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I love a good love/hate relationship between the two protagonists. It’s always an exciting build-up—sparks flying, sexual tension, romance—and executed with the right finesses, it creates the most swoon-worthy read. Here are 10 novels that are worth giving a shot.
10 Love/Hate Relationship Books Worth Reading
The Hating Game
The Kiss Thief
Call Me Irresistible
Susan Elizabeth Philips
Made for You
Anything You Can Do
To Hate Adam Connor
London's Perfect Scoundrel
1. Beautiful Bastard
Oh, this one is a modern fairy tale with a whip-sharp, outspoken and beautiful woman and an equally beautiful man. Set in a corporate setting, the employer-employee relationship between Chloe and Bennett is unmistakably fiery and I could almost see the sparks flying between them. The way their mutual hatred transitions into a sweet love story is so beautiful that it kept me cheering for their inevitable happy ending. This is one of my favorite romance novels of all time.
2. The Hating Game
This one is a very popular book. I think the name itself gives it away. What starts as a hating game between Joshua and the tiny Lucy gives way to a lot of chemistry simmering underneath their heated, and oh-so-witty verbal onslaughts. It is at its core a heart-warming romance novel with a funny protagonist and a shy hero. This was the book that introduced me to the love/hate equation and I’m awfully glad I read it.
3. The Kiss Thief
The Kiss Thief displays another example of a love/hate equation. It’s unintentionally funny, gripping and downright sexy. It follows the story of a rich Italian girl, Francesca and the newly elected Senator Keaton. I am surprised to find how much I enjoyed this book even though the plot can be surmised as another M&B paperback. I often reread it.
4. Call Me Irresistible
Susan Elizabeth Philips
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It’s funny, witty with one of the sexiest male characters I’ve ever come across, Ted Beaudine. The heroine is also a spunky, city girl who is just trying hard to prove herself. When she breaks up Ted’s marriage to her best friend, she becomes the primary antagonist for Ted. But all that hatred is nothing but pent-up sexual tension and the story glides into a memorable, happy ending.
5. Made For You
Made For You is about straight-laced Brynn Dalton who abides life with a set of rules she had noted down a long time ago. She’s an achiever, a perfectionist who loves the monotony of life. Until Will Thatcher, her childhood enemy showed up on her birthday, looking hot and man-whorish. They used to hate each other, or more so, she thought she did but we all know how that ends. It’s a gripping story and I finished it in one sitting. It was very wonderfully written.
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6. Rebel Belle
It’s a fantasy trilogy and the focus is more on the fantasy part than the romance. Still, it’s a love-hate equation. Harper Price is tasked to protect David Stark. They hate each other with unbinding passion - circling each other like wolves - trying to one-up the other. She ultimately develops a crush on him, keeping true to the love/hate trope.
7. Anything You Can Do
Two childhood enemies come back to their tiny hometown of Hamilton after successfully completing their medical degrees. But there is only one clinic and they both fight for a permanent position in that place. But things have changed, and Lucas is now a handsome, less arrogant teenager than Daisy remembered him to be. Yet, she is wary of him but only for some time. This is a surprisingly refreshing twist to an old trope with two sexy protagonists and a hell lot of sexual tension.
8. Two Weeks’ Notice
I read this book a long time ago. I remember it to be a good read as opposed to a good book, slightly funny and a little bit witty. The storyline seems a tad bit surreal and isn't all romance novels a tad bit surreal? Tara hates Preston Parker, who also happens to be her boss, her employer, her savior but perhaps that hate is simply just sexual tension? I love office romance more than anything, the slow build-up, the oh-you-drive-me-crazy and finally the alright-I-like you conclusion.
9. To Hate Adam Connor
The book was longer than it should’ve been, with a slightly careless usage of the point-of-view for each character. Nevertheless, it was a good read and the love/hate trope was extensively used. The protagonist was just shy of being annoying but I was game with the hero, the handsome, successful Adam Connor who seduces her by just being there. I loved the romantic instances (and there were plenty) and loved the teeny, tiny twist at the end.
10. London’s Perfect Scoundrel
Michael Edward Halboro is an infamous rake, known in the circles of London as quite the ‘perfect’ scoundrel. And Evelyn Ruddick is just about as proper as they come. She dislikes him, his mannerisms, his reputation but even so, as she spends more time with him, strictly to aid the Heart of Hope Orphanage, she realizes that he might not be so bad after all. The book had some interesting twists and somewhat of an amusing storyline, but it had a slower pace than I usually prefer. Nevertheless, it was a good read and a book that you can definitely try.
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Priya Barua (author) on September 26, 2019:
Hey @Tori, If you want to steer clear of sexual content, I'd suggest you stick to "The Hating Game," "Made For You" "The Kiss Thief" and "Rebel Belle." These books have some, albeit very less sexual content and read for a good story.
Tori Leumas on September 23, 2019:
I don't know anything about these books, but some of them might be good. I don't like reading anything with erotica or explicit sexual descriptions, but I do like reading books where the characters love/hate each other.
Priya Barua (author) on May 23, 2019:
@deepak: yes!!! It’s one of my favourites!
Vishw Deepak Jain from New Delhi on May 23, 2019:
Don't know a lot about these books but surely will read " Made for you".