Have you ever had to ask your mortal enemy to be your fake date at your ex-boyfriend's wedding? Has a strange women you just met in a hotel bathroom asked you to come to America and marry her son? Has your ex-boyfriend suddenly reappeared in your life, asking you to be his fake boyfriend when his parents come into town for a visit?
Summer is almost here, and that means our book-loving brides are searching for the best beach reads that bring all the warm, fuzzy feelings. From hilarious romantic comedies to honeymoon thrillers, we've currated the perfect book recommendations for you.
For Our Book-Loving Brides and Grooms
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Olive is the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and is forced to play nice with Ethan, the best man, who also happens to be her arch nemisis. After the bride, groom and entire wedding list gets food poisoning–except for Olive and Ethan–Olive's sister begs them to go on the all-inclusive honeymoon to Hawaii so they don't waste the trip. Reluctant to go, Olive finally agrees, but there's a catch. They must pretend to be totally in love as to not raise suspision that they are not, in fact, newly weds. These two mortal enemies find themselves in closer proximity than they ever expected to be. Soon, Olive finds that maybe she doesn't mind pretending to be in love with Ethan. In fact, she's beginning to feel like they may actually get along more than she could have ever hoped for.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
As a mixed-race girl working as a janitor at a hotel in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. Her father left her mother to travel back to America before she was born, and she dreams of meeting him one day. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can't turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned as Esme's lessons in love seem to be working only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection. Can Khai fall in love, or is he too scared to open up his heart again?
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Two high-powered professionals get stranded on an elevator during a power outage and hit it off. Drew Nichols needs to bring a fake girlfriend to his ex's wedding, and Alexa Monroe is the perfect girl for the job. The two have electric chemistry, and find themselves wishing the fake date was real. After the wedding, the two part ways to get back to their lives...too bad they can't stop think about one another. Will they beat the odds of long distance love or will it completely wreck them?
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Catalina Martín desperately needs a date to her sister's wedding. Especially when her not-so-little lie about having an American boyfriend has spiralled out of control. Now everyone she knows–including her ex-boyfriend and his fiancée–will be there. With only four weeks left to find someone, Catalina begrudgingly asks her tall, blue-eyed work nemesis, Aaron Blackford, to be her fake American boyfriend. Mutually benefiting from their fake dating agreement, these two find themselves wishing it wasn't so fake after all. Does Catalina actually hate Aaron, or has she been denying her feelings for him all along? Does Aaron actually hate Catalina, or does he have a secret that could change everything?
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Take a break from the rom coms and step into a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat...
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate a charming and handsome movie star set to marry a smart and ambitious publisher. It’s a wedding fit for the cover of a magazine–the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors and the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be executed perfectly. Everything seems to be running smoothly...until someone turns up dead. From jealous bridesmaids to manipulative groomsmen, this murder-mystery is the perfect read for our thriller-seeking brides.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. They have no problem displaying their hatred through a series of passive aggressive games they play in the office. Sitting across from one another serving as executive assistants to a publishing company's co-CEOs, these two can't seem to stop thinking about how much they hate one another. Now up for the same promotion, the tension between Lucy and Joshua has reached its boiling point–but as the two get closer, Lucy can't decide if she hates Josh, or if it was only ever just a game.
D'Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins
Instant I Do could be Kris Zavala’s big break. She’s right on the cusp of making it as an influencer, so participating in a reality TV show is the perfect chance to elevate her brand. Plus, winning $100,000 wouldn’t hurt. D’Vaughn Miller has neglected to come out to her mom for years and a big flashy wedding is just the excuse she needs.
All Kris and D'Vaughn have to do is convince their friends and family they’re getting married in just six weeks. If anyone guesses their love is fake, they’re out. Selling their chemistry on camera is surprisingly easy for these two, and it’s even easier when no one is watching–but each week of the competition brings new challenges, and soon the prize money’s not the only thing at stake. A reality show isn’t the best place to create a solid foundation for a budding relationship and their fake dating might derail any hope for romance to come.
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
Rosie and Dominic Vega are the picture-perfect couple. As high school sweethearts, everyone thought they would be in love forever. Well, they used to be. Dominic is a faithful husband, but he's never really there for Rosie anymore, and she misses the guy that she once fell in love with. Never in a million years did Rosie think her stoic, ex-millitary husband would be open to marriage counseling, but he wants to try. As they complete one ridiculous—yet surprisingly helpful—assignment after another, their remodeled relationship gets stronger than ever. Except just as they’re getting back on track, Rosie discovers Dominic has a secret...and it could demolish everything.
I'm So Not Over You by Kosoko Jackson
It’s been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup, or confess his undying love...but no, he has a favor to ask—Hudson wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town. Kian reluctantly agrees, but the dinner doesn't go as planned, and he finds himself attending Georgia's biggest wedding of the season as Hudson's plus-one. If Kian goes, he’ll help Hudson preserve appearances and get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in media. This could be the big career break he needs. As the scheme unfolds, Their fake relationship is starting to feel like it might be more than either one of them originally bargained for.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can't give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiancé. Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend's little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship, but soon find out very little is convenient about their arrangement.
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
The second book in Jasmine Guillory's series, this hilarious rom com is a book you won't want to put down. When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part—they've only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...until Carlos Ibarra come's to her rescue and rushes her away from the camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nikole's social media blows up—in a bad way. Nikole knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him. Will they find love, or is it just a fling?
How Sweet It Is by Dylan Newton
Event planner Kate Sweet is famous for creating the perfect happily-ever-after moment for her clients’ dream weddings, so how did she get roped into planning her best friend's book launch extravaganza? Not to mention, Her best friend is a horror book writer–not exactly the type of event she's used to planning. Drake Matthews is one of the hottest cover models in the horror-book genre, and not only is he tired of the spotlight, but he's tired of his reputation as the Knight of Nightmares. What he wasn't expecting at his latest event was the fearless agent of chaos in steel-tipped stilettos or the sweet sting of attraction he feels for her.
Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now that the day has arrived, she's destined to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan, and is head over heels in love with him. Meddy's Ma and aunts find all the wedding vendors for her, and she hits it off with each of them–especially the wedding photographer, Staphenie, who reminds Meddy of herself. The day is running smoothly until Meddy overhears Staphenie talking about "taking out a target" and is horrified to learn who the family of wedding venors are that her Ma and aunts hired. She realized they aren't just any normal family, but The Family–aka, a part of the mafia. Her aunties and mother won't let Meddy's wedding celebration turn into a murder scene, and will do whatever it takes to save her special day–even if it means bringing down the mafia.