Author: Sally Thorne

Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya

Publication Date: April 13, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Description

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.

Dazzle (n): Brightness that blinds someone temporarily.

Position Vacant: Two ancient old women residing at Providence Retirement Villa seek male assistant for casual exploitation and good-natured humiliation. Duties include boutique shopping, fast-food fetching, and sincerely rendered flattery. Good looks a bonus—but we aren’t picky.

An advertisement has been placed (again!) by the wealthy and eccentric Parloni Sisters. The salary is generous and the employers are 90 years old, so how hard could the job be? Well, none have lasted longer than a week. Most boys leave in tears.

Ruthie Midona will work in Providence’s front office, and be at the Parloni’s beck and call, forever. That’s sort of her life plan. If Ruthie can run the place in her almost-retired bosses’ absence, with no hijinks/hiccups, she has a shot at becoming the new manager. She might also be able to defend her safe little world from Prescott Development, the new buyer of the prime site. Maybe after all that, she can find a cute guy to date. All she needs to do is stay serious—and that’s what she does best.

Until, one day, someone dazzling blows in to town.

Teddy Prescott devotes his life to sleeping, tattooing, and avoiding seriousness. When Teddy needs a place to crash, he makes a deal with his developer dad. Teddy can stay in one of Providence’s on-site maintenance cottages—right next door to an unimpressed Ruthie—but only if he works there and starts to grow up.

Ruthie knows how this sweetly selfish rich boy can earn his keep—and be out of her hair in under a week. After all, there is a position vacant…

Book Review

Second First Impressions is a delightfully funny love story between unlikely people. Ruthie works at a retirement community and her life revolves around her job. Her only social life is her online friends and the resident events. Teddy is attractive and the owner’s son, but Ruthie’s first impression of him wasn’t good. Teddy is a reckless partier. Now Teddy is living next door to Ruthie. Ruthie finds him a job that will be entertaining for everyone, but Teddy surprises everyone. Ruthie and Teddy quickly develop an unexpected friendship and start to get to know each other. I loved this story and was entertained throughout the book. The characters are all great with unique personalities and very realistic. I loved Teddy’s interactions with the residents. Second First Impressions is a must read for Sally Thorne fans. I loved The Hating Game and second First Impressions lived up to my expectations.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jennifer Jill Araya and enjoyed her narration. She is the perfect voice for Ruthie and did great narrating Teddy’s parts too.

Thank you William Morrow and Harper Audio for Second First Impressions.

About the Author

Sally Thorne is the USA Today bestselling author of the office rom-com The Hating Game (2016) . It is her debut novel that has sold in over twenty-five countries and is being made into a major motion picture, to be directed by Peter Hutchings.

The Hating Game was named in the top 20 romance novels of 2016 by the Washington Post and was a top ten finalist in the Goodreads Choice Awards romance category. It has been cited as a book that has reinvigorated the romantic comedy genre.

Sally’s much anticipated second novel, 99 Percent Mine, was released in January 2019 by William Morrow Books. It debuted on the USA Today Bestseller list and was featured by Goodreads as one of the top 28 hit books for the first half of 2019.

Sally has signed another two book contract and is currently working on Book 4!


Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing, reading, drinking cups of tea and obeying the every whim of Delia the Pug and her paint Quarter Horse, Louie. She lives with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions and a haunted dollhouse.

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