February is Black History Month, a month when Black Americans’ achievements and contributions are honored. I believe you should always support Black authors' work throughout the year though! So, please always try to share light to their work and read their books during the year, not JUST during February.
For this list, I wanted to highlight a favorite romantic trope of mine, fake dating! I know many readers are fans of this trope, so I have some fabulous book recommendations for you. The fake dating trope is iconic because it provided you with moments where the characters are pretending to be a couple, and they have to be close and personal for it, but on the inside, they’re already feeling so much for the other person. And because they’re faking a relationship, they feel that the other one doesn’t feel the same way, so it creates a lots of angst and pining when both of them already feel the same!
Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley
This foodie romance is best read with a snack in your hand. Or very nearby!Fake It Till You Bake It is about a reality TV star who is hated by the country after she refused a proposal from America’s sweetheart on live TV.
To get into her inheritance, she must work at San Diego’s cute cupcake shop alongside its owner, professional football player Donovan. When they’re mistakenly confused to be a couple, they take that chance to give more sales to Donovan’s cupcake shop. But soon, this charade turns into something… more.
Act Like You Mean It by Shae Sanders
When it comes to slow-burn romance novels, you have to readAct Like You Meant. It girl Xandra knows all about pretend relationships. Sometimes she has been hired to pretend to be someone’s girlfriend and of those times, they always happen to be very famous people.
She’s the girl who celebrities search to date whenever they want good publicity. And who comes knocking on her door? August Chambers, a handsome actor who is desperately in need of some good publicity. They never expected sparks to fly between them, but the reality is that this relationship is becoming too real.
Worth It by Lady Marie
Sometimes when you’re not looking for love, it finds you. It always happens, don’t lie to me! InWorth It, Makayla is too busy working on achieving her promotion at her job to think about love.
But her mother’s wedding is approaching and she needs a date. Enter Reggie Johnson. He agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend, but he has a proposal of his own: for every fake date they go with her family, she goes on a real date with him.
Will You Be Mine? by Rilzy Adams
If you’re in the mood for a best-friends-to-lovers romance with a little bit of fake dating, choose Rilzy Adams.Will You Be Mine? follows JT and Hallie, best friends for years, who have to pretend to date when Hallie is invited to her former best friend’s wedding aka the one man she once loved.
She doesn’t want to go alone, so when she’s asked if she is bringing a plus one, she says she is bringing her boyfriend. And at that moment, she does not have a boyfriend. But JT is here to help! Though for him, this is the perfect opportunity to show Hallie that he’s the man for her.
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Remember when I mentioned in myprevious posthow a groveling scene can totally make or break a romance book? Well, let's dive into that topic a bit more, shall we? Now, I know there's been some talk and debate about those dramatic third-act breakup scenes, but guess what? I'm a huge fan of them, especially in romance books! Why, you ask? Well, here's the scoop: I absolutely love it when the groveling happens after the breakup. It's that magical moment when the person who messed up finally realizes they can't live without their other half and goes all out to win them back. Talk about fireworks!
Did you know that May is the month to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month? It's a time to recognize and appreciate all the amazing contributions they make. But here's the thing - we shouldn't just limit our support and appreciation to just one month, let's show love and support to AAPI individuals all year round!
Look, sometimes you crave a fantasy book. You want action-packed scenes, high-stakes, fights, magic systems, and even talking animals. You want epic adventures that make the characters grow closer. But if you’re like me, you also want to read a romance book. How someone falls in love and finds their other half. How there are small moments between characters, like holding their hand and kissing their forehead, that make you fall madly in love with the book immediately. But what if you crave both of them at the same time? The good thing is that fantasy romance books exist; a little bit of one and a little bit of the other mixed together in one unique and beautiful book.