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Real Fake Love

(Copper Valley Fireballs #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  4,190 ratings  ·  690 reviews
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 ma
Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published September 3rd 2020 by Bang Laugh Love LLC
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Pippa Grant
Jun 01, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Author's note, 3 days before release:
Okay, total behind-the-curtain confession here:
I've written over 30 books, and until REAL FAKE LOVE, I resisted writing a romance novelist heroine. (I did write a children's book author once, but never a romance novelist heroine.) But when Henri strolled into my brain, she was like, "THERE IS NO OTHER WAY. THIS IS WHO I AM." And so now, I've written my first romance novelist heroine.

And I adore her. And not just because she and I share a few writing quirks. (
Carmen Rae
Pippa Grant is my go-to pick me up, laugh out loud author. The stories are just so out there and hilarious yet realistic enough that I can see how these crazy things can happen. And this series is just so awesome. I live everything about it.

Firstly, the characters are so unique, they could never be confused with anyone else. Henri leaves quirky in the dust. She was just nuts but I adored her. Her heart was so pure, and she deserved to be worshipped for all the crazy that came out of her mouth. A
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ebooks
4.5 stars

There was a moment in chapter one that simultaneously had my jaw dropping, my eyes bulging from my head, and my body shaking with laughter. From that moment, I knew this book was going to be a hit. I was not disappointed.

It’s difficult to compare this story to any others but if I were to try I would say it’s a hybrid of the films “Runaway Bride” and “27 Dresses”. I would go as far to say if you liked either, check this book out.

From the beginning, this novel is HILARIOUS but surprising
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pippa Grant Fans, Romance
3.5 When Nonna Steals The Show Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
In keeping with my confessions of Guilty Pleasures, I first discovered this book because of the cover. Yes, I admit I am a cover ho. There I said it. And for any future authors, if you have any doubts, covers and blurbs are critical.

Pippa Grant's book lived up to its cover and blurb.
It was cute, quirky, current, and heartwarming. It took a guy who was determined and believed in No Love after having his own awful experienc
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Pippa Grant romances because they always contain lots & lots of humor and they are safe! 👏👏 They do tend to lean a little bit to the immature side, but for me that is not a problem, so if that offends you, then pass on it.

So I've gone back & forth between rating it 3 & 4 stars because I did enjoy it, even if I didn't exactly love it as much as some of her other work. The problem for me is the length that Hero took to feel any attraction & warm feelings for heroine. I thought fo
Sep 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, dnf
Dnf at 16%

In rom-com I prefer situational comedy with witty banter adding to the fuel not MC acting immature comedy .But if you enjoy the former then maybe you would like this book.

Also in chapter 3 there were so many characters that were thrown at us without any introduction or even a bit of context.

I generally feel queazy if I have to DNf a book because there this part of my brain shouting " Read on, you will miss out if it gets better" but that voice was nowhere to be found with this one. I d

“I hate weddings … wedding cakes give me the hives”

Charm. Charisma. Personality. These aren’t JUST WORDS. They’re indefinable human attributes. A form of human magic. You either got it … or you don’t. They also apply to books.

This is my first [attempted] read by Pippa Grant and it might be my last. Maybe I didn’t give it a fair shake, but there are reading rules that I live by. A degree in literature has given me lifelong exp
Ambriehl Khalil
Whatever water Pippa is drinking, I want some of it. This was absolutely ridiculous in the best way.
Jacob Proffitt
This is second in a series and you probably want to read the other one first because a lot of mascot and baseball weirdness is setup there and continues in this story. Also, Grant is an author who has lots of intersections in her serieses so reading the Bro Code and Thruster books probably wouldn't hurt, either, as those characters show up a bit.

