Real Fake Love by Pippa Grant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Unreal, too fake love!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🤓🙂😎😕
The Hero: Luca Rossi – a Professional baseball player, he is hot as heck, loved by everyone and is allergic to commitment. He attends a friends wedding during the all star break and finds that the groom is in love with his mother instead of the bride.
The heroine: Henrietta “Henri” Bacon – she has been left at the alter more than once and she can’t even go get drunk because she is allergic to alcohol. Everything seems to go wrong for her and she is at her wits end as to what to do now.
The Story: Luca somehow finds himself in charge of keeping the jilted bride from going nuts. He talks to her as she breaks down, meanwhile telling her his feelings on Love being a useless emotion. Henri tends to fall in love too easily and she realizes she should give it up for good.
This is told in dual points of view via dual narration. Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose do the narration. Jason Clarke has a deep sexy voice and could narrate every book I read. I love his voice. Virginia Rose has a bit of annoying voice to me and I didn’t like her portrayal of Henri from the start. She sounded crazy not quirky, granted Henri was just dumped at the alter, so she should be a bit crazed at that time, but I just didn’t like her voice.
Henri asks Luca for help, she needs him to teach her not to fall in love. Luca doesn’t want to be bothered with it all but after his Nona gets on him about finding “the one” and threatens to give him “the eye” which is known to work like a curse with other family members. Luca and his entire baseball team are extremely superstitious so he takes Henri up on her offer to be his fake girlfriend.
I love listening to Jason Clarke and I love sports romance, but Henri was a bit too off the wall for my tastes. She is a paranormal romance novelist and the descriptions of her books are a parody on paranormal romance, like were-panda’s that shift into sentient sticks of butter and much more. She comes to pick up Luca wearing pajamas, a towel on her head and fuzzy slippers that have names. It was a bit too out there for my tastes. Not to mention the lack of chemistry between the two main characters.
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