First Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Modern Love #3
Steam Level: It’s Getting Warmer
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
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First Comes Like was a cute read with a lot of heart. Admittedly I haven’t read the other books in the series, so I definitely felt like I was missing a few things, but not enough to make it less enjoyable.
I really enjoyed Jai and Dev. Their maturity and mutual respect for one another was refreshing to read. I also love the female friendships portrayed in First Comes Like. Jai is so sweet and good and I liked getting to know her. Dev is so responsible and I liked how Jai brought out the fun in him a little and helped him let go.
There certainly were cultural aspects of this book that I wasn’t familiar with, and I enjoyed learning about those. Especially when those also included family members. Those parts were some of the most entertaining parts of the book. They were also some of the most heartwarming parts. I particularly loved Luna and Adil.
This was a light adorable read, and while I did enjoy it, it wasn’t my favorite rom-com.