Enemies to lovers is my absolute favorite trope to both read and write! The witty banter and undeniable electricity between these couples is like catnip. I always want more!

If you’re looking for more, here are some of my favorite enemies to lovers books, which I’ve divided into sweet and spicy recommendations, with a side of Christmas in each:

Sweet Romance Books with Enemies to Lovers

Love, Unscripted by Denise Hunter

Chloe Anderson is an endearing heroine—a relatable romantic who poured her dream man onto the page in her latest novel, only to be dismayed when her novel’s perfect boyfriend lands in the hands of notorious bad boy actor Liam Hamilton for the movie adaptation.

Stuck with Liam playing the lead role, Chloe agrees to a fake relationship to help rehabilitate his image in the hopes it helps the press around the movie. 

With an utterly swoon-worthy romantic lead, a big-hearted heroine you can’t help but root for, and a charming small-town setting, Love, Unscripted should be added to your TBR immediately.

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The Library of Second Chances by Savannah Carlisle

Daily walks along the sparkling shoreline and chats with her best friend are part of bookstore owner Lucy Sullivan’s slow-paced life. And that’s just how she likes to spend her time in the close-knit community of her picturesque village.

Lucy also adores maintaining the town’s Little Free Library. Those who leave a book there include notes to the next reader. And Lucy, herself, has gotten a few that have her smitten. Life couldn’t be better in her quaint beach village with the sway of sea grass in the soft coastal breeze.

So when she hears Logan Lancaster is brought in to solve the town’s budget deficit, Lucy isn’t at all excited about his vision for growth along the waterfront. To make matters worse, it’s Lucy who’s appointed to oppose Logan in a series of public forums for the planned expansion. The quaint life she’s built for herself will never be the same.

They couldn’t be more opposite. Except for one tiny thing: unbeknownst to both of them, they’ve been swapping anonymous notes in the Little Free Library…

How to Plot a Payback by Melissa Ferguson

In this utterly delightful and laugh-out-loud funny novel, screenwriter Finn Masters thinks he’s finally caught a break landing a dream job writing for the hit sitcom Neighbors. But his joy is tempered by one major downside – he’ll be working alongside Lavender Rhodes, the show’s effervescently charming star who has unwittingly been his personal nemesis since childhood.

With impeccable comedic timing, Ferguson created a riotous will-they-or-won’t-they dynamic as Finn tries to plot his revenge by shaking up Lavender’s sickeningly sweet on-screen persona.

What ensues is a masterclass in romantic comedy as Finn’s hilarious schemes comically backfire, forcing him to re-evaluate his long-held grudge against his old friend. The banter between the two sparring leads is whip-smart and endlessly entertaining. But it’s the tenderly moving moments that reveal their unmistakable chemistry that will keep you rooting for them in the end.

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Someone Just Like You by Meredith Schorr

Molly Blum and Jude Stark have spent years locked in a fierce rivalry, their once-close friendship soured by childhood conflicts. With their families intertwined, their animosity has simmered beneath the surface, fueled by a history of pranks gone awry. However, when tasked with organizing a joint anniversary celebration for their parents, they find themselves reluctantly collaborating once more.

Amidst the chaos of party planning, Molly and Jude’s dynamic takes an unexpected turn. As old wounds give way to tentative camaraderie, a subtle undercurrent of attraction emerges between them. Whether fueled by past misunderstandings or a newfound understanding, they must navigate the shifting landscape of their relationship, discovering that beneath the veneer of animosity lies the potential for something altogether unexpected.

The Perfect Hideaway by Alys Murray

Surly local newspaper reporter George Barnett is certain there’s more to new resident and social media influencer Annie and her brother Luke than meets the eye. Ever since they came to Hillsboro, he’s wanted to find out more about their past so he can write an expose that catapults his career to new heights.

Annie knows George has been digging around trying to get dirt on her brother, and she’s not about to let him hurt the most important person in her life. So, she offers herself up instead…even though she has more to hide than her brother. 

