Book Review: Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne


First impressions aren’t always what they seem . . .

Ruthie Midona is twenty-four (going on ninety-four) and fully committed to her job at a luxury retirement village. Keeping herself busy caring for the eccentric residents means that Ruthie can safely ignore her own life – what little there is of it.

Teddy Prescott is practically allergic to a hard day’s work. When he rocks up as the retirement village’s newest employee, Ruthie is less than impressed. The last thing she needs is a distraction as irritating (and handsome) as this selfish rich kid. Lucky for Ruthie, her favourite pair of mischievous residents need a new assistant to torture… so she hands over Teddy, ready for them to send him running.

Except Teddy may be about to surprise her – not just by surviving the old women’s antics, but by charming Ruthie so much, she starts to remember that there’s more to life than work.

And just maybe, her second first impression will lead to the love of a lifetime.


I haven’t read the extremely popular ‘The Hating Game’ so I went into this book with no expectations. I must admit it wasn’t working for me at all in the beginning, it felt slow and I couldn’t connect with the two main protagonists. Teddy seemed too clingy and Ruthie too stuck in her ways. However about 20-30% in everything changed, I began to warm to Ruthie and Teddy and their unusual relationship and I quite enjoyed that a straight-laced girl falls for a tattooed bad boy and it worked well. The author did a great job of showing their feelings with subtle little details. I adored the scene in the office when Teddy collapses on the desk after a hard day working with the Parloni sisters. Ruthie is almost absent mindedly tracing the ‘GIVE’ on the tattoo on his knuckle with her pen. I could feel the emotions running through both of them when she gets to the ‘V’. They shared the same humour and fitted well together, it shouldn’t work but it absolutely did. I liked the cosiness of their relationship which begins as friends and subtly changes into much more. They’re really comfortable in each other’s presence; watching TV together, Teddy’s head in her lap on a picnic and enjoyed how the relationship progressed. I loved the forced proximity aspect of them living next door to each other with only a thin wall between them – if Ruthie sneezed Teddy would shout ‘bless you’ through the wall. There are moments of sexual tension and passion but everything was kept low key and not overly done.

With their wonderful connection and friendship Ruthie slowly begins to come out of her shell and likewise Teddy begins to feel at peace with himself. This is a lovely romantic comedy with two unusually matched protagonists and funny and loveable supporting characters and some of their antics are hilarious. After a bit of a shaky start, I ended up really enjoying this book and I can’t wait the read The Hating Game.

Publisher: Piatkus
Publication Date (UK): 7 April 2022
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

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