He smiles. Mr. Grumpypants actually smiles at me, a full, real, heart-stopping smile with mirth dancing in his eyes, teeth flashing, and his cheeks dimpling up behind that layer of dark scruff.Be still my panties. I think I’m in trouble.
If people have polar opposites, Luca Rossi is mine.
His butt is in the baseball hall of fame. Mine’s comfortably seated in the hall of lame.
When he’s not snagging fly balls out in center field, he’s modeling in shampoo commercials. I once jammed my own finger while stirring cookie dough, and sometimes I forget shampoo is a thing.
He’s a total cynic when it comes to love.
I make a living writing love stories.
But after my latest broken engagement (no, I don’t want to talk about how many times that’s happened), it’s clear he’s exactly the man I need.
If anyone can teach me to be the opposite of me, it’s him.
The first thing I want him to teach me?
How to not fall in love.
And as luck would have it, he’s in desperate need of a fake girlfriend to get a meddling grandmother off his back.
We couldn’t be more perfect together, because the last thing Luca Rossi will ever be is the next man to leave me at the altar.
Or will he?
Real Fake Love is a line drive straight to the heart featuring a grumpy athlete, a jilted bride, a fake relationship, and the world’s laziest cat. It stands alone and comes complete with sibling rivalry, the world’s most awkward shower scene, and a sweetly satisfying happily ever after.
Title: Real Fake Love
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic comedy, sports (baseball)), fake relationship, enemies to lovers
Part of a Series: Book 2 of the Copper Valley Fireballs series
POV: Luca and Henri
Steam Level: slow burn to toasty
Pippa Grant knocks it out of the park with Real Fake Love. Luca’s bloodiness paired with Henri’s klutziness and wit is a winning combination. I laughed out loud at so many parts throughout and teared up at se real points too. Read the epilogues to find out results of the mascot contest. Luca’s Nonna was hilarious. Real Fake Love is an insane amount of fun that I devoured quickly and reminds me why Pippa Grant has become a one-click author to me.
I received an advanced copy of this book for free. This is my honest and voluntary review.
- Love’s this…this thing that people want to have so badly that they lie to themselves and say they’re in it when what they really want is to know there’s someone who has to have sex with them every day for the rest of their lives, or someone who’ll make sure the bill get paid, or someone to harp on because they want to be in control.
- You don’t get what you need in life if you don’t go for it.
- I can hear you thinking, and your language is atrocious today.
- Babe Ruth on a bundt cake, does every woman secretly aspire to be a mob boss?
- She’s either a martyr of the highest degree, or she’s a psycho.
- I am aware that he’s using the element of surprise to make me stop talking, but I didn’t expect him to do it with manner.
- Can’t be winners if you don’t face your demons. Makes for a better life too.
- People usually simply want to be loved, but have a few hang-ups because you can’t live a life and not get a hang-up or two.
- There’s goodness in being the one who screws up. It means the bar’s lower for what counts as right.
- I do have a heart. It might not get much use, and this love might not be fairy tale love, but I have one, and I care about her.
- Love is in the little things. And Luca Rossi’s little things mean more to me than any engagement ring ever has.
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