Love at First Like
Eliza Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. One night, after learning of an ex’s engagement, Eliza accidentally posts a photo of herself wearing a diamond ring on that finger to her Instagram account beloved by 100,000 followers. Sales skyrocket, press rolls in, and Eliza learns that her personal life is good for business. So she has a choice: continue the ruse or clear up the misunderstanding. With mounting financial pressure, Eliza sets off to find a fake fiancé. Fellow entrepreneur Blake seems like the perfect match on paper. And in real life he shows promise, too. He would be perfect, if only Eliza didn’t feel also drawn to someone else. But Blake doesn’t know Eliza is “engaged”; Sophie asks Eliza for an impossible sum of money; and Eliza’s lies start to spiral out of control. She can either stay engaged online or fall in love in real life.

Love at First Like Details

TitleLove at First Like
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Love at First Like Review

  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, boy. Where do I start? Perhaps in thanking the publisher for sending me a free review copy, but it only goes downhill from there. Apparently in 2019, we’re taking manipulative scam artists and making it into a rom-com. This book's premise was promising: after seeing her ex got engaged, Eliza accidentally posts a fake engagement announcement to the Instagram account she controls as the CEO/founder of her own jewelry store, but then the post ends up inspiring a lot of business at a time when s Oh, boy. Where do I start? Perhaps in thanking the publisher for sending me a free review copy, but it only goes downhill from there. Apparently in 2019, we’re taking manipulative scam artists and making it into a rom-com. This book's premise was promising: after seeing her ex got engaged, Eliza accidentally posts a fake engagement announcement to the Instagram account she controls as the CEO/founder of her own jewelry store, but then the post ends up inspiring a lot of business at a time when she desperately needs it, so she wants to find a fake boyfriend to continue the farce and be able to make rent. Charming, right? Not at all. The way the author executed this was TERRIBLE because the main character exploited her accident so much that she was manipulative and scamming, all while being praised by her peers and never being discovered. This review will contain minor spoilers. Beause its' a romance book, I'll address the glaring problem first: the relationships in this book were just pure horseshit. There's a 2012 era love triangle, which I thought was absurd and unneeded and just dumb. The first man she begins to date because she sees him as a potential fake groom is Blake, and I just feel SO bad for this dude. He did NOT get the justice he deserved in this book for being mistreated so badly. First of all, their chemistry was so lacking. She seemed to feel more for her ex than she did for Blake, even while sleeping with him. (view spoiler)[When Blake eventually learns that she was only with him so that she could be Instagram famous, Eliza claims that she was genuinely falling in love with him and still wanted to do the wedding, which was just complete bullshit. That she tried to convince him they were in love--MULTIPLE TIMES--despite feeling the opposite was just bologna and hurtful. Fuck Eliza, seriously. Blake deserved so much better. (hide spoiler)] Simultaneously, Eliza meets Raj, who is a bartender across the street from her whom she immediately lets in on her secret, and over the course of the book, he develops feelings for her, yada yada yada. All you need to care about is that he knew about her plan since day one and was, stupidly and unforgivably, supportive.A big gripe I have is that the entire premise of this book is implausible, and even a basic editor should have seen red flags at some of the things the author was trying to sell to the reader:- Eliza's Instagram that she posts the fake announcement on is an account that is both for business and for her personal life. Like, she follows her ex on that account. It seems so unprofessional.- She is offered a free wedding and a wedding dress almost immediately in exchange for promotion. - All of this happens when she has 100k or less.- When Eliza tells Raj about the fake wedding, Raj thinks it’s a great plan and compliments her for “having balls.” Soo... am I the only one who finds her REALLY shitty???- Everyone she tells about her plan, including her sister/business parter, best friend, and family, is on her side and sympathizes with herThe main reason why I could not stand Eliza as a narrator is because she didn't just let things unfold naturally and take an accident to her advantage before her Instagram traffic slowed down. No, she purposefully sought out people to give her attention, strung along a man without telling him in order to keep up the farce, and generally should just be thrown in jail because of how corrupt, heartless, and manipulative she is. I stopped rooting for her by page 50 and was actually hoping she would be discovered and shunned because her messy lies weren't cute or quirky at all. There's so many scenes where she acts like a piece of shit that I took notes every time she digs herself deeper into being a scam artist who's only greedy for more followers and sales at the risk of hurting others:- Eliza REQUESTS an interview with Elle magazine on her fake engagement (future whitney here to say that it goes FAR beyond this. In her desperation, she requests SO much free shit like photographers, a cake, a spot on a reality tv show, a new york times article about her wedding, youtube vlog spotlight, a podcast episode, AND A FREE HONEYMOON. At this point it's not even being a businesswoman, it's taking advantage of people. She deserves to go on one of those pages shaming influencers for emailing companies to try and get free shit.)- Every time mainstream news breaks about her fake engagement, she reposts it to all her social media, including personal accounts, making all of her friends and family believe she's actually engaged- She accepts a fake wedding without telling Blake- She uses Blake to post pictures of their newly-budding relationship without his consent, all while sleeping with him, in order to still be able to show Instagram that she actually has a man- She makes her coworker lie and say that she doesn't run the account to keep up her lies with Blake longer just in case he were to ask- Eliza is constantly framing her life for more attention; instead of appreciating little moments, she stops to take a pic for Instagram; she poses for photos with ppl bc they have a huge following and she wants clout- This is the worst and most hurtful one. She lies and tells Blake she is in love with him just to create an excuse to leave an event where people are beginning to recognize her and question her engagement. At this point, it’s a fake dating trope, but the guy isn’t in on it. It just reads like a middle school prank where she’s pretending to ask him out when she clearly doesn't care about hurting him. - She lied to her parents that she loves him and is happy to get married to him when clearly she feels lukewarm about him- Even her sister she runs the jewelry shop with wants her to fake marry because she wants the money. Both business owners are so phony; their business deserves to fail if the only way they can think to make money is to lie and cheat- Eliza eventually apologizes to Blake for lying to him, but still asks for him to participate in the fake wedding. It basically cancels out that she would feel sorry at all if she still wants to use him.- The guy (both of them!!!) end up being okay with the wedding too, so now they’re BOTH scam artists. Like WHAT!!!!