Second first impressions A novel

Sally Thorne, 1981-

Book - 2021

"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..."--

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Genres
Romance fiction
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews & more...
Physical Description
336, 8 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780063007130
0063007134
Main Author
Sally Thorne, 1981- (author)
  • Ruthie Midona has worked the front desk of Providence Retirement Villa for years, living on-site at the beck and call of the wealthy residents
  • and the rare tortoises that roam the lawn. Teddy Prescott, son of Providence's new owner, is in town saving up money to pursue his dream of opening a tattoo shop. He's the definition of risky, and Ruthie's dazzled
  • until he mistakes her for an old lady! She has revenge in mind: her most eccentric residents, the Parloni sisters, have placed an ad seeking a personal assistant. Not one of their assistants have lasted a week. As Teddy charms his way through the Villa, his family's plans threaten to ruin Ruthie's universe. Will he be there when it really counts?
  • adapted from jacket
Review by Booklist Reviews

Thorne (99 Percent Mine, 2019) returns with a cozy romance set in a high-end retirement community. Young and beautiful Ruthie, the retirement villa's manager, is an old soul looking for a man who wants to snuggle up on the couch and watch her favorite shows. Despite her coworker's pleas to set her up using her "Sasaki Method," Ruthie's demanding job and trauma over her previous relationship make her reluctant to seek out love. When the CEO of the company that has acquired the retirement community coerces his carefree son, Teddy, to work for Ruthie while living on the property, she finds that maybe love is just next door. Thorne injects humor and emotion into Ruthie's story, along with a great cast of characters that make the setting come to life. Teddy is an easy-going, tattooed biker who drifts in and out of people's lives, while Ruthie is a steadfast, tidy worker reluctant to give up on her dreams for order and duty. They clash, but always in a playful, fun way that makes this romance the perfect low-angst read. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

Thorne (99 Percent Mine, 2019) returns with a cozy romance set in a high-end retirement community. Young and beautiful Ruthie, the retirement villa's manager, is an old soul looking for a man who wants to snuggle up on the couch and watch her favorite shows. Despite her coworker's pleas to set her up using her "Sasaki Method," Ruthie's demanding job and trauma over her previous relationship make her reluctant to seek out love. When the CEO of the company that has acquired the retirement community coerces his carefree son, Teddy, to work for Ruthie while living on the property, she finds that maybe love is just next door. Thorne injects humor and emotion into Ruthie's story, along with a great cast of characters that make the setting come to life. Teddy is an easy-going, tattooed biker who drifts in and out of people's lives, while Ruthie is a steadfast, tidy worker reluctant to give up on her dreams for order and duty. They clash, but always in a playful, fun way that makes this romance the perfect low-angst read. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ruthie Midona has a perfectly safe life. During the day, she cares for the residents and the endangered tortoises at Providence Retirement Villa, and at night, she manages the online forum for her favorite TV show from her townhouse on Providence's property. Two simultaneous events cause Ruthie's world to tilt on its axis: two of the residents, the nonagenarian Parloni sisters, need a new assistant to boss around, and Providence's owner comes for an unscheduled visit to evaluate the grounds for a potential build site, with his hot, tattooed son in tow. Ruthie suddenly has carefree Teddy Prescott working as an assistant for the women while living in the townhouse next to Ruthie. As Teddy charms his way into her life, Ruthie begins to see how small and lonely her world has become. She'll have to decide how much of her heart and her safety she's willing to risk, while also trying to keep the place she loves up and running. VERDICT Following 99 Percent Mine, Thorne's latest novel is a sweet story, merging a woman whose fears tend to overpower her dreams, and a slow-burn romance that turns her world upside down.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Ruthie Midona has a perfectly safe life. During the day, she cares for the residents and the endangered tortoises at Providence Retirement Villa, and at night, she manages the online forum for her favorite TV show from her townhouse on Providence's property. Two simultaneous events cause Ruthie's world to tilt on its axis: two of the residents, the nonagenarian Parloni sisters, need a new assistant to boss around, and Providence's owner comes for an unscheduled visit to evaluate the grounds for a potential build site, with his hot, tattooed son in tow. Ruthie suddenly has carefree Teddy Prescott working as an assistant for the women while living in the townhouse next to Ruthie. As Teddy charms his way into her life, Ruthie begins to see how small and lonely her world has become. She'll have to decide how much of her heart and her safety she's willing to risk, while also trying to keep the place she loves up and running. VERDICT Following 99 Percent Mine, Thorne's latest novel is a sweet story, merging a woman whose fears tend to overpower her dreams, and a slow-burn romance that turns her world upside down.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Cincinnati Blue Ash Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Extreme opposites are drawn together in the most unlikely of circumstances in this sweet, cheeky rom-com from Thorne (The Hating Game). Theodore "Teddy" Prescott is a tattoo-covered, motorcycle-riding, itinerant rich boy; straitlaced Ruthie Midona is an administrator at the affluent Providence Retirement Villa who rarely leaves the compound—and has rarely been kissed. Good girl gets the bad boy may be a popular trope, but the quirky supporting cast of crazy rich old people and Thorne's precise and original prose give the premise new life. Teddy first meets Ruthie at a gas station and offends her by assuming she's in costume as a character from The Golden Girls. That might have been the end of it, had Teddy's father not recently acquired Providence. Now he decrees that Teddy should temporarily live and work on-site while getting his life on track. Ruthie and Teddy inevitably grow closer, but longtime social outcast Ruthie struggles to imagine Teddy sincerely liking her, let alone wanting more, and Teddy has some emotional baggage of his own. The couple bond in part over their surprising mutual love for a late 1990s, 7th Heaven–esque family drama. As with that show, readers longing for laughter and heart will find comfort here. Agent: Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Extreme opposites are drawn together in the most unlikely of circumstances in this sweet, cheeky rom-com from Thorne (The Hating Game). Theodore "Teddy" Prescott is a tattoo-covered, motorcycle-riding, itinerant rich boy; straitlaced Ruthie Midona is an administrator at the affluent Providence Retirement Villa who rarely leaves the compound—and has rarely been kissed. Good girl gets the bad boy may be a popular trope, but the quirky supporting cast of crazy rich old people and Thorne's precise and original prose give the premise new life. Teddy first meets Ruthie at a gas station and offends her by assuming she's in costume as a character from The Golden Girls. That might have been the end of it, had Teddy's father not recently acquired Providence. Now he decrees that Teddy should temporarily live and work on-site while getting his life on track. Ruthie and Teddy inevitably grow closer, but longtime social outcast Ruthie struggles to imagine Teddy sincerely liking her, let alone wanting more, and Teddy has some emotional baggage of his own. The couple bond in part over their surprising mutual love for a late 1990s, 7th Heaven–esque family drama. As with that show, readers longing for laughter and heart will find comfort here. Agent: Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A spoiled, tattooed rich man reluctantly agrees to become an assistant to two casually exploitative nonagenarians before unexpectedly catching the eye of the property’s serious-minded manager. By the best-selling author of The Hating Game. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A spoiled, tattooed rich man reluctantly agrees to become an assistant to two casually exploitative nonagenarians before unexpectedly catching the eye of the property's serious-minded manager.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“Second First Impressions is the warmest, coziest, sweetest book of the year, an absolutely perfect blend of humor and heart. I want to live inside Sally Thorne’s brain.” —Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling of Beach ReadFrom the USA Today bestselling author of The Hating Game, soon to be a movie starring Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, 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 into 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…