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Now that we’re more than halfway through year two of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to feel a bit disconnected from the natural world. Between stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and the important measures we’ve been taking to help stop the spread and keep people in our communities safe since March 2020, we haven’t had much of a chance (besides our daily walks) to get out there and explore the great outdoors.

Luckily, books are a fantastic way to indulge in some pandemic escapism and learn about nature, wildlife and conservation in the process. That’s why we’re celebrating the National Parks Service’s 105th Anniversary with this roundup of nonfiction books that can help you slow down, pay attention to and reconnect with the natural world.

Interested in learning more about climate change and the environment? Check out our books about climate change reading list and our roundup of movies and TV shows about environmental issues .

“Vesper Flights” by Helen MacDonald

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Helen MacDonald’s Vesper Flights , released in 2020, is a collection of previously published and new essays about the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Covering topics like mushroom foraging, the 2014 solar eclipse and watching songbird migrations from the top of the Empire State Building, MacDonald’s essays serve as reminders of the pricelessness of the plant and animal life surrounding us.

Vesper Flights is MacDonald’s followup to H Is for Hawk , her critically acclaimed memoir about grief, the sudden death of her father and her experiences training Northern Goshawks. H Is for Hawk is the recipient of the Samuel Johnson Prize and the 2014 Costa Book of the Year award.

Helen MacDonald, who grew up in Surrey, England, is a naturalist, lecturer and faculty member at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

“The Living Mountain” by Nan Shepherd

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The Cairngorm Mountains of northeast Scotland provide the setting for poet and mountaineer Nan Shepherd’s meditative, lyrical volume about the intersection between mountains and the human imagination. Hailed by The Guardian as “the best book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain” and described by author Jeanette Winterson as “a kind of geo-poetic exploration of the Cairngorms,” The Living Mountain vividly depicts the varied and diverse landscape of the Cairngorms in all seasons and weather.

Written during the later years of World War II but not published until 1977, near the end of Shepherd’s life, The Living Mountain is the result of Shepherd’s lifelong obsession with the mountain range and her conviction that “Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered.”

Shepherd, born in 1893, lived in her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland, for most of her adult life. She worked as a lecturer in English at the Aberdeen College of Education and published several novels set in Northern Scotland.

“Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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In this ode to everything the plant world has to teach humankind, Robin Wall Kimmerer draws on her experience as an Indigenous scientist and botanist to tell a story about “indigenous ways of knowing, scientific knowledge, and the story of an Anishinaabekwe scientist trying to bring them together in service to what matters most” in Braiding Sweetgrass .

Sweetgrass (scientific name: Hierochloe odorata), a plant that’s sacred to the Potawatomi people, is central to the book. “It is called wiingaashk – the sweet-smelling hair of Mother Earth. Breathe it in and you start to remember things you didn’t know you’d forgotten,” Kimmerer writes in the preface.

Through a series of interwoven narratives, Kimmerer advocates for a more reciprocal and interconnected relationship between humans and the natural world. Braiding Sweetgrass is a timely and urgent reminder of the value of Indigenous plant knowledge. But it’s also an investigation into how this Indigenous knowledge can work hand in hand with the scientific method to support life on Earth and ultimately “heal our relationship with the world,” as Kimmerer writes.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a botanist, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and an Indigenous scientist. She is the author of Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses . Kimmerer is also an American Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

“The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature” by J. Drew Lanham

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In his 2016 memoir The Home Place , author J. Drew Lanham traces his family’s history back to Edgefield County, South Carolina, where several generations of his ancestors were enslaved prior to the Civil War. Characterizing Edgefield County as somewhere “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else,” Lanham interrogates his own complex relationship with the county, and, by extension, how living in Edgefield County shaped his identity as a Black man living in the rural South in the 1970s.

The Home Place was listed as a “Best Book of 2016” by Forwards Reviews and was a Nautilus Silver Award Winner. William Souder, author of Under a Wild Sky , described the memoir as “a wise and deeply felt memoir of a black naturalist’s improbable journey.” Helen MacDonald, author of Vesper Flights , characterized The Home Place as “a groundbreaking work about race and the American landscape, and a deep meditation on nature, selfhood, and the nature of home.”