- She and her entire family have the audacity to be proud of her for having the business to succeed after she literally used companies for THOUSANDS of dollars to use their services for free, when really she wasn't even getting legally married and only did it for attention.If you can suspend your disbelief, this book might read as a fun escapade as a woman who got herself into trouble and keeps digging herself deeper. The reasons I gave this 1 star rather than none are meager: first, it was really addicting; and second, the subplot about women supporting women as business owners was really sweet. Otherwise, I found it to be totally contrived and unrealistic, and the main character deserved all some kind of hardship that came upon her due to her lies and greed, but she was never punished for her actions other than Blake being mad at her. Eliza is TERRIBLY selfish and greedy with no redeeming qualities. She truly behaves like a young teenager who cannot comprehend that her actions have consequences. I cannot believe she exploited so many people just to get sales, then was actually proud of herself, and none of the people who were in on it shut her down. This book could potentially work better as literary fiction with a purposefully unlikable main character, but it was just impossible to root for her in a romance setting. She was awful, and the author just kept trying to sell it to the reader as a trait that could be redeemable. At the end of the day, this is not a romance book. It's a book about a woman who is obsessed with her job and would do anything--including lying and stealing--to keep it afloat. I don't know why this is being sold as romance because Eliza clearly is only with men because she has an agenda for followers and sales.The twist of the knife was that this book ends by her and her love interest going on a free honeymoon in Europe, signifying that they will never come clean about their lies and feel no guilt in using other people and companies, as long as they're having fun and their followers are rising. This book has a disgusting moral and despicable characters, and the author tries to package it in a way that makes them seem human and relatable when really they're just awful. I highly recommend skipping this one, and now I'm leaning toward unhauling her first book because this one was so weak and inspired so much hate.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh, yikes. I was looking SO forward to this book, but it was just.. so bad. We were definitely supposed to sympathize with the main character, but she does nothing but lie and scheme to get her way and it was absolutely infuriating to read from her perspective. Also, unsurprising given the circumstances tbh, she had zero chemistry with either of the love interests. This just really did not work for me. Womp x234798324234Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest Ugh, yikes. I was looking SO forward to this book, but it was just.. so bad. We were definitely supposed to sympathize with the main character, but she does nothing but lie and scheme to get her way and it was absolutely infuriating to read from her perspective. Also, unsurprising given the circumstances tbh, she had zero chemistry with either of the love interests. This just really did not work for me. Womp x234798324234Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5I absolutely adored Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein and I'm seriously needing this as a movie now! What it's about: Eliza co-owns a jewelry store with her sister Sophie in Brooklyn named Brooklyn Jewels. One night, full of emotions and too much alcohol, she ends up accidentally posting a picture of herself with an engagement ring onto their Instagram page, which just so happens to have thousands of followers. As the likes, new followers, and sales roll in she needs to decide if s ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5I absolutely adored Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein and I'm seriously needing this as a movie now! What it's about: Eliza co-owns a jewelry store with her sister Sophie in Brooklyn named Brooklyn Jewels. One night, full of emotions and too much alcohol, she ends up accidentally posting a picture of herself with an engagement ring onto their Instagram page, which just so happens to have thousands of followers. As the likes, new followers, and sales roll in she needs to decide if she is going to acknowledge the mistake or use it to her advantage - I think you can guess which option she chooses. On her hunt to find a fake fiancé she steps on a lot of toes but may just find real love in the process. While I didn't agree with a lot of choices Eliza makes, I still really loved this book. It made me laugh, cry, and exclaim out loud more times than I can count on two hands. This was my first time reading a romcom in book form, and what a wonderful experience it was. This was also my first time reading a book by Orenstein and I absolutely loved her writing, plus I can definitely see this being turned into a movie. It was cute, but it also has a lot of substance which I really appreciated. A lot of people probably won't be a huge fan of Eliza, but I still found myself rooting for her in the end (along with feeling sorry for those she had hurt).The chapters are super short, and I was able to fly through Love at First Like in one sitting. I wanted to find out what would happen, but at the same time never wanted the story to end. This is something I consider a necessity in a romcom whether it be in movie or book format, so I think Orenstein killed it. Love at First Like is such a perfect book for this digital age, and the social media aspect was on the money. It was also what I would consider a perfect pool read! Song/s the book brought to mind: A mix of 2 Souls on Fire by Bebe Rexha featuring Quavo and All That Glitters by Earl (amazing song and artist). Final Thought: If you are looking for a read that is warm and fuzzy while also being deliciously scandalous then Love at First Like is the book for you! The book was sexy without being too cheesy or crude and it was just so much fun to read. I can't wait to read Playing with Matches to see how it compares, and I will for sure be watching for all books forthcoming from Orenstein!Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    There seem to be more and more books coming out about social media and this one sounded so cute! An accidental engagement announcement? How was our main character going to deal with that one? Eliza owns a jewelry shop with her sister and she has everything she's wanted. Except The One. And when her long-time ex-boyfriend gets engaged, Eliza is feeling lower than ever. To cheer herself up, she creates a fake instagram post announcing her engagement. But when Eliza wakes up the next morning, she r There seem to be more and more books coming out about social media and this one sounded so cute! An accidental engagement announcement? How was our main character going to deal with that one? Eliza owns a jewelry shop with her sister and she has everything she's wanted. Except The One. And when her long-time ex-boyfriend gets engaged, Eliza is feeling lower than ever. To cheer herself up, she creates a fake instagram post announcing her engagement. But when Eliza wakes up the next morning, she realizes she accidentally posted that announcement...and now everyone thinks she's engaged. Eliza goes to make everything clear, until she sees how well the business is suddenly doing...because of her post. Can Eliza really find a man to be her fiancé? Or will she have to give up the charade and risk her business? In the beginning, this book sounded like such a good idea. I thought Eliza would find a guy to pose as a fiancé and actually fall in love. Instead, I found myself not really liking Eliza and how selfish she was. Most of this book was her trying to get this guy, Blake, to fall in love with her, even though she wasn't really into him. She spent the whole time saying how she felt bad and how she knew that she didn't really like him, she just liked the idea of being married to him. And that was pretty much the plot. There weren't really that many interesting moments and I was bored most of the time. I didn't really like Eliza, so it felt to me that she didn't even really change at all throughout the book. There was no growth to her character and I didn't like how other characters just kind of gave way to her throughout the book. The end felt too rushed and it didn't feel realistic at all. Overall, this was a huge miss for me. I didn't like the main character and the book was more boring than anything else.
