Welcome to another Top 5 Saturday Reads meme. It was created by the lovely Mandy over at Devouring Books as a way to share books that we would love to read. This week’s topic is: Fake Love Couples.
I am such a fan of the fake-in-love trope. It’s always endlessly entertaining and hilarious. What’s not to love about that? Especially when tensions heat up and family gets involved. I had a hard time choosing my Top 5, because this week I’ve decided to share the ones I HAVE read as opposed to ones that I WANT to read. That’s because these books mark some of my all-time favourite re-reads and they’re ones I still WANT to read again and again and again.
Here they are:
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me – If you know me well, you’ll know that Mariana Zapata is a gal after my own heart. Not only is this story a tantalising slow-burn sports romance, it also features a fake-marriage trope that has my heart in pitter patters every time. Aidan and Van’s relationship was wrought with opposites attract and grumpy-man syndrome. I loved every single page of it!
Good Boy (WAGS) – I feel like Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy are such underrated authors. Their work always makes me so happy and this series is certainly one of them. Slow-burn, sports romance with the fake-relationship trope (are you sensing a pattern here?) this book has everything needed to get me excited and eagerly re-reading these delightfully quirky characters. (Another) Aiden features in this story and he’s the perfect gentle giant after my own heart. Seriously if you want a sweet and hilariously funny read then this is the book for you!
The Bride Test – I’ve posted my review of this book here, but for a quick summary: arranged fake-marriage turns all too real and oh, so sweet in the latest Helen Hoang book. I’ve made it clear in the past that I adore this story more than The Kiss Quotient (although that’s still delightfully sweet) and it’s mostly due to reading about Kai and Esme’s fake relationship. The mishaps and difficulties with communication made this one so interesting to read about!
Fix Her Up – I adored this year’s romance line up but Fix Her Up was definitely one that stood out from the crowd, in my opinion. It had the perfect set-up of tropes, including the fake-relationship, as well a great dose of sports romance, family charm and complicated dynamics. My review for the book can be found here, but if you’re keen on something funny, adorably sweet and inspiring then this is the book for you!
Nobody’s Baby But Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips was my first foray in to romance… MY FIRST. That means a lot guys. She taught me the exquisite joy of reading a HEA and pretty much set me up to ADORE trope-filled romance stories. This is my absolute favourite book of hers and in all honesty, probably my most re-read book EVER. It’s charming and sweet and awkward and funny… what’s not to like? Oh, and it’s a slow-burn, sports romance with a fake-marriage premise. I mean… that’s practically my calling card at this point. DING DING DING: WE HAVE A WINNER.