Enemies to Lovers
A curated booklist by your favorite SPL librarians!
|A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos
Chef Lumi Santana has a magical trick up her apron: she can read a person’s emotions through their cooking. When her Upper Manhattan restaurant fails, Lumi ends up as sous chef to smug restaurateur Julien Dax. After he insults her at work, she vows to never taste his cooking, but curiosity gets the better of her, and she’s shocked to discover Julien has hidden depths, in flavors and feelings.
|Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Longtime enemies and gamers Conrad Stewart and Alden Parks get stuck traveling together cross-country to a massive fan convention, where they intend to compete to become pro-gamers. But as they bond on the road, these two rivals can’t help but find common ground and mutual attraction.
|Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
Upon turning 30, Kareena strikes a deal with her dad: he’ll give her the family home if she meets her soulmate by her sister’s engagement party. Meanwhile, after heart health expert Prem loses business sponsors when a heated encounter with Kareena goes viral, his aunties offer to fund his clinic if he convinces Kareena they’re actually a perfect match. Delightful antics and sparks ensue.
|Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake
When estranged stepsister Astrid guilt-trips Delilah Green into returning to the hometown of her lonely childhood, the last thing she expects is to get pulled into pretentious Claire Sutherland’s orbit while helping with Astrid’s wedding preparations. Claire is also taken off guard by Delilah’s charms and her ability to push all her buttons, good and bad, in this steamy sapphic story.
|The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Seattle based public radio producer Shay Goldstein and new hire Dominic Yun clash from the start, which is exactly why their boss picks them to co-host Ex Talk, where exes deliver relationship advice on the air. As their program becomes a hit with podcast listeners, Shay and Dominic warm up to each other, but worry their budding feelings could jeopardize Ex Talk’s success.
|The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of recently merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, have an instant dislike for one another. So begins a series of passive-aggressive plays reaching a fever pitch when the two end up vying for the same promotion. But one surprise kiss has these frenemies reconsidering their mutual disdain.
|Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park
Melody Joo’s star is on the rise when a post-apocalyptic video game with battling male strippers she made as a joke becomes her company’s top project. And while she feels her shine dimming after loathsome Nolan MacKenzie, nephew to the CEO, is assigned as an intern on her team, spending time with Nolan causes Melody to rewrite her initial assumptions.
|Love, Hate and Clickbait by Liz Bowery
Political consultant Thom Morgan is determined to see his governor seated in the Oval Office. Also working for the governor is Thom’s least favorite person, campaign data analyst Clay Parker. When tabloid photos of Thom and Clay in a heated argument are misconstrued as a secret lover’s rendezvous, their boss decides a pretend romance is exactly what the campaign trail needs.
|Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
This funny and thoughtful romance is the first in Dev’s Jane Austin-inspired series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty living in San Francisco. Acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr. Trisha Raje instantly butts heads with up-and-coming chef DJ Caine after he’s hired by her family, but the two must find common ground when DJ’s sister becomes a patient of Dr. Raje.
|The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Dating app CEO Rhiannon Hunter’s insights into online dating have made her cynical, sticking to one night stands and strict dating rules. When her company has the opportunity for a profitable merger, she’s stunned to find herself negotiating with retired football star Samson Lima, who ghosted her several years ago. With the same chemistry as before, can these frenemies find common ground?
|The Trouble With Hating You by Sajni Pate
In this banter-filled workplace romance, biochemical engineer Liya Thakkar’s business is on the fritz. In comes charming and handsome Jay Shah, a lawyer hired to rescue her company. There’s just one problem: Liya’s parents set her up on a disastrous date with Jay one week prior, and she hoped to never see him again. Will Liya and Jay’s second chance pay off?
|Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
When free-spirited Elle's business partner sets her up on a blind date with his love-skeptic sister, Darcy, it feels like a match made in hell. Later, Elle is shocked to discover Darcy told her brother the date was a success, and entreats her to follow the ruse. But if these polar opposites find some common ground, they might just find that first impressions can be misleading.