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 pressure, Eliza sets off to find a fake fiancé.
Fellow entrepreneur Blake seems like the perfect match on paper. And in real life he shows promise, too. He would be perfect, if only Eliza didn’t feel also drawn to someone else. But Blake doesn’t know Eliza is “engaged”; Sophie asks Eliza for an impossible sum of money; and Eliza’s lies start to spiral out of control. She can either stay engaged online or fall in love in real life.
I picked this book up randomly at Target one day. I wish I hadn’t, or at least that I had looked up some reviews before buying. This book follows Eliza. She sees her ex post an engagement announcement on Instagram and her way of venting is to make fake posts with rings from the jewelry store she owns with her sister. Right from the start I knew what was coming and I knew I wasn’t going to like it, but I couldn’t stop. It was like watching a train wreck and not being able to pull my eyes away. Eliza just kept doing more and more things that made me hate her.
So, she accidentally posts this fake engagement picture on her Instagram and instead of deleting it or, I don’t know, changing the caption to promote her store, she decides to find a boyfriend to try to con into proposing. Incredibly, it works. While she’s dating Blake, she starts getting all kinds of offers for free wedding venues and flowers and even a wedding dress, as long as she’ll promote the brands to her followers. I hated everything about this. She just kept digging herself into a deeper and deeper hole and manipulating Blake the whole time. I really hate the “keeping secrets to protect the other person” trope. It makes me so mad and wants to smash the keys and type nonsense.
Overall, do not recommend. I wish I had DNF’d this, but I just couldn’t stop reading it to see how the train wreck ended.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.