Rivals to Lovers- Book Recommendations

20 Rivals to Lovers Trope
Who doesn’t love a good rivals to lovers romance book!? Are you curious to know the difference between rivals to lovers and enemies to lovers?

Rivals to lovers is when two people are competing for the same objective, or superiority over the other person. For example, rivals vying for the same position at work or families who have a rivalry for power! These two individuals start out against each other and end up falling for one another. Enemies to lovers is more all encompassing, where any two people (or maybe more!) start out hating each other and end up as lovers!

Below are our favorite contemporary and fantasy/paranormal rivals to lovers book recommendations!

Fantasy Book Covers, Trope: rivals to lovers


  • House of Bane and Blood by Alexis Menard
  • A Rivalry of Hearts by Tessonja Odette
  • Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
  • The Serpent and the Wings of Night by Carissa Broadbent
  • Bride by Ali Hazelwood
  • Bound by Knighthood by Nicki Chapelway
  • Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett
  • Wings so Wicked by Emily Blackwood
  • Wild is the Witch by Rachel Griffin
  • A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid

Romance Book Covers, Trope: Rivals to Lovers


  • Beach Read by Emily Henry
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • Book Lovers by Emily Henry
  • The Long Game by Elena Armas
  • Make up Break up by Lily Menon
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman
  • Lunar Love by Lauren Kung Jessen
  • Wine or Lose by Amanda Chaperon

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