Who doesn’t love a great enemies-to-lovers romance? It’s one of the most romantic tropes in literature. There’s Darcy and Lizzie Bennet, Daphne and Simon, and now Raffy and Luca as well as Tamsin and Wren. These are some YA books you should keep on your radar from January until April if you can’t help but fall for this trope!
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Raffy has a passion for creation. He has always chosen his art over everything and anyone and is determined to make it big at this year’s cosplay competition. He dreams of getting a sponsorship before heading to art school and earning respect for his work. His only problem? His ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition. Raffy tried to make it work with Luca and they were almost the perfect team last year, but Luca’s insecurities and Raffy’s strive for perfection ended it fast. Now Raffy is determined on a come back. But when they are forced to partner on Raffy’s most ambitious project yet, Raffy will have to balance his unresolved feelings, his own self-doubt, and getting everything he ever wanted.
Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation, but when she commits the worst magical sin, she is exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way to get those feelings back is to steal from others. Wren is a source, a rare person made of magic but can’t access it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven, but she hides her secret to take care of her ailing father. When her father falls victim to a magical plague, Wren offers a deal with Tamsin: if Tamsin helps her catch the dark witch responsible for the plague, she will give her her love for her father.
Cast In Firelight by Dana Swift
Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar and a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure and a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic. Their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms, but the two are determined to not make reunion easy. But when their paths cross and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead, they have to learn how to trust each other. Now Wickery’s future is in their hands – and it’s as complicated as their relationship.
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Bao Nguyen would describe himself as a rock: steady and strong but uninteresting with average grades, working at his parents’ pho restaurant. Linh Mai sees herself as a firecracker: stable when unlit, but full of potential. She dreams of pursuing a career in art, but her parents’ rely on her work at their pho restaurant. The Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds for years, and Bao and Lin have always avoided each other. But when they are brought together and sparks fly, the two wonder if they can find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
Darcy Phillips can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee but might not have the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke, who is in love with someone else. She also cannot stand Alexander Brougham, but when he catches her removing the letters for her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service, he offers her a deal. He’ll keep her secret if she becomes his life coach to get back his ex-girlfriend. She agrees as if word gets out that she’s behind the service, Brooke might never speak with her again.
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen
After losing to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer. Scottie is determined to stay as far away from Irene as possible, but when they are forced to carpool as Irene’s car is in the shop, things only get more complicated. But when an opportunity arises for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex, she bribes Irene into an elaborate fake-dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings.