Trope Rec Tuesday: Upcoming Fake Dating Romances To Read in 2021


To explain a little about what this post will be about, every Trope Tuesday post starts with the same introduction. In every romance book you read there are tropes or archetypes you find inside its pages. You can also see them in shows, movies, plays, etc. Every type of entertainment and media. Romantic tropes are everywhere, and they are fabulous. I adore them and I always tend to find my favorite ones in romance books so I can enjoy them even more. Trope Tuesday is a weekly column where I share books that I know people will enjoy with a specific central trope.

What is a trope? Urban Dictionary explains it best: “​Despite the erroneous definitions already published here, ​trope on ​the interwebs really refers to an often overused ​plot device​. It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. TV shows, movies, comics, games, anime’, & books are full of tropes & many rabid fan-sites now name & track said tropes with a self-explanatory title for each one.” We can name a few: accidental pregnancy, best friends to lovers, sibling’s best friend, marriage of convenience, and so many more. Your favorite couples? They probably got a trope too! It’s always so nice to realize or find out your favorite romance trope and keep searching for books with the same theme. So really? I’m just helping you find that new favorite book of yours. If ever you want a post on a trope I haven’t done yet, do drop me a tweet at @thebookvoyagers and let me know!

Hey, friends! Today I’m sharing with you some upcoming romance releases which have the fake dating trope. It’s many people’s favorite trope, and with good reason! The fake dating trope has so much power; the main couple agrees to pretend to date for appearances, for common goals, only to fall in love in the process. Seriously, it never gets old and it always brings some romantic goodness to the table. 

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum

I’m a huge YA romance fan, as you know. And This May End Badly sounds just perfect for me. Prank war romances have been some of my favorite reads for the past couple of years. There is just something about pranking one another, seeing the worst of each other, and still falling in love. 

In this book, we follow Doe who has been in a constant prank war with the Winfield Academy as long as anyone can remember. But this year, her own boarding school is merging with her rival school! She decides to go after her nemesis by fake dating his cousin, Wells. This is surely going to affect him and make her win once and for all! But fake dating with Wells might not have been the best choice, because now unexpected feelings are appearing. 

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

I swear I’m going to be reading The Love Hypothesis very very soon. Everyone says the most amazing things about this book and that just makes me more and more excited to pick it up.

With its fake dating, grumpy/sunshine, “I hate everyone but you” vibe, this book is surely going to change my life. Get ready to have a new favorite book! 

Never Fall for Your Fiancée by Virginia Heath

If you’re looking for a historical romance with fake engagement trope, look no further because Virginia Heath has you covered. Meet Hugh Standish, Earl of Fareham, someone who definitely does not want a wife. But his mother is determined to find him one. So, Hugh does what everyone should do in these situations: he says he has a fiancée. But, in reality, he does not. Now his mother is on a ship bound to England, ready to meet this new fiancée of his, and Hugh has to find someone who can pretend to be with him.

The Love Con by Seressia Glass

This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases. JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER! Seressia Glass is going to bless us with a romance featuring cosplay, best friends to lovers. The fake dating trope is just the cherry on top of it all. 

Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins

This debut YA romance follows a Latina teen pop star who suddenly gets dumped on live television and because of that needs a desperate plan to clean her image. Her PR team comes up with a plan though and now she is going to have to fake date a soft-hearted British indie film star. Oh, the pain! 

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