10 Best Fake Dating Romance Books You Should Read

Fake dating romance books have taken the literary world by storm, captivating readers with their charming characters, witty banter, and heartwarming love stories. If you’re new to the genre or simply looking for more top-notch recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons behind the genre’s popularity, and share our list of the top 10 fake dating romance books you should definitely read.

Best Fake Dating Romance Books

Why Fake Dating Romance Books Are So Popular

It’s no secret that fake dating romance books have gained a massive following in recent years. But what makes these books so appealing to readers? In this section, we’ll delve into the factors that contribute to the genre’s popularity, from the allure of fake relationships to the undeniable appeal of escapism and wish fulfillment.

The Appeal of Fake Relationships

At the heart of every fake dating romance book is the tried-and-true trope of fake relationships. Characters pretend to be in a relationship for various reasons, such as appeasing their family, winning a bet, or simply for the sake of convenience. This setup creates a unique dynamic between the characters, allowing them to explore their feelings for each other in unconventional ways.

However, fake relationships are not just limited to the world of fiction. In real life, people often find themselves in situations where they have to pretend to be in a relationship, whether it’s to ward off unwanted attention or to impress someone. Therefore, readers can relate to the characters and their struggles, making the story more compelling.

Moreover, the tension that arises from pretending to be a couple can lead to hilariously awkward situations, making the story both engaging and entertaining. Readers also love witnessing the emotional journey and character growth that comes with the protagonists gradually realizing their true feelings for one another.

Escapism and Wish Fulfillment

Fake dating romance books offer readers a much-needed escape from reality. These stories often take place in idyllic settings with swoon-worthy characters, providing a perfect opportunity for readers to indulge in daydreams and romantic fantasies.

Additionally, the familiar storylines and heartwarming happy endings lend a sense of comfort that many readers find irresistible. In a world where negativity and chaos seem to be the norm, fake dating romance books offer a brief respite and a chance to believe in the power of love and happy endings.

Alongside escapism, the genre also offers a sense of wish fulfillment for readers. For those feeling lonely or searching for love, diving into a fake dating romance book provides a temporary respite and a chance to experience a whirlwind romance vicariously through the characters. It’s no wonder that readers often find themselves swooning over the charming and charismatic love interests in these books.

The Growth of the Fake Dating Romance Genre

The fake dating romance genre continues to expand rapidly, attracting an ever-growing audience. As with any genre, its success can be attributed to the dedication and creativity of authors who continually churn out fresh, innovative stories that capture readers’ hearts.

Furthermore, social media platforms and online book clubs have played a pivotal role in promoting these books, resulting in a thriving community of fans who eagerly discuss and recommend their favorite titles. This sense of community and shared passion for the genre has helped to fuel its growth and popularity.

Overall, fake dating romance books offer readers a chance to escape reality and indulge in their romantic fantasies. With relatable characters, engaging storylines, and heartwarming happy endings, it’s no wonder that this genre has captured the hearts of so many readers.

Top 5 Fake Dating Romance Books for Newcomers

If you’re new to the genre, here are our top 5 book recommendations to get you started on your fake dating romance journey:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners

When their siblings get food poisoning at their wedding, Olive and Ethan – sworn enemies – decide to take their siblings’ all-expenses-paid honeymoon trip. But there’s a catch: they have to pretend to be newlyweds. As they navigate their fake marriage, they discover they might not hate each other as much as they thought.

The Unhoneymooners is a witty and charming romance that will make you laugh out loud. The chemistry between Olive and Ethan is electric, and the tropical setting will make you want to pack your bags and go on your own honeymoon.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Lara Jean’s secret love letters to her past crushes are accidentally sent out, creating chaos in her life. Desperate to avoid confrontation with her current crush, she agrees to fake-date another recipient of her letters, Peter. As they pretend to be a couple, the lines between reality and fantasy start to blur.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a heartwarming and relatable story about the ups and downs of teenage love. Lara Jean and Peter’s fake relationship is full of cute and awkward moments that will make you smile.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient

Stella, a successful econometrician with autism, hires escort Michael to help her practice dating and physical intimacy. Soon enough, their no-strings-attached arrangement takes a turn as feelings become real and they struggle to balance their relationship with the secrets of their pasts.

