Romance and Me: The Arranged Marriage/Fake Engagement Trope

Filed in featured , Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on June 19, 2013 @ 12:00 pm 8 comments

Hi Everyone!

I have already told you about some of my favourite tropes, like the friends to lovers or enemies to lovers ones, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention another one of my all-time top favourite tropes: the arranged marriage/marriage of convenience/faked engagement one. Yep. It may sound like a mouthful, but they are SO delicious 😉

Arranged marriage tropes are usually found in historical romances. I was introduced to them through some Pride and Prejudice fanfiction where Lizzie had married Mr. Darcy while still hostile towards him, but usually he was unaware of her feelings and when he realized that his wife hated him after he got over his heartbreak they tried to make their marriage work by getting to know and respect each other. And the more similar stories I read, the more I craved. And as you know my favourite part of a romance being the angst, the big crisis before the HEA these stories where both the hero and heroine are dealing with some emotional ups and downs and suffer mostly in silence are like candy to a kid 😀

It’s counterpart in contemporary romances are the fake engagement/marriage of convenience. I love both. In both scenarios the hero and heroine are pretending to be in a relationship and have to spend some time together. Nothing better than to see how a genuine relationship, affection and love start to blossom between these quasi-strangers. *sighs*

I just LOVE them! 😀 So as always I’m here asking you for some good recommendations.

Tell me,

Do you enjoy reading the arranged marriage / marriage of convenience / fake engagement trope?

Why, why not?

Any favourite books in these tropes you could recommend to me?

Thank you in advance! 😉

About Stella


Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I read and reviewed Annie Burrows – Captain Corcoran’s Hoyden Bride last week, and I absolutely loved it. So I do recommend that one.

    • Stella June 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Aurian, will have to check it out if you liked it 😀

  • Sharlene Wegner June 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I have a good one – Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye.Fake, but real marriage. Loved it!

    • Stella June 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Thanks for the recommendation, never heard of it before, adding it to my list 😉

  • Arely Z. June 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I really do like marriage of convenience / arranged marriage / fake engagement trope! I love the fact that someone is forced together and then all their preconceived notions about that person slowly die off.
    I can’t think of any right now, but I love them!

    • Stella June 21, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Yay, glad to have you on board! 😉 I know, aren’t these stories just the best? 😀

  • Sheree June 21, 2013 at 1:55 am

    I enjoy reading them, too. I like how the couple has to learn to deal with each other in a real way. Well, real for fiction anyway.

    • Stella June 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Exactly Sheree 😀

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