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TikTok wants you to read these enemies-to-lovers romances


The enemies-to-lovers trope is one of BookTok's favorite topics to talk about. Even though it's not the most realistic type of love story, it's certainly a plotline readers *adore.* Who doesn't love a tall, dark, handsome and morally gray character who develops a soft spot for the main hero? These books are some of BookTok's fave enemies-to-lovers romances that will have you saying "aww" by the end. 


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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal


This enemies-to-lovers romance takes place in a world inspired by ancient Arabia. Zafira, the brave heroine, takes on a quest to find a magical artifact that can save the world. But little does she know that the prince of the land, Nasir, has been sent by the sultan on a similar mission with one more twist: to kill Zafira. You won't be able to put this book down as you follow Zafira and Nasir on an adventure as wild as their love story. Barnes & Noble, $10.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Sirens and pirates are at odds with each other in this nautical fantasy. When siren Princess Lira is turned into a human by the Sea Queen as punishment, she stumbles across Prince Elias, a siren hunter. Now in human form, Lira promises to help Elias destroy all sirens. Can they trust each other? And can warring species fall in love? This retelling of The Little Mermaid takes the legend back to its darker roots. Barnes & Noble, $10.

I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest


If fantasy isn't really your thing, you'll love I Wanna Be Where You Are. Main character Chloe has always dreamed of dancing at Name—but, with an audition over 200 miles away, her mom doesn't want her to go. She *finally* convinces her mom to take her, but there's a twist: Her oh-so-annoying neighbor, Eli, insists on joining her for the ride. In a road trip that will change their lives forever, watch Chloe and Eli go for enemies to just-maybe lovers.

Chloe dreams of dancing at her fave dance conservatory, so when her mom keeps her from auditioning, Chloe takes matters into her own hands. Just when she's about to embark on a two hundred mile journey to the audition, Eli, her oh-so-annoying neighbor, insists on getting a ride too. You'll get to read Chloe and Eli go from enemies to lovers during the road trip of their lives. Barnes & Noble, $13.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong


Chloe Gong published These Violent Delights when she was just 21 and still in college, so it's even more impressive how this book has taken booktok by storm. Take the classic Romeo and Juliet story, take it back to the 1920s and set it in Shanghai; this is the main premise of These Violent Delights. When the feud between two rival gangs starts to get out of hand, Juliette, a member of the Scarlet Gang, and Roma, a member of the White Flowers Gang, must work through their grudges and work together to save their city. Amazon, $15.

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson


If you're a fan of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, you will *love* Dance of Thieves. This series is a spinoff of the Remnant Chronicles, another bestselling series by Pearson, so reading the Remnant Chronicles first can give you a better look at the fantasy world both series are set in (and a love triangle you will get *very* invested in). In Dance of Thieves, you'll get to follow Kazi, a member of the queen's guard, as she investigates—and just maybe fall in love with—Jase, the leader of a rival empire. Barnes & Noble, $10.

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by Erin Jeon | 8/6/2021