Review: Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection (Max Monroe)

Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: June 19, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The next awesome collection in our Billionaire Bad Boys Series!
Sexy-as-sin, broody and mysterious, Wes Lancaster is the ultimate billionaire bachelor.
Meet the broodiest billionaire of all time in one sexy, steamy, downright hilarious, and binge-worthy romantic comedy collection.
This collection includes the following three books:
*Scoring the Billionaire
*Scoring Her
*And a BRAND-NEW novella, Red, White, & You

I read Scoring the Billionaire and Scoring Her back in 2016. I loved both of those books. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on those two parts of this collection check out my reviews:

What I really read Broody Billionaire: The Wes Lancaster Collection for was the brand new novella Red, White, & You. I could not wait for another new way to catch up with Wes, Winnie, and the entire gang. It was honestly everything I have come to expect from this series: sweet, witty, hilarious, and oh so Thatchtastic. It was fun getting to find out what Wes, Winnie, and Lex were up to these days. I also enjoyed how Winnie’s brothers were involved since we’re getting a new series about them. This novella was just a great time — perfect for summer with it’s Fourth of July timing. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. Well, other than it being a full length novel since I can never get enough of these characters.

Review: The Mixtape (Brittainy C. Cherry)

The Mixtape
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Publisher: Montlake
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Since the death of his twin brother, Oliver’s caught between pleasing his fans and finding himself. Emery finds him first.

Emery has never felt more alone. Raising her daughter is both her pleasure and her pain as she struggles to hold on to her job as a bartender and keep a roof over their heads. With no one to help them—no support system—any unexpected expense or late bill could turn their whole world upside down.

Reeling from the death of his twin brother and bandmate, rock star Oliver Smith is trying to drink his problems away. Apparently he isn’t very good at it; they follow him wherever he goes. Also in hot pursuit are the paparazzi, who catch Oliver at his lowest low.

He could have walked into any bar in California, but he walked into hers. Emery helps Oliver lose the crowd, and they find themselves alone: two people whose paths are marked with loss and pain. However, they hold an unshakable hope for healing. They find solace together, but can their love withstand the world?


How did I much did I love The Mixtape? Let me count the ways…

  1. The writing. I point out how emotionally packed and beautiful Brittainy C. Cherry’s writing is with every book of hers I read. I can’t get over how beautiful it is. I found myself highlighting so many different passages in this book.
  2. The romance was beautiful. Oliver was dealing with grief. Emery was a single mother fighting every day to provide for her daughter. These two seemed like the most unlikely of love interests, but chemistry and love for each other was so perfect. Each had so much to deal with on their own, and I loved how their connection helped lift them up.
  3. Back to the characters. Both of their struggles felt real. I felt Emery’s pain over the past and wanting to give Reese everything she needed. I also felt Oliver’s pain. The loss of what he felt was his better half was devastating and made my heart hurt. Both of these characters made my heart. I also felt their joys and blessing, though. Those were the sweetest thing.
  4. Reese. That little girl was adorable. Her conversations with Oliver made my heart so happy, as did her general disposition. She was so loved.
  5. Oliver’s parents. I would read a book about their love.
  6. Oliver and Emery’s friends were an important part of their story and I loved the support they gave.
  7. THE MUSIC!!!
  8. Cam because every good story needs a villain. Ditto for Emery’s parents.
  9. …. I could go on and on, but I think I might start to give too much away, so I’m just going to stop here and say I really loved this book. I read The Mixtape in one day and I don’t regret any of those minutes spent with it. It was another hit from Cherry in my book.

Review: When Sparks Fly (Helena Hunting)

When Sparks Fly
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she’s happy.

But everything comes to a screeching halt when Avery is in a car accident, leaving her immobile for weeks. After nearly losing Avery, Declan insists that he will be the one to take care of her while she recovers. However, as Declan becomes Avery’s caretaker, lines begin to blur.

