Romantic tropes have something so endearing about them that you can’t help but get hooked. But there’s something very special about the fake dating trope that makes people want it even more: two people making a deal to act enchanted with each other for what they think is a short time. , until they fall in long-term love.
Whether it’s an inheritance clause or a staged relationship for an ex’s wedding, fake dates are the way to go. And while not everyone is lucky enough to have a fake date, there are always more books to live vicariously through these lucky characters.
“For Butter or Worse” by Erin La Rosa
Chef Nina Lyon wants to make a name for herself in an otherwise male-dominated field and inspire young girls to follow their passions. Now, as the co-host of a reality TV series, she finally has the chance to fulfill her dreams, but her co-host, restaurateur Leo O’Donnell, just happens to be the worst. She tries to control her rage, but when he crosses the line, she decides to stop. Worse, his apology goes haywire when the paparazzi angle captures them in what looks like a compromising position. This is the exact moment Nina decides if a “secret romance” is what it takes to move her career forward, so be it.
A hilarious read featuring the truth behind reality TV’s dramatic moments, For butter or worsewill have you cracking up as Nina and Leo try to pretend they are dating without killing each other and falling in love with each other.
“The Wedding Accident” by Mia Sosa
In a few weeks, Solange Pereira will take off from DC. But right now, she’s helping her wedding planner cousin on a random couple’s big day. It’s easy…until she comes across a situation that could destroy the marriage. So she does what any sane woman would do, she crashes the wedding. Dean Chapman had planned his entire future until Solange crashed his marriage and, frankly, his plans. Worse still, he needs her to pretend to be his girlfriend after pretending to be in love with her. But who’s to say that this fake romance can’t induce real feelings?
Mia Sosathe USA today bestselling author of The worst best manbrings you a hilarious read of fake dates in the form of The Marriage Breaker.
Elle Kennedy’s “The Deal”
Hannah Wells is a confident woman in all aspects of life except, well, sex and seduction. But to get her crush to want her, she has to pretend to be dating hockey team captain Garrett Graham. All he wants in return is for her to tutor him so he can increase his GPA and turn pro. But when a kiss leads to the best sex of their lives, Garrett is determined to make Hannah love him no matter what it takes.
One of the best books of Elle Kennedy,The agreement presents a fake date that is mutually beneficial for both of them. As they tumble down the path to love, it’s invigorating to watch them realize that the one they wanted is right in front of them.
‘The Kissing Quotient’ by Helen Hoang
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. But unfortunately, she loves numbers too much and has no dating experience. The French kiss reminds him of a shark having its teeth cleaned by a pilot fish. So she hires an escort, Michael Phan, to train her. He’ll be her fake boyfriend for a few days, and once she’s ready, he’ll leave. But what happens when she realizes that she loves him more than the calculation?
An endearing romance with a woman in STEM, a faithful representation of Asperger’s, and a boyfriend to make you swoon? Yes, yes, yes and yes. When thinking about romance, you can never go wrong with Helen Hoangit is The Kissing Quotient.
‘Boyfriend Material’ by Alexis Hall
If there’s anyone who deserves credit for Luc O’Donnell’s stunting, it’s his infamous parents. And when his father, whom he has never met, returns, a compromising photo can ruin Luc’s future. Oliver Blackwood is the perfect boyfriend material. Too bad he doesn’t need a boyfriend. What they both need, however, are fake dates for a big event. But the problem with fake dates is that they can look a lot like real ones.
A British romantic comedy with unforgettable characters, boyfriend material, will take you to a moving place you’ll never see coming. Its sequel, husband materialby Alexis roomis set to release on August 2, 2022.
“The Cheat Sheet” by Sarah Adams
Bree Camden is hopelessly in love with her best friend, Nathan Donelson, but so is half of America. The star quarterback changes girlfriends faster than you can say “Jack Robinson”. But when a drunk Bree spills her beans at a reporter, the whole world thinks they go together. So now they’ve been stuck in a fake relationship for three weeks. Except it doesn’t seem fake anymore.
In a childhood-friends-lovers, Sarah Adams brings one of the best book relationships (and book boyfriends) in the form of The cheat sheet.
“Roomies” by Christina Lauren
Holland Baker has been drawn to street musician Calvin Mcloughlin for months. But he never noticed her until he rescued her from a drunken mugger. As a thank you, Holland auditions her with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. But when she realizes that he is an illegal immigrant, she decides to marry the Irishman, her attraction being secret only for him. As Calvin becomes a Broadway superstar, how long will it be before they realize they stopped pretending a long time ago?
In Christina Lawrencethe most underrated book, Flatmateslove will take the wheel with thrill, hilarity and uncertainty in the back.
‘Take A Hint, Dani Brown’ by Talia Hibbert
Dani Brown is clear about her goals: professional triumph, academic fame, and maybe getting rid of the ugly ones to relieve her career-induced stress from time to time. So when ex-rugby player turned security guard Zafir Ansari saves Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, she knows they’re supposed to be sleeping together. But his act of bravery goes viral and the internet starts shipping #DrRugbae. So they decide to pretend to date to gain popularity for his children’s sports charity. She can do it, but when hopeless romantic Zaf tries to break down her walls, it’s time to run for the hills.
The second book of The Brown Sistersseries, Talia Hibertit is Take a hint, Dani Brownmight be your go-to book if you’re willing to pass out and hang on to a book for days.
‘The Wedding Date’ by Jasmine Guillory
After a power outage strands them together in an elevator, Alexa and Drew agree to go on a fake date at her ex’s wedding. They’re having more fun than they thought possible, and it’s finally time to say goodbye. Drew has to return home to Los Angeles for his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Berekely waits for Alexa to return and resume her position as chief of staff to the mayor. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about each other.
Brimming with humor, relatable characters, and plenty of simmering sexual tension, this charming romantic comedy kicks off At Jasmine Guillorywedding date series.
“Twisted Lies” by Ana Huang
Behind the gentleman’s suits he adorns, Christian Harper hides a magnificent, deadly and intelligent man. But unfortunately, he has no place for love in his life. Until the day she moves in just one floor below him. It’s her he wants, and he’ll do anything to get her, even lie. Stella Alonso is a hopeless romantic who has no time for romance between her social media fame and her two jobs. But when her past hits her, she’s thrust into the arms of the most dangerous man she’s ever known.
The fourth and final book of the Twistedseries by Ana Huang, twisted liesfeatures a morally gray male MC and the promise of a very, very dark romance.
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