered.
Growing up in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries has taught Elisabeth three things: (1) all sorcerers are evil, (2) the magical grimoires must be kept secure at all times and (3) that she wants to become a warden one day. That all changes when one of the most dangerous grimoires escapes one night and Elisabeth tries to intervene.
Suspicions arise when Elisabeth comes forth with the information and ends with her incriminated and in shackles. Sent off to the capital to answer for her “crimes,” Elisabeth must rely on the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn and his demonic servant as her world implodes.
On the market for fantasy enemies to lovers romance books featuring sorcerers, demons and a strong female heroine? Sorcery of Thorns is your perfect book match.
Cursed to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth birthday, Prince Rhen is determined to break the curse by falling in love.
From an absentee father, a mother whose time is limited and a brother who underestimates her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper understands struggles. When she witnesses what appears to be a kidnapping in action, Harper steps in and whacks the would-be kidnapper in the head…and ends up in Emberfall.
If you’re into Beauty and the Beast fairy tale retellings featuring a kickass heroine and an enemies to lovers trope, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is right up your alley. You’ll fall in love with this fantasy romance novel for sure!
It’s time to get into Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series, filled with magic, danger, and a scorching romance. Half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan is out for blood after learning that her closest friends were murdered. With help from the infamous Fallen angel Hunt Athalar, Bryce plans on finding the murderer and bringing her friends justice.
Read House of Earth and Blood if you love the enemies to lovers trope, angels, demons and kickass heroines who will do whatever it takes to destroy the monster responsible for the vicious slaughter of her friends.
Powerful witch Andraa and gifted wizard Jatin would sooner see each other dead than be burdened by a sham marriage, a betrothal forged in the fiery pits of Hell, but fate has plans of her own. When their paths intertwine, neither fiancée recognizes the other beneath their false identities, but between epic battles and death-defying missions, the pair must learn to trust each other or die trying.
Searching for enemies to lovers romance books with a case of mistaken identities? Check out Cast in Firelight for a magical adventure with an epic romance.
When fledgling vampire Matthew finds himself captured and forced into servitude by the enigmatic High Lord General Tarrick, he learns two things: (1) incubi and vampires have been battling for centuries in a seemingly endless war and (2) he may be the one person who could change the tide of the war.
Dark, emotional, and seductive, Captive is a spellbinding m/m enemies to lovers fantasy romance filled with action, adventure, and romance. Carve out a nice chunk of time because once you start this page-turner, you will not be able to put it down.
Alessandra has a clear set of goals which are as follows: (1) Woo the Shadow King, (2) Marry him and (3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. The third part of the plan goes awry when she saves him from numerous assassination attempts . . . after all, how else will she become queen if there is no king to make her his queen? Dance with the shadows in Tricia Levenseller’s latest novel The Shadows Between Us.
If you like your fantasy romance novels dark with a slow-burn enemies to lovers romance, then you should definitely read The Shadows Between Us.
Shifters, tellers, healers and spinners, oh my! If you have any interest whatsoever in the fantasy genre, then this will be right up your alley. With a shape-shifting king and a girl who can command anything to her will, it’s impossible to become bored.
Read The Bird and the Sword if you enjoy epic slow-burn, enemies to lovers fantasy romance books that leave you speechless.
After losing the love of his life, Lykae Bowen has not desired nor touched another for two centuries. That is until the enchanting, yet unpredictable witch Mariketa enters his life and reignites that spark.
At 23-years-old, Mari has been chosen to represent her coven in The Talisman’s Hie, a treacherous scavenger hunt for immortals. Falling for the complicated Scottish wolf shifter was never a part of the plan
In the mood for action-packed enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance books that will have you howling at the moon? Kresley Cole has you covered with the steamy Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night.
Catherine “Cat” Crawfield is a half-vampire with a vendetta. Raised to believe all vampires are clones of her evil father, Cat is determined to rid the world of the bloodthirsty parasites to avenge her mother’s memory. Everything is going according to plan until she targets the wrong vampire.
Crispin “Bones” Russel is a 200-year-old British bounty hunter with an agenda. When Cat tries putting the master vampire in an early grave, she quickly realizes that she’s far over her head. Blackmailed into working with him, Cat slowly learns that not every vamp deserves a stake to the heart, especially not the one stealing hers.
Steamy, action-packed and witty, Halfway To The Grave is a gripping paranormal romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Featuring a badass vampire hunting duo with waves of sexual tension and heart-stopping action sequences, Jeaniene Frost’s best-selling novel is one of the best enemies to lovers fantasy books.
When twin sisters Tory and Darcy Vega discover that they are a part of a hidden magical realm, their lives are turned upside down. Thrust into the cutthroat world of Zodiac Academy, the two must learn how to navigate the treacherous halls before it’s too late.
Thrilling, addicting and fun, Zodiac Academy is an exciting fae romance riddled with magic, danger, and intrigue. If you’re obsessed with fantasy enemies-to-lovers books, you’ll love Zodiac Academy.
Xariana Anderson was raised to be a fighter. And for twenty-three years, she managed to climb through the ranks of the hunter guild to secure her spot as one of their best.
Everything falls apart when her father finds himself kidnapped, and Xari is forced to assume leadership. Questioned at every turn, Xari must not only defend her home against the increasing attacks but prove herself capable as a leader.
And when Kieran Knight crosses her path, the egotistical enigma promises her nothing but pain, pleasure, and possession.
But Xari refuses to be owned.
Exciting, steamy, and action-packed, King of the Shadow Fae is an enticing fantasy, enemies-to-lovers romance overflowing with deadly magic, nonstop twists and turns, and powerful villainous heroes.