I still don’t have a huge amount of books I want to talk about in this series so this may be the last post for a little while. I’ve definitely read more fake dating books than I think but I just can’t remember right now. Oh well, by the time I want to post another of these I’ll probably have read more fake dating books – I seem to stumble on them more often than you’d think.
They Hate Each Other by Amanda Woody
I read this book earlier this year and oh boy do I love it when the fake dating has elements of enemies to lovers. There’s nothing better than two people who can’t stand each other having to pretend to date. It’s just so good.
The progression of their real relationship was handled really well and I love watching the characters slowly grow feelings for each other.
Synopsis: Jonah and Dylan get along like oil and water. Until a fake dating ploy gives them new perspective, and they realize that “falling for your enemy” isn’t as impossible as it seems.
There are plenty of words Jonah Collins could use to describe Dylan Ramírez. “Arrogant,” “spoiled,” and “golden boy” to name a few. Likewise, Dylan thinks he has Jonah accurately labeled as an attention-seeking asshat who never shuts his filthy mouth. Their friends are convinced Jonah’s and Dylan’s disdain for one another is just thinly veiled lust—a rumor that surges like wildfire when the two wake up in one bed after homecoming.
Mutually horrified, Dylan and Jonah agree to use the faux pas to their advantage by fake dating. If they can stay convincing long enough to end their “relationship” in a massive staged fight, they can prove their incompatibility to their friends once and for all. But the more time they spend together, the more their plan begins to fall apart—and the closer they come to seeing each other clearly for the first time.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
When I sat down to make a list of my favourite fake dating books this one didn’t cross my mind at first, but it is technically a fake dating book and this made me actually laugh out loud. You never really think of this trope being outside of romance books, but here we are.
Katniss and Peeta invented fake dating and nothing will ever beat “If it wasn’t for the baby”. Peeta was a real dark horse wasn’t he? God I love him.
Synopsis: Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol—a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
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