In a world that is, quite frankly, terrible we have decided to spread some joy by sharing 17 of our favourite fauxmance books with you. You’re welcome.

I have asked the team to nominate their faves and so we have ended up with 17 brilliant books that all contain the fake relationship trope. This could be a marriage of convenience, a date for hire or a work related ploy. Either way they are fun, frolicking romps of romance.

My favourite part of this trope is when the characters realise that what started out as fake is now real and feelings are flowing freely! Ah, the joy of love. Can’t you just feel your heart growing three sizes already?

The list is in order of how many reviewers have made this a fave and then alphabetically by title. Bear in mind that not all of the team have read all of the books. To see who tagged it a fave look for the section that tells you who has recommended the book.

 

1 Breaking Character by Lee Winter

Breaking Character by Lee WinterPublisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Angela Dawe

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena, Anna, Tara, April, Shiki, Amy

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Synopsis

Life has become a farcical mess for icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thornton. America’s most-hated villain stars in a top-rated TV medical drama that she hates. Now, she’s been romantically linked to her perky, new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. As a closeted actress, that’s the last thing Elizabeth needs. If she could just get her dream movie role, life would be so much better. The only problem is that the eccentric French film-maker offering it insists on meeting her “girlfriend”, Summer, first.

Summer Hayes is devastated when her co-star shuns her for accidentally sparking rumors that they’re lovers. Now the so-called British Bitch has the audacity to ask Summer to pretend to be her girlfriend to get her a role? Elizabeth doesn’t even like Summer! Oh, how she’d love to tell her no. And Summer definitely would if it wasn’t for the fact she’s maybe a tiny bit in love with the impossible woman.

Contains mature themes.

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2 Who’d Have Thought by G Benson

Who’d Have Thought by G BensonPublisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Tanya Eby

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Victoria, Anna, Tara, April, Shiki, Amy

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Synopsis

Top neurosurgeon Samantha Thomson needs to get married fast and is tightlipped as to why. And with over $200,000 on offer to tie the knot, no questions asked, cash-strapped ER nurse Hayden Perez isn’t about to demand answers.

The deal is only for a year of marriage, but Hayden’s going into it knowing it will be a nightmare. Sam is complicated, rude, kind of cold, and someone Hayden barely tolerates at work, let alone wants to marry. The hardest part is that Hayden has to convince everyone around them that they’re madly in love and that racing down the aisle together is all they’ve ever wanted.

What could possibly go wrong?

Contains mature themes.

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3 In Development by Rachel Spangler

In Development by Rachel SpanglerPublisher: Brisk Press

Audiobook narrated by: Ann Etter

Audiobook produced by: Rachel L Spangler

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Victoria, Sheena, Anna, Miranda, Tara

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Synopsis

From a young age, Cobie Galloway made a career of playing the girl-next-door on the silver screen. Only, she’s not a teenager anymore. Ready to challenge herself artistically and earn the part she’s always dreamed of, she’s forced to face the realization that in order to win the roles afforded to edgier actresses, she might first have to audition by playing someone edgier in her day-to-day life.

Pop star Lila Wilder built a multimedia empire by always having her finger on the pulse of what’s hot. However, as she struggles to produce her next smash hit record, she’s finding it hard to keep her name in the public eye, and a string of tumultuous relationships with Hollywood boy-toys no longer captivates anyone’s attention.

Both women tentatively agree to a headline-grabbing fauxmance, with two simple rules: Always stick to the script, and never forget that on the stage of public perception, nothing is real. Can two women find love in a world of carefully crafted illusions, or will a successful charade mean the potential for something more gets left on the cutting-room floor?

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4 Just For Show by Jae

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Angela Dawe

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Victoria, Anna, April, Amy

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Synopsis

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?

A lesbian romance where role-playing has never been so irresistible.

Contains mature themes.

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5 Backwards To Oregon by Jae

Backwards To Oregon by JaePublisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Hayden Bishop

Audiobook produced by: Ylva Publishing

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena, Tara, Shiki, Amy

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Synopsis

“Luke” Hamilton has always been sure she’d never marry. She accepted that she would spend her life alone when she chose to live her life disguised as a man.

After working in a brothel for three years, Nora Macauley has lost all illusions about love. She no longer hopes for a man who will sweep her off her feet and take her away to begin a new, respectable life.

But now, they find themselves married and on the way to Oregon in a covered wagon, with 2,000 miles ahead of them.

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6 Far From Home by Lorelei Brown

Far From Home by Lorelie BrownPublisher: Riptide Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Jill Smith

Audiobook produced by: Riptide Publishing

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Victoria, Tara, Amy

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Synopsis

My name is Rachel. I’m straight… I think. I also have a mountain of student loans and a smart mouth. I wasn’t serious when I told Pari Sadashiv I’d marry her. It was only party banter! Except Pari needs a green card, and she’s willing to give me a breather from drowning in debt.

