Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

second first impressions by sally thorne
second first impressions by sally thorne

Thanks to William Morrow for providing a review copy of Second First Impressions

Y’all should have heard the squealing when Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne arrived at my doorstep – I’m pretty sure I scared my neighbors. Sally Thorne is one of my favorite authors – she has a real talent for infusing emotion, quirkiness, and chemistry into every page of her books. The Hating Game is one of my comfort rereads, so naturally, my bar for Second First Impressions was set pretty high.

Distraction (n): an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.

Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk at the Providence Luxury Retirement Villa for six years, dedicating her entire adult life to caring for the Villa’s residents, maintaining the property (with an assist from DIY YouTube tutorials), and guarding the endangered tortoises that live in the Villa’s gardens. Somewhere along the way, she’s forgotten that she’s young and beautiful, and that there’s a world outside of work—until she meets the son of the property developer who just acquired the retirement center.

Teddy Prescott has spent the last few years partying, sleeping in late, tattooing himself when bored, and generally not taking life too seriously—something his father, who dreams of grooming Teddy into his successor, can’t understand. When Teddy needs a place to crash, his father seizes the chance to get him to grow up. He’ll let Teddy stay in one of the on-site cottages at the retirement home, but only if he works to earn his keep. Teddy agrees—he can change a few lightbulbs and clip some hedges, no sweat. But Ruthie has plans for Teddy too.

Her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents have just placed an ad (yet another!) seeking a new personal assistant to torment. The women are ninety-year-old, four-foot-tall menaces, and not one of their assistants has lasted a full week. Offering up Teddy seems like a surefire way to get rid of the tall, handsome, unnerving man who won’t stop getting under her skin.

Ruthie doesn’t count on the fact that in Teddy Prescott, the Biddies may have finally met their match. He’ll pick up Chanel gowns from the dry cleaner and cut Big Macs into bite-sized bits. He’ll do repairs around the property, make the residents laugh, and charm the entire villa. He might even remind Ruthie what it’s like to be young and fun again. But when she finds out Teddy’s father’s only fixing up the retirement home to sell it, putting everything she cares about in jeopardy, she’s left wondering if Teddy’s magic was all just a façade.

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Recently, I’ve found myself picking up romantic comedy books more and more. When I saw that Sally Thorne (author of The Hating Game) had released a new book, I ordered a copy ASAP. Her last book was a fun, beach-y read – exactly what I was in the mood for when I ordered my copy of 99 Percent Mine. While this book was a rom-com book of the light-and-quick-read variety, it was definitely a departure from her previous novel.

Darcy is tired of living in the shadow of her twin brother. He’s everything that she is not: charismatic, accomplished, and healthy. Darcy, on the other hand, is a flight risk with a laundry list of health issues who is being forced to stay in one place for the first time in her adult life – as a part of her grandmother’s will, she has to renovate her house. Luckily, Tom (a childhood friend, crush, and her brother’s best friend) is on hand to help with the renovation and make sure Darcy sees it through. Unresolved feelings are brought to light and Darcy is forced to take a long, hard look at her life and her relationships with those around her.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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I am a sucker for cute rom-com books. My bar is set pretty high for this genre- I read a lot of them. This genre is absolutely flooded with excellent and interesting books. I picked The Hating Game up on whim for three reasons: I’m a sucker for love-hate relationships, the cover was pretty, and it was $1.99 on the iBooks store. That being said – The Hating Game turned out to be a surprisingly good take on a plot that seems to be retold a lot in this genre.

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