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  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Dnf at 22%I knew this book would be different based on the blurb but I honestly just couldn’t believe how far the heroine would go to continue the engagement facade. It didn’t feel right and I felt bad for the unsuspecting guy. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into the writing or the story.
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  • Kate Vocke
    January 1, 1970
    Oh social media, how we love thee and loathe thee all at the same time. It's all swipes and likes until someone accidentally posts a fake engagement!I LOVED Playing with Matches, so I immediately knew I needed this book! Hanna Orenstein has a way of making me fully escape reality and get compulsively sucked into her books! The stories she writes are fresh, and funny, and full of wit and charm. ALTHOUGH, Eliza frustrated me to no end in this story with her ridiculous shenanigans, I charged throug Oh social media, how we love thee and loathe thee all at the same time. It's all swipes and likes until someone accidentally posts a fake engagement!I LOVED Playing with Matches, so I immediately knew I needed this book! Hanna Orenstein has a way of making me fully escape reality and get compulsively sucked into her books! The stories she writes are fresh, and funny, and full of wit and charm. ALTHOUGH, Eliza frustrated me to no end in this story with her ridiculous shenanigans, I charged through this story like a social media director on Follow Friday.... and found it to be a fun summer read for sure!When Eliza accidentally posts a ring selfie on Instagram... a ring on THAT finger... to her jewelry stores 100K followers, there's just a tiny bit of a problem. She doesn't even have a boyfriend. Whoopsie. But the likes start pouring in and sales at the store are booming, and the money issues and worries her and her sister have of potentially losing the shop, just might be over. So, Eliza does what any sane human would do.... keep up the ruse, plan a wedding, and find a fake fiance. Easy enough right?!?With a silly and fun story line of love, ambition and family, this modern rom-com quenched my thirst for an absurdly charming character in Eliza and her ridiculous idea that just might save her shop - all while faking what could be the most romantic love story of her life. I laughed, I yelled, I giggled. It was so much fun to read.
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  • Amy Risner
    January 1, 1970
    Fake dating/fake engagement? This could either be really good or another misleading cute cover. Can’t wait to find out ;)
  • Hana Bilqisthi
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starI love Hannah Orenstein's debut book: Playing with Matches, so when I heard she will released another book. I am so excited 💕💕 and this book synopsis sound like another pretend lover story, which my favorite trope ever. I love reading chick lit and romance novels and I kinda feel other author playing safe with the main characters are only using call/text/email. I understand why they do that, technology change so much and so fast, what trendy this year maybe will not relevant in the futu 3.5 starI love Hannah Orenstein's debut book: Playing with Matches, so when I heard she will released another book. I am so excited 💕💕 and this book synopsis sound like another pretend lover story, which my favorite trope ever. I love reading chick lit and romance novels and I kinda feel other author playing safe with the main characters are only using call/text/email. I understand why they do that, technology change so much and so fast, what trendy this year maybe will not relevant in the future so when I read the synopsis that Eliza as the main character using instagram. I overjoyed. Hurray! Instagram is one popular app and creating story about how this app impact someone's life is so cool and refreshing. Standing applause to Hannah Orenstein for being brave to come up and writing this kind story.I also love how this story is great at capturing problems that 20 something can relate:Comparing our life with our friend through instagram, feeling left behind, chasing anything that ideal according to society, chasing dream versus being realistic dilemma, and listen to your head vs gut/body dilemma.Furthermore, This book Page turner. I finished this book in one sitting!Verdict: This book is amazing. I fell in love with the characters and the story had me on the edge of my seat. Would absolutely recommend it.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and Atria Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book early.You can order the book at bookdepository
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Having loved Hannah Orenstein's debut, Playing with Matches, I was extremely excited to check out Love at First Like from the very first moment I heard about it. While, I enjoyed Love at First Like, I have to say, it didn't have the same charm for me as Matches. Eliza Roth was hard working enough to be able to open a jewelry store with her sister, Sophie, at a young age. The latest struggle for the sisters is keeping the store afloat with rising rent costs in NYC. When Eliza instagrams herself w Having loved Hannah Orenstein's debut, Playing with Matches, I was extremely excited to check out Love at First Like from the very first moment I heard about it. While, I enjoyed Love at First Like, I have to say, it didn't have the same charm for me as Matches. Eliza Roth was hard working enough to be able to open a jewelry store with her sister, Sophie, at a young age. The latest struggle for the sisters is keeping the store afloat with rising rent costs in NYC. When Eliza instagrams herself wearing one of Brooklyn Jewel's rings, her followers assume she is engaged and when Eliza sees a spike in sales a result, she doesn't correct this notion. The issue at hand? Eliza is single. While the plot was fun, it was Eliza's determination to succeed at any cost that really turned me off. She didn't care about who she hurt (dating men just so she could get married and fulfill her instagram post) and what toes she had to step on to make it happen. I'm a single working woman in NYC with a strong career drive (I work in finance and hold my own against the toughest of co-workers) and I just can't get behind a woman taking advantage of people's love and feelings to garner success. Since I loved Orenstein's debut, I am going to chalk this one up to a fluke for me and I will be looking for what she writes next with an open mind.Thank you to Atria for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 33%. I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me. The writing wasn't bad, but the story was far-fetched and the main character was AWFUL. She was so shallow and selfish and she had zero self-awareness. I think that there will probably be a lot of people that can overlook those things and enjoy this, but I'm not one of them.
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  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    I have decided not to finish this title. I feel that Eliza just keeps making the same mistakes over and over and I just can’t anymore. The writing was not poorly done...it just didn’t work for me 🙁.
  • Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
    January 1, 1970
    One of the hardest things for me to do is to give a fair review to a book that has a heroine with such an ugly personality. The writing was actually really good and the story was entertaining up to a certain point. My low rating is because we have such a flawed main character who does not redeem herself by the end and the lack of a love story. Eliza was essentially a liar. That's the basis of this whole convoluted story. She was also manipulative and went to great extents to make sure her lies w One of the hardest things for me to do is to give a fair review to a book that has a heroine with such an ugly personality. The writing was actually really good and the story was entertaining up to a certain point. My low rating is because we have such a flawed main character who does not redeem herself by the end and the lack of a love story. Eliza was essentially a liar. That's the basis of this whole convoluted story. She was also manipulative and went to great extents to make sure her lies were not exposed. I'm talking setting a date for the wedding, getting a dress, booking a venue and freaking cake testing! All with no groom in sight! At first, honestly it was hilarious. As a bookstagrammer I could definitely relate to her little obsession with Instagram but her need to keep her "following" and ultimately save her small business started to cross some ethical lines. Blake was the poor guy who got trapped in Eliza's plan. I won't go into details but her behaviour was nothing short of despicable. She had zero cares for his feelings and treated him like an object to be used in her great plan. He eventually uncovers her deception but this woman had NO REMORSE! I think that's what really made me dislike this book. You can have a flawed heroine. I mean we're people and we all make mistakes but you have to redeem your character. At least in my opinion. Otherwise you just have a book with a heroine that everyone hates.After all of that, there is no love story. There is sex mind you, but no real love story. As the blurb insinuates, there is another guy. Yeah... I'm not sure what that was about but I won't spoil it for you. This is not a love triangle though. I gave 2 stars because I was at least entertained enough to finish reading but I honestly got angry by the end. When I realized Eliza was a truly horrible character, I wanted her world to fall apart but then she ended up getting her own personal happy ending. It's never a good thing when you hate that the heroine ends up happy but try it out for yourself. You may have a different opinion.Follow me for your next comfort read!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I think most of us with an active Instagram account have done some crazy things for the perfect shot, I know my fellow bookstagrammers have pulled out a book in some wild places just for the gram (as I have too!) but Eliza takes things to a whole new level when she fakes an engagement for her followers. If this sounds slightly insane and borderline ridiculous it totally is, but meet Eliza, she’s the type of friend that we’ve all had who makes rash decisions and finds herself in awkward, albeit h I think most of us with an active Instagram account have done some crazy things for the perfect shot, I know my fellow bookstagrammers have pulled out a book in some wild places just for the gram (as I have too!) but Eliza takes things to a whole new level when she fakes an engagement for her followers. If this sounds slightly insane and borderline ridiculous it totally is, but meet Eliza, she’s the type of friend that we’ve all had who makes rash decisions and finds herself in awkward, albeit hilarious situations over and over again.I adored the premise of this, faking any sort of relationship is always a fun trope for me and there were definitely some pretty funny scenes here, for sure. While I honestly didn’t love Eliza as a character she was entertaining as hell and although I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and shake her a few times, her unpredictability made this such a fun read and I really never knew what she would do next. There was also a great cast of secondary characters to balance out her craziness, I actually loved some of them so much that I have my fingers crossed that they may appear in a future book?!Having now read two books from the author it’s safe for me to say that she truly knows how to write a highly entertaining story about modern dating. She captures the highs and lows and the struggles with social media all with humor and heart, I’m now a firm fan!Love at First Like in three words: Amusing, Modern and Fun
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I love fake relationship tropes. I was excited to read this story because it sounded so fun. But I couldn't get into the story and quickly disliked the story. The characters were flat and annoying. Eliza was ridiculous. The set-up for a fake relationship is so important and her reasons were didn't bring me to her side. It was a mistake to begin with but she used it to improve her business and wouldn't let go of it. When it was clear she needed to end the confusion, she kept hold. I didn't cheer I love fake relationship tropes. I was excited to read this story because it sounded so fun. But I couldn't get into the story and quickly disliked the story. The characters were flat and annoying. Eliza was ridiculous. The set-up for a fake relationship is so important and her reasons were didn't bring me to her side. It was a mistake to begin with but she used it to improve her business and wouldn't let go of it. When it was clear she needed to end the confusion, she kept hold. I didn't cheer for her. I didn't even know the guys that well. They were flat and I just didn't care about them. The cuteness of the story line was overshadowed by the stupidity of Eliza's actions. I really wanted to like it but I just didn't. Sad but true.
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  • aarya
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 10%. The setup and the characters are all so unlikable and I'm having a hard time rooting for anybody. Also: I had a sneaking suspicion that the guy mentioned in the blurb wasn't the one she ends up with. I end-read and yep I was right. If you're going to have a freaking love triangle, at least name both people in the blurb so I know who to root for! So annoying. Also: is it just me or are all these protagonists in WF/chick-lit thoroughly selfish and mean in a way that doesn't seem redeem DNF at 10%. The setup and the characters are all so unlikable and I'm having a hard time rooting for anybody. Also: I had a sneaking suspicion that the guy mentioned in the blurb wasn't the one she ends up with. I end-read and yep I was right. If you're going to have a freaking love triangle, at least name both people in the blurb so I know who to root for! So annoying. Also: is it just me or are all these protagonists in WF/chick-lit thoroughly selfish and mean in a way that doesn't seem redeemable? I've read like five this year and have hated all of them because of it. I'm not opposed to a selfish MC in the beginning, but the journey to become a better person is often not satisfactory to me.
