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10 Passionate Love Stories that Start with Hate

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • October 19, 2021

From Katherina and Petruchio to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, enemies-to-lovers romances have long been a literary staple. And we never tire of it! All that fiery intensity makes for some explosive passion. Here are ten of our favorite new love stories that start with hate.

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

The Hating Game meets I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter in this story by Raquel Vaquez Gilliland about teen Moon Fuentez, who feels eclipsed by her social media star twin sister. But her own star begins to rise when she takes a job on her sister's tour bus, even when her bunkmate turns out to be her nemesis.


In Neal Shusterman's dystopian landscape, the population is controlled by Scythes, people with the power—and responsibility—to end lives. When Citra and Rowan are chosen as apprentices to a Scythe, it is a role that neither wants. Even worse, the apprenticeship becomes a competition that only one of them can survive.

From Lukov with Love

This novel from Mariana Zapata centers on a competitive figure skater who knows that her window for competition is closing. But when Jasmine Santos gets the offer of a lifetime from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade despising, she might have to reconsider everything. Even Ivan Lukov.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown

When human tornado Eve Brown accidentally hits Jacob Wayne (the exacting perfectionist who just turned her down for a job) with her car, it's not exactly a meet-cute. In the third installment of Talia Hibbert's Brown Sisters series, a pair of opposites struggle to find common ground.

Serpent & Dove

From Shelby Mahurin comes the story of Lou, a witch living under cover after having fled her coven. Survival on the streets leads her right into the clutches of Reid, a huntsman of the church, bound to kill any witches he finds. But he doesn't know she's a witch. He only knows he doesn't like her.

It Happened One Summer

This Schitt's Creek-inspired rom-com by Tessa Bailey features a Hollywood "It Girl" who, after too many wild-child shenanigans, gets cut off by her wealthy family. Exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town, she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who decides she doesn't belong.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

The first installment in a fantasy duology from debut author Roseanne A. Brown is inspired by West African folklore. A grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

Not Here to be Liked

Michelle Quach's cheeky debut novel unpacks just how complicated new love can get, especially when you fall for your enemy. Eliza Quan is the perfect candidate for editor in chief of her school paper. That is, until ex-jock Len DiMartile impulsively decides to run against her.

These Violent Delights

Set in 1920s Shanghai, this imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling by Chloe Gong features a blood feud and a monster dwelling in the depths of the Huangpu River. At the heart of it all is Juliette Cai, of the Scarlet Gang, and Roma Montagov, of rival gang the White Flowers.

The Unhoneymooners

In this novel from Christina Lauren, Olive is used to being the unlucky twin. But when her usually charmed sister gets food poisoning at her own wedding, Olive suddenly finds herself in Maui, pretending to be newly married to best man Ethan, who also happens to be her sworn enemy.

The tumultuous highs and lows make for a wild ride and a roundly satisfying climax. The outcome may be obvious from the start, but we still love the rollicking roller coaster of a good enemies-to-lovers romance. Here's hoping you find something to love here!

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