With best-selling and viral books likeThe Love Hypothesis andThe Spanish Love Deception, you know that the fake dating trope never disappoints.
You can also catch it in popular rom-com movies likeThe Proposal(2009) andTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018). So you see, the fake dating trope has always been very well-loved. It’s not a surprise that we continue to see books with it.
I love this trope because of how the characters have to pretend to be in a relationship and then because of it, they catch feelings. They might have been strangers before this or they also might have been best friends. Pairing up the fake dating trope with either best friends to lovers or enemies to lovers never gets old and you know you’re about to get an amazing love story.
The fake dating trope also features moments where characters might have to sleep in one bed, get physically intimate in order to keep up the ruse in front of others. Not to mention, lots of misunderstandings when both characters start to fall in love but they don’t know how the other feels yet. Overall, if your book has fake dating, you bet I’m going to be first in line when it drops!
Here are 5 upcoming fake dating romances not to be missed!
For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa
This fake dating release is going to deliver on glamour, drama, and swoon. Set in Hollywood, meet chef Nina and restaurateur Leo, two people who cannot be in the same room without arguing. They have been co-hosts of a reality TV foodie competition for years, but when Leo takes a joke too far, Nina quits on live television! After she storms off, the paparazzi and papers can’t get enough of the gossip and drama surrounding these two, and when both of them are caught in what seems a compromising position, their PR teams think fake dating is the best solution for both their problems.
Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle
Hogle returns with an incredible, witty, and hilarious holiday romance inJust Like Magic. It follows Bettie Hughes, a woman who once knew luxury. Now, she’s living in a dead woman’s house because she cannot pay for anything while she posts on her Instagram about her “lavish life”... all a lie, of course. After a funny accident, Bettie suddenly summons the actual Holiday Spirit whose name is Hall. He’s sunshine, holiday cheers, and chaotic energy, all in one handsome package. Bettie is about to face her family for the holidays and she doesn’t want them to know she’s broke. So, Hall is about to help her out! Oh, and he’s going to pretend to be her fake fiancé.
Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley
Whenever you see celebrities dating, at first (you cannot deny it!), you think they are doing it for publicity. We might never know if our favorite celebrity couple started as faux or not, but years later, they’re still strong, so they definitely fell in love. In Wesley’s upcoming romance, a reality star starts working at this cute cupcake bakery owned by a former football player who happens to be uptight and grumpy. When a reporter mistakenly believes they’re in a relationship, both realize they can use this for their own advantage: her to rehabilitate her image, him to give more publicity to his bakery!
A Ghost in Shining Armor by Therese Beharrie
Imagine having a gift to see ghosts… Creepy, right? This is the case with Gemma Daniels in A Ghost in Shining Armor, the newest fantasy romance from Beharrie. Gemma can see ghosts and she helps them with their unfinished business. But she impulsively kisses a hot man one day, realizing he’s a phantom! He’s there to help her find her long-lost sibling. If he does, he’ll get a second chance in life, but to get it, he also has to never see Gemma again. It sounds easy enough, but when they start to fall in love… they’ll have to decide if risking it is going to give them their happily ever after.
Two Wrongs Make a Right by Chloe Liese
I’ve read fake dating for publicity, but fake dating for revenge? Sign me up!Two Wrongs Make a Rightmarks the traditional debut for Chloe Liese. In this title, you’ll get to see two people who get matched up by their closest friends and, because they don’t agree with it, decide to pretend to date and break up in a spectacular way so their friends don’t ever match them up with anyone else. But things are easier said than done when it comes to fake dating because soon, Jamie and Bea’s act is looking way too real.
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