My off-the-cuff idea might not be so terrible. We get along as friends. She’s really romantically cautious, which I find heartbreaking. She deserves someone to laugh with. She’s kind. And calm. And gorgeous. A couple of years with her actually sounds pretty good. If some of Pari’s kindness and calm rubs off on me, that’d be a bonus, because I’m a mess – anorexia is not a pretty word – and my little ways of keeping control of myself, of the world, aren’t working anymore.

And if I slip up, Pari will see my cracks. Then I’ll crack. Which means I gotta get out, quick, before I fall in love with my wife.

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7 Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun

Crossing The Wide Forever by Missouri VaunPublisher: Bold Strokes Books

Audiobook narrated by: AJ Ferraro

Audiobook produced by: Bold Strokes Books Inc

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena, Victoria, Shiki

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Synopsis

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west.

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the 19th century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart.

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8 Rock And A Hard Place by Andrea Bramhall

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent

Audiobook produced by: Ylva Publishing

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Victoria, Karen, Amy

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Synopsis

Expert mountain climber Jayden Harris has the world at her feet until an avalanche at Everest base camp sweeps it all out from under her. She wants nothing more to do with the mountains, and turns her back on it all.

Rhian Phillips is a successful London marketing executive who has the chance of a lifetime fall in her lap. She’s sent to produce a reality TV series on competitive climbers, while showcasing the stunning beauty of a Patagonian glacier and the Cerro Fitz Roy range.

An accident brings Jayden and Rhian together, and outside pressures keep them at each other’s sides. When you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place eventually something has to give. The one thing they never counted on was them both wanting to stay together.

A lesbian romance about pushing onwards and defying expectations.

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9 By Mutual Consent by Tracey Richardson

by mutual consent by tracey richardson is reviewed on The Lesbian ReviewPublisher: Bella Books

Audiobook narrated by: Lori Prince

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena, Anna, Shiki

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Synopsis

Dr. Joss McNab needs a wife.

As if juggling surgery and being an instructor isn’t enough, she’s recently taken on a more demanding administrative role at the medical school that was named after her legendary father. To make things worse, she’s now required to attend a growing number of galas, fundraisers, and conventions.

Wouldn’t having a wife – a wife of convenience – help ease the burden that’s threatening to overtake her world?

Sarah Young’s heart belongs to painting. Much as she’d like to dismiss Joss’ ridiculous proposal, the art world isn’t paying well and she’s running short on cash. Playing a trophy wife a few hours a week would cover her bills and still leave plenty of time to devote to her artwork.

The deal is struck. But will the convenient pairing turn into disaster or prove to be a stroke of genius? With feelings deepening and attraction undeniable, can two women who have agreed to settle discover that they could actually have it all?

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10 Tricky Wisdom by Camryn Eyde

Tricky Wisdom by Camryn EydePublisher: Indie Author

Audiobook narrated by: Audible Studios

Audiobook produced by: Nikki Jacobs

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena, Tara, Miranda

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Synopsis

Darcy Wright is a closeted lesbian who has been infatuated with her best friend, Taylor, since junior high. Leaving her small northeast Minnesota town for Harvard in a quest to become a doctor, she moves in with med student Olivia Boyd, a neurotic, anal, gigantic pain in the backside. The first year of juggling medical school is gruelling, but it’s nothing compared to living with Olivia.

Coming out to her friends and family with an anti-climactic flop, Darcy uses her newly publicized sexuality to try and win Taylor’s affections through an ill-hatched scheme that crosses uncomfortable lines. The result is as unexpected to Darcy as Darcy’s affinity for medicine is to Olivia.

The first year of medical school is a nerve-wracking encounter in medicine, learning lessons the hard way, and finding what her heart desires.

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11 Chasing Stars by Alex K Thorne

Chasing Stars by Alex K. ThornePublisher: Ylva Publishing

Audiobook narrated by: Abigail Rakocy

Audiobook produced by: Ylva Publishing

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Anna, Amy

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Synopsis

For superhero Swiftwing, crime fighting isn’t her biggest battle. Nor is it having to meet the demanding whims of Hollywood screen goddess Gwen Knight as her mild-mannered assistant, Ava.

It’s doing all that while tracking a giant alien bug, being asked to fake date her world-famous boss, and realizing that she might be coming down with a pesky case of feelings.

A fun, sweet, and sexy lesbian romance about the masks we all wear.