Lanham is a birder, naturalist and hunter-conservationist, as well as the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. His essays about the natural world can be found in Orion, Flycatcher and Wilderness.

“Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei” by Junko Tabei

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For readers who are looking for a high-stakes adventure narrative, Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei  fits the bill. Legendary Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei was the first woman to summit Chomolungma (Everest) and climb the Seven Summits. Her memoir, released for the first time in English in 2017 (previously only available in Japanese), provides a fascinating glimpse into Japanese mountaineering culture and Tabei’s groundbreaking life.

Honouring High Places opens with Tabei’s recollections from leading the first all-women team to summit Chomolungma, including a harrowing encounter with several avalanches on the mountain’s slopes. In the memoir’s diaristic format, Tabei also writes about the gender norms that shaped her childhood, her quest to climb Mount Tabor, her cancer diagnosis later in life, and the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami.

“Two Trees Make a Forest” by Jessica J. Lee

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Jessica J. Lee’s 2020 book, Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Family’s Past Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts, is delightfully difficult to categorize. Part historical narrative, part travelogue and part memoir, Two Trees Make a Forest starts with Lee’s discovery of letters written by her grandfather, an immigrant from Taiwan. This leads Lee to travel to Taiwan, her family’s ancestral home, where she discovers a new way to think about the links between her family lineage and the place where her ancestors lived.

Lee traces the history of Taiwan from the Qing era up to present day and writes eloquently about Taiwan’s natural landscapes, in what Electric Literature calls “a poetic tour and anti-colonial reclamation of the island through her descriptions of its flora, fauna, natural disasters, and political history.”

Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author, historian, environmentalist and the founding editor of The Willowherb Review . Lee is the winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Author Award and holds a doctorate in environmental history.

“Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape” by Lauret Savoy

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Over the course of eight essays, Lauret Savoy investigates how American history and systemic racism have informed the way we think about place and regionality in Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape . Savoy’s training as a geologist gives her a unique perspective on the intersection of history and place, and the result is a collection that writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams has called “a crucial book for our time, a bound sanity, not a forgiveness, but a reckoning.”

Lauret Savoy is a woman of African American, Euro-American and Native American heritage and is the David B. Truman Professor of Environmental Studies & Geology at Mount Holyoke College. Trace was the winner of the American Book Award (from the Before Columbus Foundation) and the ASLE Environmental Creative Writing Award and was a finalist for the PEN American Open Book Award.

“Horizon” by Barry Lopez

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Barry Lopez’s sweeping, globe-spanning travel memoir couldn’t have come at a better time. Released in January 2020, Horizon provided a much-needed bit of escapism for readers sheltering in place and quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lopez’s memoir is focused on his time spent in six regions — Coastal Oregon, the High Arctic, the Galápagos Islands, the Kenyan desert, Australia’s Botany Bay and the glaciers of Antarctica.

As Lopez unravels the histories of these places, he also looks inward, reminding the reader that “to inquire into the intricacies of a distant landscape, then, is to provoke thoughts about one’s own interior landscape, and the familiar landscapes of memory.” Horizon also interrogates our Earth’s future, asking what should be done to slow global warming and providing readers with real-world examples of the damaging impacts of climate change.

Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams (winner of the National Book Award), Of Wolves and Men , and Crow and Weasel . He received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan and National Science foundations. Lopez died in 2020 at the age of 75.


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If you love the delicious drama of the enemies-to-lovers trope, it’s time to strap in, because we have put together the ultimate guide to the best enemies to lovers books. Exploring the tension and intense chemistry between two characters who, frankly, can't stand each other, enemies-to-lovers is one of our favourite trends to come from BookTok .

From snarky banter to heated arguments, their interactions are filled with conflict… and inevitable sparks. The irresistible blend of tension, anticipation and ultimate satisfaction sets this genre on fire, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they wait for the moment the adversaries finally admit their true feelings.

