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Last year brought us The Love Hypothesis. And it quickly went viral. It is not an overreaction to say that this title hit it big and continues to do so even eight months after its release. With captivating tropics and an interesting story, it was not a surprise when it became a moment New York Times Best selling! Even videos with it on TikTok have garnered over 202.1 million views and are growing from minute to minute. Ali Hazelwood, you created a work of art and we are very grateful that you blessed us with it. If you are looking for romance books like The love hypothesistake a look at this list right away.
The story follows Olive Smith, a third-year PhD candidate who kisses the first man she sees to make her best friend, Anh, realize that Olive is okay if Anh goes after her ex- sling. Shortly after, Olive finds out that she kissed the sour hotshot professor, Adam Carlsen. Surprisingly, Adam follows, and now everyone at school believes they are dating … and he says nothing else.
With a slow-burning romance and some of my favorite straps – like fake dating – in the mix, it’s easy to fall in love with The love hypothesis. Fortunately, Hazelwood already has a sequel, Love on the Brain, which will be released on August 23 this year.
Until then, here are a few books that will satisfy that Love hypothesis emptiness in your life. I organized this list in a way so you could find books that not only have the same tropics as Hazelwood’s book, but also a similar vibe.
Slowly burning books like the love hypothesis
The Belle and The Beard by Kate Canterbary
After a life-changing event in her career, Jasper-Anne decides to run away from the city. Instead, she finds herself on her way to the rustic old cottage that her aunt left her. But before she finally catches her breath, her grumpy neighbor shows up. Her plans slowly begin to crumble as he enters the picture. Because Linden is everywhere and she can not escape him. She does not want that either.
A little bit of fake dating, annoyed-at-first-sight meeting, neighbors-to-lovers, and you have a big, exciting love story.
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Catalina desperately needs a fake boyfriend to accompany her to her sister’s wedding in Spain. A little white lie sometimes creates irreversible problems. Lucky for her, her work enemy, Aaron, tells her he is ready to help her. To begin with, Catalina is not so sure about this, but beggars can not be chosen, and Aaron has officially become her fake girlfriend.
This slow-burning romance with a gnawing / sunshine dynamic is a sure favorite read if you enjoyed it The love hypothesis.
Restore Me by JL Seegars
Since they met, Sloane and Dominic have been enemies. When they are in the same room, they either icy apart or they can not stop arguing. They never agree on anything, and they never plan to. But life has other plans.
Now Sloane and Dominic have to work together at work and create moments where they have to spend time together. When Dominic saves her one night, their relationship quickly changes to something else. But how are they going to try a relationship when Dominic was her late husband’s best friend?
Gouda Friends by Cathy Yardley
After the worst night of her life, when she finds out her boyfriend was cheating on her, Tam does the only thing that feels right at the exact moment: Call her alienated best friend, Josh. They have not seen each other for years, but when Tam gives him the emergency code that means she is in trouble, it is as if no time has passed and their friendship is still intact.
Tam decides to fly to Ponto Beach, where Josh lives, to regroup and sort out his life right away. They never thought of a romance between them in all these years; their friendship was too important to them. But being in closed neighborhoods after so many years might finally bring their attraction to the surface.
Grumpy / Sunshine Romance Books
Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
Two opposites attract in this delicious romance that will definitely catch your attention – and heart – very quickly.
Battle Royal follows Sylvie and Dominic, two bakers who do not have much in common. Sylvie makes colorful cakes, while Dominic makes minimalist candies. They just happen to have neighboring bakeries. Now they have to work together as judges in this reality TV baking competition and … it’s going to be hard for both of them because they somehow do not get together.
All for you by Chloe Liese
Chloe Liese returns with Everything for you, the fifth book in the amazing Bergman Brothers series. The series follows a Swedish-American family of five brothers, two sisters and their own happily ever after.
This book stars Oliver Bergman, who has been playing football at a professional level for years now. He is a rising star who can clearly see a future in the sport. While Gavin, who happens to be the captain of Oliver’s team, suffers a downfall. His body constantly hurts, making it impossible to continue to give his best on the field. One day their coach appoints them to be co-captains and it could not come at a worse time.
Marriage For One by Ella Maise
Rose has just had the surprise of her life: a stranger just asked her to marry him. Clearly, it happens to be a marriage of convenience. Although Rose does not know what he is getting out of it, she certainly needs his help. This is how Rose gets married to Jack, a grumpy, suit-clad man.
This book also has a slow burning romance that will make you faint so hard! The Pentecost and the longing in the story is unreal, you have never seen anything like it.
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
This title may also be in the category of fake dating on this list, so double points! Written in the stars introduces Darcy and Elle, two women who could not be more opposite. Darcy has been dealing with her matchmaking brother and she’s tired of it, so when the latest blind date goes wrong, she comes up with a plan to fake date Elle. Love is the last thing on her mind, but the beautiful Elle is easily breaking down her walls.
Fake dating books
I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
When your ex asks for a favor … Well, that happens to Kian Andrews when his ex, Hudson, asks him to meet at a cafe. Kian does not know what to think about it, maybe Hudson will apologize for how they left things! But no, he’s all wrong.
Hudson wants Kian to be his fake girlfriend while his parents are in town. But after dinner, things get more complicated as Kian is invited as Hudsons plus one for a wedding!
Act Like You Mean It by Shae Sanders
You know the times where you see actors, models or celebrities date someone who also happens to be a celebrity and you feel like they do it for advertising? Act as if you mean it is it.
August’s reputation does not look good. His publicist and team come up with a plan that he can fake date a black socialite. Xandra knows all about pretending relationships. She does this quite often with other celebrities, in order for their image to improve and for them to still be relevant. This time, she is asked to be the girlfriend of the famous actress August, and after the contract is signed, their alleged relationship starts!
Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
Oh, if only you knew how many times my family has asked me when I should get a boyfriend and get married … I understand a lot of how Kareena feels. If only I had a sweet fake boyfriend to tell my family I’m okay.
The only thing Kareena wants is to have a relationship like her parents and to be able to fix her mother’s house. But when her father announces that he is selling the house, she does not know what to do. However, her father makes an agreement with her: If she can get engaged in four months, he will give her the house. Enter Dr. Prem Verma, the man she had a one-night stand with.
Lovelight Farms by BK Borison
Lovelight Farms is about Stella who owns a wooden farm but is in dire need of financial help to save it. Luckily for her, an influencer is doing a contest on social media with a pretty impressive cash prize. The thing is … she needs a fake girlfriend to join.
Luka has been her best friend for years. When he finds out that she needs a pretend partner, he seizes the opportunity to make her see that they make perfect sense together instead of individually. He certainly does not play as if.
I’m like everyone else when it comes to trying to find my next good read. Sometimes I want books that are very reminiscent of my favorites – e.g. The love hypothesis readalikes mentioned here, or even books like Beach Read, The Kiss Quotient or other romances – and sometimes I want something that is a little out of my comfort zone. For that kind of book recommendation and others, Book Riots tailor-made TBR service based on reading taste is perfect. Sign up here!