REVIEW|| First Comes Like- Alisha Rai // A sweet romance which felt underwhelming

Synopsis: The author of The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral returns with a story about finding love in all the wrong inboxes…

First Comes Like (Modern Love, #3)

Beauty expert and influencer Jia Ahmed has her eye on the prize: conquering the internet today, the entire makeup industry tomorrow, and finally, finally proving herself to her big opinionated family. She has little time for love, and even less time for the men in her private messages—until the day a certain international superstar slides into her DMs, and she falls hard and fast.

There’s just one wrinkle: he has no idea who she is.

The son of a powerful Bollywood family, soap opera star Dev Dixit is used to drama, but a strange woman who accuses him of wooing her online, well, that’s a new one. As much as he’d like to focus on his Hollywood fresh start, he can’t get Jia out of his head. Especially once he starts to suspect who might have used his famous name to catfish her…

When paparazzi blast their private business into the public eye, Dev is happy to engage in some friendly fake dating to calm the gossips and to dazzle her family. But as the whole world swoons over their relationship, Jia can’t help but wonder: Can an online romance-turned-offline-fauxmance ever become love in real life? (Goodreads)

Publication Date: February 16th, 2021 (Avon Books)

Trigger Warnings: panic attacks

Ratings: 3/5

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The Plot and Story

The story of First Comes Like follows Jia and Dev. For whoever has read the other books in the Modern Love series which is The Right Swipe and Girl Gone Viral, Jia is the side character who is the protagonist in this one. I have loved these books because of the really amazing romance and dynamics. First Comes Like is a romance between Jia, a social media makeup influencer and Dev, an Indian actor recently moved to US. I loved the slowly buildup dynamic between the two but it felt kind of underwhelming to me. Whenever you think something big is going to happen, it just kind of tapers out. There wasn’t enough angst for a story based on fake dating trope. When you think fake dating, it kind of makes you think of angst and drama but this one didn’t have much of either. It was a sweet story and will make you smile but I felt bored at times.

The Characters and Romance

The characters were just okay. I really liked Jia’s character and her character seemed more developed than Dev’s for me. Dev’s character seemed very repetitive and plain to me. Together, their romance was really soft and sweet and full of simple touches and cute moments. They balanced each other out and it was fun to read about it. The scenes with their families were also really heartwarming and I actually really enjoyed those scenes more. The development of friendship, sisterly bonds and family bonds was really well done and it was a positive part of the book.

As I said before, that the book was really good but the only part which I did not fully like was the romance. There was catfishing which seemed to be a rushed part and it just popped up in some parts of the book and then the fake dating did not really feel like it at times. Usually with fake dating tropes, I expect more angst but this was comparatively smooth sailing so personally that part did not work for me.  The ending seemed a little rushed too. All in all, the book and the pacing was alright and the romance was sweet but not the best. I personally really loved the first books in the Modern Love series and went in with high expectations for this one. These parts made it underwhelming for me. I did not love it as much and the reason I completed the book was because I listened to the audiobook and was able to speed up some parts.

Overall, First Comes Like was a sweet and fun romance and if you like to read such romance books then this is definitely your type. If you’re looking for a book to read between heavy books, First Comes Like is also perfect for that. I really loved the audiobook and I think the audiobook did make the read more better.

Thank you to the publisher and for providing me with an ALC. All opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “REVIEW|| First Comes Like- Alisha Rai // A sweet romance which felt underwhelming

  1. Yeah, I also felt that he book could’ve been better if it was a little longer and there had been more time to deal with everything but it was surely a fun read nonetheless!

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