Ready to hop on the trend? Here are our favourite enemies to lovers books, for your reading pleasure.

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood

Love, Theoretically Ali Hazelwood

If you’re into enemies to lovers books, this STEMinist romcom is for you. Theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway is struggling to make ends meet as an adjunct professor. The obvious way to supplement her income? Moonlighting as a fake girlfriend for hire, of course! But when Elsie’s favourite client’s older (and incredibly attractive) older brother turns out to be the very same man that’s been hired to lead MIT’s physics department – and the only one standing between Elsie and her career dreams – her life gets a sudden shake-up. From the bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis and Love on the Brain , this is an enemies to lovers read like no other.

Icebreaker by Hannah Grace

Icebreaker Hannah Grace

If you're looking for a fun, flirty, and heart-warming 'enemies to lovers romance, you can’t go past Icebreaker. Anastasia Allen is a driven and talented figure skater who has worked her entire life for a shot at Team USA. Nate Hawkins is the charming, laidback captain of the hockey team with a fierce competitive streak. And wouldn’t you know it? They can’t stand each other – so when the pair are forced to share the rink, you know sparks will fly. But when Anastasia's partner gets injured and she’s forced to team up with Nate, things take a steamy turn…

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game Sally Thorne

Hands-down one of the best enemies to lovers books around, The Hating Game will get you riled up! Lucy Hutton can’t stand Joshua Templeman. Unfortunately, he’s impossible to escape… because the rivals work in the same office. Their witty banter and pranks will definitely get you laughing – but as they compete for the same promotion, the lines between hate and something more begin to blur. With plenty of sexual tension and a sprinkle of office hijinks, Thorne weaves a tale that will make your heart flutter and your cheeks ache from smiling.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Beach Read Emily Henry

If you’re looking for the perfect book to transport you to summer, this one will make you want to pack your bags and head straight to the nearest beach! Meet January and Gus, two authors with writer's block and a heap of unresolved tension. They strike a deal to swap genres: she'll write a dark thriller, and he'll attempt a swoon-worthy romance. Cue hilarious mishaps, steamy flirtations and unexpected soul-searching in one of our favourite enemies to lovers books. Henry's writing is like a cool breeze on a sunny day – refreshing and delightful.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners Christina Lauren

When everyone at Olive Torres’ twin sister’s wedding gets food poisoning – except Olive and the best man, Ethan – the usually unlucky Olive finds herself taking the dream honeymoon that should've been her sister's. The only hitch? Ethan is her sworn enemy. Together, the pair embark on an adventure filled with mistaken identities, sizzling chemistry and plenty of LOLs. Christina Lauren's witty writing and lovable characters will make you root for Olive and Ethan's love-hate relationship to blossom into something more. Prepare to swoon, giggle and feel all warm and fuzzy inside with this delightful rom-com escapade.

It Happened One Summer by Tesssa Bailey

It Happened One Summer Tessa Bailey

Buckle up for a sizzling summer romance that will make you crave sun, sleepy seaside towns and a tall drink with a tiny umbrella. Piper Bellinger, a party-girl socialite, sets off to rebuild her life in the sleepy Pacific Northwest after being cut off financially from her parents. Enter Brendan: a gruff yet charming fisherman with a heart of gold and a body to die for. Sparks fly like seagulls on a French fry heist as these two opposites attract in a magnetic way. Bailey's hilarious banter, swoon-worthy moments, and steamy encounters make this one of the best enemies to lovers books around. So slather on the sunscreen and get ready for a summer fling!

Better Than the Movies by Lynn Painter

Better Than The Movies Lynn Painter

A prom, an annoying (yet gorgeous) neighbour and a dreamy but unattainable crush… these are the perfect ingredients for one of the most fun enemies to lovers stories we’ve laid eyes on. When Liz’s long-time crush rolls back into town after some time away, she’s determined to lock him down as her prom date. And who better to help her on her quest than prankster-next-door Wes, who’s struck up quite the friendship with the guy of her dreams. But – as you might’ve guessed – all does not go according to plan as Liz and Wes spend more time together.