So this has a lot of Grant's signature flare for humor. Which I consider a good thing, for the record. Henri as an author of paranormal romance was outs
Blair Babylon
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Blair by: Pippa Grant
Real Fake Love is the real deal! This laugh-out-loud rom com is the latest in Pippa Grant’s Copper Valley Fireballs series about baseball hunks trying to make it in the big league. Luca Rossi is hot athlete with great hair who has given up on love. Totally given it up. Believes that love is nothing but a lie. And then he meets Henri, a romance novelist who’s unlucky at love, and she wants him to teach her how not to fall in love. From the funniest jilted-bride scene to the sweetest HEA ever, Rea ...more
MJ Bookreader
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I made it to chapter 5 and could not go on. I don't know how this book received such high ratings. If it got better I will never find out. It was too silly and there were so many people in the first five chapters. To me she was being immature and crazy. He was just weird too. The crazy way the book started was gross with his so called friend and his mom. ...more

Oh my gosh, this was a grand slam... Outta the park! This was such a fun and light read. The characters were quirky and instantly likable. I giggled so much LOL! Then other times my heart melted. It was just what my heart needed.

Henri was one quirky, hot mess... and Luca was just plain hot! Henri grew on Luca in the best possible ways. It wasn't instalove, but it was a sweet and swoony story. Everyone needs a Tik Tok Nonna in their lives!

I've loved both books in this series and can't wait
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. I listened to the audio. Perfectly cast: Jason Clarke as Luca & Virginia Rose as Henri (Henrietta).
This was really a true RomCom. A lot of dry humor, with silly moments, and a little raunchy at times.
I love this author's humor. I get her newsletter & it cracks me up every time.
Luca is an athlete but he has a healthy fear of his Nonna & her EYE. Luca's mom was my least favorite character-maybe tied with Jerry.
This is a definite opposites attract.
I need to find out what happens with
Ciera Parr
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Haven’t read it yet, but it’s going to be epic! After all, Pippa Grant is writing it.
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pippa Grant’s books never fail on making me laugh out loud and swoon all that same time. Real Fake Love is no exception to that. Anti-love grumpy hero and a love to easily, sassy heroine, plus a TikTok Nonna are everything you need in your life.

Henri is all about love. She loves being in love, she loves writing about love. Her life is full of it. Until, after another failed wedding she is done and she seeks help from the one person she knows hates love, Luca. However, she is in for more than sh
Julia Kent
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pippa owes me a new keyboard, because mine is currently covered with whatever I was drinking and half my lung as I read Real Fake Love. OMG. What a start!

Get your copy of this sporty rom-com for a happy romp through the pages!
Addie Bear
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I now have a third favorite hero in the Pippa verse. Luca is right up there with Ares and Beck for me. Luca Rossi really is a cranky pants, Mr. GOOD hair Bad Attitude when he first meets Henri. And Henrietta, Henri, Bacon, really is the crazy pants author that loves love, with the laziest cat in costumes. Luca's and Henri's story starts off a bit rocky, but as they get to know eachother and become friends their connection and attraction deepens, even though they're fighting it. Luca is the sweet ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Real Fake Love has the grumpy/sunshine trope aspect that I have been really attracted to lately. Henri is a great sunshine character that was so easy to fall in love with from the start. We get to see Henri struggle with her love for love and romance in an entertaining way. Her cat, Dogzilla, is just the right amount of crazy for a little bit of the "crazy cat lady" vibe. Luca provides the grumpy counterpart and is convincing in a way that makes him not allow the reader to instantly fall in love ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I spent the first 60% snort laughing and then the last 40% cycling between swooning and snort laughing. And this happens not just because of the couple, although Henri and Luca are amazing- funny, sweet, romantic but comedians at heart, but also because the whole cast of characters are hilarious and a true mishmosh of people who probably shouldn't work but do because they are family in heart. I absolutely loved being enmeshed in this world with old and new characters that feel familiar to me bec ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
What a book. Did it make me laugh? You bet. Did it make my heart race faster? Oh yes. Did it bring out some emotions? Uh-huh. Did I love it? OH HELL YES.

Pippa Grant has delivered.... again. A book that will make you laugh so very much constantly. But it will also make you think, it will make you feel and empathise with the characters, the journeys they have taken and the scars that are left. Scars that not everyone can see, but Luca and Henri discover each others', try to heal and love them beca
Ivy Deluca
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick(ish) Review

Possibly my favorite of the Fireballs romances, I loved how this seamlessly integrates with Ms Grant’s existing ‘verse but it’s not necessary to read the earlier books for it to work. The grumpy hero with a soft center, a sunshine heroine who’s been burned by her love of love, this is smutnip for me so I was all in. There are elements that I wasn’t sure were going to work but they all came together for a really sweet sports romance, which I definitely needed. If you love Ms Gran
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok, get ready for MORE Fireballs!
Henri Bacon has had more than her fair share of heartbreak; she’s looking for things that she hasn’t gotten from those closest to her. She’s sunshiney, kind, smart and endearing despite her past. She talks a little too much. She meets Luca Rossi at her wedding that didn't happen and he protects her from people and states that he doesn’t believe in love.