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12 Protector Of The Realm by Gun Brooke

Protector of the Realm by Gun BrookePublisher: Bold Strokes Books

Audiobook narrated by: Hilarie Mukavitz

Audiobook produced by: Bold Strokes Books Inc

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Tara, Amy

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Synopsis

With the fate of entire civilisations at risk, the galactic battleground makes for unusual alliances and unexpected passions as two women from very different worlds join forces. When Commodore Rae Jacelon of the Gamma VI space station apprehends the alluring but dangerous Kellen O’Dal, it is the start of an unlikely alliance and a breathtaking attraction. Against all advice, Jacelon decides to trust the mysterious O’Dal, risking her career and her life, and a daring intergalactic romance ensues, set against the backdrop of a space adventure filled with suspense and intrigue.

Book One in the Supreme Constellations series.

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13 Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer

Casting Lacey by Elle SpencerPublisher: Bold Strokes Books

Audiobook narrated by: Melissa Moran

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Monica, Amy

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Synopsis

Coming out is easier when you’ve got someone by your side. At least that’s how the hyper-private Quinn Kincaid sees it. When her publicist suggests a good old-fashioned sham of a Hollywood relationship, Quinn reluctantly agrees. And that’s how the star of Jordan’s Appeal, TV’s highest rated legal drama, ends up with a fake girlfriend – the very real, very sexy, and very gay soap star Lacey Matthews.

In Casting Lacey, Elle Spencer gives us a hilarious new take on a classic storyline, complete with nosy mothers, fawning assistants, and two beautiful actresses who might learn about true love. If they don’t kill each other first.

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14 Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri Hill

Keepers Of The Cave by Gerri HillPublisher: Bella Books

Audiobook narrated by: Abby Craden

Audiobook produced by: Tantor Audio

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena

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Synopsis

While the investigations go on in Dallas and Baton Rouge after the disappearance of a senator’s daughter, FBI agents CJ Johnston and Paige Riley are assigned to the sleepy backwoods of East Texas for a dead-end assignment to infiltrate an all-girls school.

Random disappearances dating back 50 years and more raise red flags that point to the tiny, isolated community of Hoganville. But CJ and Paige fear there will be little distraction from the memories of the one-night stand they shared six months ago.

Nevertheless, they integrate themselves into the lives of the teachers and staff, but soon the odd behavior of the townspeople has them convinced something sinister lurks there. Something, perhaps, that even the residents of Hoganville don’t know about.

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15 Marriage Of Unconvenience by Chelsea M Cameron

Marriage of Unconvenience by Chelsea M CameronPublisher: Indie Author

Audiobook narrated by: Eliza Cooper

Audiobook produced by: Chelsea M Cameron

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Tara

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Synopsis

Lauren “Lo” Bowman is in a bit of a pickle. She needs money, like ASAP. She lost her job, the rent is due, and her car needs repairs. Problem is, the inheritance left to her by her old-fashioned Granny has one stipulation before she can collect: She has to be married. Let’s just say suitors (of any gender) are not knocking down her door.

And then Cara Simms, her best friend from childhood that she’s recently reconnected with, pours her heart out and confesses that she needs money to pay for grad school. Lo has a completely brilliant idea: They should get hitched. Not married married. Like, fake married. All they have to do is play the part for the lawyers, get the money, and then get the marriage annulled. Easy as hell. Well, it starts out that way, but being fake married feels a lot like being real married, and Lo is flipping out. She cannot be falling for her best friend. Can she?

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16 Pretending In Paradise by M Ullrich

Pretending In Paradise by M UllrichPublisher: Bold Strokes Books

Audiobook narrated by: Keira Grace

Audiobook produced by: Bold Strokes Books Inc

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Tara

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Synopsis

When travelwisdom.com assigns PR specialist Caroline Beckett and travel blogger Emma Morgan to cover a hot new couples retreat, they’re forced to fake a relationship to secure a reservation. Ten days in paradise would be a dream assignment, if only they’d stop arguing long enough to enjoy it.

Reputations are Caroline’s business. Too bad she was forced out of her previous job when an ex smeared hers all over the office grapevine. She’s never getting involved with a coworker again, especially not one as careless and unprofessional as Emma.

Emma knows that life is too short to play by the rules. But when she goes too far and a defamation lawsuit puts her job in jeopardy, she has to make nice with Caroline, the image police, and deliver the best story of her career.

Only pretending to be in love sure feels a whole lot like falling in love. When their story goes public, ambition and privacy collide, and their chance at making a fake relationship real might just be collateral damage.