The Do Over by Lynn Painter

The Do Over Lynn Painter

Have you ever imagined what an enemies to lovers version of Groundhog Day might look like? Well wonder no more, because that’s the basic premise of this novel by Lynn Painter – who, by the way, has authored plenty of fun romcoms for your entertainment. This time around, Emilie must relive her horror Valentine’s Day – complete with cheating boyfriend – over and over… and over! But there’s only so many do-overs a girl can get, and at some point, she’ll have to take back control of her life.

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Today Tonight Tomorrow Rachel Lynn Solomon

Get ready to be swept off your feet in a whirlwind of nerdy banter and enemies turned lovers charm. On the last day of high school, Rowan Roth is determined to beat her rival, Neil McNair, one final time in their epic game of academic and social competition. But as they navigate a scavenger hunt through the streets of Seattle, they discover hidden depths, shared secrets, and a connection that can't be ignored. Solomon's witty writing and electric chemistry between Rowan and Neil will make you cheer, swoon, and believe that a single day has the power to change everything.

If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberley

If I'm Being Honest Emily Wibberley

This contemporary YA romance hits all the right notes. Meet Cameron, a brutally honest and unapologetic high school queen bee who knows how to get what she wants. But when she goes too far hurting someone's feelings, she decides to turn over a new leaf and make amends. Enter Brendan, the charming film geek who becomes Cameron's unwitting accomplice in her quest for redemption. Witty, fresh and full of heart, this enemies to lovers book serves up a relatable and swoon-worthy story of growth, forgiveness and unexpected love. Get ready for a delightful romp through high school drama with a side of self-discovery.

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Belladonna Adalyn Grace

Death seems to follow Signa wherever she goes. Her parents died when she was a baby, her various guardians have perished over the years… and when she goes to live with her elusive and eccentric relatives the Hawthornes, the death of the family matriarch still hangs over the estate. Amidst wild parties and family turmoil, Signa realises her loved ones may be in danger when their mother's spirit appears, claiming foul play – and so it’s Death with whom she forms an alliance, sparking a dark connection… One of the enemies to lovers books not to miss.

My Chemical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmouth

My Chemical Romance Alexene Farol Follmouth

ICYMI, nerds are now officially cool – which is a good thing for high school student Bel, who’s forced to join the robotics club when she accidentally shows off her talent for engineering. But it’s not all bad – the captain of the club (who also happens to be a star footballer) has noticed her skills. And as the pair embark on a series of increasingly late nights after class building a combat robot for Nationals, sparks fly… in all sorts of ways!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

These Violent Delights Chloe Gong

Ready for a wild romantic comedy ride? This is the ultimate enemies to lovers with a twist! A thrilling and imaginative reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai, this is a delicious mix of romance, gang warfare and monstrous creatures that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov, heirs to rival gangs, find themselves caught in a web of blood feuds and a mysterious contagion that drives people to madness. Gong's lush and vivid storytelling will transport you to a vibrant world of forbidden love, cunning schemes and heart-pounding action.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince Holly Black

Jude is a human girl living in the treacherous world of the fae, and she has just one goal: to prove she belongs. With snarky faeries, political intrigue, and a dash of romance, this book is Mean Girls meets A Midsummer Night's Dream , with a sprinkle of glitter and a whole lot of teeth. In a realm where deceit and danger lurk around every corner, this is definitely one of the top enemies to lovers books for fantasy lovers everywhere.

The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

The Spanish Love Deception Elena Armas

Prepare to LOL (and swoon!) when you dive into one of the best enemies to lovers books around. Catalina is heading to her sister’s wedding in Spain and bringing her new boyfriend along to meet the family. The only problem? She doesn’t actually have a boyfriend… Enter Aaron, her infuriating colleague who offers to go with her and play the role of partner. If she can stand to be around him for that long! Sparks fly and lines blur between real and pretend in this delightful tale of witty banter, unexpected chemistry, and a healthy dose of miscommunication.

