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Sapphic Enemies-to-Lovers Romances

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Sapphic Romance Week - Day 4
Sapphic Enemies-to-Lovers Romances

Welcome to day four of Sapphic Romance Week!

If you’re only joining us now, you can still enter the previous giveaways here.

Today, we are highlighting enemies-to-lovers romances.

The characters start out at odds with each other, often because of a clash of goals or personalities. But as they spend time with and get to know each other, their initial hostility gradually turns into mutual understanding, respect, and, eventually, love.

Within the enemies-to-lovers trope, there’s an entire spectrum, ranging from outright hatred to intense rivalry to milder animosity. No matter where the characters start out at, it’s all about exploring their journey from conflict to connection in a relatable way.

Check out our 11 book prizes and then enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!

Book cover of No Shelter But the Stars by Virginia Black

No Shelter But The Stars by Virginia Black (Ebook)

Kyran Loyal leads a nomadic people fleeing galactic tyranny. Davia Sifane is the daughter of a despot.

The only survivors of a brutal battle, they are marooned on a barren moon and forced to rely on each other.

What they learn will either kill them or change the galaxy forever.

Teaser: 

The memories sweep through Davia—of Kyran with her untrained stance and meager weapons yet formidable presence, of Kyran in her arms covered in sweat, spent yet hungry for more of Davia’s touch—and she aches at the thought of them.

Book cover of Undercover by Barbara Winkes

Undercover by Barbara Winkes (Paperback)

Robyn Johnson has studied the Mancini family, and especially Kendall, heir to the crime empire, in detail. She is supposed to get close to Kendall who has sworn to avenge her father’s death, an action that could end in an all-out war with a rival family, the Biancos.

Deep undercover, Robyn can’t trust anyone, especially not the enigmatic Kendall. She might not be able to finish her mission without crossing lines…

Teaser:

Nothing about Kendall Mancini is humble, in business or in bed. She brushes my hair aside and kisses my neck. “Or maybe it could be fun to spend a little time in here.”

I see her expression in the mirror wall and realize she’s serious. A pleasant shiver skitters down my spine, but it’s not enough to make me consider the option.

“There must be cameras in here.”

“Yes, there are,” she says with audible regret. “Besides, you said you were hungry.”

“I am,” I confirm, and then her mouth is on mine, and we kiss until the doors open.

Book cover of Saving the Star by Rachel Bowdler

Saving the Star by Rachel Bowdler (Ebook or paperback)

Hollywood actress Atlanta Stone is plunged into a far darker world when an attempted robbery leaves her family fearing for their lives.

Enter close protection officer Beck Harris, a stoic, no-nonsense woman intent on keeping things professional.

What she doesn’t plan for is how much Atlanta wants to get under her skin — and how close she may be to danger.

Teaser:

She was glad when Atlanta finally kissed her. Though Beck’s lips were chapped and bloody and full of dust, it didn’t matter.

Only she mattered. That, and the fact that she was safe. The pain burrowing in
her flesh and bones was secondary to that.

Book cover of This is How Immortals Die by Nicole Hidalgo

This Is How Immortals Die by Nicole Hidalgo (Ebook)

In Aphrodite’s post-apocalyptic world, those who fall in Love are hunted down.

But when Carys Epistro’phia is offered a chest full of gold in exchange for escorting a girl back to her blasphemous parents, she doesn’t hesitate before trampling over her Goddess’ commandments.

Teaser:

“Fy mardd swynol,” I repeated, my tongue twisting on the last word. “We’re perfect for each other, you know? We held hands and condemned ourselves.”

Book cover of The Fate of Stars by SD Simper

The Fate of Stars by SD Simper (Audiobook)

Worlds collide when Tallora is kidnapped from her ocean home and forced to be a pet to a tyrannical foreign empire. Her only hope for rescue lies with a sworn enemy—Princess Dauriel, infamous for her stone heart and conflicted past.

But when Dauriel’s kingdom comes to the cusp of war, could their uneasy alliance be the key to defeating a common foe? Or will their growing feelings for each other lead them to ruin?

Teaser:

“I stole her. I ruined her, and so I ruined myself to right it.”

Book cover of Sigrid and Elyn by Edale Lane

Sigrid & Elyn by Edale Lane (Ebook or paperback)

Attracted by passion, repelled by war.

