Review| The Fiancee Farce – Alexandria Bellefleur

When I heard about The Fiancee Farce I knew I needed to read this sapphic romance! I was very grateful to get an eARC on Netgalley and now that we’re closer to release day it’s time to talk about this book. Keep on reading to find out more about The Fiancee Farce and what I thought! If you end up being interesting this book is hitting shelves on Tuesday (April 18th).

Lambda Literary award winner and national bestselling author Alexandria Bellefleur returns with a steamy Sapphic rom-com about a quiet bookseller and a romance novel cover model who agree to a modern-day marriage-of-convenience…

Tansy Adams’ greatest love is her family’s bookstore, passed down from her late father. But when it comes to actual romance… Tansy can’t get past the first chapter. Tired of her stepfamily’s questions about her love life, Tansy invents Gemma, a fake girlfriend inspired by the stunning cover model on a bestselling book. They’ll never actually meet, so what’s the harm in a little fib? Yet when real-life Gemma crosses Tansy’s path, her white lie nearly implodes.

Gemma van Dalen is a wild child, the outcast of her wealthy family, and now the latest heir to Van Dalen Publishing. But the title comes with one tiny condition: she must be married in order to inherit. When Gemma discovers a beautiful stranger has been pretending to date her for months, she decides to take the charade one step further—and announces their engagement.

Gemma needs a wife to meet the terms of her grandfather’s will and Tansy needs money to save her struggling bookstore. A marriage could be mutually beneficial, if they can fool everyone into thinking it’s a love match. Unexpected sparks fly as Tansy and Gemma play the role of affectionate fiancées, and suddenly the line between convenient arrangement and real feelings begins to blur. But the scheming Van Dalen family won’t give up the company without a fight, and Gemma and Tansy’s newfound happiness might get caught in the fallout…


Fake dating or marriage of convenience are tropes that I really love, so I was so excited about The Fiancee Farce. This book met all of my expectations and then some. It has humor, character development, fun side characters, a fake relationship (that we all know won’t stay that way), and a few spicy moments.

Both of our characters definitely have reasons to want to be in a relationship. Tansy wants her family off of her back and Gemma actually needs to be married to inherit her family’s company. Tansy accidentally says that she’s in a relationship with Gemma and she ends up going along with it. One thing I really want to praise this author for is that these characters communicated!! There wasn’t a miscommunication trope that caused issues. I really appreciated it.

Tansy and Gemma are definitely different. Tansy runs a family bookstore and Gemma is a book cover model who wants to take over her grandfather’s business. While they’re both ambitious and want to succeed they both have different things they’re after. Watching these two grow closer was so fun and heartwarming. Their banter was amazing and their chemistry jumped off of the page.

While this book is lighthearted it also tackles some more serious things and we see both characters have conversations with family that aren’t easy. I really believe that them being together and supporting the other really made that possible. We all know this relationship will get messy, but it wasn’t over the top. All in all, The Fiancee Farce was amazing and I hope that Alexandria Bellefleur writes a new book soon!

Alexandria Bellefleur is definitely an author I’ll be keeping an eye. I definitely need more books like this! Have you read anything by this author? Or have you read any amazing romances lately? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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