The Kiss Quotient is a steamy and emotional romance that explores the complexities of love and intimacy. Stella and Michael’s relationship is unconventional but undeniably passionate.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

The Dating Plan

Childhood friends Daisy and Liam reconnect as adults and agree to fake an engagement to secure an inheritance and appease their families. As they follow a fun dating plan, old feelings begin to resurface, forcing them to face the truth about their past and the possibilities of a future together.

The Dating Plan is a delightful and romantic story about second chances and the power of love. Daisy and Liam’s fake engagement is full of humor and heart, and their journey towards each other is both sweet and satisfying.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters Book 3)

When chaotic Eve and uptight Jacob are thrown together as a fake couple for the sake of Jacob’s B&B, sparks fly. Despite their differences, they embark on an emotional journey that teaches them about love, forgiveness, and the importance of being true to oneself.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown is a charming and uplifting romance that celebrates individuality and self-discovery. Eve and Jacob’s fake relationship is full of banter and tension, and their personal growth is both inspiring and heartwarming.

So there you have it, our top 5 fake dating romance books for newcomers. Whether you’re a seasoned romance reader or a newbie to the genre, these books are sure to make you swoon and believe in the power of love.

Even More Fake Dating Romance Books

If you’re a die-hard fan of the fake dating romance genre, you’re in luck! There are so many captivating reads out there just waiting to be devoured. Here are five more recommendations to add to your list:

Roomies by Christina Lauren


Holland is a young woman living in New York City, trying to make a name for herself in the publishing industry. When she saves her subway crush, an illegal immigrant named Calvin, from a drunken attack, she sees it as an opportunity to help him stay in the country and secure his talents for her uncle’s Broadway show. The catch? They have to get married. As they navigate the ups and downs of their fake marriage, Holland and Calvin find themselves falling for each other in unexpected ways.

You can find this book here.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters Book 2)

Dani is a PhD student who has no time for romance. Zafir is a former rugby player turned security guard who runs a non-profit organization. When a video of Zafir carrying Dani out of a building during a fire drill goes viral, they decide to fake-date to help promote Zafir’s organization. But as they spend more time together, they begin to realize that their feelings for each other may be more than just pretend.

You can find this book here.

Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd

Faking Under the Mistletoe

Olivia is dreading spending the holidays with her family, who are constantly pressuring her to settle down and find a serious boyfriend. Asher is her demanding boss, who is also facing similar family pressure. To avoid their families’ meddling, Olivia and Asher agree to pretend to be a couple during the holiday season. But as they spend more time together, they begin to realize that their fake relationship may be turning into something real.

You can find this book here.

Faker by Sarah Smith


Emmie and Tate are coworkers who can’t stand each other. When they’re both up for a promotion that neither of them can afford to lose, they’re forced to work together on a charity project. As they spend more time together, they begin to see each other in a new light. But can they overcome their animosity and admit their true feelings?

You can find this book here.

Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

Not So Nice Guy

Sam and Ian are best friends and coworkers who have both been friend-zoned by the opposite sex. To help each other out, they come up with a plan to start dating each other as a way to make their crushes jealous. But as they begin to fake their relationship, they start to see each other in a new light. Will they risk their friendship for a chance at something more?

You can find this book here.


These 10 books are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the world of fake dating romances. So why not dive in and discover your next favorite read? Whether you’re looking for a heartwarming holiday story or a steamy office romance, there’s something out there for everyone. Happy reading!


What is the fake dating trope?

The fake dating trope follows the experiences of two people that have made a deal to appear romantically involved, usually to impress parents or make an ex jealous. More often than not, these two end up falling in love anyway.

What’s the best fake dating romance book?

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood is a great example of a fake dating romance novel.

What’s the technical term for when you fake date someone?

A pseudo-relationship refers to a pretend or ‘trial’ relationship with no real commitment.

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