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Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne (Book Review)

Unlike any Contemporary Romance I have ever read
How does Sally Thorne come up with these ideas?

Second First Impressions is an extremely unique and quirky book about Ruthie Midona (the 25-year-old reverend’s daughter) the stand-in manager at Providence – a high-end retirement villa. Ruthie is methodic and high strung and she has an immense fear of messing up. She dresses and acts like she’s 125 instead of 25. Even the residents around the villa seem more lively than she is. Besides making sure the place runs smoothly, her only other hobby is taking care of the many Golden Bonnet Tortoises she rescued and brought to live around the place.

Everything changes when she unexpectedly meets Theodore Prescott, the long-haired, motorcycle riding, full of tattoos son of the owner of Providence. Circumstances lead to Teddy having to share a cottage with Ruthie and work as the personal assistant of the most eccentric residents in the villa.

Yes, this premise is insane for a romance novel, but it absolutely works. Sally Thorne managed to write something beautiful and heartwarming within such a strange concept. And it’s also completely different than anything she’s written before. It’s a bit moodier (maybe even darker) than The Hating Game and 99% Mine. But it works and it manages to stand on its own.

This is a very slow burn book, but I didn’t mind the build-up because Teddy is such a charismatic character. He completely stole the scene every single time. I also like how he was such a cinnamon roll, in contrast to his hard exterior.

I really enjoyed the reading experience, but the ending was a bit of a letdown. Not because of the content, but the way it all unraveled. Every resolution came in the last 10% of the book. It was extremely rushed compared to how the book was leisurely telling its story. And there was a loose end with Ruthie’s parents, her grievances with them was such an important plot point and we didn’t get to experience the much-needed confrontation with them.

Everything else was just super cute, and even with the rushed ending I still managed to finish the book with a huge smile on my face.

Thank you so much HarperCollins for approving me for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ☆☆☆☆ (4 Stars)



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