No matter the reason, it can be scary trying to get back into dating if your last first date happened several years ago. But, more importantly, you might be entering a dating landscape that looks totally different from the one you left behind.
The last decade has seen an explosion in the number of online dating sites around the world, and the number of people using them.
There’s plenty of conflict in asking an old friend for a little fake engagement. However they fix it has to work for the couple, but I love when that moment happens and the lightbulb goes off for everyone involved that these two people are perfect together. Maybe it’s a setting or a character or a scene, but there’s always something that makes it stand out as a fantastic story of its own.
The reasons to fake that relationship have to be even bigger to force these two people who normally wouldn’t spend any time together to suddenly need to convince everyone they’re in love. Whatever it is, it forces the hero and heroine to work together and begin to see themselves as a team who might be good at more than just convincing their family that they’re dating. The tension in these kinds of scenes—both sexual emotional—is so delicious! Either way, watching them both come to realize that not only are they developing feelings for the other person, but that person is developing honest feelings back is priceless. The couple will (unwillingly) decide to go their separate ways, thinking they don’t have a future together for whatever reason, but one side eventually comes to their senses and takes matters into their own hands. Fake relationships might be a time honored trope, but the best thing about each one is that special something that only that author can put into it.
At some point during the fake relationship, something hilarious (to the reader at least) will happen. My personal favorite is not keeping their stories straight and having to make stuff up on the fly, together. ” Once your hero and heroine decide to fake it, all of a sudden they just HAVE to keep touching each other, first to “get comfortable” with it so no one suspects the deception, and then in front of an audience. Nothing is more awkward than realizing that telling people you two are dating means you have to share a hotel room…with one bed! Other times, one side is SO CONVINCED the other can’t love them, they refuse to believe what they see. I’m a sucker for these and fake relationship romance seems to be rife with them.