In the world of new adult & college romance, the enemies-to-lovers trope reigns supreme.
Fact: 12% of the top 100 New Adult/College Romances are Enemies-to-Lovers💜
Friends-to-Lovers only make up 2% of the top 100!
Something to Think About
💜 But WHY the enemies-to-lovers trope?
I love a good angst filled enemies-to-lovers story. The thing is though, it’s very tricky to strike that balance for the enemy to be hateable and likeable at the same time. Sometimes as a reader, I take sides if the war is too intense.
On the other hand, the worst thing is one of those stories where the hate-reason is pathetically petty and you just want to roll your eyes.
Needless to say, this is one trope that is wicked hard to write! But I do anyway and give it my best shot.
When done right, all the angst oozes off the page and the fiery back-and-forth fuels a hot-hot story.
My favorite thing: That first breach of physical restraint, the first kiss
Why are you a fan of enemies-to-lovers romance?
What’s your favorite Enemies-to-Lovers romance novel?
There are a lot of great examples out there, but if you’re looking for something new…
Notorious Man on Campus – an Enemies-to-Lovers College Football Romance
Just released TODAY and it’s on sale for $0.99 until Thursday or FREE on Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb:
To say I don’t trust women is impossible. I would never use the word trust and women in the same sentence.
In the universe of un-trustworthy women, there’s Nyla, the she-devil, the girl who broke my brother’s heart, the one who caused him to drop out of college to work at the family business in nowhere Pennsylvania. She holds a specially vile place in the black hole that would be my heart.
And f*ck if she isn’t the girl I’m looking at right now in the kitchen at BMOC House where I live, where I rule. Nyla Rhoades stands at the sink, washing pots and pans more temptingly forbidding than ever.
Some unholy deity could not have dialed up a more heinous torture, a more poisonous punishment than to force me to spend my senior year living under the same roof as that girl.
But Majik hired her and there’s no going against Majik’s decree that she needs Nyla’s help to cook and clean at BMOC House.
Welcome to my senior year. Turning from the best time of my life as star QB on campus on my way to the NFL, to a living purgatory where I’m reminded daily of the one most absolutely f*cked up mistake I’ve ever made.
My dreams of a pro football career could come crashing down. Worse, I could lose whatever shreds of a family I still have.
Unless I deal with her… my personal Eve from the garden of hell with with her tempting apple.
Notorious Man on Campus is a sizzling stand-alone enemies to lovers romance in the world of Big Men on Campus at St. Paul University. If you love stories where the giant immovable oak in the form of a grumpy smokin’ hot football god is felled by an s sunshiny spitfire in a battle of wills and forbidden attraction, then you’ll love this one! (Warning: language and sex for a mature audience)
About USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen
A romantic at heart and a writer by nature, Stephanie Queen writes angsty-funny college and sports romance. She’s also written romantic thrillers and rom-coms and has published more than fifty books–so far.
Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family and her cat, Kitty.