Author: Christopher Koehler
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel (293 pg)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts
Blurb: The first time Henry Hughes and Cameron Jameson meet, it’s an unmitigated disaster. Cameron reminds Henry of all he left behind when he stopped making adult films, and he cruelly rejects Cameron. When Cameron discovers Henry’s porno-thespian past, he assumes he’s dodged a bullet.
But circumstances continue to throw the two together. Though the physical attraction between them grows, they cling to first impressions, even as a slow dance reveals just how good they could be.
Henry finally realizes how wrong he was, but Cameron can’t cope with “sleeping with the enemy.” It will take a confrontation for Cameron to realize just how wrong he’s been, but unfortunately, he may have lost his chance.
Review: First Impressions is a contemporary adaptation of Pride and Prejudice that follows the main character, Cameron Jameson, as he deals with e very peculiar “Mr. Darcy”, in this story named Henry Hughes.
Cameron comes from a wealthy family. After he reached nineteen, he decided to leave that wealth behind him to “make it on his own”. That didn’t go well for him. However, as 10 years later he works in retail, while he has no achievement to account for. In addition to that, he has no boyfriend and he desperately need a man in his life to share it with. Henry is an ex-porn star who is sick of being treated like nothing more than that. After retiring from adult movie business he has excluded himself from society and leads a lonely life, dreaming for his perfect man. After a disastrous attempt of match-making from their friends, Cameron and Henry dislike each other and that first impression remains even though they discover after many coincidental meetings, that they could be a perfect pair.
While I found Cameron and Henry somewhat indifferent I adored the secondary characters. Cameron’s friends, Thad and Van, were delicious and his mother the most adorable character ever. And like in the original Pride and Prejudice we even meet a reborn “Lady Catherine De Bourgh” under the illustrious title of “Lady Fellatia Manblower” that is bound on not letting the pair be together, although for very different reasons from the original 😉
Even though the story itself is impressively well written, with captivating vocabulary and lots of humorous dialogues, the romantic and sensual part failed to sweep me of my feet. I did enjoy the plot immensely and I would recommend this book to every contemporary romance/humor fan.