Avery and Declan have been best friends since college and always had an attraction to one another, but when she ended up dating his best friend, Sam, they successfully stamped down any feelings they may have ever had for one another. Now, as Declan and Avery spend more time together, they each begin to wonder what would’ve happened if she’d dated him instead of Sam. What starts as a friend helping out another friend turns into foreplay and, before they realize it, they recognize how deeply they care for one another. But when things get serious their past threatens to destroy everything they have built.


A best friends and roomies to more by Helena Hunting? My answer will always be “Yes, please.” to this. I truly enjoyed When Sparks Fly. It was a sweet and somewhat steamy romance. Avery and Declan are besties who live together. After Avery is injured in an accident, Declan naturally takes care of his roommate. Their close friendship morphs into something more with each passing day. I loved how close Avery and Declan were emotionally. Their friendship and connection was so strong. It made their chemistry pop when they finally decided to become more. I loved them as single friends, but I adored them in a relationship.

Usually when I get to the conflict in a romance I’m all for hurrying up to resolve it and get to the happy ending. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel that way about this one. I appreciated the way Hunting wrote the way the conflict was handled. There was a lot the characters needed to think about and deal with to be whole as a couple and I loved how the ground work was laid. It made the romance all the sweeter. So while the romance between Avery and Declan was my favorite thing about this book, the resolution of the conflict was close up there.

Another great thing about this book was the supporting characters. Avery’s sisters were a close knit group and fun to get to know. Avery and Declan’s friends were also tight and entertaining. I would adore for the two sisters and two best friends to end up together in future books to make this a series. Or even books for each of the four of them. The characters are too good to go to the character graveyard.

One last thing… I feel like I need to talk about a couple of things that weren’t a problem for me, but are sure to be for other readers. This first thing is kind of SPOILERISH, but happens in the first few chapters so I don’t think it’s a true spoiler. As the blurb details, Avery and Declan are best friends and roommates. They know pretty much everything about each other. This is their love story, but at the beginning they aren’t together at all. Declan brings a woman home. There are no details of this, only the morning after seen through Avery’s eyes. While some readers will put this in the OW in a book category, I don’t. If it was, it would bug me. Done with SPOILERISH. The second thing is the heat level. I would not call this high heat, but those who favor closed door romances might be surprised by the steam factor. This isn’t the steamiest I’ve read of Hunting’s books, but it’s also not the least. I would say it’s closer to her NA romances than her adult romances in heat level. It’s more mature, but not quite there. I won’t go into my dislike of cutesy illustrated covers as what it makes people think they’re going to be reading, but this one might do some damage in that area.

So, yeah. When Sparks Fly hit the spot for me. It reminded me what I enjoy about Helena Hunting’s writing and made me hope the next release is sooner rather than later.

Review: The Perfect Catch (Meghan Quinn)

The Perfect Catch
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: June 10, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“Kiss me. Just this once . . . please Walker.”

Those whispered words were my undoing . . .

As the most hated player in baseball, I had two options: either clean up my image or pack my bags. Being traded wasn’t an option which only meant one thing, I had to become compliant.

That’s how I found myself sharing a small bistro table with Kate Chapman, the Chicago Bobbies newest PR Manager. Devastatingly beautiful, vastly intelligent, and incredibly cunning, she knows exactly how to handle my grumpy demeanor.

It was supposed to be simple. Book some PR events, show up, smile for the camera, and be done. But one massive mistake on my end sends me into the trenches with Kate, forcing me to open up to her.

Innocent glances turn into cordial encounters.
Secret touches turn into tempting invitations.
And dangerous nights alone turn into consuming desperation.

I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want her. And I know she wants me, but there’s a no fraternizing with the players rule. Neither of us can afford to lose our jobs, but we also can’t seem to keep our hands off each other either. 


I’ve loved all these Brentwood Boys and their books. My favorite characters have changed and multiplied while the series expanded. For the longest time I haven’t been able to pick just one favorite. Well, that changed with The Perfect Catch. Walker’s book is now my favorite.

