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Release Day Review! UNTIL IT WAS LOVE by Pippa Grant

Title: Until It Was Love
A Complicated Situationship RomCom
Author: Pippa Grant
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Tropes: Teammate’s Sister, Enemies to Lovers,
Accidentally Dating, Grumpy/Sunshine
Release Date: April 11, 2024

There are a million reasons why I shouldn’t agree to a date with Fletcher Huxley.

He’s a growly-faced, stubborn-streaked, international rugby legend trying to revive his flailing career in the US after being canned by his team overseas.

While he might have the good kind of thunder thighs, intriguing tattoos, and a booty of steel, he also holds the top position on my very short nemesis list thanks to what happened the first time we met.

Plus, his mustache is as terrible as the reason he’s picked me to be the woman he wants to date.

But he has one big checkmark in the why this date is a good idea column: he’s my brother’s new teammate.

They already hate each other.

And my brother has made an unfortunate habit of interfering with my love life recently.

So a revenge date with Fletcher to make my brother mad? While letting Fletcher think this date is merely for the good of the team?


I’m in.

I’m moving to London for work in a month. And it’s just one date. What could possibly go wrong?

Until It Was Love is a banter-tastic romcom featuring an overgrown snack of a man with a soft spot for his purse dog, a normally optimistic life coach trying to live her best life, a mustache catastrophe, and one little tiny fainting spell. It stands alone and comes complete with a swoony happily ever after that will leave your heart in a happy puddle of joy.



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This was *such* a fun read!

Goldie and Fletcher’s story was a laugh (and yes, snort-laugh) out loud, banter filled tropefest: a grumpy/sunshine, fake dating-turned-friends with benefits, (least favorite) teammate’s sister story with the bestest doggo(s) and a gaggle of seasoned friends that I kind of wish were real so they could adopt me too.

(Though TBH this is one time I’m actually really glad that I couldn’t actually see the characters IRL–I was much happier forgetting all about Fletcher’s mustache when the other characters weren’t actively mentioning and describing it…[shudder])

I had an absolute blast reading this, even though I find the idea that professional rugby will take off in the states to be a bit of a stretch–I guess that’s why it’s fiction, right? 😉 But Goldie, Fletcher, Sweet Pea, and the rest of their crew were so much fun to spend time with that I almost didn’t want to finish the book, since that meant I’d be leaving them behind. I’m so glad I did, though, because that epilogue? Absolute perfection! Even if it did make me tear up, just a little…

Until It Was Love is set in the Copper Valley sports-centered universe that a lot of Pippa’s books take place in, so if you’re a regular reader you will probably see some favorite characters. If you’re new to her books, though, no worries–this one works just fine as a standalone too.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

until it was love tropes:
-adorable puppy
-teammate's sister
-fake dating
-sassy, seasoned friend group
-cookie foreplay
-rugby thighs
-a flaming mustache

About the author:

Pippa Grant wanted to write books, so she did. Before she became a USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling romantic comedy author, she was a young military spouse who got into writing as self-therapy. That happened around the time she discovered reading romance novels, and the two eventually merged into a career. Today, she has more than 30 knee-slapping Pippa Grant titles and nine written as Jamie Farrell. When she’s not writing romantic comedies, she’s fumbling through being a mom, wife, and mountain woman, and sometimes trying to find hobbies. Her crowning achievement? Having impeccable timing for telling stories that will make people snort beverages out of their noses. Consider yourself warned.

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