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue Casey McQuiston

Prepare your face for plenty of grins, as this enemies to lovers book is sure to make you smile. Alex, the First Son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of England, can't stand each other. But after a scandalous mishap, they're forced to fake a friendship and, well, things get steamy. McQuiston's writing is a mix of hilarious banter, swoon-worthy moments, and political drama with a hefty side helping of heart. It's like a royal wedding meets a romcom movie marathon. Get ready to fall in love with this charming, diverse and utterly delightful novel.

Unfortunately Yours by Tessa Bailey

Unfortunately Yours Tessa Bailey

Queen of the romcoms Tessa Bailey is at it again! Natalie Vos has a new business venture in the works… but she’s going to need her trust fund to get it off the ground. There’s just one problem – she needs to be married to access the cash (oh, and she’s just been dumped by her fiancé). A sham marriage to August Cates may just be her only option, despite the fact that he enrages her to no end. But can the pair put this ‘business arrangement’ into place and ignore the simmering attraction between them? We’ll give you one guess!

A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima

A Silent Voice Yoshitoki Ōima

Looking for some manga to tug at your heartstrings? We’ve got you covered. Haunted by his past, former bully Shoya Ishida crosses paths with Shoko Nishimiya, a deaf girl he once tormented – and is determined to make amends. This sweet enemies to lovers story beautifully explores themes of forgiveness, empathy and the power of human connection. Ōima's stunning artwork captures the characters' emotions with every stroke. Get ready to laugh, cry, and experience a rollercoaster of emotions as you follow Shoya and Shoko's journey towards understanding and healing.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing Rebecca Yarros

Calling all Sarah J Maas fans: this epic fantasy enemies to lovers tale is for you. Violet never wanted to be a dragon rider. At 20, she thought she was destined for life in the Scribe Quadrant, surrounded by books – but her mother, the commanding general, has other ideas… And so Violet it thrust into the deadly world of the Navarre, aka dragon riders, and forced to compete against hundreds of other candidates for a role she doesn’t want. It’s there she faces the ruthless and powerful wingleader Xaden Riorson, and you bet sparks are going to fly.

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War by Aka Akasaka

Kaguya-Sama: Love is War Aka Akasaka

If you love manga and can’t get enough of enemies to lovers books, this one’s am must-read. Dive into the hilarious battle of wits between Kaguya Shinomiya, the cool and cunning student council vice president, and Miyuki Shirogane, the brilliant and strategic student council president. They're madly in love with each other, but their pride won't let them admit it. Instead, they engage in outrageous mind games and schemes, each hoping to make the other ’fess up first. It's like a strategic war zone – and every romantic gesture is a tactical manoeuvre.

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The 32 best enemies-to-lovers books to swoon over this summer, from fun rom-coms to seductive fantasy novels

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  • Enemies-to-lovers is one of the most popular romance tropes.
  • Readers love witnessing bitter rivalries dissolve into a sweet love.
  • You might recognize classic enemies-to-lovers stories like "Pride and Prejudice."

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The romance genre is full of unique and adorable love stories but with so many different facets of the genre, subgenres or "tropes" have emerged such as " fake dating ," "forced proximity," or "enemies-to-lovers." Tropes offer an outline for the plot from which exciting plots and memorable characters emerge and allow readers to find their favorite romance style again and again. 

"Enemies-to-lovers" is one of the best and most popular tropes that you might recognize from classics like " Pride and Prejudice " or bestsellers like " Red, White & Royal Blue ." Whether they're set on a fabulous island or a darkly magical land, here are some of readers' favorite enemies-to-lovers romance reads.

The 32 best enemies-to-lovers books in 2022:

Descriptions are provided by Amazon and lightly edited for length.

"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

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When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. 

Jane Austen's best-loved novel is an unforgettable story about the inaccuracy of first impressions, the power of reason, and above all, the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions.

