Readers, prepare yourself for sleepless nights because these books with the forced proximity trope will have you hooked so badly you won’t be thinking about sleeping until you have finished reading. Books are addicting but not more than this trope. You never know when they will fall in love, you don’t know when they will slip and say something like “I watch you fall asleep” which might be creepy if it weren’t Aaron Warner or maybe Loren Hale saying it, but you do know you will get to see them fighting, cooking and folding sheets together, doing domestic stuff that are swoon-worthy. The forced proximity trope is a god-sent gift for the readers who for the life of them, can’t manage to share their feeling or space with anybody. If you are one of those readers, then these books might be just right for you!
The Bride Test
Khai Diep thinks he is defective since he has no feelings. But his family believes that due to autism he processes his emotions differently. He avoids relationships at all costs which forces his mother to take matters into her own hands. She returns to Vietnam to find the perfect bride for him. Enter Esme, a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City. She thinks she could be the break her family needs but breaking Khai’s walls might not be that easy. Khai will learn that there are many ways to love and Esme might be the one to do that.
Maybell, a dreamer and a hopeless romantic inherits a house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet. She seizes this opportunity to start afresh. But, she doesn’t know that the house is falling apart and that she has to share it with Wesley Koehler, the grouchy groundskeeper. When they let their guard down, they might get the chance to earn their greatest rewards.
The Flat Share
Would you share a home with someone you have never met? Tiffy and Leon share a flat and a bed, but they are strangers who have never met. Tiffy needs a cheap flat and Leon works nights and needs cash so they come up with a solution. Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy works during the day. And for the remaining hours, she gets to live alone as per her choice. But when reality smacks them, they realise that to have the perfect home, they need to throw the rulebook out.
The Marriage Game
Layla Patel returns home after her life falls apart. Her father, a man who would do anything to see her smile, offers her the office upstairs to start a new business. Sam Mehta is in search of a calm and quiet office. Due to miscommunication, he ends up sharing the office with Layla. When they spend time together, sarcasm and sparks fly forcing them to decide if it’s a game or really love.
One Night On The Island
A mix-up with the bookings means Cleo, a dating columnist and Mac have to share the same one-bedroom hideaway that they booked, seeking solitude from their real lives. But, this is just about to get difficult since they are instantly at odds with each other. They have no idea how they will survive until the weekly ferry arrives but by the time the ferry does arrive, will their relationship bloom into something more?
From The Jump
Liv Bakersfield has always lived her life in “shoulds” until she decides to take a leap of faith. She quits her job and joins her friends in South Africa. Liv and the emotionally unavailable Lucas are close friends. This friendship is the only solid thing in Liv’s life but once they get to back to LA, she finds herself crashing into Lucas’ arms. Will Live do what she should do or will she find the courage to go after what she wants?
The Wedding Party
Maddie and Theo hate each other but Alexa is their best friend, whose wedding is rapidly approaching. After their first kiss, they couldn’t stop thinking about each other. Now they share wedding responsibilities and have to interact more than they would like. The tension builds until they can’t take it anymore. They sneak off but there are rules they must follow if they are to continue with this. They can’t fall in love.