What makes The Perfect Catch my favorite after seven other amazing stories? Walker himself. If you like a grumpy hero, you will love Walker. He’s a baseball catcher who has anger issues. He’s magic behind the plate with a pitcher he HATES. He is filled with rage and self-hate. Everyone should probably dislike him, but there’s something underneath his tough exterior that makes you know he’s really a decent guy. I wanted to know what that was from the very beginning and I loved finding out through Kate’s eyes.

Kate works for the Bobbies and it’s her job to turn Walker’s image around. She knows she has her work cut out for her. What she doesn’t know is how sweet Walker is under all those thunder clouds. There’s no fraternizing in baseball, but Kate can’t help falling for Walker. I loved Kate’s spunky personality and her confidence when dealing with the players. I don’t know that I would call her sunshine to Walker’s grump, but pretty close. Their chemistry is some of the best I’ve read in a long time. Their entire connection was what made me love this book so much. I loved how Kate broke through Walker’s layers. In my opinion, this romance was perfect. Dare I say it’s now my most favorite Meghan Quinn book ever?

Series Review: Moo U (Books 8-10)

Good morning! I have something fun to share with you today. It’s a series review for the next three books in the Moo U series in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North. Get ready for some college hockey romance fun!

Playmaker
Series: Moo U, #8
Author: Sierra Hill
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

My thoughts: 

I loved everything about Playmaker minus the conflict. Cal and Aria were so cute together. Their relationship was totally swoon worthy. I just hated that Aria didn’t confide in Cal when she should have. I understood why Aria was trying to distance herself from her father’s problems, but I hated that she was keeping things a secret and building a life upon half truths at Moo U. It made her seem immature and took away from everything she had built with Cal, in my opinion. It brought my enjoyment of Playmaker down, which makes me sad because I enjoy Sierra Hill’s writing. I wanted to be completely in love with this book.

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Snowballed
Series: Moo U, #9
Author: Melanie Ting
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

Snowballed was the first book I’ve ever read by Melanie Ting and I enjoyed it. I loved Noah’s character and his family dynamics. It brought so much to the story. The same can be said for Zoe — although I liked Noah more than I liked Zoe. I think that was because Noah faced his hardships head on and Zoe let hers build up waiting to detonate. I could feel that tension and it made me uncomfortable at times. That being said, I loved Noah and Zoe together. The way they connected through hockey, farm chores, food, and animals was sweet.

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Goalkeeper
Series: Moo U, #10
Author: Andi Burns
Publication Date: June 7, 2021
Publisher: Heart Eyes Press
Genre: goNew Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My thoughts: 

I’ve got another book to add to my Moo U favorites list! Goalkeeper is exactly what I’m looking for when I pick up a book in this series. It was so adorable! Shy goalie Spencer and party girl Paige were a perfect match. They got each other. I love when a couple gets each other the way these two did. It makes me believe they could go the distance. This book was so much fun. The amount of drama was just right and I loved how it all resolved. I hadn’t read a book by Andi Burns before, but I will be checking out her backlist for sure!

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Review: Break Up with Him, for Me (Whitney G.)

Break Up with Him, for Me
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: May 31, 2021
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Penelope, I know that it’s three o’clock in the morning, but I have to get this off my chest.

I can’t give you any more advice on landing this other guy, can’t tell you another “sexy” thing that you should do, or suggest a new set of filthy words that you should text him late at night.

As your best friend, I’ve reached my limit, and I can honestly say that he doesn’t deserve you.

I’m not saying all of this because I’m f-cking jealous, or because he had the audacity to say that he makes more money than me. (I still can’t find his name on the Forbes 500 list, and I know damn well that he’s renting that Ferrari, but that’s a story for a different day.)

He’s not who you think he is, and the better man has always been right in front of you…

You have every reason to never give me a chance since you know me better than anyone, and you agree with all the tabloids calling me “The Cocky King of New York,” and the “Untamed Playboy of Manhattan.” But I honestly believe that you’re better off with someone else, and I need you to see.

I’m not asking for too much…I just want you to break up with him, for me.