Can two shieldmaidens navigate battlegrounds of the sword and the heart?

Teaser:

Sigrid watched Elyn rip long strips of cloth from the hem of her garment and tie them around the gaping wound in her lower leg. Once again, the young woman’s touch affected her more intensely than such innocent and incidental contact should.

“You are a jarl,” Elyn answered as she worked. “You have authority and influence and fame. Naturally, you can do exactly as you please, but I am nobody. I haven’t such power.”

Sigrid leaned forward, reached out, and took hold of Elyn’s hands, causing her to meet her gaze. “You are a mighty shieldmaiden, a fierce warrior. I guarantee you have power. All you need is the conviction to wield it.”

Book cover of We Met in a Bar by Claire Forsythe

We Met in a Bar by Claire Forsythe (Paperback)

Wealthy nightclub owner, Erica, goes undercover as a bartender in order to catch a thief in one of her clubs. There she meets no strings, no commitments, Charlie, who couldn’t be further from Erica’s type. In fact, Erica has never met anyone who got under her skin so much, and surely that’s a bad thing, right?

Charlie lives for the thrill of the chase, and getting to know the obnoxious yet beautiful new bartender is a challenge she can’t resist. She just hadn’t bargained on her heart getting involved.

Teaser:

“We met in a bar,” Charlie said.

“Where many of the best romances start.”

Book cover of Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer

Unexpected Goals by Kelly Farmer (Ebook or paperback)

International women’s hockey has created a bitter rivalry between Canadian goalie Maisy Goode and American forward Jen Donato. Now teammates in the women’s pro league, they must learn how to play nice in order to win.

What they didn’t expect was falling for one another.

Teaser:

Maisy’s chin touched the warm skin of Jen’s forehead. What would it feel like to touch her cheek? To slide her nose against Jen’s? To breathe her in as her mouth hovered just above Jen’s?
What would it be like to kiss her?

Book cover of Double Exposure by Rien Gray

Double Exposure by Rien Gray (Ebook or paperback)

Take one bisexual thief, one nonbinary fixer, and an old romance gone sour.

Add in trying to rob the same highly secure museum, dollops of sexual tension, and shake. Things are about to get heated.

Teaser:

“I have a plan,” I say. “But if it doesn’t work, we’ll be in ten times the trouble we are now.”

Sloane smiles. “I’m in.”

“You haven’t even heard the plan yet.”

“Jillian. Jewel. Queen of thieves.” The tips of my ears burn red. That’s a new one. “If you’re planning the take, I’m for it. Just tell me what we need.”

Book cover of The Truce by Sabrina Blaum

The Truce by Sabrina Blaum (Ebook or paperback)

For almost a decade they were best friends. Inseparable. Then a betrayal tore them apart.

Over twenty years later, Amy Summers and Jess Daniels need to find a way to navigate their past as they are sent to Europe to handle the acquisition of a company.

Along the way, they manage to strike a fragile truce, yet emotions run high as each blames the other for wrecking their friendship.

Teaser:

“You don’t lose by gaining. Love isn’t something that diminishes by handing it out in masses. It also doesn’t lose color, vibrancy, or meaning.” Amy held Jess’s gaze, noting how her expression had softened.

“What are you saying?”

“I’m saying that we have that, and I love it. I love you, Jess Daniels.”

Book cover of Highland Whirl by Anna Larner

Highland Whirl by Anna Larner (Ebook)

When city girl about town Roxanne Barns reluctantly accepts a holiday invite to her best friend Eve’s birthday party in the Scottish Highlands, the last thing she expects is to fall for the very person she’s been dreading seeing again—the feisty Highlander, Alice Campbell.

The moment Alice learns that Roxanne is visiting her home hamlet of Newland, she couldn’t be more suspicious or defensive. A warm welcome is certainly not the plan, let alone falling in love.

Teaser:

Why Alice? What makes her different from all the others? “Well, she’s kind and compassionate and smart, with bags of common sense. And she’s funny and sharp-witted and feisty—I can’t bloody well get away with anything.”

Now that you’ve checked out our book prizes, enter the giveaway by clicking on the button below and filling out a short form: 

Anyone can enter, no matter where they live. Entries close on February 19, 2024, at 10 a.m. Central European Time, when I’ll draw the winners using a random number generator. Winners will be notified via email.

Good luck!

Jae

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