{Top 5} Hate-to-Love Relationships

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic was tough! Having two topics this month have to pertain to relationships in stories had me scouring my noggin trying to come up with some without being too redundant between both posts. Also, there was some confusion between me and friends on Goodreads between the interpretation of this topic. After talking it out and thinking about it, I’m interpreting it as follows:

My Top 5 hate-to-love “trope” romances, which of course is when the couple starts out hating each other and grows more attached to one another over the course of the story. Please read on at your own risk of spoilers though, as some of the romantic pairings I list below sort of count as character and plot development in their own right.


{Top 5} Hate to Love Ships

{Elloren Gardner x Yvan Guriel}
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

The black witch

Okay, I’m obsessed with this book right now. Can’t get it, or the characters out of my head. Of them, I particularly enjoyed the development of Elloren and Yvan’s relationships. Elloren is a Gardnerian, and Yvan a Kelt. Because of this, they have both grown up in environments that left them woefully misinformed about each other’s races. When first they meet they’re both misguided and every interaction seems to lead to them butting heads. And while there’s no coupling between them in this book, the attraction that develops between them with greater understanding and acceptance is quite palpable. I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes next.

{Hanna Donnelly x Nik Malikov}
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Hanna and Nik have such a unique relationship. While I wouldn’t say that they hate each other at the start of this novel, they’re definitely not romantically linked to one another (although Nik might wish they were) but there’s definite tension between them. Of course, as things go to hell in a hand-basket and they’re drawn closer together in order to survive, things get unexpectedly heated between them. One of my favorite stories of the year, and these were two of my favorite characters.

{Yeva x The Beast}
Hunted by Meagan Spooner


Another retelling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, Hunted has that romantic chemistry down to a science between the two titular characters. Yeva’s a little bit more country in this retelling, and the Beast is definitely the more rough and tumble side of rock and roll this time around. While they’re initially so at odds with one another that they’re actively seeking to murder each other, their romantic relationship blooms and becomes just as compelling as the original story in its own right.

{Clary x Jace}
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones .jpg

Okay, so I hate this Hate-to-Love Trope romance a little bit more than all the others, but I was at a loss for who else to include on here, and by the third book in the series I was starting to come around to this pairing. When we first meet Jace, he’s got an awful lot of baggage he’s carrying along with him that makes it almost impossible for him to treat anyone else with decency or respect, including Clary. It doesn’t help things either that their relationship gets way complicated along the way. But through it all Clary recognized the good guy that Jace was deep down and fights for him to see it too. I only wish Cassandra Clare had made it easier t o like him before the third book in the series.

{Lia x Rafe}
The Remnant Chronicles 
by Mary E Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal .jpg

Now, I’ve yet to finish the third book in this series, so don’t spoil it for me if things go south! But I’m totally into the romantic relationship between Lia and Rafe in this series. They’re definitely a hate-to-love trope pairing. So much so in fact, that Lia skipped out on her wedding just to get away from him. Of course, there are reasons and she didn’t exactly know who she was running from, but as their secrets come out they find themselves falling for each other all the same. They’re definitely my favorite pairing in this series and I can’t wait to see how things end up in book 3.

What do you think about my choices? What are some of your favorites? 

Thanks for reading!



8 thoughts on “{Top 5} Hate-to-Love Relationships

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  1. Brilliant inclusion of Nik and Hanna. Loved them, and they really did an abrupt change (well, at least on Hanna’s part) with their love story. Haven’t read any of the other ones, but I had to stop and just fangirl over them for a second, but I totally agreed with literally everything you said about them. XD 🙂

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  2. As soon as I saw Black Witch pop up, I skipped reading haha. Is it safe to read this without and spoilers of potential love affairs in books I have yet to read? You feature a lot of titles I end up adding to the tbr 😉 I don’t want to forgo that element of surprise ❤

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