It’s been a while since Whitney G. gave us a full length romance novel and the wait was sure worth it. Break Up with Him, for Me was so much fun! It grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn’t let go. I had to know what happened to put Hayden in the state he was in during the prologue. It was torturous waiting to find out — even if I was having the best time reading my way through the stages of Hayden and Penelope’s romance. 

Penelope and Hayden started as enemies of sorts. I loved that dynamic and all the mean banter they shared. Once they moved to friends, I could feel the attraction starting to sneak in and it added another exciting layer to the story. The banter also continued to be hilarious.  Penelope and Hayden already had such a strong base and that made the transition to romance natural and sweet. I loved it! Another thing I loved was how this book was set up and the chapter titles. Each represented a different break up for Penelope and helped show how their relationship became what it was. 

Break Up with Him, for Me is proof that Whitney G. excels at enemies, best friends, and brother’s best friend romance. I’m impressed at how she combined those three tropes into one with this book. It also continues her streak of witty banter and using written communication between characters. I love how she does this in her books and the dynamic it adds. Break Up with Him, for Me was another stellar romance from this author in my book. I can’t wait to read what she has coming next. 

 
 
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Review: Isn’t It Bromantic (Lyssa Kay Adams)

Isn’t It Bromantic?
Series: Bromance Book Club, #4
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad took up the pen to write a novel the Bromance Book Club would swoon over.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared after speaking out against government corruption, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But after four years, it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance–both on and off the page.

The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love–and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. Just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes, and the book club will face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after. 


Thank you to Lyssa Kay Adams for writing the book we all wanted (and bullied her into writing). I mean, who didn’t want a book for THE RUSSIAN? Vlad was the sensitive one of the bunch with his tears and stomach issues. I just knew there was an amazing story there. After the end of Crazy Stupid Bromance, I was even more excited for his and Elena’s story.

Vlad’s story was everything I wanted it to be. I loved the way he and Elena connected, their shared history, and all the animals that showed up. Yes, animals. There was even a romantic suspense aspect that created some interesting drama. Oh! I can’t forget the poetry. That was beautiful. Or the Cheese Man. He was something… I also loved how once again the Bromance Book Club took charge and helped a buddy out. It was just a really fabulous love story with so many amazing parts.

The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the chapters of Vlad’s novel that were included. It didn’t do what I know it was meant to do for me. Instead, it felt like a distraction from the story I really wanted. That being said, I loved that he was writing a romance. What better guy to do it than the emotional Russian.

Overall, Isn’t It Bromantic? was the story I hoped THE RUSSIAN would get. I’m hoping this isn’t the end of the series. I need it to go on. There are so many other characters whose stories I want. Like Colton’s or the Cheese Man’s.

Review: It Happened One Summer (Tessa Bailey)

It Happened One Summer
Author: Tessa Bailey

Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Avon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Tessa Bailey is back with a Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington.

Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face.

Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.  


It Happened One Summer is a book I was so excited to read. First, it’s by Tessa Bailey, an author I love. I can always count on her to make me laugh. Second, it’s set in my home state. West Port, Washington is a place I’ve been to a few times over the years. My first reason for wanting to read this book worked out well. The second, not so much.

The whole “it” rich girl trope was a lot of fun. Piper was definitely a fish out of water when arriving in West Port. I loved how she had to learn how to survive without her wealth and the people who helped her along the way. Her relationship with Brendan was fun and full of steam. I liked their enemies to lovers path. He was a gruff fisherman who was a sentimental man underneath it all. They balanced each other well and their relationship made me happy. The romance of this book was well done, earning the 4 stars.

Now, West Port….

THIS BOOK IS FACTUALLY INACCURATE.
West Port is a cold, dreary place most of the year. The Washington coast has cold water. I know I’m SPOILING something here, but Bailey has a typhoon from Alaska hitting West Port. A TYPHOON?!?! There has never been a typhoon to hit WA in my lifetime, nor has there been one that I could find historically when researching. There are wind and rain storms that hit the coast, but the water wouldn’t be warm enough for a typhoon. This happened toward the middle of the book, and I couldn’t get over it to fall in love with the rest of the book. I wish Bailey had done more research on the climate of the Washington coast. 

