Bookish Item | Recommending My Favorite Fake Dating Books

After doing a reread of Adorkable last month I thought it would be fun to recommend some of my favorite Fake Dating books. As you might remember from my TTT about my favorite tropes, the fake dating trope is one I like most. While I don’t read that many books where the romance is the main focus, every now and then I like to read those fluffy and cute ones, especially when they have a fake dating something going on. Let’s see which one’s I’ve enjoyed so far!

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

This trilogy is probably the most well-known fake dating story out there. Especially in the YA field! I personally adored these books so much. Lara-Jean is very relatable to me and I loved her journey of becoming more confident about herself. Peter K. is the cutest love interest in my opinion and I just loved reading about them. I would love a Lara Jean series set at university haha, but I’m afraid that will never happen.

The Fill-In Boyfriend – Kasie West

Kasie West writes great fluffy contemporaries and I think this was one of the first ones I read. Gia gets dumped by her boyfriend right before he was supposed to meet her friends. Because she thinks her friends will accuse her of lying if she shows up alone, she decide to use a boy in the parking lot as fake boyfriend. Now this seems pretty ridiculous and I totally agree. However, I did really enjoy everything after that haha. I have to say it’s been almost 4 years since I read it so I might just be remembering it fondly.

Adorkable – Cookie O’Gorman

I did a reread of this very cute story and that’s what inspired this post! The first time I read it was 3,5 years ago and I’m happy to say I loved it just as much the second time around. I really enjoyed the characters, it’s a bit of sports romance as well, which made it extra enjoyable in my opinion. Sally is a pretty relatable main character and Becks was very swoon worthy. I also really liked Becks’ family.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang

You know I’m not a big romance reader, so this one was pretty far out of my comfort zone. However, I’d seen a lot of raving reviews from friends and the audiobook was available on Storytel. And Storytel is truly my way of trying books I’d normally wouldn’t! I’m super happy I did try this one, as I really enjoyed it! It may not be fake dating like the other ones but I think it fits with the trope. Stella has Asperger’s and hires an escort, Michael, to learn about sex. This was a very enjoyable and funny (and sexy!) story. There is quite some smut involved, so if you don’t like that, this is not one for you. I surprisingly enjoyed it a lot!

The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

After I decided I wanted to do this post, I figured I needed to read at least one more fake dating book. And The Unhoneymooners was one that came up a lot! It was also on Storytel so I just went for it. I loved that the main characters are from Minnesota, my favorite state haha. Olive and Ethan go on the honeymoon their respective twin sister and brother were supposed to take. However, everyone got a bad case of food poisoning during the wedding and the married couple beg Olive and Ethan to go. Olive hates Ethan with a passion but they have to pass as newlyweds on this honeymoon! We all know how this story will go but I thought it was quite enjoyable. There was some unnecessary drama in my opinion but definitely one I’d recommend!

Honorable mention: Don’t Say a Word – Amber Lynn Natusch

Don’t Say a Word I the sequel to Dare You to Lie. Both 5 star reads I LOVED. This is not a romance story at all, but there is an element of fake dating in DSaW and it was a lot of fun. I just had to include this as a honorable mention because I love this series so much. If you’re looking for a YA mystery series with a badass MC and you love fake dating, I’d say pick this up!

These were some of my favorite fake dating books! Do you have any good recommendations for me? I would love to read some more, especially some that are lesser known. Would you also like some forced marriage book recs? Because I have some for that as well!

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