In this week’s Book Talk, my second favorite trope—Hate to Love!
Verbal sparring is the best foreplay before the real foreplay. I mean, seriously. One day they’re bickering like cat and dogs, the next they’re making out and giving in to the pull. The banter, steady rise to a mind-blowing explosion and their efforts to move past their hate—I’m a sucker for that.
We have two characters who, at first glance, are two opposite sides of the coin, are enemies or competitors. Sometimes one-sided, other times mutual. One might not agree with the others beliefs or way of living, or both are vying for a position only one of them can get. Maybe one of the characters said something to offend the other.
Somewhere along the way, either of the characters realizes that they enjoy the sparring and heated arguments much more than actually hating the other. They see the good and the beautiful in their ‘enemy’ and realize they don’t hate them at all.
Look at Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have the classic hate to love story. Shortly after Mr. Darcy offended Elizabeth—and lost her good opinion—he soon sees how perfect Elizabeth is for him. While he falls in love with her, she dislikes him more and more.
How is this a romance then??? When Mr. Darcy realizes Elizabeth thinks he’s a d*ck, he tries his best to change for the better. Even after Elizabeth’s rejection, he swoops in and saves her family from ruin. All incognito, too! He proves himself to Elizabeth, she falls in love with him, and they live happily ever after.
It’s the character growth, amazing pacing, and the gradual change from love to hate that makes this trope a total winner.
NOTABLE Hate to Love BOOKS
I have a lot of favorite hate to love books out there (including The Wall of Winnipeg and Me; I’ve already added that in the fauxmance trope discussion)
Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts
School good girl and the player work together to babysit two adorable tots. So fluffy!
The Royals series by Erin Watt
Heroine is fostered by the hero’s father, but hero and his brothers object to it. Gossip Girl meets Cruel Intentions.
The Muse by Jessica Evans
Modern-day Pride and Prejudice in the ballet world! Star choreographer hero suffers artist’s block but finds a muse in corps de ballet dancer heroine.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Officemates go head-to-head in a battle to gain the COO position. Tiny heroine vs tall grumpy hero. Banter is ace! Top read of 2016!
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Hero lawyer and heiress heroine have daily 5 am run-ins to argue with each other and have a playful banter/fights. Grumpy hero and bubbly heroine. Top read of 2017!
Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane
Heroine gets a makeover from high school as a huge f*ck you to her bullies. She bumps into one of the most popular guys in high school—and one of the bullies who scarred her teenage life—and what starts as hate turns into friendship, then eventually love. This book broke my heart. I love it so much!
Most Anticipated Hate to Love book
Any hate to love books you’re looking forward to reading? I’m a little ashamed to say I only have these two on my radar. If you have recommendations, feel free to share it in the comment box below!
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