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  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    January 1, 1970
    Love at First Like entertained me from the beginning to the end, but I'm not sure how much I actually liked it.Eliza Roth co-owns a jewelry shop in Brooklyn that's doing well but not well enough to survive a rent hike, so, when she accidentally posts a fake engagement post to her Instagram in response to an ex's engagement, she decides to pretend it's real. I'm pretty sure I've read or watched a few things with this set up, and I like it in theory, but it did not work for me in Love at First Lik Love at First Like entertained me from the beginning to the end, but I'm not sure how much I actually liked it.Eliza Roth co-owns a jewelry shop in Brooklyn that's doing well but not well enough to survive a rent hike, so, when she accidentally posts a fake engagement post to her Instagram in response to an ex's engagement, she decides to pretend it's real. I'm pretty sure I've read or watched a few things with this set up, and I like it in theory, but it did not work for me in Love at First Like. The problem for me was the way Eliza leaned into it. She doesn't just fake it for the sake of not looking foolish: she accepts a free wedding, a free dress, a free honeymoon, and reaches out to get people to interview her about her upcoming wedding (just a couple months away), all without a boyfriend.Realizing she will need to have a man at some point for this charade, she forces herself through a relationship with a guy she feels uncomfortable and vaguely bored around. She tells him she loves him, though she doesn't, and spurs his emotions along to get the proposal she needs. It's really distasteful, and, though I already didn't like Eliza, this definitely didn't help. I also thought Blake was altogether too forgiving about everything.Actually, speaking of, EVERYONE was too forgiving and understanding about what Eliza was doing, which is a big part of why this admittedly unrealistic plot line didn't feel cute and silly in a rom-com way but thoroughly unbelievable. When Eliza tells bartender friend Raj what she's done, he thinks it's charming and encourages her in taking a risk. WHO WOULD EVER? Her parents accept it and, even more confusingly (view spoiler)[so do Raj's when he fake marries her after a week of dating. It's baffling that no one seriously questions this or calls her out on her shit. I mean, her sister and her wife kind of do, but even then it's so mild, and they mostly use it to blackmail Eliza into giving them 10,000 dollars of the company's money so they can pay for IVF, which is also disgusting.Seriously, the people in this book are not good people by any measure, except for Raj, who deserves way better. Then again, it's hard to know who Raj actually is, because he's unrealistically supportive, forgiving, and understanding.Also, it's impossible to imagine everything working out in Eliza's favor. At some point this will come out, and she'll end up being reviled. The book stops before that happens, but it's so clearly coming. None of the lessons she's learned feel convincing either.So yeah, two stars for keeping me entertained, because it was fascinating to see what levels she would stoop to next, but I definitely didn't enjoy this the way a romance is meant to be enjoyed. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Rocky (theurbanbookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    What crazy things have you done for the gram? I know we have all done some ridiculous things to get the right shot for a picture, but would you fake an engagement for followers? How about accept a free wedding as long as you post about it when you don’t even have a boyfriend? That was Eliza has done. Sometimes when she is lonely she tries on engagement rings from her jewelry store and stages fake engagement shots for Instagram. The problem, this time she accidentally post the picture and not sal What crazy things have you done for the gram? I know we have all done some ridiculous things to get the right shot for a picture, but would you fake an engagement for followers? How about accept a free wedding as long as you post about it when you don’t even have a boyfriend? That was Eliza has done. Sometimes when she is lonely she tries on engagement rings from her jewelry store and stages fake engagement shots for Instagram. The problem, this time she accidentally post the picture and not sales are skyrocketing. Instead of fixing it she digs herself deeper and tries to find herself a guy who will marry her. The kicker, the wedding she booked is only a few months away.This was such a fun read and pretty comical. One of those books where all can do while reading it is say, “Oh Eliza” while face palming. The way this book ends I kind of hope there is a sequel to it, because I’d love to hear more about the future! This one goes on sale on Tuesday and if you like so fun chic lit without an overdose of romance, this is a perfect fit for you! Thank you to the publisher for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Milena
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI enjoyed Hannah Orenstein's first book, Playing with Matches, and was looking forward to her latest book. Unfortunately Love at First Like was a miss for me. Based on the blurb I was expecting a romcom with "a fake relationship" trope and I was thoroughly disappointed. Eliza basically uses Blake, a perfectly nice guy, to promote her business and to keep the ruse of her engagement that she accidentally started on Instagram and which brought more sales to her jewelry shop. Blake has no i 2.5 starsI enjoyed Hannah Orenstein's first book, Playing with Matches, and was looking forward to her latest book. Unfortunately Love at First Like was a miss for me. Based on the blurb I was expecting a romcom with "a fake relationship" trope and I was thoroughly disappointed. Eliza basically uses Blake, a perfectly nice guy, to promote her business and to keep the ruse of her engagement that she accidentally started on Instagram and which brought more sales to her jewelry shop. Blake has no idea about her scheme and believes they are in a real relationship. And if you think Eliza is falling for him while pretending to be his fiance, you would be wrong. She doesn't fall for him but continues to lead him on and lie to him while he falls in love with her. The fake relationship trope I enjoy is the one where both parties know what they are getting into from the start and fall in love in the process. This was just Eliza using Blake for her own financial gain, with Blake not getting anything from the relationship in return. It really bothered me. The writing wasn't bad and the premise is actually interesting but the execution just didn’t work for me. *ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    One night after another failed tinder date Eliza is scrolling through Instagram and sees her ex is engaged. After a few to many drinks Eliza who owns her own jewelry store slips on a huge diamond ring and posts a picture! When morning comes she sees her phone is blowing up with congratulations. Eliza then realizes she accidentally posted her fake engagement photo to her business Instagram . Her followers are going crazy, sales start pouring in. With her increase in her rent for her store and apa One night after another failed tinder date Eliza is scrolling through Instagram and sees her ex is engaged. After a few to many drinks Eliza who owns her own jewelry store slips on a huge diamond ring and posts a picture! When morning comes she sees her phone is blowing up with congratulations. Eliza then realizes she accidentally posted her fake engagement photo to her business Instagram . Her followers are going crazy, sales start pouring in. With her increase in her rent for her store and apartment and now all the publicity she decides to just go along with it until she can figure out what to do. Eliza forms a plan if she can just find a man to marry her in time for her now free wedding and vendors everything will just work out. When she finally meets a handsome new man who she’s actually finding herself falling for, she starts to wonder how far is to far and what’s he going to do when he finds out?
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  • Meredith Schorr
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to read this book because I loved the author's first book, Playing With Matches. Like her debut novel, this novel does a great job of painting a picture of a life of a twenty-something in present-day New York City/Brooklyn - obsession with social media, modern dating, importance of friendship. The author's writing style is easy breezy and a joy to read. The main character made some questionable choices and right to the end I was unsure how it would all play out. It was defin I was really excited to read this book because I loved the author's first book, Playing With Matches. Like her debut novel, this novel does a great job of painting a picture of a life of a twenty-something in present-day New York City/Brooklyn - obsession with social media, modern dating, importance of friendship. The author's writing style is easy breezy and a joy to read. The main character made some questionable choices and right to the end I was unsure how it would all play out. It was definitely an unpredictable ride!Thank you to Netgalley and the Atria for my complimentary ARC. All opinions are my own.
