Best Books To Escape Real Life

Sometimes you just need to escape real life. Whether you’re stressed with work, or dealing with health problems books can be the perfect escape to another world. These books will distract you from life’s problems while keeping the mood light enough to not add any extra tough emotions. I know from experience, as these books were my mental escape during a very stressful month with my son’s health. Have a look and make sure to add these fun reads to your list.


The Love Hypothesis Book Review

The Love Hypothesis

Ali Hazelwood | 2021

The Love Hypothesis is a feel-good fake love affair gone wrong, but it’s also a detailed look into the cutthroat world of higher education in the USA. This was a great escape from real life, especially the cluelessness of our hero and heroine at how to date.

Olive is a PhD student at university trying to change the world of pancreatic cancer diagnosis. In an attempt to convince her best friend that she’s got a boyfriend Olive kisses the first guy she comes across. This just happens to be Doctor Adam Carlson, faculty celebrity, and arsehole. They agree to fake dates so Olive can convince her friend they’re dating, and he can convince the university that he’s not a flight risk. Both of them are terrible at real and fake relationships and the hilarious, and endearing mishaps ensue.


The Spanish Love Deception

Elena Armas | 2021

Who doesn’t want to escape to Spain, especially to an extravagant Spanish wedding filled with family drama and hilariously nosy relatives? The Spanish Love Deception will help you lose yourself in the growing relationship between Lina and Aaron.

When Lina discovers her ex-boyfriend is engaged and will be the best man at her sister’s wedding, she panics and tells her family that she will be bringing her new boyfriend. The only problem is he doesn’t exist. To Lina’s surprise her arch-nemesis from work, Aaron, agrees to help her and pretend to be her boyfriend. Together they concoct a deception to trick her Spanish family. Lina is adamant that she hates Aaron, but the more time they spend together pretending to love each other, the harder it becomes to tell fact from fiction.

The Spanish Love Deception Review

The Hating Game Review

The Hating Game

Sally Thorne | 2016

The Hating Game is the perfect escape from real life. It’s a sexy as hell enemies to lover’s romance. Hating someone can feel a lot like loving someone, especially when sparks fly this hot. You’ll love this kind of hate, especially when it culminates in no holds barred sex.  

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman both work for Gamin and Bexley Publishing. Ever since the merger, they’ve been caught in a battle of one-up-manship. All the tension finally culminates when an elevator ride becomes too hot to handle. Suddenly the hatred has also morphed into chemistry that neither one can deny.

  


Bringing Down The Duke

Eve Dunmore | 2019

Who doesn’t want to escape to Spain, especially to an extravagant Spanish wedding filled with family drama and hilariously nosy relatives? The Spanish Love Deception will help you lose yourself in the growing relationship between Lina and Aaron.

When Lina discovers her ex-boyfriend is engaged and will be the best man at her sister’s wedding, she panics and tells her family that she will be bringing her new boyfriend. The only problem is he doesn’t exist. To Lina’s surprise her arch-nemesis from work, Aaron, agrees to help her and pretend to be her boyfriend. Together they concoct a deception to trick her Spanish family. Lina is adamant that she hates Aaron, but the more time they spend together pretending to love each other, the harder it becomes to tell fact from fiction.

Bringing Down The Duke Book Review

The Bodyguard

Katherine Center | 2022

The Hating Game is what you need when you just want a good time with a fun romance. Center even confessed to writing this book as a reaction to the turbulent times of 2020. She wanted the Bodyguard to be an escape from reality, which makes this perfect.  

Hannah Brooks is a protection Agent, meaning she’s a bodyguard. Most people will underestimate her, as she looks more like a kindergarten teacher than a badass bodyguard, but that’s the way it’s meant to be. She’s used to blending in on assignments, but she’s never had to go this far. Her latest assignment is Jack Stapleton, a Hollywood heartthrob, and he wants her to pretend to be his girlfriend. His mum’s been diagnosed with cancer and he doesn’t want to cause her stress. Cue the fake dating fails, cute moments, and laughs.

  


Rosaline Palmer Takes The Cake

Alexis Hall | 2021

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake will help you escape reality and make you cry laughing. If you’re looking for a serious pick-me-up, then this wise-cracking novel will give you the well-deserved giggles. I recommend reading it with a cupcake or two.

Rosaline Palmer has entered Britain’s Bake Expectations to fix her life problems. She’s a college drop out with a feisty kid and disapproving parents. During the reality tv show she forms bonds with the other contestants that will make or brake her, and she might just discover who she is along the way.


The Flatshare

Beth O’Leary | 2019

No list of books to help you escape from reality would be complete without The Flatshare. This sweet and heartfelt story of a bizarre flatshare situation is popular for a reason. From the first page you’ll lose yourself in the wonderful improbability of it all.

Tiffy and Leon are housemates. They share a house and a bed but have never met. Suffering from very different situations Tiffy and Leon are both forced into a desperate situation. Leon has an apartment and needs cash quickly, and Tiffy needs an apartment and doesn’t have any money. Their strange setup functions because their work schedules are so different they never meet. A relationship begins to build through Post-it notes, but will it survive the drama in their own lives?

  

If I Never Met You

Mhairi McFarlane | 2020

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane is the perfect escape from reality. I mean, who doesn’t love the prospect of a fake dating affair? You just know it’s all going to fail in a charming and sexy way, and If I Never Met You delivers. There are some heavy themes, but McFarlane never strays from the Romance genre.

Laurie has the perfect life until it all spectacularly falls apart thanks to her long-term partner leaving her for someone else. Jamie is content being a player until his bosses won’t promote him because he doesn’t have a steady relationship. After being stuck in an elevator together the unlikely couple decide to start a fake relationship. It’s a win-win situation; Jamie gets the girlfriend his bosses want and Mhairi looks like she’s moved on with her life. They’ve just got to make sure they don’t fall in love with each other.


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