Second First Impressions Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the best-selling Australian author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two elderly women - under the watchful eye of a beautiful retirement-home manager.
Distraction (n): Something that turns your attention away from something you want to concentrate on. See: Teddy Prescott.
Ruthie Midona is 24 (going on 94), 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.... Could Teddy be far more than simply an unwelcome distraction?
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 20 minutes|
|Narrator||Jennifer Jill Araya|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 April 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 6,659 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
122 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
336 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
2,018 in Romantic Comedy (Books)
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Sally Thorne has once again delivered a beautifully written love story, where personal growth, compassion, courage and kindness are the focal point of the novel. Thorne has a knack of writing truly loveable MC’s who have walls up from past events, but have kind and caring souls within who show strength through their compassion.
I thoroughly enjoy how friendships are developed in Thorne’s books, both between the MC & LI, but also with the MC and the rest of the characters. Thorne has a real strength in the way that she writes relationships and the way that she gets you invested in all of the characters.
If you enjoy reading about kind, loving heroines who are just waiting to come out of their shell; empathetic, honest and charming ‘reformed bad boy’ love interests; along with a cast of outgoing, protective and humorous friends then I highly recommend this novel to you.
✔️ friends to lovers
✔️ delightfully hilarious
✔️ quirky side characters
Ruthie lives a life of safety and security, working as a stand in manager of a retirement village (and looking after endangered tortoises). Enter Teddy, the bad boy-esque/gentle sweetheart: son of the retirement village’s new owners.
Teddy’s presence forces Ruthie to reevaluate her life of safety, and encourages her to take risks, live her life and take a chance on love ❤️
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I procrastinated starting this book on release day because I wanted to savour the feeling of still having it to read. I knew once I started it, I'd inhale every word, but I'm also not someone who can wait once something is released.
The plot is simple. Ruthie is 25 going on 125 and works at a retirement village. For the first time ever, she has people her own age on-site - Mel the temp, and Teddy, the new owner's son who can't quite get past his reputation as a charming rascal. While they work on making Ruthie feel 25 for once, Renata and Aggie, 91 and 89 respectively, steal every scene they're in as chief trouble makers at Providence retirement village. Cue: a warm hug of a book that is full of cute. I can't recommend it enough if you like even a sniff of a romance book. It's a 10/10.
Ruthie meets Theo, a chance meeting at a petrol station and they both make a terrible first impression on each other. They don't realise that they will have a chance to make perhaps a better second impression.
So I am normally a psychological thriller reader however I needed a break with something light and funny and this ticked both boxes completely. By just 4% in I was out loud laughing, this has never happened to me before when reading a book! I loved Ruthie and Theodore and I loved what they each brought out in each other, add in the bubbly Melanie and the crazy but brilliant Parlonis and a few turtles and boy the story is just excellent!
This book was wonderfully delightful and a brilliant escape from reality, I loved every page and I guess you could say I experienced dazzlification ;-)
Highly recommended, read it and you won't be disappointed.
Ruthie and Teddy are too cute. There is one thread of this story that I do with had had a slightly longer and more satisfying conclusion, but it didn’t stop me loving this book! Also loved the Parlonis!
I’m a bit of a sucker for a romantic reality show - (think Love is Blind, Married at First Sight Australia 💖) and I’d say a warm, cosy rom com novel with a gentle, lighthearted storyline is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. Does this make me a hopeless romantic? Possibly…
This book follows a similar concept as The Hating Game - two seemingly mismatched singles thrown together in unusually high stakes circumstances. I devoured this novel on one cosy Sunday. Is it the best book I’ll read this year? No. Will I remember this book in a few weeks time? No… but that’s okay! It was comforting, happy little read and I’m more than happy to continue on this rom com journey.