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  • KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
    January 1, 1970
    Edelweiss and the Publisher granted this eARC in exchange for an honest review.2.25/5 Stars? I can’t pinpoint the moment I changed; that’s not how people work. You turn molecule by molecule until suddenly, you’re a different person. Lately, every book I read—or try to read—goes downhill very quickly as if it were on wheels and had schlepped an accelerator onto its back. The dialogue was mediocre. At best, most lines were taken out of movie scripts written in the early 2000s—cringe? why, yes—and Edelweiss and the Publisher granted this eARC in exchange for an honest review.2.25/5 Stars? I can’t pinpoint the moment I changed; that’s not how people work. You turn molecule by molecule until suddenly, you’re a different person. Lately, every book I read—or try to read—goes downhill very quickly as if it were on wheels and had schlepped an accelerator onto its back. The dialogue was mediocre. At best, most lines were taken out of movie scripts written in the early 2000s—cringe? why, yes—and at times I felt like nothing was really being said at all. Even though Eliza got away with her nonsense words several times (I definitely would’ve said to her face, “You literally aren’t making any sense at all”). There was no chemistry in this book whatsoever, and with more than one suitor in the mix of potentials, it was so underwhelming and such a turn off to not even have witty banter. YOUNG ADULT HAS WITTY BANTER SO WTH. Ahem. Sorry. Refocusing. The plot was a haphazard mess of convenience. First chunk of the book was enticing and set the foundation ground work with finely laid pebbles for a nice driveway or ornate statue...but then part two came along and built a dog house on top of the pebbles. I was confused and things no longer made sense. Why do we know more about Eliza being a dickhead? Why did strangers all of a sudden stop showing interest in her to the point of asking her who the hell her groom-to-be is and yet we are told her SNS is still vitally important?? Where did those online creepers go?? They were a significant plot point that lasted until the next one came around...even though they definitely—logically—should’ve existed until the big blowout day. Why were we constantly TOLD things happened and how people felt? Emotions were told, actions were told, progress was told, communication between people was told even though dialogue could’ve worked just as well... I’m now even more confused as to what I read since so much of it was telling instead of writing as an illustration to help mentally visualize what is happening and how things look and who feels what and yatta chacha hoohoo. Why do I care about no one in this book? Why do the happy things in this book make me cringe?And where is Carmen Sandiago?The plot was messy and confusing.The dialogue was underwhelming and nonexistent.The romance was lackluster in chemistry or logic.The ending was cliche and unoriginal.The character growth was laughable.I mean, I’ve read better YA than this? So I’m lost on how this is for adults? I just? What? To each their own, absolutely. But...Nothing about Love at First Like stands out or makes a ravishing appearance. There’s a wooden shabby dog house built on picturesque pebble stone flooring. The potential here held the kind of excitement I usually only grasp from Anime or YA. But it fizzled and died out. If you know about Wolf Girl & Black Prince then you know how fun and snarky, outright ridiculous a story like this one could evolve into. I didn’t bother reading the last chapter. That is how awfully bored and irritated I became with the characters, the silly nonsensical plot, terrible problematic romances, and the awful awful dialogue. I didn’t care to find out how her business went. That was the only plot point that kept rotating. Everything else conveniently disappeared, because God forbid something legitimate rolls up and decimates this book because of logic and reality. Ugh. Yet another pretty illustrated cover to deceive me. Lastly, Eliza is the worst ever. EVER. I’m done. That was it. I don’t care to give any more time to this book. Any quotes used in this review are subject to change prior to release date.
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  • Sarah Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    This book.... It had a lot of potential... I'd love to say it fell flat but it didn't rise high enough to fall. The book had no narrative trajectory. It was basically characters that remained static till the end of the book. I figured out what was going to happen in the first chapter but hang in there to see how the author would get there, and in the end was disappointed that I did.I think the part that frustrated me most with the millenialism of this book, if that's a word. The character behave This book.... It had a lot of potential... I'd love to say it fell flat but it didn't rise high enough to fall. The book had no narrative trajectory. It was basically characters that remained static till the end of the book. I figured out what was going to happen in the first chapter but hang in there to see how the author would get there, and in the end was disappointed that I did.I think the part that frustrated me most with the millenialism of this book, if that's a word. The character behaved truly appallingly, and everyone excused her behavior for the entire book. She was rude, manipulative, deceitful and there were NEVER any consequences at any point for her. I actually reread the last two chapters twice because I was sure there was something I was missing. Nope. Just a thoroughly unlikable character who never admits her mistakes, reaps any consequences, or really experiences any growth through her experiences.Trigger warnings: casual intimacy, coarse language, a thoroughly unlikable main characterI was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.
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  • Rissi
    January 1, 1970
    Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein | Book ReviewSTORY | Alongside her sister, Eliza Roth runs a growing jewelry store called Brooklyn Jewels. The only trouble is, while her social media presence is large, and several of their pieces have been worn by A-list celebs, their lease is just too much to keep up with. Then, to make matters worse, Eliza sees on social media that her ex is engaged. To make herself feel better, she finds the biggest engagement ring in the store, and snaps a pic. Little Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein | Book ReviewSTORY | Alongside her sister, Eliza Roth runs a growing jewelry store called Brooklyn Jewels. The only trouble is, while her social media presence is large, and several of their pieces have been worn by A-list celebs, their lease is just too much to keep up with. Then, to make matters worse, Eliza sees on social media that her ex is engaged. To make herself feel better, she finds the biggest engagement ring in the store, and snaps a pic. Little does she realize that the photo, with the ring on that finger, is accidentally posted to the businesses Instagram page. Their business suddenly doubles in popularity overnight, and Eliza finds herself the subject of all kinds of free wedding promotion. The only thing she’s missing is a fiancé!REVIEW | At its most basic, this novel is really cute. The fake dating/engagement trope is a favorite of mine if done well, and that’sthe entire premise of Love at First Like. There’s