Rec me Sunday is a new bi-weekly series on Fictionally Sam where I basically give you recommendation of books based on different topics/tropes that will wreck you in all the best ways possible! These books are books I have personally loved and would read over and over again.
Ah, I love the smell of a new series here on the blog! This one has been in the back of my head for quiet some time and it wasn’t until recently that I decided to really solidify the series and what I want from it as the title of it all took shape in my head (I cackled for thirty minutes straight at “Rec Me Sunday”…please tell me you get it…rec…wreck….no?).
I thought it would be fun to create a series where I could put in one place all of my favorite recommendations, and then categorize them based on genre, topic, and/or trope! So for the series debut, I thought it would be loads of fun to gush over one of my all time favorite tropes: Enemies-To-Lovers.
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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
This book gave me literally all the feels! Lucy and Josh are the literal definitions of what enemies to lovers romance looks like! From the first page I was sold on the tension floating between the two both sexually and angst-wise. Thorne does a magnificent job in this slow burn like novel of showing the development of a relationship when it starts off on the wrong foot and how feelings can change when you start to get to know a person on a deeper level. Solid 10/10 would recommend!
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…
Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice… even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.
…and it’s going to be oh so good.
All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.
Ugh. Sports romance is a guilty pleasure for me–so when you mix that with Enemies to Lovers, a new form of love is born within me. A time is had folks. I love the chemistry between Garrett and Hannah, and the progression of their relationship is so natural and heart warming that this is an instant re-read book for me!
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.
After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.
But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.
Including Ivan Lukov.
I STAN ANYTHING MARIANA ZAPATA WHIPS OUT! Zapata has a lot of enemies to lovers books in her arsenal, but this is the most recent one and again–Sports Romance. A TIME IS BORN. My crops are thriving, my skin is cleared, and ten years has been added onto my life. This gem tells the story of Jasmine and Ivan who are both professional figure skaters; when circumstances bring the two together as partners for the pairs division they have to figure out how to put their differences aside to win the season and not kill each other.
Honestly, I can’t put into words how much I love this book and I really really really want every one to read her work. If you love a slow burn enemies to lovers romance–this is it fam.
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Our High Lord of the Night Court Rhysand. That is all you need for this recommendation.
Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn
Dear Mister…**strike out** no, too formal.
Hey there sweet cheeks *strike out* no, too forward.
To whom it may concern,
Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer—because it was free.
I think it’s important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don’t you?
So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.
I like you so much it’s clouding my judgment and making me do things I never would sober. Like write this letter.
I have a hopeless, foolish, schoolgirl crush on you when you are the last person on earth I should be falling for. Did you know people around the office call you a sadist? An egomaniac. An insensitive, arrogant prick. Your bark is worse then your bite, and you don’t scare me. The fact is, I’d love that bite of yours to nip at my bare skin while we’re both wearing nothing but sheets.
For once I want you to look at me as more than one of your employees.
And as long as we’re being honest, that navy blue suit you wear? With the crisp white shirt? It really makes me want to loosen your tie and show you who’s boss.
Sara Ney is a bop author for me, so when I heard she was partnering up with Meghan Quinn for an office enemies to lovers romance, I jumped on the band wagon quick. This one is a quirk, quick and hella hilarious read that will leave you swooning and in stitches. I love this duo with all my heart and I need everyone to get a taste of Rome and Peyton’s chemistry and back and forth banter!
What are you favorite Enemies To Lovers books? Let me know!