So you’re in the mood for lgbt books with hate to love trope

So that’s a pretty long title, but the post will be quick, because I’m sick and need a nap. Yes, I managed to get sick in June, in the middle of summer! I blame it on all the stress of last week and the running around on Friday doing errands for work till 10pm…

Anyway, this week I have for you books (and graphic novels!) with the best trope imaginable, with the one we all love the most, with the one that’s better than all the others… Yes, hate to love!! It’s gonna be awkward if you’re not as obsessed with it as I apparently am…

And since it’s Pride, once again all my recs today are LGBT!!




Joyride, vol. 1 by Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
(buy vol. 2 & vol. 3 on BookDepo)

I know what you’re thinking! Anna, didn’t you just rec this in your previous Tuesday Mood? Well, yes, I did but there are reasons why I’m reccing this again. 1) I really, really love this series & 2) I didn’t mention the last time that the sapphic relationship here is a classic hate to love.

Again, you can read a whole review here.



Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee
(buy on BookDepo)

This is a fun little book (another proof that lgbt contemporary ya is my favourite genre…) and funnily enough, I read it back in February when I was sick. Anyway, it’s that great type of hate to love where person B/Love Interest is very clearly crushing on person A/Main Character/Narrator but they just can’t see it because they (think they) hate person B. Fun!!

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Knights-Errant by Jennifer Doyle

Graphic novel again, but this time fantasy in a historical setting. The story focuses very heavily on race, religion, gender, and – most importantly – REVENGE. It’s nothing like what you’re expecting, it’s beautiful, and enchanting, and disturbing. And none of the important characters are cishet…




Running With Lions by Julian Winters
(buy on BookDepo)

Okay, listen, I’m aware I talk about this book a lot, but I just really enjoyed it & Julian is a very sweet person & I almost feel like it’s my duty to hype it up. ANYWAY! It’s less ‘hate to love’ and more ‘childhood best friends to reluctant acquaintances to friends again to lovers’ but it fits the bill. And Sebastian is my bi disaster of a son, so of course I’m gonna rec this.

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant
(buy on BookDepo)

I mean, be honest, can you even imagine a better hate to love relationship than Peter Pan and Captain Hook?? A Peter Pan & Captain Hook relationship where Peter isn’t a kid anymore, let me clarify. (And is trans.) The trope is used in such a great way, I really wish more writes were doing it like that…

interlude 2

There are a lot of writes who do hate to love well, but sadly most of them writes only straight relationships, so… Yes, I’m looking at you, Mariana Zapata! Anyway, my point actually is: if you know of any other good LGBT books with this trope, please, PLEASE drop the titles in the comments!!!







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31 Replies to “So you’re in the mood for lgbt books with hate to love trope”

    Running With Lions was so cute, and Mason is the actual love of my life.
    my rec for youuu is The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic, have u read it because you would love it so much and reading it cures all ailments c:

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      oh my god honestly that book is the cutest, i adore it!!
      ajahsgsjshs i HAVE read the foxhole court, twice so far & i DO in fact love that mess of a series so fucking much 😮

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  2. Oooh, I didn’t even know Joyride had queer content when I bought it. Awesome! I’m planning to read it next month for a graphic novel readathon.

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  3. I’m so clumsy! Instead of clicking on the star to like the post, I clicked on following and unfollowed you by mistake 🤦 BUT I’m now following again 🙂

    This is a great post, hate to love is one of my favorite tropes and I definitely want to read more books that include it and have lgbtq characters. Running with Lions sounds amazing and I have heard nothing but great things about it, also I’m always looking for books with bi characters. Thanks for putting this together!

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    1. haha happens to the best of us!!

      it was my pleasure, really! i love this trope so so much, i had to make a list like this sooner or later!!! hope u will like running with lions!

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  4. Ahhh this post makes me so happy! The hate-to-love trope is probably my favorite trope and also making it queer?? Best thing. I saw the Peter Pan book on another blog today and now I think I might have to look into it more because it definitely sounds good. Thanks for this list 🙂

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    1. im glad u enjoyed it!! and yeah taking anything into the lgbt territory makes it better instantly!!
      i hope u will end up loving peter darling bc it’s honestly so good!

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  5. Peter Darling has been on my tbr for a while now, but I hadn’t heard of Joyride or Running With Lions – both sound absolutely fantastic! Definitely adding them to my tbr 😀 Thanks for the recs!

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  6. I’m currently reading Peter Darling and I can’t wait to get to the romance part!!
    Also I can only recommend Red White and Royal Blue, a romance between the Prince of England and the First Son of the United States: it’s THE perfect ennemies-to-lovers book!

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