plenty to enjoy about this book, but the behavior and mindset of Eliza in the latter ¼ of the novel is what docks the star count. To be perfectly honest, I loved this book through a good portion, at least halfway. Despite the heroine (who I can understand readers not loving) and the premise, there is just something about the story I like. It was a unique “fake” romance trope, and I also did not expect the direction it takes (for no other reason than I didn’t read the synopsis good enough). Eliza is a character the reader will either like, or find unreasonable. I do like her well enough to enjoy the story, but do understand she’s a bit prickly when it comes to keeping up her faux engagement. Then, this leads us into discussion of other characters. SPOILERS ahead: Blake isn’t a bad guy by any means. I like him just fine and think he might be good for Eliza in many ways. Still, there is that sense that they’re a practical match and maybe not one that will sustain a marriage. Then, there’s Raj. He's the unexpected part of this equation. Don’t mistake me, I really like the dude, but also feel a kind of disconnect because I don’t feel as if I really know him by the final page. Still, since Love at First Like is more a beginning in the end, I suppose we can forgive it these few flaws. END SPOILERSThis is a well-written contemporary romance that’s all about its popular faux romance trope. For the most part it does work nicely in this space. I enjoyed the story in spite of a few reservations. For me, it’s one that I find hard not to ‘like.’ Content: There’s multiple uses/forms of the F-word in the first 10 pages before that drops to a mere few through the rest of the novel. There’s also other commonplace uses of profanity, none of which because extreme. There’s 2-4 sex scenes, and while some are a bit descriptive, none ever become graphic. The novel would certainly be a hard PG-13.Sincere thanks to Atria Books for a complimentary copy of this novel for the purpose of reviewing and sharing about Love at First Like; all opinions are my own. This review was originally posted on Finding Wonderland
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  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    This is a timely tale of social media gone wrong and one woman trying to find love despite that fact. As a huge fan of Orenstein's debut novel, Playing With Matches, I was quick to snatch this sophomore novel up - and found that it was much different than it's predecessor. Whether that was meant to be or not, is the question that confounds me. Based on the mixed reviews I've read, y'all are going to either love this one or hate it - I personally fell somewhere in between. There are some ethical This is a timely tale of social media gone wrong and one woman trying to find love despite that fact. As a huge fan of Orenstein's debut novel, Playing With Matches, I was quick to snatch this sophomore novel up - and found that it was much different than it's predecessor. Whether that was meant to be or not, is the question that confounds me. Based on the mixed reviews I've read, y'all are going to either love this one or hate it - I personally fell somewhere in between. There are some ethical and moral issues going on, as well as a possible love triangle, and I found it all to be somewhat befuddling to my sense of right or wrong. Should I be judging Eliza and her actions? Or should I just let go and enjoy the book? It was all rather a mess, thus the three star rating. Hopefully y'all will find this book to hit the sweet spot for you, and you'll enjoy it the way it was meant to be!Much thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for an early copy of this title for review.
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  • Basic B's Guide
    January 1, 1970
    Thank [email protected] for the free copy of LOVE AT FIRST LIKE. This is available August 6th..I picked this up when I needed something light and fun and it did the trick! Eliza is an absolute NUT and has some major growing up to do. She really will stop at nothing to get ahead. I felt bad for all the people that were collateral damage along the way. I must admit that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with how this one tied up but it was entertaining nonetheless. I also found it interesting to see the ro Thank [email protected] for the free copy of LOVE AT FIRST LIKE. This is available August 6th..I picked this up when I needed something light and fun and it did the trick! Eliza is an absolute NUT and has some major growing up to do. She really will stop at nothing to get ahead. I felt bad for all the people that were collateral damage along the way. I must admit that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with how this one tied up but it was entertaining nonetheless. I also found it interesting to see the role that social media plays in people’s lives (personal and business).Side note: Eliza was inspired by Anna Vadimovna Sorokina also known as Anna Sorokin, is a Russian-born fraudster. She moved to New York City in 2013 and created the fictitious identity of Anna Delvey, pretending to be a wealthy German heiress. In 2019, she was convicted of multiple counts of attempted grand larceny, theft of services, and larceny in the second degree for scamming New York hotels and wealthy acquaintances. Sorokin is incarcerated at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.Entertaining, breezy and absolutely bonkers I give it 3.5 stars.
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  • Crystal King
    January 1, 1970
    Love at First Like is a fun follow up to Orenstein's first novel, Playing With Matches. Also centered around love and romance, this book plays off of the ridiculousness of Instagram and our desire to match up to the ideals we try to share on the channel. Eliza gets caught up in the moment with a photo post of an engagement ring and that leads a fake wedding, fake fiance and a bundle of nutty mishaps along the way. This is an easy, breezy millenial/gen Y beach read for the hopeless/hapless romant Love at First Like is a fun follow up to Orenstein's first novel, Playing With Matches. Also centered around love and romance, this book plays off of the ridiculousness of Instagram and our desire to match up to the ideals we try to share on the channel. Eliza gets caught up in the moment with a photo post of an engagement ring and that leads a fake wedding, fake fiance and a bundle of nutty mishaps along the way. This is an easy, breezy millenial/gen Y beach read for the hopeless/hapless romantic in you.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. After reading some fairly meh reviews I was a little hesitant on Love at First Like, but perhaps it's those managed expectations that made this such a hit for me. I thought it was charming and humorous, and I think Eliza's drive to succeed (for both herself and her family's sake) and her regrettable and poor choices made on impulse made for an interesting hijink type story. It was a quick read, and I thought the e Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review. After reading some fairly meh reviews I was a little hesitant on Love at First Like, but perhaps it's those managed expectations that made this such a hit for me. I thought it was charming and humorous, and I think Eliza's drive to succeed (for both herself and her family's sake) and her regrettable and poor choices made on impulse made for an interesting hijink type story. It was a quick read, and I thought the ending was just right.
