Diane, a former goddess, wants nothing to do with the immortal world or its inhabitants. She’s living on Earth, posing as a bartender and couldn’t be more content. That is, until a tall, dark, and dangerous Soul Runner storms in and turns her world upside down.
Azrael’s confused by a beautiful little barmaid who appears to be human, but something’s not quite right. He doesn’t know which frustrates him more, the fact that he doesn’t know who or what she is or that she’s pulling at his heartstrings with her stubborn chin and the sexiest set of eyes he’s ever seen.
But it might not matter when they are called on to prevent the collapse of Unearth and find Lucifer’s lost daughter. Coming from opposite realms with opposing needs, will the two immortals find more than they bargained for?
How does an author get their characters from hate to happily ever after? You take two people who despise each other and by the story’s end, make them fall in love. If done well, it makes for a great read, but if the story is lacking it may come across as contrived or unbelievable.
So how do we get from that first angry meeting to the final kiss that means forever?
Here’s my take on the enemies to lover trope.
Conflict, it’s the bread and butter of the relationship. Could anything be worse for a hero than being forced into a life or death situation where you have no choice but to work with a person who you don’t think you can trust? Frustrating for the characters? Definitely. But what better way could there be to find out what makes our characters tick?
Intrigue and high stakes. How can these two characters standing on opposite sides of the fence, find a way to come together, not only as partners but as lovers? When I’m reading and the obstacles seem insurmountable I think it keeps my mind engaged. It keeps me guessing. How can they possibly overcome this and get to the happy? I know it’s supposed to happen, but how? That curiosity keeps me coming back for more.
Chemistry. It’s one more ingredient I believe is necessary in the makeup of good romance. That fire in the blood, burning like an addiction that haunts you with every breath you take. It’s that magnetic pull drawing the characters back to each other again and again, despite their differences.
But there needs to be more than even the hottest chemistry. No matter how hot those sheets get, it’s not enough build a permanent foundation for a true HEA. In romance, that’s what we want in the end for the characters who, if the author has done them justice, we as readers have come to love. We need that HEA and want it to be a believable, sustainable relationship that lives on even after we read those final words. The end. In our hearts, we need to know that those characters we came to know and love like our own family will truly live Happily Ever After.
What elements do you think make up a great enemies to lovers story? Or do you have a favorite that you read again and again?