Fate has Henri crossing paths with Luca again and then Nona Rossi, Luca’s grandson, happens. There’s all kinds
Cee Cee Houston
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can’t keep a brilliant author down.

I know the world is a horrible place to be right now, staying inside is by far, the BEST way to avoid COVID-19 and any other crap-tastic events. There’s plenty of things you can do and one of the best… READING!!!
And this book, my friends, it’ll help you forget.
Real Fake Love by Pippa Grant is her best book to date. It’s a super fun, laugh-your-undies-off story filled with so many likeable and by now, well-known characters.
We met Luca Rossi in the previous
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
More fun than a barrel of meatballs!
Oh, how I loved Henri, Luca and Dogzilla! Pippa Grant’s books just keep getting better and better! More emotional, funnier, and sweeter!
Henri is hands down my most favorite of Pippa’s heroines. She’s nutty in the best of ways! And Luca is just, ahhh, so swoony! I don’t have words to describe my love for this couple. This book is just too much fun!
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, a book from this clever, funny, talented author hits my device and my world comes to a screeching halt. I disappear into a delightfully zany, outrageous, fabulous world to spend the best hours of my entire week. Housework can kiss it, and you can get your own dang supper, because I’m reading Pippa. And pity the poor sap who dares to interrupt my reading.

Yes, what you’ve heard is true. Henrietta Bacon has been left at the alter for the fifth time. Yep. Fifth time. Part of me wonders h
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another laugh out loud hilarious yet sweet, romantic steamy romcom by Pippa Grant.
No one, and I mean NO ONE, writes hilarious shenanigans as masterfully as Pippa does. You can go from snort laughing to ugly emotional crying in a span of one page and it’s OH SO GOOD!!!
In Real Fake Love we meet Henrietta “Henri” Bacon, romance novelist, and Luca Rossi, Fireballs baseball player, on Henri’s wedding day where the wedding did not happen. Left at the altar, again, Henri turns to Luca to teach her how
Claire Annovazzi
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(audiobook) I hadn’t laughed that much in a long time, thanks to an amazing combination of hilarious situations and humorous writing. The main characters, though totally over the top in their defining traits, stay realistic and relatable, and you can’t help but feel for them–and root for them, of course.

The narrators do a great job, and it’s especially fun to have Jason Clarke narrating this one–but to know why, you’ll have to listen to the audiobook. They both have a great sense of comedic pace
Judy Lynn
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luca is playing his first season with the Copper Valley Fireballs when his Nonna decides to get involved in his love life. I love how cranky Luca is in the beginning and I loved the tender care he takes of Henri as he learns that he can love as long as that means loving Henri. I love that they build a friendship and understanding of each other: both the good and the bad.
Henri has a history of failed engagements and a tendency to be a bit of a mess. What I love about Henri is her sunny, kind pers
Dec 03, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
Humor is very much a subjective kind of thing. I like to think I have a very good sense of one. However, sometimes I don’t find something funny that other people think is hilarious. That’s fine, Impractical Jokers doesn’t make very one cry with laughter and make their stomachs hurt from laughing so hard the way it does me. Personally, I don’t understand it but one of my sisters is just meh about them.

Anyway, a bit off topic. So this book I’m sure many find hilarious. It does have its moments, bu
Sheila Schoenauer
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love going back into a world that I have missed. Crazy messy worlds are even more fun. Luca Rossi and Henri Bacon were definitely a crazy mess. But I couldn't help but love them. I loved Luca and his realism. He never wanted to forget the humble life he came from. He started out as a d**k but the more he got to know Henri the better he became. And Henri, sigh... she was a hot mess. I loved her but I also questioned her. I mainly questioned why, after being left at the alter so many times, she ...more
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Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she's not reading, writing or sleeping, she's being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip co ...more

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