Seven Day Fiancé is my take on my favorite trope. After winning town playboy Cane Robicheaux in a charity bachelor auction, good girl Angelle Prejean has a proposition for him…pretend to be her fake fiancé for a week to help convince her overprotective family back home that she’s doing fine on her own. Add in the fun backdrop of Cajun country and a city boy in over his head and fish-out-of-water shenanigans, it’s my hope that this fake relationship story provides readers the same thrill I get from this set up.
To set the mood for Seven Day Fiancé, I thought I’d share my top five favorite movies that use this classic trope.
I actually describe my book as The Proposal meets Sweet Home Alabama, set in the world of Duck Dynasty (he he). But seriously, this movie is so much fun! Put Ryan Reynolds and his sexy abs in just about anything, and I’m sold. When you add an adorable Sandra Bullock and crazy Betty White, this tangled web of lies and half-truths is a riot. Definitely one of my favorite feel-good movies.
A Jennifer Aniston classic, I watched this movie over and over in high school and college. Kate, an advertising executive passed over for a promotion because she’s single, is such a relatable character. Even though I disliked some of her actions, I felt for her the entire time. And boy-next-door hottie Nick is just do darn cute!
Now this movie takes me back. An 80’s classic, it pairs the fake relationship with a nerd Cinderella story, and when you see a young Patrick Dempsey riding that lawn mower wearing a black Stetson and boots, I dare you not to swoon just a little.
I love Dermot Mulroney in just about anything. Debra Messing plays the girl-next-door to perfection in any role she takes on. This was a match destined for Rachel-viewing heaven. Single Kat, like Angelle in Seven Day Fiancé, is headed back home for a family event (this time a wedding) and enlists the help of a handsome playboy to play the part of her boyfriend. Romantic moments and sexy, smoldering stares ensue.
To be honest, I never really thought of this as a fake relationship trope—I was always stuck on the Cinderella story. But when creating my list I searched my DVD shelves and this jumped at me. Vivian pretends to be Edward’s girlfriend, they both fight the very real feelings that bloom, until that moment when they no longer can, and end on the knight saving the princess in her tower. I think I can quote this movie line for line by the way.
So there you have it. My top five favorite movies that utilize my favorite trope—the pretend relationship. Did any of your favorites make my list? Did I leave any out?
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.
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Seven Day Fiancé by Rachel Harris
Book #2 in the Love and Games series
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.
Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.
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