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review 2018-06-02 23:13
First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice - Debra White Smith

I received this book for free from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.


I had actually just finished reading Pride and Prejudice before starting this book so everything was still fresh in my mind. 


As a retelling this was pretty spot on. There was even a list of the cast of characters and their Pride and Prejudice counterparts at the beginning of the book. Personality-Wise, the characters stayed true to their Pride and Prejudice version. Linda (Lydia in P&P) was very flirtatious, Mary Boswick (Mrs. Bennet in P&P) was very silly in her views, etc. For the most part, the storyline followed Pride and Prejudice very closely. Many of the original plot points were included. Overall, the storyline was translated to modern times very well. 


I liked how the book showed you multiple points of view (Eddi, Dave and Linda’s). I particularly enjoyed hearing Dave’s thoughts throughout the novel. 


I also loved that since the characters in the book were putting on their production of Pride and Prejudice at their community theatre, there were lines from Pride and Prejudice in this book. 


This book is Christian fiction, so some of the characters’ viewpoints lean towards that. But I wouldn’t say it was an overwhelmingly Christian book. 


All in all, this was a fun retelling of a classic story. 

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review 2018-01-03 00:25
#First Impressions #Second Chances by Heidi Belleau Review
#First Impressions #Second Chances - Heidi Belleau

Jonah Gilchrist lives a double life. On the internet, he’s a fashion-blogging Tumblr celebrity. In the real world, though, being an awkward gay virgin isn’t as cute and endearing as it is online — it’s a target on his back. After years of being bullied, Jonah’s determined to start afresh at college, but it’s hard to remake yourself when you’re sharing classes with your ill-fated junior high crush.

Sebastian Rose, with his easy-going manner and great sense of humor, was one of the most popular guys in junior high. He was also one of Jonah’s only defenders. Too bad Jonah knows Sebastian’s kindness was only pity.

Bumping into each other after all these years makes it seem like the universe itself wants Jonah to have a second chance at his first love. But how can he ever hope to reinvent himself when Sebastian’s presence pulls him further into his past? Then again, maybe moving forward doesn’t have to mean leaving the best part of your past behind.




I liked a lot about this book. I loved that Sebastian wasn't this perfectly turned out hero and that he was Jonah's crush I thought the social media stuff was fun.

However, Jonah wasn't very self reflective until the very end and didn't get much of an arc (and he needed one). 

It was a sweet fast read.

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review 2017-07-04 13:14
Who knew
The Hook Up - Tawna Fenske

This is the 3rd book in the First Impressions series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  In order to avoid spoilers, and have a better grasp of the series, I recommend reading in order.


Ellie meets Tyler in the middle of a misunderstanding.  Right from the start there are sparks flying between the two of them.  The attraction is obviously mutual.


Tyler wants to help Ellie.  He just thinks she does something else for a living.  He never planned on meeting someone who would change his future plans.  Now, he is not sure how to live without her.


With all the fun I have come to expect from this author, I was happily reading and enjoying the humor and heat.  These characters were a joy to read.  I think this book fits well in to this very sexy series too.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given in exchange by Netgalley and its publisher, for an honest review only.

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review 2017-03-08 17:17
The Fix Up (First Impressions, #1) by Tawna Fenske Review
The Fix Up - Tawna Fenske

Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.


Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.


With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?




l ove me a nerdy hero and Ben is grand.

The cute meet in this book is silly as is the fast dropping of pants but it manages to be a charming sexy read with some added depths as well.

Ben is great. He wants to change his company for the better and is a genius. He knows he needs to smooth his image but likes who he is and isn't afraid to be who he is. Plus, he is sexually confidant but not it a jerk way.

The heroine clings a bit to self protection and rules she doesn't obey in the magic of romance novel lust fog but I like her anyway. The turn around that caused her divorce is a bit contrived however, the issues she has that makes her take on Ben as a client is a real one and makes for a good conflict.

What I really loved about this book (beside nerdy dirty talk, sex, and flirting) is how much Ben respects the heroine and the direct address of sexism in corporate culture.

As usual with Fenske (who I like a lot as a writer for all the little details in her characters) the ending comes too soon and we don't get enough time to enjoy the couple but it is a very good book

I was given this book for my honest review. So there you have it!

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review 2016-10-03 00:00
First Impressions
First Impressions - Nora Roberts This might be considered spoiler-y. Technically, I haven't given away real details, but some folks are pickier. So be warned.

So here's the thing. The Big Misunderstanding trope is used constantly in this book. And it's always because Shane absolutely refuses to allow Vance to finish a fucking sentence. He tries to explain things numerous times, but she always talks over him. She just plows right on through and completely misses the mark - half the time she's flat out wrong, but she's like a runaway train and nobody can stop her. I wanted to grab her, shake her, and demand that she shut the hell up for two seconds so Vance could give her the explanation she's demanding so violently.

And then there is a scene where Shane lets her mother break her heart again. Like, you know this woman is poison and wants to hurt you. You've been preparing yourself for her to show up and pull some shit. So how the hell are you so surprised and gullible when she shows up and pulls some shit?

So she falls for her mother's bullshit and goes tearing off, screaming for an explanation, which she won't shut up long enough to get. She does this whole "I trusted you and you were laughing at me the whole time! You were laughing at me! How could you laugh at me?!" Which mostly reminds me of the movie Carrie, when she's having that psychotic break and hearing her mother's voice in her head saying "They're all gonna laugh at you! They're all gonna laugh at you!" On and on with this laughing shit with Shane, when it's horribly obvious that nobody would find it funny. It's not a prank or con somebody would pull because it makes no sense, there is no payoff to doing it. I could have understood if she was just upset about being misled, but I don't get her thinking at all. Of course he wasn't laughing at you, dumbass. Be quiet and let the man speak!

She was so melodramatic while ranting and raving, totally incorrect and illogical, but entirely unwilling to allow anyone to speak long enough to correct her. I hated her by the end of the book.
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