Are you a fan of romances with fake relationships? These romances are some of my favorites! It’s so much fun reading about a couple who try to pretend like their relationship isn’t real. They are usually so attracted to one another and yet try so hard to fight their attraction! I love the delicious build up and how the lines of their relationship start to blur between what is real and fake. I’m a sucker for this trope!
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Travis Ford and Georgie Castle come to an understanding – they pretend to date so that a) Travis Ford doesn’t come across as a player or “two bats” as he’s often called and he can maybe land a gig as a commentator b) the town starts treating Georgie as an adult and not the “youngest Castle sister.” What could possibly go wrong??
I loved this fake relationship between Travis and Georgie so much! It was sweet, sexy and oh so romantic!
Marriage on Madison Avenue by Lauren Layne
Audrey and Tate have been best friends since they were little. They’re always there for each other – hassling one another about everything including their latest flings. Audrey doesn’t ever plan on marrying – especially after a married man completely fooled her into falling for him. Marriage is completely off the table…that is until Clarke tells his mom Audrey and him are engaged!
I love a fake relationship trope so much and LL did such a good job with not only a fake relationship but friends to lovers as well. Clarke and Audrey are under the assumption that they’ll stay friends while being fake engaged, but as lines start to blur – it becomes harder to maintain a distance and not truly act like an engaged couple in love!
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Americal royalty and British royalty clash in Red, White & Royal Blue. Alex and Henry haven’t always been on the best of terms. They tolerate each other at events when Alex’s mom – Madam President and Prince Henry’s family are present. Doesn’t mean they like one another. When snafu over a toppled wedding cake lands both Alex and Henry in hot water, they must pretend to be friends.
What starts off as a fake friendship, slowly morphs into something more. I adored this swoony romance so much. I loved not only Henry and Alex as a couple, but also the world that they lived in and all of the struggles that both of them go through respectively.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Stella isn’t a fan of dating or kissing or anything that comes after that. She’d rather try to figure out her mathematical equations. She decides to hire professional escort Michael to help her with her situation.
What starts off as a “professional” relationship, slowly starts to turn into something more. Both Michael and Stella were such likable characters. Michael because of his depth of love for his family and the great lengths he goes to keep them happy. I loved being inside of Stella’s head and her heart. Her vulnerabilities were so relatable, but I loved watching her blossom as the book progressed. The love story between Michael and Stella was definitely unconventional but so so sweet and of course steamy!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is perhaps one of my favorite Christina Lauren books! The Unhoneymooners kept me laughing throughout so much of the book and I could not put this book down until I had finished it.
Olive and Ethan’s siblings – Ami and Dane happen to be getting married. What no one anticipated is that the entire wedding party would get food poisoning. Except, of course Olive and Ethan. They decide to take the place of Dane and Ami so that they could enjoy the honeymoon that has already been paid for. Only one teeny, tiny problem – they have to pretend to be on their honeymoon too!
The Deal by Elle Kennedy
I’ve re-read The Deal so many times since first reading it last year! A fake relationship and a sports romance all in one – my favorite! Garrett Graham is failing his ethics course and to continue being on the hockey team he needs to bring his grades up.
Hannah Wells has a big crush on the school football quarterback but doesn’t know how to get him to notice her. When Garrett proposes a trade – he’ll get her noticed by the quarterback if she helps him with his ethics class – they make a deal!
What starts off as a fake relationship/helping each other out turns sizzling pretty quick! I love everything about this book – definitely a favorite fake relationship romance!
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
I listened to the audiobook of Boyfriend Material and could not stop laughing! The dialogue in this book was hilarious – reminded me of Gilmore Girls with the amount of pop culture references that were thrown in!
Luc is in need of a fake boyfriend. He’s just a tiny bit famous – being that his mom and dad are famous rockstars and he can’t really go out without getting recognized. After a recent pic paints him in an unfavorable light, Luc’s work has recently informed him that he needs to get his act together or risk of getting fired. This is where Luc meets Oliver. Where Luc is a bit spontaneous, Oliver is the exact opposite. But both are in need of a fake boyfriend and so their fake relationship begins.
I love a great fake relationship trope and Oliver and Luc were so damn cute together! These two clearly have feelings for one another and yet they are also vulnerable and their relationship felt real. They had some miscommunication, moments when they weren’t their best and also times when they were there to support one another no matter what – I enjoyed this book so much!
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Dani Brown doesn’t do emotional relationships. She’s been burned in the past and doesn’t want a repeat performance. Dani is also a practicing witch and asks the universe to send her the perfect no-string-attached partner. Zafir Ansari and Dani work at the same place and Zaf has kind of had a crush on Dani for some time now. When Zaf ends up rescuing Dani from a stalled elevator (super cute scene), they go viral with the hashtag #DrRugbae!
I absolutely love a fake relationship trope and Dani and Zaf are faking it for the cameras constantly pointed at them – but how long does the faking last? I love a strong heroine and Dani Brown was amazing! She was so sure of herself – from her sexuality (bi-sexual) to her work on intersectionality in feminist literature.
And Zaf…swoon! Zaf was so perfect. Not only was he a rugby player, but he also teaches kids on how to work through their anxiety. He has dealt with loss and anxiety over the years and there’s no one better to teach young athletes on how to manage that. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was such a great fake relationship romance (with a romance reading hero) and I loved every page!