Friends to lovers. Possibly one of the most favored and popular trope in romance novels. There's just something so sexy and exciting about a relationship that starts with bickering, dangerous plotting, and hateful thoughts concerning the other party. It's a different, and definitely a dysfunctional foreplay, that almost never fails.
I love this trope! After all, the Bible says "Love thy enemy," and if my nemesis is like these four hunky males, I wouldn't mind turning the other cheek (and more) to them.
It’s a fine line between love and hate, and these heroes know that first hand! Here to tell us the signs that you may be falling from your enemy are Leo Barrons (Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster), Lord Randall (Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives), Adam, King of the GIM (Soulbound by Kristen Callihan), and Killian Bane (Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys).
Leo Barrons, Of Silk and Steam:
- You find yourself looking forward to matching wits with her, even when she comes out the victor.
- You make rash challenges, like promising to help her outrun assassins, in exchange for a single kiss...
- You trust her with information that could ruin you, knowing it's the only way to get past her quest for revenge against your family.
*I do love the part where you tricked Mina in showing you her boobies*
Lord Randall, Wicked, My Love:
- You want to be with your enemy all the time, even if you’re just going to bicker and insult each other.
- You get confused as to whether you’re fighting or flirting.
- Things turn ugly and you turn to your enemy because you know she’s there, your enemy in thick and thin.
*Tsk, hanging out to bicker? Sounds like foreplay to me*
- Certainly you want to tup her. But when you imagine holding her after you tup? Trouble, my friends. Trouble.
- Even when she annoys that bloody hell out of you, she’s the only person you want to be around. Irritating, that.
- When it is foregone conclusion that you will lay down your life for her.
Killian Bane, Vampires Never Cry Wolf:
- I couldn't stay away from her. No matter what I did or what I said, I was drawn to Sadie and I kept going back to her damn club night after night. I couldn't get enough of her and I never will.
- I walked away from my duty as crown prince. No title and no amount of power could possibly replace having Sadie by my side.
- I knew I was done for when I realized that I'd rather fight with Sadie than make love with anyone else.
To hear more on how these hero tried (and failed) to resist their enemies check out their stories!
Leo Barrons: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
Lord Randall: WickedMy Love by Susanna Ives
Adam, King of the GIM: Soulbound by Kristen Callihan
Killian Bane: Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys
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