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Love at First Like

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,847 ratings  ·  572 reviews
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: conti ...more
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Published August 6th 2019 by Atria Books
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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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest
Emer (A Little Haze)
Imagine this premise.

A young woman decides to strike back at her ex-boyfriend’s seeming new-found happiness by fabricating an engagement to an imaginary man. She unscrupulously schemes with unknowing hoteliers, bridal dressmakers, travel companies and high society publications, in exchange for social media advertising on her part to conjure up an over the top groom-less wedding and honeymoon, as she slowly loses grip on reality and thinks only of instagram fame and making money. And she entraps
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
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

I 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
Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 just didn’t work for me 🙁.
First of all, please congratulate me for reading a book on my Netgalley backlist! Go me! Second, congratulate me again for reading a book based on a premise I despise: sitting on a throne of lies! :)

When Eliza discovers via Instagram that her last serious ex-boyfriend, Holden is engaged, she flips out. Despite the fact that she runs a successful business, Brooklyn Jewelers, with her sister, Sophie, Eliza feels as if she's lost the breakup--and life--when Holden gets engaged first. After all, sh
Camilla Isley
Eh, I usually love fake-boyfriend romances, but this one I really couldn’t get behind. Mostly because the poor boyfriend doesn’t know he’s in a fake relationship and gets strung along up to the point of proposing. Being inside Eliza’s head for more than half of the book while she willingly cons Blake just to make more money was super off-putting. Her every thought felt conceited, selfish, and so wrong.

Also the supporting characters felt short. The sister was selfish as well, they all agreed to
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.
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.
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Jamie Rosenblit
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
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
Amy Risner
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Fake dating/fake engagement? This could either be really good or another misleading cute cover. Can’t wait to find out ;)
Jacqueline Wheeler
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
No, no, no, no.
Ugh this book.
I thought this book was going to be a cute rom-com about this girl who accidentally posted a photo of a ring on her engagement finger on Instagram, and then spent the whole book trying tell her followers that she wasn't getting married.
The protagonist in this book was the biggest liar I've ever seen within a story before, and I couldn't believe that everyone went along with her string of lies! This book is ENTIRELY unrealistic, and I kept listening a
Brandy Painter
Jan 31, 2020 marked it as set-aside
Okay. I'm pretty sure this main character is the most selfish, manipulative, duplicitous, and unethical character I've come across ever. I think she might be a straight up sociopath. And a peek at the end of the book tells me she is definitely NOT going to get the comeuppance she deserves, so I'm not finishing it.
Heather❀Book and a Blanket❀
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
Hana Bilqisthi
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 star

I 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
Amy Bruestle
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book wasn’t bad. The writing was good. It was a bit cheesy though. I laughed a few times. However, I don’t typically care for romance novels of any kind....with the exception of a few suspense/thriller romance combos. So my review might be a bit tainted.
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
Jul 17, 2020 added it
Eliza Roth and her sister Sophie co-own a jewelry shop in Brooklyn. Eliza one night sees her ex has got engagement. She takes a picture with a engagement ring and the next morning she had somehow posted it to the jewelry shop Instagram page. This leads to sales and publicity but one problem Eliza hasn't got a finance. She sets out to find a fake finance. This leads her to Blake, who is a entrepreneur. He seems like the perfect match on paper but Eliza finds herself falling for someone else. Eliz ...more
Hannah Orenstein
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If I don't think my own book is worth five stars, there's a problem.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019-reads
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 ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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
Basic B's Guide
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thank you@atriabooks 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
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) entire premise based on a completely unbelievable lie - I could never buy in to it
Lavinia Reads
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Even though the plot is surprising, I find it close to the truth as many would do the same as Eliza did in her situation.
Maybe the first part was too big and unnecessary but it was a nice adventure.
KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
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—an
Jessica | Booked J
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

OH, GOSH. This was 100% not what I expected and honestly I'm not sure how I feel about that? I keep going back and forth with my rating. Somethings about Love at First Like annoyed me and made me cringe. BUT, I was never infuriated by it? In-fact, it made it oddly endearing to m
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars

I 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
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Hannah Orenstein is the author of Playing with Matches and Love at First Like, and is the senior dating editor at Elite Daily. Previously, she was a writer and editor at She lives in Brooklyn.

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