Enemies to Lovers Books of 2020

by - January 04, 2020

I already made my sure-buy books of 2020 list, but what's the point of my blog if I don't make an Enemies to Lovers books of 2020 list, right? So here you go. I've done all the digging for you.

Please note this list is incomplete, since it's only January 4 and I haven't seen every book meant to be released this year. It's also arranged according to publication date.



The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: 4 Feb


Genre: Adult contemporary romance // Goodreads link

A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancée. And she loathes him.

If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own.

But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again...

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon: 18 Feb


Genre: YA contemporary, Beauty and the Beast retelling // Goodreads link

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can't shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.



The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller: 25 Feb


Genre: YA fantasy // Goodreads link

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?


Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie: 7 Apr


Genre: YA sci-fi // Goodreads link

A young pilot risks everything to save his best friend--the man he trusts most and might even love--only to learn that he's secretly the heir to a brutal galactic empire.

Ettian Nassun's life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He's spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he's met Gal Veres--his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who's made the Academy feel like a new home.

But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed, rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who's won his heart and trust that Gal's goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what's rightfully theirs?


You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle: 7 Apr


Genre: Adult contemporary romance // Goodreads link

Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.

Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
 


We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: 12 May


Genre: YA fantasy // Goodreads link

We Free the Stars is the sequel to We Hunt the Flame. As the conclusion to this epic duology, I have high hopes!

Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.


Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco: no release date yet

Genre: YA fantasy // Goodreads link

Set in 19th century Italy, this YA fantasy follows a witch seeking answers in the murder of her beloved sister, and the demon prince who is tasked with finding a bride for his master.

I'm a big fan of this author's other series, Stalking Jack the Ripper. I'm sure Kingdom of the Wicked will have the same sizzling chemistry, stellar banter, and swoonworthy scenes!


These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: no release date yet

Genre: YA fantasy // Goodreads link

These Violent Delights, pitched as a Romeo and Juliet retelling by way of The Godfather.

A monster has awakened in 1920s Shanghai, killing off citizens and stirring trouble between two feuding gangs. The rival heirs, Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai, must work together before the monster destroys all they hold dear, even while the Chinese Civil War breaks out around them.


If you follow me on Twitter, then you know I've been clamoring over the lack of gangster fantasy novels. These Violent Delights combines my favorite things: enemies to lovers, a gangster fantasy, the 1920s, and an Asian setting. This is already one half of my personality. I'm. So. Ready.



When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer: Sept 2020


When Villains Rise is the third book in the Market of Monsters trilogy. The first was Not Even Bones (released 2018). I put this last because a) any description about this book would be a spoiler and b) the series in itself is light on the romance. But there are enemies to lovers vibes, and it is about villain protagonists. So I couldn't not include it ;)



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If you think this list is short, then I'm just as disappointed as you are. 2019 was THE YEAR for enemies to lovers in YA SFF, and 2020 just pales in comparison. I hope that the rest of the decade won't be like this, though! Fingers crossed for our favorite tropes!

Did I miss anything? What are your most anticipated enemies to lovers releases of 2020?

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