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  • Yels
    January 1, 1970
    YIKES Love at First Like follows Eliza, a small business owner who drunkenly posts an engagement announcement in Instagram after finding out that her ex was engaged. Everything spirals out of control when her followers want to know who she is engaged to, magazines call for interviews, and Eliza needs money to pay the store's rent. Eliza sets out to find a fake fiancé for her fake engagement and then her fake wedding. This book is NOT what I expected. I thought this was going to be a fake relatio YIKES Love at First Like follows Eliza, a small business owner who drunkenly posts an engagement announcement in Instagram after finding out that her ex was engaged. Everything spirals out of control when her followers want to know who she is engaged to, magazines call for interviews, and Eliza needs money to pay the store's rent. Eliza sets out to find a fake fiancé for her fake engagement and then her fake wedding. This book is NOT what I expected. I thought this was going to be a fake relationship and then both sides fall in love not the grossness of this book. Eliza posts a fake engagement picture that spirals out of control with followers congratulating her on the engagement and that comes with a spike in sales for the jewelry store she runs with her sister. Rather than coming clean and admitting that it was a fake post, she continues with the lie. That doesn't bother me. What really bothered me was that Eliza started to reach out to different wedding magazines for interviews. Then she accepts a wedding venue, wedding dress, honeymoon, and all without a fiancé. Then it gets worse. She along with her BFF start to look for a guy who can pose as her fiancé. Enter Blake. Eliza and Blake meet at a bar where she is hosting "auditions" and they exchange numbers. Their first date is painfully awkward but hey a girl needs a fake fiancé. Eliza realizes that Blake would be picture perfect and after that painful first date and not talking for a few days, she reaches out and they hook up. Eliza then starts a relationship with a guy she can barely talk to and someone she has not come clean to. She strings Blake along, who is genuinely a good guy, and within 4 weeks manages to get him to propose. Eliza realizes that his feelings are deeper than hers and comes clean about the whole thing. Blake gets mad and breaks off the engagement BUT we are supposed to feel bad for Eliza??What I liked: -Cute cover What I didn't like: -Eliza: Where is her growth? She is still the same person at the end as she was at the beginning of the book. She does not learn form her mistakes BUT it's ok because she made rent. She drags along a guy into her tangled web of lies thinking it's ok because who cares about his feelings. -Her friends: In what world would a group of friends think lying about an engagement, accepting free stuff (venue, dress, honeymoon) is ok? No one and I mean no one expressed concern about this. -100k followers: I have a love/hate relationship with Instagram but even I know that in the grand scheme of things, 100k followers is not a lot...at least not enough to get the attention of major magazines and free stuff like a freaking honeymoon. -The name dropping: Enough! We get that all of Eliza's friends are well connected and that Meghan Markle once wore jewelry from her story. Who cares??? It didn't help with sales, move on. -The whiplash: Eliza constantly talked about how IG was fake but posts her entire life online, how weddings are about the 2 people getting married and sacred but yet....-Please stop bashing women who care about weddings. It's 2019, let people like what they like.-Love triangle that wasn't really a love triangle because the only love here is between Eliza and the jewelry store. Listen, I have sat around with friends and done the whole "boys suck" thing. Eliza did Blake dirty in this book and Blake is not the bad guy here. He broke off the engagement as he should have and yet Eliza still thinks her anger over that is justified. So in this case, boys don't suck. What sucks is that there was zero romance in this book and books with cute covers continue to hurt me. Read for movement
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  • Alicia (Alicia Reads It)
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐3 STARS**Special Thanks to Atria Books and the author for generously providing an early review copy in exchange for my honest review.**Love at First Like is the story of Eliza, a self-made entrepreneur and co-owner of a local jewelry store. Eliza accidentally posts a fake engagement picture to her Instagram account and in a spur-of-the-moment decision decides that to increase sales at her store, she will plan her own ‘fake’ wedding. Only Eliza doesn’t even have a boyfriend!First I am going to ⭐️⭐️⭐️3 STARS**Special Thanks to Atria Books and the author for generously providing an early review copy in exchange for my honest review.**
Love at First Like is the story of Eliza, a self-made entrepreneur and co-owner of a local jewelry store. Eliza accidentally posts a fake engagement picture to her Instagram account and in a spur-of-the-moment decision decides that to increase sales at her store, she will plan her own ‘fake’ wedding. Only Eliza doesn’t even have a boyfriend!First I am going to be clear that the writing was great, and there was nothing wrong with the pacing either. This was an easy read, and a great summertime read.I’m going to be totally honest, though. The plot and characters just weren’t my favorite. Not so bad that I couldn’t finish reading it, but bad enough to only give it an OK star rating.The premise is pretty far-fetched and implausible. As you read it only becomes more and more evident that Eliza is absolutely crazy. I mean, she accepts a free wedding ceremony for literally no reason at all! Like….what kind of grown-up actually acts so impulsively like this? Eliza makes so many bad decisions that you will be basically screaming at your book. Eliza made me pretty mad…some of these decisions make it really hard to like or root for our heroine.The most unbelievable part of the whole thing is that everyone in her life doesn’t STOP HER! She is trying to rope this kind, handsome man into proposing to her when she doesn't even really love him, her family/friends go dress shopping with her, and cake tasting, and all of these other normal bridal activities like it’s completely normal and okay for her to SCAM people![Overall]If you like a light and fun summer read, this is definitely the book for you and I highly recommend as the writing was great. If you are more of a deep and emotional kind of reader though, I’m not sure you will like this plot that just gets sillier with each turn of the page. The author had a good idea, and good writing, but ultimately, I found this book underwhelming.Plot: 2/5Characters: 3/5Writing: 5/5Content: Mild Language/Sexual Content. Very brief mention of religion.
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    The title, Love at First Like, sounds like a romantic comedy, but it was not particularly funny or romantic. This women’s literature novel heavily focuses on Eliza’s personal development and business. There is more discussion/description of her business, use of social media as a marketing tool, and the wedding industry than there is of romantic relationships. I appreciated the main character’s growth and realization that she probably avoided romantic heartache by hiding behind her business. Love The title, Love at First Like, sounds like a romantic comedy, but it was not particularly funny or romantic. This women’s literature novel heavily focuses on Eliza’s personal development and business. There is more discussion/description of her business, use of social media as a marketing tool, and the wedding industry than there is of romantic relationships. I appreciated the main character’s growth and realization that she probably avoided romantic heartache by hiding behind her business. Love at First Like does throws a glaring spotlight on celebrity freebies in exchange for promotion.Eliza is impetuous, and often her desperation and focus on social media makes her seem like a teenager. Her sister Sophie is the artiste, but she seems much more grounded than her business-partner sister. The male characters are rather flat, which makes it hard to get behind either of Eliza’s prospects. One is a gorgeous, successful guy in the same industry who seems fairly shallow, and the other is a self-described tech geek turned bartender with a heart of gold. Their one-dimensional development does highlight Eliza’s desperation to find a fake groom to avoid fallout from her Instagram shenanigans.Author Hannah Orenstein’s writing is crisp, and her plot is straightforward. The story layout helps to increase the tension as Eliza’s fibs spin out of control the closer she gets to her looming deadlines. Although it is transparent from the start who Eliza will eventually end up with, the journey is fun and the ending is not a typical romance novel HEA.Thanks to Atria Books via NetGalley, I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com
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