Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein

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 pr...

Details Love at First Like

TitleLove at First Like
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreRomance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews Love at First Like

  • 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 ...
  • 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 x234798324234Thank you to the publishe...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 lik...
  • 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 engagemen...
  • Kate Vocke
    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...
  • Hana Bilqisthi
    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, w...
  • Jamie
    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 ...
  • 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 just didn’t work for me 🙁.
  • 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...
  • Amy
    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...
  • Valerie
    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...
  • 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 theor...
  • Rocky (theurbanbookshelf)
    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, thi...
  • Milena
    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 brou...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    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. W...
  • Meredith Schorr
    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 ...
  • 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 mo...
  • Sarah Robbins
    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...
  • Rissi
    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 eng...
  • Sasha
    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 ...
  • Basic B's Guide
    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 no...
  • Crystal King
    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 millenia...
  • Rebecca
    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 ty...
  • Yels
    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 expe...
  • Alicia (Alicia Reads It)
    ⭐⭐⭐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. ...
  • Jules
    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 avoide...