Regular stranger falling in love can seem so boring. These ten books switch up the narrative by sharing characters who start as nemesis, but blur the lines between a steaming rage and piping hot love.
Sex & Vanity by Kevin Kwan
When rich, beautiful, half-Asian Lucie Churchill meets George Zao at a wedding in Capri, she detests him. She despises the way he humbly shares his wealth, the way he knows more about the island than her, and the way he kisses her passionately in the dark. After several years, George reappears in Lucie’s life in New York, just as she gets engaged to a fiancé. Lucie must desperately try to push away her feelings for George and maintain the picture-perfect upper east side Facade her late father’s family expects of her.
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
Ashton Suaréz and Jasmine Lin Rodriguez are battling feigned romance with each other in order to restore their dying acting careers. When the fake turns into a real, they wonder if they can keep their behind the scenes romance a secret. Or will the romance jeopardize their careers, and spiral them into nothingness once and for all?
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive Torres is usually the unlucky twin and assumes the role again at her sister Ami’s wedding where she has to bear the company of the best man and her arch-nemesis Ethan Thomas. However, as luck will have it, when everyone at Ami’s wedding gets food poisoning, except for Olive and Ethan, the two head off on Ami’s honeymoon together. What starts off as pretending to be newlyweds evolves into something real.
Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
Jillian Sherwood is determined to find the lost Amazonian city of women warriors, even if that means having handsome Ben Lewis come along on her adventure. Jillian stands her ground against Ben’s taunts and pleas, but neither of them could foresee the dangerous days of love and betrayal ahead.
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
Ava Breevort has had bad luck. After going to Phoenix to bury a friend, her flight back to Boston is delayed, and her attempts at first class are stolen by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott. The hate between them turns into the steamiest layover Ava has ever had. It was supposed to be temporary until Caleb turns up at Ava’s door in Boston. Can Samantha fight her feelings for Caleb? And if she can’t, will Caleb even return the love?
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The first son of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz resembles royalty due to his dashing good looks. Alex has actual beef with the actual royal across the pond, Prince Henry. The two families try to reconcile the drama through a fake instagrammable friendship. However, Alex and Henry soon take a real liking to each other and must hide their new secret romance in order to preserve the peace.
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Dr.Trisha Raje is an acclaimed San Francisco neurosurgeon, but that’s not enough for her prestigious Indian American family. Trisha tries to redeem herself after breaking her family’s rules, but working with the up and coming chef DJ Caine may put a wrench in her plans. DJ doesn’t like Trisha, but he needs a job with her family and needs Trisha to save his sister’s life. Can the two work past their differences? Or will a past plagued with assumptions and family get in the way?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Joshua is Lucy’s nemesis, which makes their work at a publishing company quite difficult. Joshua’s bleak approach to life completely contrasts Lucy’s bright outlook. When the two are up for the same promotion, their hatred for each other reaches its boiling point, and they begin to question their hatred.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
Augustus and January are authors with nothing in common, except for the fact they are both struggling with writer’s block and share neighboring beach houses. To get out of their rut, they decide to switch writing styles, with January writing a deep literary fiction and Augustus writing a rom-com. After spending all summer together, they expect to end with bestselling books and no love, but they may end up with both.
Kiss My Cupcake by Helena Hunting
Blaire Calloway is royally pissed when Ronan Knight plans to open his old-school sports bar the same day as her cupcake and cocktail shop. Blaire and Rowan fight endlessly in order to one-up each other and gain new customers. But when an even bigger threat to their businesses comes to town, Blaire and Rowan must work together. The more time they spend together, the more Blaire realizes she may have misjudged Rowan, and a romance starts to bloom.