"Dating Dr. Dil" by Nisha Sharma

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Simone Larkspur loves her job as a pastry expert for a cookbook publisher until the company pivots to video and Simone finds herself stumbling and failing to create great content. When Simone's new kitchen test manager effortlessly and infuriatingly becomes a viral sensation, Simone is forced to work with Ray and their obnoxious personality in close quarters. In "Chef's Kiss", everything gets even more complicated when Ray comes out as nonbinary to a swell of mixed reactions — and Simone must choose between her career and the person who's been slowly melting her heart.

"Chef's Kiss" by TJ Alexander

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Simone Larkspur is a perfectionist pastry expert with a dream job at The Discerning Chef, a venerable cookbook publisher in New York City. But when The Discerning Chef decides to bring their brand into the 21st century by pivoting to video, Simone is thrust into the spotlight and finds herself failing at something for the first time in her life. To make matters worse, Simone has to deal with Ray Lyton, the new test kitchen manager, whose obnoxious cheer and outgoing personality are like oil to Simone's water. But the more they work together, the more Simone realizes her heart may be softening like butter for Ray. Things get even more complicated when Ray comes out at work as nonbinary to mixed reactions—and Simone must choose between the career she fought so hard for and the person who just might take the cake (and her heart).

"West Side Love Story" by Priscilla Oliveras

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Having grown up in the nurturing household of Casa Capuleta, Mariana will do anything for familia. To solve her adoptive parents' financial problems amid their rapidly changing San Antonio comunidad, Mariana and her younger sisters are determined to win the Battle of the Mariachi Bands. That means competing against Hugo Montero, their father's archnemesis, and his band and escalating a decades-old feud. 

To Angelo Montero's familia, Mariana is also strictly off-limits. But that doesn't stop him from pursuing her. As their secret affair intensifies and the competition grows fierce, they're swept up in a brewing storm of betrayals, rivalries, and broken ties. 

"She Gets the Girl" by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

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Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she's in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn't actually talked to her yet. When Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly's hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she's not a selfish flirt.  As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they're the ones falling…for each other.

"The Stand-In" by Lily Chu

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Gracie Reed is doing just fine. Sure, she was fired by her overly "friendly" boss, and yes she still hasn't gotten her mother into the nursing home of their dreams, but she's healthy, she's (somewhat) happy, and she's (mostly) holding it all together.

But when a mysterious SUV pulls up beside her, revealing Chinese cinema's golden couple Wei Fangli and Sam Yao, Gracie's world is turned on its head. The famous actress has a proposition: due to their uncanny resemblance, Fangli wants Gracie to be her stand-in. The catch? Gracie will have to be escorted by Sam, the most attractive―and infuriating―man Gracie's ever met.

"Beach Read" by Emily Henry

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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck with their respective writer's blocks engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters. They strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. Everyone will finish a book, and no one will fall in love. Really.

"The Spanish Love Deception" by Elena Armas

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A wedding. A trip to Spain. The most infuriating man. And three days of pretending. Or, in other words, a plan that will never work.

Four weeks wasn't a lot of time to find someone willing to cross the Atlantic — from NYC and all the way to Spain — for a wedding. Let alone someone eager to play along with my charade. 

But that didn't mean I was desperate enough to bring the 6'4 blue-eyed pain in my ass standing before me: Aaron Blackford. The man whose main occupation was making my blood boil had just offered himself to be my date, right after inserting his nose in my business and calling me delusional and himself my best option. 

Was it worth the suffering to bring my colleague and bane of my existence as my fake boyfriend to my sister's wedding? Or was I better off coming clean and facing the consequences?

"Poison Study (The Chronicles of Ixia Book 0)" by Maria V. Snyder

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About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace — and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so, Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dusté, and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia, and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again, and choices must be made. But this time, the outcomes aren't so clear.

"A Touch of Darkness" by Scarlett St. Clair

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Persephone is the Goddess of Spring by title only. The truth is, since she was a little girl, flowers have shriveled at her touch. After moving to New Athens, she hopes to lead an unassuming life disguised as a mortal journalist. Hades, God of the Dead, has built a gambling empire in the mortal world, and his favorite bets are rumored to be impossible. 

