Since April Fools’ Day was just a couple of days ago, let’s start off April with a very popular trope: pretend relationship romance novels!
I think what most readers love about “fake girlfriend” or “fake fiancée/wife” stories is that the plot throws together two characters who usually are total strangers and who might not even like each other. Under normal circumstances, they would never consider dating each other, but now they are forced to spend time together and pretend to be a couple. As you can imagine, they get into some hilarious situations, and after a while, they discover that their feelings are no longer fake…
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15 GREAT LESBIAN ROMANCE NOVELS ABOUT FAKE RELATIONSHIPS
I’ve put together a list of 15 lesbian books featuring fake relationships and marriages of convenience. I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Just for Show by Jae
When Claire, an overachieving psychologist with OCD tendencies, hires Lana, an impulsive, out-of-work actress for a fake relationship, she figures the worst she’ll have to endure are the messes Lana leaves around. It’s only for a few months anyway. And it’s not as if she’ll enjoy all those fake kisses and loving looks. Right?
Who’d Have Thought by G Benson
When Hayden Pérez stumbles across an offer to marry Samantha Thomson—a cold, rude, and complicated neurosurgeon—for $200,000, what’s a cash-strapped ER nurse to do? Sure, Hayden has to convince everyone around them they’re madly in love, but it’s only for a year, right? What could possibly go wrong?
Beholden by Fox Brison
How far would you go to secure your dream job? How far would you go to save someone you love? One fateful night Joanne Cassidy and Adele Jackson’s worlds collide and these questions are answered. A deal is brokered, one that has the capacity to either make or break them—and their dreams.
Take Me Home (Belladonna Ink, book 2) by Lorelie Brown
I love my family. I’m lucky to have them—well, most of them. But my aunt? I’m so tired of her giving my mom crap because I happen to be a lesbian. So one pink-haired tattoo artist pretending to be my girlfriend will annoy my Christian fundamentalist aunt right back and make my Thanksgiving perfect.
Just Business by Julie Cannon
What should be just business becomes much more when two women agree to a deal that changes their lives. Dillon Matthews, in the middle of negotiating the deal of her life, is stunned at the final condition she must meet to close the deal. Callie Sheffield is struggling to pay the attorney she has hired to appeal her brother’s conviction for a crime he didn’t commit. When Dillon and Callie meet by chance, they realize a simple business transaction will give them both what they need—until love threatens to derail the negotiations.
Kiss & Tell by Cynthia Dane
Advice author Victoria Nicholson is about to embark on the biggest world tour of her life. Too bad her girlfriend’s dumped her before her moment of glory. Now her publisher’s demanding a woman on Victoria’s arm at every event. Any woman.
Enter New York escort Madison Ricci, a woman Victoria instantly falls for. But is it mutual? And how far is too far when it comes to exchanging money for love?
Tricky Wisdom (Tricky series, book 1) by Camryn Eyde
Darcy Wright is a closeted lesbian who has been infatuated with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. Leaving her small Minnesota town for Boston in a quest to become a doctor, she moves in with fellow med-student Olivia Boyd, a neurotic, anal, gigantic thorn in the side. The first year of medical school is a nerve-wracking encounter in medicine, learning lessons the hard way, and romance.
All her life, Annie suffered through her brother’s practical jokes. He sets her up on a blind date with lesbian winemaker Drew, even knowing Annie is straight. Annie and Drew turn the tables on him by pretending to fall in love. But what starts as a revenge plan turns their lives upside down as the lines between pretending and reality begin to blur.
Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley
Katie Hammontree and Sarah Cooper have been best friends since the second grade. But when a misunderstanding leads to them being mistaken for a couple and Sarah uses the situation to her advantage, Katie finds herself on a roller coaster ride of ambiguous sexuality and confusing feelings. How far will Sarah go to keep up the charade, and why does kissing her make Katie feel more alive than kissing her ex-boyfriend Austin ever did?
Kiernan O’Shay’s dream is to build a light-speed spaceship. To inherit the funds needed, she must adhere to her grandmother’s will to marry and have an heir. To keep her family safe, Ariel Thorsen has no choice but to marry Kiernan. Can love grow when trust isn’t in the equation?
If you haven’t done so already, download your bingo card, pick the book you want to read for the “fake relationship” square, and start reading! Remember that you can either read one of the 15 books listed above or pick another lesbian romance novel featuring a pretend relationship.
Leave a comment to win a book
In addition to winning books by completing a line on the bingo card, there’ll also be a giveaway for each post. This time, you can win one of three e-books!
- Who’d Have Thought by G Benson, published by Ylva Publishing
- Just for Show by Jae (me), published by Ylva Publishing
- Crossing the Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun, published by Bold Strokes Books
To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment and let us know which book you’re going to read for the “fake relationship” square or if you can think of other lesbian books that fit this category.
I’ll announce the winners of the three e-books on Thursday, April 12.
The reading list for the next bingo square will be posted on April 19. Subscribe to my blog so you won’t miss it. There’ll be another giveaway too!
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