In my opinion, there is almost not better rom-com set up than the fake relationship! Unlike Enemies to Lovers, this trope is almost exclusively found in romance and is basically a Hallmark movie. Let me tell you how it usually goes down. Two characters meet somehow, perhaps through an ad, or just coincidence one or both of them need a significant other because of some variation of one of the following: 1. want to make an ex jealous; 2. need one for work (this one I never really understand); or 3. are trying to get their parents/family off their backs. They pretend to date, they fall in love and well hilarity usually ensues along the way.
To All the Boy I’ve Loved Before is a perfect example of this. This book is adorable, and I highly suggest you read it if you haven’t. The Netflix movie is pretty darn amazing as well, my husband even liked it. This book has a great fake relationship between a swoon-worthy guy and an adorable female protagonist. If you enjoy the fake relationship trope, check this one out right away.
If you are looking for something a little more shall we say, adult, then check out The Kiss Quotient (you can read my full review here). This book took me by surprise. It was STEAMY and I liked it. This is a variation on the fake relationship to get your family off your back. It was very entertaining, the characters were wonderful and oh yeah did I mention steamy.
Enjoy historical romance? Well, then this one is for you. Simon and Daphne pretend to be almost betrothed. It’s a plan that helps them both out. It keeps the marriage-minded ladies away from Simon, and with a Duke as a prospect might help Daphne to strum up some worthy suitors. Daphne is an extremely smart and capable woman, and Simon is utterly charming.
What are your favorite Fake Relationship stories?