Once again, I’m trying something new! I recently joined a group on Goodreads called Top 5 Wednesday, and as you might imagine from that name, the whole goal is to provide prompts. There’s a prompt for our top five [insert idea here] for every Wednesday of the month. It seemed like fun, so let’s give it a go!
The first Top 5 Wednesday prompt is Enemies to Lovers.
Enemies to lovers is a fairly common trope – but let’s be honest here, it’s common because it works! People love it or love to hate it. Either way, it gets people talking, and that’s half the battle, right?
So, what are my favorite enemies to lovers? I’m not going to lie; this prompt forced me to sit and think about it. So, for that reason alone, I already love this challenge! Without further adieu, here are my top five enemies to lovers list.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
Arguably one of the most famous literary examples of enemies to lovers, I think we all knew that Pride and Prejudice would end up on my list. Not only is it a classic, but it’s one of my all-time favorite classic reads out there.
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
“Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty…”
Magic Bites is not only the beginning of one of my favorite enemies to lovers stories but the beginning of one of my favorite series ever. No, seriously! I fell in love with this world from the moment I met Kate Daniels and cannot recommend it enough. The tension between Kate and Curran is a huge plus, of course.
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
“Because you showed one face to all the rest of the world, and another to me.”
Next up on the list is Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith. I hope this isn’t cheating, as this is actually two books in one. It’s the same romance/trope/story, though, so I think it’s safe to count! It’s been years since I read this novel, and yet Meliara and Shevraeth’s story is still stuck in my head. I feel like that’s always a good sign!
Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
“I ask for trust. It is a lot, I know; it isn’t easy to give. But it is all I ask.”
Hawksong is the first novel in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’ series called the Kiesha’ra, and I love this world and the stories it has brought me. It’s been a long time since I read this series (come to think of it, I’m not even sure I read them all, the horror!), but it all comes to mind as if I read it yesterday. This is a great series to check out if you’re looking for creative worldbuilding alongside a classic trope.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
“It was always wise to be polite to books, whether or not they could hear you.”
Last but certainly not least, we have Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. This is obviously the most recent release on my list (what does that say about me?), but it is SO good! I love Elisabeth’s story, as well as the world we’re thrown into here. I dearly wish that we could see more adventures in this world.