Review: Grumpy Cowboy (Max Monroe)

Grumpy Cowboy
Series: Single Dad Collection, #3

Authors: Max Monroe
Publication Date: May 22, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

ATTENTION: If you have been a victim of false advertising, you may be entitled to compensation. If you were ever hired to take care of a fourteen-year-old boy’s knee injury on a luxury ranch in the Middle of Nowhere, Utah, but that fourteen-year-old boy ended up being a tall, rough-and-tumble, muscular, one-hundred-percent all-man cowboy by the name of Rhett Jameson, you may have been put at risk for falling in love. Please seek counsel immediately.

Dear Counselor,

It was supposed to be simple favor for my very important boss, Frank Kaminsky of the Salt Lake Slammers professional basketball team—go to his good friend Tex Jameson’s luxury ranch and provide personal medical care for his recently injured teenage son.

I thought it’d be a working vacation of sorts—a chance for my city-girl self to experience something I would never otherwise do—but everything is upside down, and absolutely nothing is as I thought it would be.

For one, this patient is not a teenage boy.
He’s a real-life, blue-eyed, tough-as-nails, thirtysomething cowboy who is so darn strong he looks like he could lift a car just for the heck of it.

He’s also stubborn, rude, and we don’t get along…at all.

Add in the heart-melting vision of him as a single father to the cutest little girl on the planet, and I’ve found myself in a whole different dimension of trouble.

Lust. Feelings. A whole lot of enemies-to-lovers-style complication.

Please help me. My name is Dr. Leah Levee, I am a victim of false advertising, and if I’m not careful, this Grumpy Cowboy might just be the death of me.


Reading a Max Monroe book is one of my favorite things to do. I can always count on them to make me laugh. They definitely accomplished that with Grumpy Cowboy. This enemies to lovers romance was so much fun. Rhett Jameson, grumpy cowboy extraordinaire, put Leah through the rank ringer and it was hilarious. I felt sorry for her at times. She was just trying to do the job she was hired to do, but Rhett was not making it easy for her. I loved the way she handled it. Those two were perfect for each other. I also really loved Rhett’s daughter, Joey. She was so freaking adorable and added so many entertaining moments herself. This slow burn romance was a win for me.

Review: Second First Impressions (Sally Thorne)

Second First Impressions
Author: Sally Thorne

Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

From the USA Today  bestselling author of The Hating Game and 99 Percent Mine comes the clever, funny, and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two old women—under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement home manager.

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.

Hilarious, warm, and romantic, Sally Thorne’s novel delivers an irrepressibly joyous celebration of love and community for fans of 99% Mine and The Hating Game.


I had a good time reading Second First Impressions. Ruthie was a young women who was old before her time. At twenty-five, she acted older than most of her peers. She worked and lived at a retirement community. Her life revolved around that and making sure she followed the rules and schedules she had mapped out for herself. She was a sweet person and I liked her.

Ruthie’s world is thrown out of whack when a new temp in her office comes up with a plan to help Ruthie date. Melanie wasn’t my favorite character. She had a place in this story, but I didn’t always love how she handled things. I don’t feel like she was most qualified to help Ruthie since she didn’t truly understand her.

Things are even more crazy for Ruthie when the property owner’s son, Teddy, shows up. The happy-go-lucky bad boy ends up living next to her. It changes her routines and shows her maybe she doesn’t really know her own “type”. I loved and disliked Teddy all at the same time. I didn’t always get a good read on the guy. I loved what he gave to Ruthie in someone who saw her for who she was. I disliked him because he showed her how he felt when he knew he was leaving. I know everything worked out the way it should, but on the journey this bugged me. I think what won me over in the end was how he treated the two ladies he worked for at the retirement communities. They might not have been very PC with him, but he took it all in stride and it made the book more fun with their shenanigans. Without that fun, this book would have been very dull.

Overall, Second First Impressions kept me entertained. It was character driven, and the characters definitely made the book. The plot was on the weak side, so I appreciated them.