For those of us who love romance novels, there’s nothing better than getting to spend 300-plus pages watching two people who are so clearly(!) meant for each other fall in love. And, for this particular romance reader, the only thing that can possibly improve that reading experience is when the couple spends the entire book bickering—right until the moment they start kissing instead.
My new Regency rom-com, To Love and to Loathe, features a couple like this; Jeremy and Diana, my hero and heroine, are frenemies who love to bicker and banter and try to best each other, even as they slowly come to realize that there’s more to the other than meets the eye. And fortunately, given my deep love of this romance dynamic, there are plenty of rom-coms out there that scratch this particular itch. Here are six of my favorite bickering literary couples.