First Comes Like by Alisha Rai | Audiobook Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First Comes Like by Alisha Rai | Audiobook ReviewFirst Comes Like by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #3
Narrator: Saira Ayers, Neil Shah
Length: 11 Hours 11 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on February 16, 2021
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Multicultural & Interracial, Women
Pages: 432
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062877901
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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? 

Why Did I Listen To First Comes Like by Alisha Rai?

I had previously listened to the first book in the Modern Love series, The Right Swipe and really enjoyed it. Thus, First Comes Like by Alisha Rai was an absolute priority to listen to AND! Libro.FM had it as part of their review copy program. So, it felt like serendipity and a great time to delve into the third book of the Modern Love series. Now, I just need to listen to the second book – Girl Gone Viral. FYI, you can read these books out of order and be totally fine with your comprehension of the story. There’s so much you can pick up on with context.

What’s The Story Here?

Jia Ahmed is a beauty expert and influencer living in LA. She is extremely good at her job — even though she does feel like she’s aging out of the field sometimes. Still, she is confident and goes for what she wants. Jia has been exchanging direct messages with Bollywood star Dev Dixit. She falls for him pretty quickly. When he is in LA to be part of a cast of an American TV show, Jia is really excited to finally meet the man of her dreams. That is, until she shows up at party where he is at and it turns out he has no idea who she is. That’s right, someone was catfishing her using Dev’s profile.

Dev and Jia then embark on one of my most favorite tropes – fake dating. That’s because they somehow end up in the public eye. If they fake date, they’ll get various people off their backs and be able to just live their lives. Only, it turns out, like all the most wonderful books with this trope, they like each other for real and are both falling pretty hard and quick.

What Did I Think Of First Comes Like?

I thoroughly enjoyed First Comes Like. Jia is such a sweet character. I felt like she had a good heart and was so genuine. I suppose you could say that I stan Jia. Also? Her love interest, the other narrator, Dev is wonderful too. He’s very kind and thoughtful. Dev currently has custody of his niece and wants to be a wonderful parent to her and not pressure her into going into the family business- show business. I also loved both extended families as well. There’s something special to be said for the supportiveness of family – even when you are going against what they think best.

How’s The Narration?

Audiobook was a good choice to experience Alisha Rai’s First Comes Like. And well, I will definitely be back to listen to the one book I haven’t listened to from this series Girl Gone Viral. The two narrators Saira Ayers and Neil Shah do an excellent job bringing the story to life from the perspectives of Jia and Dev, respectively. The audiobook is 11 hours and 11 minutes long. I did listen to it a little bit sped up, but nothing is lost in speeding it up a tiny bit. The story and narration kept my attention and ultimately put me in a wonderful mood. I would highly recommend this for your listening pleasure.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I got the audiobook as well but the narration didn’t work for me I unfortunately.

    Girl Gone Viral is my favorite in the series so I hope you love it!

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