I'm sure most of you know by now that I am a hopeless romantic, and one of my favourite romantic tropes is hate to love stories, when a girl meets a guy and things don't start off smoothly but turn into a great relationship. In no particular order - because narrowing it down to ten was hard enough - here are my favourite hate-to-love stories.
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
Lex and Aiden get off to a bad start when he makes fun of her clipboard. But despite trying to stay mad at him, Lex is a fangirl for his debut novel and is his liaison with the conventions she helps run. A recent addition to my favourites, this love story is one of those slow burners that fill you with the warm and fuzzies.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Hanna is the station captain's daughter and Nik is, for lack of a better introduction, her drug dealer. They flirt but are on completely different social standings, not to mention she once punched him for getting too handsy. But when their space station is under attack, they team up to find answers and save the rest of the crew. Who hasn't heard that love story before?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
If I thought that Feyre and Tamlin were good together, then the sequel (which divided opinion but I adored) blew that completely out of the water with Rhys. She might not be able to stand him at first but does at least recognise that he is her best chance of surviving this growing war.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Perhaps the best and most famous case of misunderstanding turned into epic love story there is. Need I say more?
Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
When Aria goes outside the safe haven of the dome and into the wild to find her mum, she doesn't want any help from outsider savage Perry. But they need each other to survive the wilderness and find who they are looking for.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One of my absolute favourite stories ever, Cat definitely doesn't start on the right foot with Bones, as she tries to kill him, just for being a vampire. It's one of those "better the devil you know" situations as he trains her to become a better vampire hunter and wouldn't you know, they have amazing chemistry and banter as they work together.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
When Wanderer is planted inside Melanie's head, she doesn't expect resistance and she definitely didn't expect to be bombarded by memories of Mel's family. A unique take on an alien invasion, Wanda is divided as Mel is still very much alive inside her head and in love with Jared but Wanda is falling for Ian. But of course, being the enemy, no one trusts her, let alone wants to have feelings for her.
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Aelin might have had a few lovers through the years but her relationship with Rowan started rocky, although turned out to be the strongest. Beginning by kicking her ass in magic training, Rowan doesn't seem like the perfect guy for Aelin but they grow ever closer, by circumstance and by passion.
Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis
Split between two stories, past and present, I want to talk about Emily and Nate, the eighteenth century love story. When Emily's carriage crashes in the wilds of Montana, she is unwillingly rescued by Native American lad Nate, who heals and feeds her, teaches her about the world and his culture, and they slowly fall in love.
What's A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne
Lottie and Will definitely don't see eye to eye when she brings him on as cameraman for her feminist project. But their banter and arguments bring them closer together and also bridge the gap between both of their sides, by forcing the other to see their point of view.
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