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Charming Stars for FIRST COMES LIKE by Alisha Rai

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


First Comes Like (Modern Love, #3) by Alisha Rai
Published by Avon on February 16, 2021

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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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FIRST COMES LIKE by Alisha Rai

Christy's Thoughts

Jia and Dev go from catfishing to fauxmance to like to love in Alisha Rai’s latest book First Comes Like.  It’s the third book in her Modern Love series.

Jia is a makeup influencer thinking about making a career change to something offline.

Dev is a descendant of Bollywood royalty trying to strike out on his own with a television series set in America.

This book is so charming.  If Hallmark made movies with completely diverse casts, this would be the perfect Hallmark movie.

You will fall in love with Jia, you will fall in love with Dev and you will be cheering for them to reach their HEA.

This is also a great relatable family story.  Dev’s complex family situation and the dynamic between Jia and her sisters and mother creates drama and humor.

This was my favorite of Rai’s Modern Love series.  I would have liked an epilogue for updates on favorite characters and to see into the future a bit for Jia and Dev, but it was still a delightful book.

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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them.  Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance.  She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women.  She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature.  Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers.  They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.

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About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai pens award-winning contemporary romances and her novels have been named Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling or tweeting.

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