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MARRIAGE of CONVENIENCE & FAKE DATING | Romance Trope Book Recs



Let’s talk marriage of convenience and fake dating! If you’re wondering where to start with these romance tropes, I have book recommendations for you!

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  1. Jenna

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Wildest Hearts by Jayne Ann Krentz was one of the first marriage of convenience that I ever read. The Deal by Elle Kennedy is a good fake dating.

  2. Heather Shaw

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    The Duchess Deal is my favorite Tessa Dare. Radiance was very good. Love that series too. I have When A Scot Ties the Knot on my TBR. So glad you mentioned the Julia London book. I love many of hers, but she doesn't get the YouTube love like others do. A Week to be Wicked is my 2nd favorite Dare. I have to say though I either really love her stuff or it really falls flat for me. (I've had that same experience with Courtney Milan too-when her stuff works for me it Really works, but when it doesn't… It Really doesn't) Take A Hint Dani Brown. My favorite in the series. It was robbed. It should have won the Goodreads award for Best Romance (just a little salty about that 😂). Love this video. This is such my jam. I'm more a marriage of convenience girl than fake dating typically. I also love a grumpy/sunshine trope too and these 2 often go hand in hand.

  3. Susana Fantozzi

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Loved "Radiance"!!

  4. MsEleanorShelby

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    If you look for a contemporary marriage of convenience with a cinnamon roll I can recommend Heart and Seoul by Erin Kinsella (not the book with the same name by Jen Frederick!). In this romance an american author travels to South Korea because her book gets adapted for a Kdrama and she lands in a marriage of convenience with a Kpop-star who is supposed to play the leading role. It was one of my favorite books last year.

  5. Anzhela Kocheshkova

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    it's funny cause i like fake dating a lot but I really cannot stand the marriage of convenience trope. i can't explain why, but partially it's because the stakes feel way too serious for me and so it's not fun anymore. the only time I kind of liked it was the proposal [the movie] and even then they're not married yet, they're just planning to do it.
    and when it comes to fake dating my favourite ones are usually when it happens for an event. like a wedding or a family Christmas or smth like that. those are the best. like, I liked take a hint, but it felt to me like it lacked an end goal or the point which made it a bit meandoring. the one where i liked this aspect the most recently was a male/male one, and it wasn't even the central plot, they were faking a relationship for about the first third, I think. the characters were mi6 agents on an assignment and it was really entertaining 😂😂

  6. Wilde Book Garden

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    YAY, one of my favorite tropes!
    I didn't like Romancing the Duke at all (it was my first and only Tessa Dare) but you're making me want to give her another chance!
    I feel like me trying to recommend romances to you is a losing battle because you've read so many! 😂 My very basic answer that I'm sure you've already read is The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – I really enjoyed that one and think the third act conflict was the best executed I've ever seen.

  7. Bookwormdystopian

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

  8. rubytadpole

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Definitely my favorite romance trope!
    The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is a fav for sure

  9. Jay G

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Tessa dare is such a staple romance author!

  10. Jessica Straw

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I really like the marriage of convenience trope!
    I'm really enjoying this trope book recs series!

  11. Tammz316 formerly Luckee

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I love Radiance and Take a Hint Dani Brown so much!

  12. Erin Fox

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    This is my very favorite romance trope, and while I’ve read several of the ones you recommended, I did get lots of new recs – thank you!

  13. Erin Fox

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Another great “marriage of convenience” pick is The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata and it’s contemporary. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey was great, so was Faking It by Cora Carmack, First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn, Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, … so many great books for this trope!

  14. Heatherly Luciano

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    The one that I know entertained me the most was Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn ….very rom com kind of entertainment.

  15. iseethestrals

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata is a great modern marriage of convenience!

  16. Calories r4eva

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    What to wear to a seduction by sari robins – fake dating

  17. Vamps Rock

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Of the books you mentioned I have read A Prince On Paper and enjoyed it and all the others except for one are on my TBR! I've never been overly interested in either MOC or fake dating and read them if other things about the premise interest me usually. However, the two books that sold me on MOC and only in 2019 (!) were White Whisky Bargain by Jodie Slaughter and Xeni by Rebekah Wetherspoon. The first I found a fantastic read from start to finish and sold me on the author and the second whilst I didn't love everything about it, I DID love how the MOC aspect was dealt with.

    A fake dating one (also is a friends to lovers!) one that I loved is A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year which is book 3 in the hilarious Holidays with the Wongs novella series by Jackie Lau who is a romcom author whose books really hit the spot for me.

    And from your description of the FMC in Tempest, I think you would really enjoy Wild Sweet Love by Beverly Jenkins which was my first book by her. Teresa July is a force to be reckoned with (the book opens with her trying to escape the authorities because of her train robbing activities!) and more than makes up for a couple of things about her beau that I wasn't overly keen on. Well worth it, especially as it has some very amusing parts to it too. TFS 🙂

  18. Niki B

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I love these romance trope videos but I wish there isn’t as much cross over on recommendations.

  19. Samantha P

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Winter's Orbit is one of my favs that fits here.

  20. rak teapot

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I loveeee this trope. immediately adds all to tbr

  21. R. K. Stumblingbear

    August 18, 2021 at 1:40 am

    I really enjoyed A Week to Be Wicked. Minerva is awesome! I also like this series and how the people from early novels pop up in the later ones.

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