April 19, 2021

Enemies to Lovers Trope

Two ladies sitting on steps of a brick home discussing the novelbound enemies to lovers books podcast

Living with Boys

Celine and Anna talk about what it’s like to live with boys as an opener to the podcast. So, Boys, if you are here, plug your ears.

Celine talks about something she struggles with her husband, Tanner, “Boys are gross; For example, Tanner shoves his toothbrush to the back of his throat. He does this weird thing where (I am laughing so hard; a singular tear is rolling down my face) So, he’s like brushing his teeth, and all I hear is ‘scrub, scrub scrub,’ and I look at him, and I am just like. “what are you doing?” Subsequently, What I realized was, when he took the toothbrush out of his mouth, it WAS MY TOOTHBRUSH!!!

Anna explains how she tries to let things roll off her shoulders, “There are issues with Jaylen that I’m not going to bring up, I don’t care that much, then he’ll like do it for a month then I’m like, “can you not, like, can you like not do that.”

Spoiler Free Episode!

After all the relatable detour talking, Celine and Anna dive into enemies to lover’s books. First, Anna started with an iconic prime example enemies to lovers book, which everyone knows, Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. Anna and Celine explain that this is a perfect example because two groups pitted against each other, similar to Romeo and Juliet. Furthermore, Celine likes that they are forced to be married. Also, Anna, likes that Reid takes his marriage vows seriously.

Second, Celine shares Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. She likes this book because it is a nice escape from huge books. This is a lovely story, and all of the characters are really well-rounded. The author does a great job of making the characters’ imperfections that make sense and fit well. It’s nice to see the character development throughout the book. Eelyn, the main character, is taken prisoner, which is how this book fits into the enemy to lovers category. Fiske really grows to respect her. Towards the end of the book, Eelyn and Fiske honor eachother. Their relationship really grows, since they really have hatred towards each other. Fiske really protects her, even when she doesn’t deserve it.

Listen to the full Novelbound podcast here to relate to the struggles of living with boys, while enjoy giggling along as Celine and Anna discuss Enemies to Lovers books.

“I am laughing so hard, a singular tear is rolling down my face”

Celine explaing how Tanner brushes his teeth and that boys are gross
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Enemies to Lovers

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Anna’s picks

Celine’s Picks


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. 

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This best-selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition of the novel. For the Fourth Edition, the editor has collated the 1847 text with several modern editions and has corrected a number of variants, including accidentals. The text is accompanied by entirely new explanatory annotations.

New to the fourth Edition are twelve of Emily Bronte’s letters regarding the publication of the 1847 edition of Wuthering Heights as well as the evolution of the 1850 edition, prose and poetry selections by the author, four reviews of the novel, and poetry selections by the author, four reviews of the novel, and Edward Chitham’s insightful and informative chronology of the creative process behind the beloved work.

Five major critical interpretations of Wuthering Heights are included, three of them new to the Fourth Edition. A Stuart Daley considers the importance of chronology in the novel. J. Hillis Miller examines Wuthering Heights’s problems of genre and critical reputation. Sandra M. Gilbert assesses the role of Victorian Christianity plays in the novel, while Martha Nussbaum traces the novel’s romanticism. Finally, Lin Haire-Sargeant scrutinizes the role of Heathcliff in film adaptations of Wuthering Heights.

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