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Witty Stars for SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne

SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne
Published by William Morrow on 13 April 2021

Genres: 3 Flames: Rated R, Contemporary Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne

Christy's Thoughts

Sally Thorne is back with Second First Impressions.  After her wonderful debut novel, The Hating Game, and the mixed response 99% Mine received, it may not only be the title, but perhaps a request to give this book a chance to make a second first impression on romance readers.

Ruthie Midona is the oldest 25 year old.  She manages the Providence Retirement Villas and it has been all consuming, but it is a comfortable existence since she is hiding from past mistakes and lost dreams.

Enter Melanie Sasaki, a temp determined to get Ruthie to reclaim her real age with her (patent pending) Sasaki Method, her step by step dating program.

After a meet-unattractive (opposite of a meet-cute?) with Ruthie at a gas station, Teddy Prescott, estranged son of the Villas owner, shows up with his father.  He is desperate for money to start his own business and his father wants him to work.  The only job available is the one offered by residents Renata and Aggie Parloni.

An excerpt from their ad reads:

Two ancient old women residing at Providence Retirement Villas seek make assistant for casual exploitation and good-natured humiliation.

Sally Thorne’s wit and humor are back in full effect.

After getting to know the real Ruthie underneath all her superficial protections, Teddy asks for a chance at a second first impression.   Their enemies to friends to lovers delightfully develops.

All the characters have hopes and dreams that have been thwarted, but they support and uplift each other in funny and charming ways.

Second First Impressions is an endearing romance and was a joy to read.

Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow and Custom House for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them.  Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance.  She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women.  She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature.  Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers.  They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.

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