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17 The Plus One by Natasha West

The Plus One by Natasha WestPublisher: Indie Author

Reviewers who tagged this a must-read: Sheena

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Synopsis

Dress? £200. Shoes? £60. The perfect date? Priceless…

Charlie Black has found the one. And this time it’s for real. Not like the last time. Or the time before that. Or the time before that…

And now she’s going to parade the one in front of everyone at her sister’s upcoming wedding. She wants to prove that her new girlfriend Lucy is special. She’s going to show everyone she can make it work. Especially her judgmental sister Maddie, Bride-Zilla herself.

But a few weeks before the wedding, Charlie gets dumped. Again. And she can’t face the humiliation of going to Maddie’s wedding stag. Not after loudly and repeatedly telling her family that this one is different.

She needs a date to the wedding and fast. Maybe she could get someone to go with her, but how the hell is she supposed to convince anyone to pretend to be Lucy, her very serious girlfriend of four months? It’s too humiliating. But the wedding creeps closer and closer, with no obvious solution in sight.

Then Charlie happens across a website. ‘Rent-a-Date. It’s just the thing Charlie needs to save her from the embarrassment of admitting that her sister was right again. That’s one wedding gift Charlie refuses to give her.

So after booking herself a date from the company, she’s guaranteed that a hot woman will show up to the wedding with enough knowledge to pretend to be the real Lucy, at least for the length of the big day. But when Charlie turns up at the church, her date has a surprise in store…

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We hope you enjoyed this list and found some new reads to make you a happy, oxytocin filled reader. Oxytocin is the love hormone, in case you were curious.

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Sheena is the founder of The Lesbian Review.

She discovered lesbian fiction when she was 19. Radclyffe and Karin Kallmaker soon became favourite authors and she spent a large part of her hard earned income on shipping books from Amazon.com to her home in South Africa.

Over the years she became frustrated with purchasing mediocre lesbian fiction feeling like it was a waste of her money and time. And so she decided to share only the best books and movies with lesbians who are looking for only the best. And so, The Lesbian Review was born

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Tara Scott lives in Calgary, Canada with her family. If you don't find her with her Kindle in her hand, she's probably busy talking about what she's currently reading.

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Victoria is a native of Southern California where she lives with her fantastic family. Victoria traded in a career in the television and film industry to become a speech therapist to work with special needs kiddos like her younger daughter. Her passions include film history, Cate Blanchett, neckties, dismantling the patriarchy, and Cate Blanchett. She doesn’t eat mushrooms because they are gross and She prefers dark over milk chocolate. Victoria never leaves the house without her Kindle and she will work for books.

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My name is April Adams and I am an accountant at a civil service office. Even though I read a wide variety of lesbian fiction, I enjoy mystery and thriller books the most because I love the state of suspense the stories have me in until the end and I find out “who’s done it.”

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Anna Gram works in entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not working she loves watching and playing softball, as well as reading lesbian romances. Her favorite authors are Rachel Spangler, MJ Duncan, Kenna White, and Andi Marquette…just to name a few.

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My name is Miranda Lynn, and I am an environmental engineer by day and avid reader and podcast listener by night. I discovered lesbian fiction after my first child was born. It helped me get through the exhausting period of new parenthood when you can sometimes feel like the only adult in the world. As my kids grow, I continue to appreciate how these stories can transport me away from the stress of my day and remind me that I am part of an amazing community. I love writing that propels me along a journey, and have a particular weakness for “ice queen” romances.

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I am a forty-something mum of three, with a passion for sharing the books I love. I have been reviewing for around five years now, and finding Lesfic changed my life. I live on the west coast of Scotland with my family and enjoy travel, visiting castles and historic sites and long walks in the beautiful Scottish countryside. I also enjoy writing and have had short stories and poetry published. I also love to study and take courses whenever I can. Lifelong learning is a passion and enriches my life.

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Avid reader and reviewer. Future author! (she/her) Isn’t even blue check certified!

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I am a daydreamer. I live in a world of butterflies, rainbows, bubbles, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, magic, ancient gods, female warriors, lesbians, more lesbians, and even more lesbians. Add a sprinkle or a whole handful of love and heroics.

During the day, I work in the finance industry, dealing with investments and wealth management. Yes, it is my chosen profession, though I aspire to finish writing my book one day. On average, I read about 150 books a year. When I am not working, I enjoy riding my bike or visiting nearby horses to feed them carrots, and trying to soak in activities outdoors approved by this introvert including hiking to a spot, setting up my hammock, and reading, well disappearing into its fantasy world.

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Monica McCallan is a lesfic romance writer as well as an all-around lesbian media enthusiast. When she's not working on her next novel, she can be found watching and reading anything with great wlw storylines.

Back in Pennsylvania from the Bay Area where she lived for the last decade, she currently resides in Philadelphia with her partner and two tiny dogs.