Who Loves Enemies-to-Lovers Romance–and Why?

 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:

Brick

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)

Available at AMAZON

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Two Hearts Unlikely Heroes: Tamara Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author: When wounded warrior Captain Samantha Caldwell is being targeted by a terrorist in Crystal Rock after killing their leader in Iraq, can AFOSI Agent Captain Ben Nash keep her safe?

Simply Love: Natalie Ann, USA Today bestselling author: Being strong doesn’t make you a hero, but doing what is right does.

She’s Having A Baby: Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today bestselling author: During the worst fire season in California history, a wildland fire changes life for Mike and Aisling Saint and their best friend.

Johnny’s Girl: Cynthia Cooke, USA Today bestselling author: Will he choose the mission or the girl?

Fire Me Up: Alicia Street, USA Today bestselling author: After an FDNY fireman loses his fiancée to a rich Wall Streeter, he seeks a new start in a sleepy village on Long Island’s North Fork, only to fall for a shy schoolteacher who shakes up his world like never.

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Never Gone: Stephanie Queen, USA Today bestselling author: Joe is a regular guy from Boston–except when he’s called on by the Zero Go Team. So when he’s sent to protect a sexy Hollywood costume designer, the last thing he expects is a crazy attraction that’s anything but regular.

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Something About a Holiday Affair

by Stephanie Queen

Let me tell you a little something about Holiday Affair, the movie and my new novella available now in Love, Christmas 2.

Old Black & White Movies Bring the Holidays Home

My story is inspired by an old black and white holiday movie I’d seen for the first time last year. Holiday Affair, the movie, hasn’t left me since then. It’s set in New York City, as many of my all-time favorite Christmas movies are. It’s essentially about a young woman who chooses an inappropriate stranger who speaks to her heart over a practical old acquaintance who speaks to her head.

In my story, Melissa, who’d been financially successful and living her dream, finds herself suddenly penniless and homeless in New York City on Christmas eve. She’s proud and determined to do anything to claw her way back until a chance meeting with a heart-throbbing Uber driver (got to have the modern twist!), a completely inappropriate man, changes everything.

Of course I added to and subtracted from the original story. In my version, Melissa doesn’t have a young boy but she does have wealthy friends, although she’s too proud to ask them for help. She’s a little too materialistic and a lot of fun in a new adult woman in New York City way. The story is part of my Margo & George hot new adult romantic comedy series.

A Sequel Will Be Coming After the Holidays

But the most important thing I want you to know about this story is how incredible an experience it was to write. If every story I wrote was this exciting and enjoyable and easy to write, I would have written a hundred novels by now. There was something magical in the experience of writing this one for me and so I am dying to write the sequel about Melissa and her inappropriate Uber driver.

I hope the story is as magical an experience for readers when they read it in Love, Christmas 2.

Make sure you get your copy now while it’s only $.99!

5 Favorite Summer Things To Do by Stephanie Queen

Like a lot of us, I find I have more leisure time in the summer. Work slows down, days get longer and energy goes up. Maybe it’s all a mirage, but suddenly there’s more time for the fun stuff in life.

Here are my top 5 fun summer leisure loves:

  1. The Beach. Breathing the salt air. Splashing in the ocean waves. Walking in the warm sand. Any of it. All of it! One of my favorite all time beaches is Gay Head Beach on Martha’s Vineyard (pictured above), a small island off the coast of Massachusetts and top summer vacation mecca. When POTUS vacations there, you know it has to be hot!

Speaking of which, POTUS plans a vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in my latest Beachcomber Investigations novel, Beachcomber Danger. The problem is there’s a credible threat to his life. But my hero and heroine, Dane & Shana will do their part to foil the threat. Of course, nothing is that easy and nothing good happens without a cost. Find out the price Dane has to pay when you read the book…

  1. Summer Theater. Maybe I’m a geek, but I love seeing those small productions done in all the vacation spots well off Broadway—mostly in the mountains. Revivals of long ago favorites like South Pacificor My Fair Lady, or my very favorite The Pajama Game. I’m heading up to the mountains in New Hampshire to see whatever they’re showing!
  2. Shopping. I know, I know. This is a great leisure activity any time of year (think Christmas) but it’s extra special when you can cruise the boutiques and shops in a vacation town, especially one that’s on the water, and duck inside for special sales and AC when the sun gets too hot. My favorite spot is in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, closely followed by Wolfeboro, NH on the shores of Lake Winnepesauki. Or any water front harbor town along the coast of Maine, like York or Kennebunkport.
  3. Ice Cream. I know it’s not an activity. Not strictly speaking, but eating ice cream cones, visiting shops or outdoor stands, especially if they’re along a beach or at a carnival, is classifiably a FUN activity! I enjoy the beach side stands at places like Old Orchard Beach in Maine or Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts among many, many others (closely followed by the stands that sell ‘Beach Pizza’!)
  4. Reading a Beach Book. This is the ultimate leisurely activity in the summer. Laying around with nothing to do but read for hours on end. On the beach or in a hammock or poolside. Or maybe in bed late at night, or before you get up in the morning because you have nowhere else to be. The ultimate definition of leisure activity!

If you’re looking for a great Beach Read, check out my romantic detective series, Beachcomber InvestigationsIt’s on sale now for a limited time for $.99!