Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne released on April 13, 2021 and completely stole my heart. Thorne is already my favorite romance author because she is intricate with details in her novels and captures emotions that everyday people struggle to explain. She does it flawlessly. Her first novel, The Hating Game, was at the top of my list as my favorite romance until this one came along.
Ruthie, daughter of a Reverend and wholly predictable from the tv show she watches every night to the glasses around her neck, is acting as interim manager of Providence, a retirement community for the rich and elderly. She does her job well, but there are three hindrances:
1. Aggie and Renata, two elderly hoots that love to torture their revolving door of male assistants, leaving Ruthie in a bind every time one runs off;
2. The development company that purchased the retirement villa and stuck a vague expiration date on the whole community; and,
3. Teddy, the son of the CEO of said development company that landed himself as her neighbor when he needed a new couch to crash on.
But, Ruthie thinks she can tackle all three problems with one tied up solution. Teddy becomes the assistant to Aggie and Renata, and she can show Teddy the magic of Providence to convince his father to not shut it down.
Of course, along the way, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Ruthie and Teddy. She learns to go after her heart’s desires, and he learns that he is worthy of getting his heart’s desires.
This book had everything wrapped up in a tiny bow for the perfect Blair package. A predictable heroine with a lifelong adoration for a tv show that helped her through her roughest times. A hero who doesn’t hide his emotions but, instead, seems almost too open about his every thought and feeling. A best friend who would simply hang the moon for Ruthie. Two unpredictably hilarious women reminiscent of Grace and Frankie or Sophia Petrillo. Humor. Wit. Desire. Lust. Heart-stopping raw honesty and breathtaking aww moments. I clutched my chest so many times. I cried twice. I laughed constantly. And, I fell head over heels in love with Teddy Prescott in all his vulnerable, tattooed, long supermodel-hair glory.
This book felt like a warm hug that I think we’re all desperately in need of. It’s sweet and so driven by vulnerability. You will finish Second First Impressions and take a deep breath of contentment because it was so perfect.
Special Thanks to NetGalley for sending me an advanced reader's copy of Second First Impressions.
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