After a chance encounter with Hades, Persephone finds herself in a contract with the God of the Dead, and the terms are impossible: Persephone must create life in the Underworld or lose her freedom forever. The bet does more than expose Persephone's failure as a goddess, however. As she struggles to sow the seeds of her freedom, love for the God of the Dead grows — and it's forbidden.

"The Hating Game" by Sally Thorne

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Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can't understand Joshua's joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy's overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head, and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job… But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn't hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn't hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

"Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood — those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and she is betrothed to one of his sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard — a growing Red rebellion — even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

"Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire

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The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants — and needs — to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis's apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. 

"Red, White & Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston

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What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius ― his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper  and more dangerous than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? 

"The Shadows Between Us" by Tricia Levenseller

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Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.

2) Marry him.

3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King's power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she's going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra's not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen ― all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

"The Viscount Who Loved Me: Bridgerton (Bridgerton Book 2)" by Julia Quinn

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This time the gossip columnists have it wrong. London's most elusive bachelor Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry — he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...

Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands — and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister — but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

"The Cruel Prince" by Holly Black

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Of course, I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. 

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered, and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. 10 years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans — especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him — and face the consequences.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte

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Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before. What unfolds is the tale of the intense love between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. 

Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal are visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

"The Unhoneymooners" by Christina Lauren

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Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: From inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion… she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell — determined to put on a brave face. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren't affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there's a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, 10 days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is… Olive doesn't mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

"If I Never Met You" by Mhairi McFarlane

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When her partner of over a decade suddenly ends things, Laurie is left reeling — not only because they work at the same law firm, and she has to see him every day. Her once perfect life is in shambles, and the thought of dating again in the age of Tinder is nothing short of horrifying. 

When news of her ex's pregnant girlfriend hits the office grapevine, taking the humiliation lying down is not an option. Then a chance encounter in a broken-down elevator with the office playboy opens up a new possibility.

Jamie Carter doesn't believe in love, but he needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. Laurie wants a hot new man to give the rumor mill something else to talk about. It's the perfect proposition: a fauxmance played out on social media, with strategically staged photographs and a specific end date in mind. 

With the plan hatched, Laurie and Jamie begin to flaunt their new couple status, to the astonishment — and jealousy — of their friends and colleagues. But there's a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling for your charming, handsome fake boyfriend...

"Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)" by Shelby Mahurin

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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.

As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation — marriage.

Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

"The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)" by Holly Black

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

"Six of Crows (Six of Crows, 1)" by Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: A bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price ― and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction ― if they don't kill each other first.

"Bully (Fall Away, #1)" by Penelope Douglas

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My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me by a friendly nickname. No, he'll barely even speak to me. But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I was humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went away for a year just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

"A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)" by Sarah J. Maas

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When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he's not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

"To Kill a Kingdom" by Alexandra Christo

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 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?

"Punk 57" by Penelope Douglas

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Misha: I can't help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me. In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed. It didn't take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever… And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us. 

We only had three rules: No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it? Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name's Ryen, loves Gallo's pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances? F*ck it. I need to meet her. I just don't expect to hate what I find. 

Ryen: He hasn't written in three months. Something's wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch. Without him around, I'm going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It's my own fault. I should've gotten his phone number or picture or something. He could be gone forever. Or right under my nose, and I wouldn't even know it.

"From Lukov with Love" by Mariana Zapata

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If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years — and countless broken bones and broken promises — she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. Including Ivan Lukov.

"From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy's life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

The entire kingdom's future rests on Poppy's shoulders. But when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard, honor-bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

"These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights, #1)" by Chloe Gong

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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is 18-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang — a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette's first love… and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns — and grudges — aside and work together, for if they can't stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

"The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom, #1)" by Danielle L. Jensen

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The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara's homeland. So when she's sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she's the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she'll save... and which kingdom she'll destroy.

"Paper Princess (The Royals, #1") by Erin Watt

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Ella Harper is a survivor ― a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. After her mother's death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons, who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to where she came from.

Reed doesn't want her. He says she doesn't belong with the Royals. He might be right.

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