Are you a fan of the fake dating/contract relationship trope in romance books? Then check out these 11 book recommendations!
Best Fake Dating/Fake Relationship Romance Books To Read :-
- The Cheat Sheet by Sara Adams
- Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
- A Not So Meet Cute by Meghan Quinn
- Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills
- The Deal by Elle Kennedy
- The Plan by Karla Sorensen
- The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
- My Life In Shambles by Karina Halle
- Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
- Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
- To Love Jason Thorn by Elle Maise
11. The Cheat Sheet by Sara Adams
Bree Camden is best friends with Nathan Donelson, the star football player loved by millions. She’s had feelings for him for as long as she can remember but still hasn’t confessed, afraid of ruining their friendship. To drown in her sadness, she drinks a lot and in her drunken stupor, talks about her feelings to a reporter who publishes it in the news.
Three weeks before the Super Bowl starts and Nathan has a new scandal. Now, he must fake a relationship with Bree to avoid any bad press before the big game. So, they sign a contract. Three weeks of fake dating start now!! Will they be able to make it through these 3 weeks without anything changing between them?
10. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Georgette is the youngest of her family which is why no one ever takes her seriously and always treats her like a child. She desperately wants to get out of being the baby of the family. She thinks that maybe if she starts to date, her family would take her seriously and the perfect boyfriend just returned to their town.
Enter Travis, an ex-baseball player who’s given up on life after leaving the game. He’s also Georgette’s older brother’s best friend. Now, all Travis wants is to forget about his glory days and find a new job. Not long after he returned to his hometown, he’s visited by his best friend’s sister who proposes a crazy deal – start a fake relationship with her to shock her family, and in exchange, she will help him land a new job. With nothing to lose, he agrees.
9. A Not So Meet Cute by Meghan Quinn
Huxley is a self-made man who’s amassed millions in wealth. One day, he’s having a meeting with a potential client who he desperately needs, but things aren’t going as well as he had hoped. He then remembers that the client is a family man and he decides to use that to his advantage by presenting himself as a family man as well. So, he tells a lie that he has a fiancée and that she is pregnant.
Lottie just lost her job and is back to living with her parents. One day, she’s just taking a walk in a rich neighborhood and that’s when she runs into Huxley. Things happen and they get to talking. That’s when he asks her a question – Can you be my pregnant fiancée? and in return, I will help you find a job and until then you can move in with me. So, she agrees…
8. Boyfriend Bargain by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Zack is a star hockey player at the Hawthorne University and Sugar is a senior in college who wants to be a lawyer. She’s applied to many law schools with her sight set on Vanderbilt Law School but its acceptance rate is very low and she just got waitlisted. Luckily, she finds out that one of the higher-ups of Vanderbilt is a huge fan of Zack’s. So, she comes up with a plan.
After a little bit of stalking, she finally comes face to face with Zack and asks him to be her fake boyfriend in the hopes that being his girlfriend may give her a higher chance of getting accepted into her dream college. Intrigued by this mystery girl he just encountered, Zack agrees to the plan.
7. The Deal Elle Kennedy
Hannah has a huge crush on a guy but he’s never taken any interest in her. But she’s determined to get his attention, so, she comes up with a plan – make him jealous. She decides to fake date the hot captain of the hockey team in exchange for helping him with his studies since he’s failing his subjects.
Garrett has only one goal in his mind – to become a professional hockey player, but that dream of his may not come true if he doesn’t pass exams. So, to prevent his GPA from plummeting, even more, he needs a tutor and Hannah Wells would be perfect for that even if he has to make another guy jealous by pretending to be her boyfriend. But one unexpected kiss changes everything….
6. The Plan by Karla Sorensen
This one’s also a Grumpy x Sunshine Romance Novel. In this book, we are following Erik and Lydia. She is a social media influencer and after an incident, she is very anxious to go out into the public again, so, she hides away in her house and just the thought of leaving the house terrifies her. Her parents want her to get back out and try to face the issues head-on. They hire a bodyguard for her – Erik, a former NFL player who had to quit the game due to an injury.
Erik makes her get out of the house and soon, they even start to attend public events together. But Lydia feels weird about having a bodyguard following her around. So, she asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend but it’s only a matter of time before their professional relationship becomes something more.
4. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Ex talk by Rachel Solomon is a New Adult Romance book with Age gap and Co-workers tropes.
Shay has been working at the Seattle public radio station for years which is why she is pissed at her new colleague, Dominic, who thinks he knows everything about the radio world even though it’s his first time working at one.
Shay is working on a new project about an ex-couple giving relationship advice on the radio and her boss makes her work with the man she dislikes the most – Dominic. Now, they must pretend to be exes and lie to the listeners. Soon, the show becomes highly popular and as it gets bigger, so does their deception.
4. My Life In Shambles by Karina Halle
In the span of a week, Valerie has lost her fiancée and her job. Things couldn’t be worse. Her sisters have planned a trip to Ireland and they end up inviting Valerie to come along with them. She decides that maybe it’s time for a break from life and joins her sisters on the trip.
She goes to a pub at night and there she meets Padraig, an Irish rugby player. He’s taken a break from the game due to a concussion. The two hit it off immediately and spend the night together. The next morning, Padraig asks her for a huge favor – to become his fake- fiancée in front of his ailing father.
3. Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie
Addicted to You is the perfect read for fans of Gossip Girl and Euphoria. It’s an Adult romance with addiction issues which is why it’s only recommended for 18+ readers.
Lily is addicted to sex. She just can’t stop herself and she doesn’t want to either. It’s a secret she’s hidden from everyone except one person, her best friend Loren. He has an addiction problem of his own – Alcohol. Booze is the most important thing to him in this world except for Lily. For 3 years, they’ve hidden their addictions from their families while pretending to be in a relationship.
After carrying on this charade for years, they realize that maybe they want to be something more than just friends. But will their addiction allow them to be together? Will Loren be able to stop drinking? Will Lily be satisfied with just him? Maybe…….
Luc is the son of famous rock stars and soon his father will be making a comeback in the music industry. This means the public has their eyes on everyone in his family and one mistake can completely ruin his image. To present a better public image and avoid scandals, he has to find a nice and normal partner.
Oliver is a barrister who is in dire need of a date for an upcoming event. And that’s when Luc came into his life. The perfect date for the event and seems like he needs a boyfriend as well. So, Luc and Oliver decide to be in a fake relationship until their problems are resolved. But the thing about fake dating is that you never know when it can turn into real dating.
1. To Love Jason Thorn by Elle Maise
This one is a Childhood friend to Lovers Romance novel. We follow Olive and Jason. He is Olive’s older brother’s best friend. Jason didn’t have the best home life, so, he spent a lot of time over at Olive’s house. So much so that he was practically family to them and Olive had the biggest crush on him. But one day, something happens that makes him move to Hollywood.
Years later, Jason is a popular actor and Olive is a senior in high school. She is also a writer who just published her first book that blew up so much that it’s even being adapted into a movie and the one who would be playing the lead role in the movie is none other than Jason. But he has a reputation for being a playboy and after getting into trouble, his manager wants him to get into a fake relationship with a good & wholesome girl who would help him with his public image. And guess who he chooses to be his fake girlfriend…