Love at First Like

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...

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Title:Love at First Like
Author:Hannah Orenstein
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Love at First Like Reviews

  • ABookwormWithWine

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5

    I absolutely adored

    by

    and I'm seriously needing this as a movie now!

    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 g

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

    I absolutely adored

    by

    and I'm seriously needing this as a movie now!

    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

    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.

    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!

    A mix of 2 Souls on Fire by Bebe Rexha featuring Quavo and All That Glitters by Earl (amazing song and artist).

    If you are looking for a read that is warm and fuzzy while also being deliciously scandalous then

    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

    to see how it compares, and I will for sure be watching for all books forthcoming from Orenstein!

  • Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    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 ch

    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.

  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    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.

  • Jessica

    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.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    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 x234798324234

    Thank

    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 x234798324234

  • Whitney Atkinson

    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?

    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.

    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.

    -

    .

    - 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 her

    The 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.

    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

    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

    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.

  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)

    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 🙁.

  • Stephanie

    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.

  • Christine (Shh Moms Reading)

    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.

  • Amy Risner

    Fake dating/fake engagement? This could either be really good or another misleading cute cover. Can’t wait to find out ;)

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