Amanda’s review ~ Love At First Book by Jenn McKinlay

Posted May 14, 2024 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Amanda’s review ~ Love At First Book by Jenn McKinlayLove At First Book by Jenn McKinlay
Published by Penguin Random House on May 16, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Workplace
Pages: 384
Format: ARC, eBook, Paperback
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5 Stars

The beginning
Emily Allen has always been an introvert - but never afraid of adventure. When her favourite author, Siobhan Riordan, offers her a job in her bookstore, she moves to Ireland without a second thought.

The middle
Helping Siobhan overcome writer's block and finish the final book in her acclaimed series is a dream come true for Em. If only she didn't have to deal with Kieran - the grouchy manager of Siobhan's bookstore who clearly doesn't want her around.

The plot twist
Em falls deeply in love with the new life she's built - and, unexpectedly, with Kieran. But when she discovers the reason for his initial resistance, she finds herself torn between helping Siobhan find closure and what could be a new chapter in her own love story...

Love at First Book is an enemies-to-lovers story, a story of self-love, a story I couldn’t put down and one I didn’t want to end. ~ Amanda – Simply Love Books


Love at First Book is a must-read summer book that is going to thoroughly entertain you with all the feels. It was humorous, heartbreaking, emotional and loving. Emily Allen is taking an opportunity to escape the confines of her life in Martha’s Vineyard, to work for her favorite author in Ireland as her assistant, and also work in a bookshop. What librarian wouldn’t love about this job? Emily has come a long way to put herself first after caring for her mother ever since her father left her mother years ago. With the help of her therapist, she’s off on an adventure for a year and she isn’t going to let anyone or anything deny her this chance to live a little. When she finds out that her bookshop boss is the author’s son, Kieran Murphy, she’s attracted but also annoyed that he doesn’t want her there, and is given the most boring job of cataloging inventory of the bookshop. Working for Siobhan Riordan is a dream come true since her series got her through her teen years and wants to help her finish it with one last book. When she is put in the middle between mother and son, she faces a greater challenge of keeping a secret. Falling in love wasn’t in the plans, but when the idyllic small town and its inhabitants slowly creep into her heart, she finally feels what a mother’s love is and what it means to stand on her own.

Love at First Book is an enemies-to-lovers story, a story of self-love, a story I couldn’t put down and one I didn’t want to end. I wanted to re-read it as soon as I was finished because it was leaving me with a ‘book hangover.’ I first met Emily in the author’s last release Summer Reading and she is the best friend of the protagonist Sam. She’s grown so much and learned to set boundaries with her mother that you see that she needs to start living her own life and not for anyone else. The working relationship with Kieran is tense at first especially with their banter to have the last word, and the challenges they play to out-quote the other with quotes of their favorite books. I’m such a book nerd that I loved it every time they did this. I’m totally gushing over this story because I loved it that much. It is a book that is an automatically on my list of best book of 2024 for this reviewer. Jenn McKinlay has done it again and a story I highly recommend.

5 Stars

About Jenn McKinlay

Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series. She is also the winner of the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for romantic comedy and the Fresh Fiction award for best cozy mystery. A TEDx speaker, she is always happy to talk books, writing, reading, and the creative process to anyone who cares to listen. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband’s guitars.

Posted May 14, 2024 by Sharon in Amanda, Mainstream, Reviews / 0 Comments