In Name Only

9 Fake-It-to-Make-It Romances

In Name Only

Relationship goals get redefined in this fun collection of contemporary romances featuring fakeout makeouts, counterfeit couples, and mock marriages. But can false pretenses lead to lasting love for these duplicitous duos?

Sweet Texas Fire: Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Instead, his business nemesis, environmental analyst Charlotte Wilkinson, inherits this valuable property with its oil-rich land and its secrets, and Gage pockets a useless key. He’ll do anything to reverse this fortune, including eloping to Vegas for a sham marriage. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what’s worth more: the land he covets or a future with Charlotte.

The Confection Connection: Carly Piper’s only way to save her bakery is to partner with her rival chef from a TV reality show to produce a wedding cake for a famous bride. The missing ingredient: their client thinks they’re Mr. and Mrs. Is this a half-baked proposal, or will love be the icing on the cake?

The December Deal: Lilia Carrigan needs serious cash to get her dad into experimental trials. According to his father’s will, Vincent Morgenstern must marry or lose out on inheriting the family business he loves so much. The crazy solution to both their problems is obvious. But as the holiday season works its magic, their platonic partnership threatens to get very personal. Will their December deal stay professional, or will real feelings ruin everything?

Her Faux Fiancé: Hotshot lawyer Erik Sigurdson breezes into town determined to survive a two-week family reunion. He makes his ex, combat photographer Analise Thordarson, an irresistible offer: pretend to be his fiancée and he’ll pay off her grandfather’s debts. But when their fake engagement is complicated by a very real pregnancy, they must sort out just who is using whom and if this sham relationship could lead to a real future.

Making It Real: After five years in prison, Kareem Henderson is on the right track as a barber, but he needs society connections to make his own shop a reality. Patrice “Neecie” Baldwin needs a shield to return home, so she makes Kareem an offer: Pretend to be her fiancé and she’ll introduce him to her well-heeled relatives. But they didn’t discuss what to do if a fake relationship becomes something very real.

Waking Up to Love: When Scott McInney’s mom gets a slight case of amnesia, he convinces Ramona, the identical twin sister of his runaway wife, to step into her shoes. Ramona reluctantly agrees to help, but when the pretending gets too real, will Scott figure out that he might have married the wrong twin?

Christmas Dinner: Amanda dreads returning home single for Christmas, but the only available man to play escort is Tate Ryan, her co-anchor and professional rival. When he agrees, much to her surprise, they see a different side of each other under the mistletoe.

Sadie’s Story: When businessman Jordan Blaise walks into Sadie Rose Perkins’s bookstore, she’s hoping to sell a paperback or two. Instead he asks her to pose as his wife-to-be so he can convince his dying mother he’ll have the happily ever after she has always wanted for him. But even Sadie isn’t prepared for the adventure falling in love turns out to be.

Hiding Places: Mona Smith is on the run to avoid getting mixed up in some dirty business with a drug kingpin. Will she find escape or more trouble in unexpected savior Linc Dray’s arms when he sees her presence as a way to fulfill a contract and save his family farm?

Sensuality Level: Sensual
  • Crimson Romance | 
  • 1808 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781507205143 | 
  • May 2017
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About the Authors

Nicole Flockton

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Flockton writes sexy contemporary romances, seducing you one kiss at a time as you turn the pages. Nicole likes nothing better than putting her characters into unique situations where they fight to find their true love. Find Nicole Flockton at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @NicoleFlockton.


Alexia Adams

When not breaking up fights among her four children or dreaming of a world without housework, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. Find Alexia Adams at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @AlexiaAdamsAuth.

Dana Volney
(c) Dana Volney

Dana Volney

Dana Volney lets her imagination roam free in Wyoming where she writes romances and helps local businesses succeed with her marketing consulting company. Find Dana Volney at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @VolneyVentures.

Evan Purcell
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