Sunrise Cabin by Stacey Donovan

In this heartwarming tale, Dylan, an overworked investment banker, and Paige, a free-spirited first-grade teacher, find themselves drawn together despite their differences. Their budding romance takes an unexpected turn when they both set their sights on purchasing the cabin Paige calls home.

As they navigate a real estate rivalry, their relationship evolves, teaching them valuable lessons about love and the true meaning of home.

The Magnolia Sisters by Alys Murray

Harper Anderson, swamped with duties at her family’s California flower farm, clashes with Luke Martin, a tech mogul set on using their farm for his sister’s wedding. Resolute in her refusal, Harper wants Luke gone ASAP.

However, Luke, driven by his sister’s happiness, strikes a deal: he’ll work on the farm for free to change Harper’s mind. Despite their differences, they bond while laboring among the flowers. Yet, a revelation threatens not just their budding relationship but also the Anderson family’s livelihood. Harper faces a tough choice: trust a man who challenges everything she knows to safeguard her family’s happiness.

Picture Perfect Autumn by Shelley Noble

Picture Perfect Autumn by Shelley Noble

In the vibrant Manhattan art scene, Dani Campbell, a self-taught photographer, rises to prominence, though she’s uncertain of her path. A chance discovery of vintage photos prompts her journey to Rhode Island to seek guidance from Lawrence Sinclair, a reclusive photographer with a tragic past.

Dani’s determination and Lawrence’s begrudging mentorship blossom amidst Rhode Island’s tranquility. However, their dynamic is tested when Lawrence’s estranged grandson, Peter, arrives. Through unexpected connections and shared pursuits, Dani and Peter challenge assumptions and forge new alliances.

Christmas at Fireside Cabins by Jenny Hale

Lila Evans, grappling with a solitary Christmas haunted by memories of her late father, seeks solace at Fireside Cabins in snow-covered Pinewood Hills, Tennessee. However, the warm welcome she anticipates in this rural haven proves elusive, especially from the gruff owner, Theo Perry, whose chilly reception matches the wintry landscape.

Despite their initial friction, Lila finds herself repeatedly crossing paths with Theo, discovering layers beneath his icy exterior. As she witnesses glimpses of his warmth, she becomes determined to thaw his demeanor and bring cheer to both of their holiday seasons, even in the face of skepticism from the townsfolk who believe it would require a Christmas miracle.

Spicy Romance Books with Enemies to Lovers

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Kilt Trip by Alexandra Kiley

Addie Macrae, a globetrotting travel consultant, finds herself on an unexpected adventure when she’s sent to Scotland to revive a struggling family-run tour company. Her mission: to inject some modern flair into the business while navigating the rugged charms of its owner, Logan Sutherland. What ensues is a delightful clash of cultures and a battle of wits as Addie and Logan butt heads over their differing perspectives on tourism.

Author Alexandra Kiley masterfully weaves together romance, humor, and a love letter to Scotland’s untamed beauty, creating a reading experience that will leave you enchanted and yearning for your own Scottish adventure.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read is a great opposites attract tale that’s somewhere between women’s fiction and a romantic comedy. January Andrews and Augustus Everett are both bestselling authors in their own genres–her romance and him literary fiction. Oh yeah, and they both totally crushed on each other in college although neither of them had any idea. Now they’ve run into one another again as they become neighbors, both struggling to write their next book.

In true rom-com fashion, they decide on a bet. They’ll swap genres and each try to write in the other’s genre–whoever sells their book first wins. But will they get more than they bargained for? 

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Starting Over Scottish by Tricia O’Malley

When Harper arrives in Scotland for a fresh start post-breakup, she finds her rented apartment occupied by a brooding Scotsman. With no other options, they begrudgingly share the cozy space, sparking witty banter and undeniable chemistry. Amidst the charming setting of a local pub and the antics of a war kitten, Harper embraces Scottish culture and rallies to save the pub from destruction, finding unexpected love and purpose in the tight-knit community.

O’Malley captures the warmth of the pub atmosphere, immersing readers in a tale of enemies turned lovers amidst festive cheer. Starting Over Scottish offers an uplifting escape with humor, romance, and a strong message of community, though it’s spicier than your typical holiday fare.