4.5 playful CROWNS
There’s more than a little animosity between Cash and Harlow in the opening pages of First Impressions by Dee Palmer, which took me somewhat by surprise. With past experience and a nasty encounter coloring Harlow’s view of rich men she is determined not to fall for his charm and comes across as more than ungrateful for his help. Maybe its just Cash who rubs her up the wrong way by waving his wealth in her face, but sweeping assumptions and first impressions at the start of their story make for one witty tale, full of hilarious banter and scorching chemistry.
I don’t really need to talk about the plot as the synopsis tells you most of what you need to know about the bones of the story. What it doesn’t tell you is how Cash and Harlow are made for each other, despite their apparent differences. Harlow, having lost everything in a recent tragedy, fell pray to an unscrupulous villain of a man, who took advantage of her vulnerability and rather sweet and naïve nature. Cash is a far more confident character overall. However, he harbours his own secrets and feelings of guilt from his youth, which have in the past prevented him from indulging in nothing more than passing encounters. They’re both a little lonely, broken and raw and Cash is certainly not prepared for Harlow and how she turns his world upside down, how she makes him feel. The push and pull of their relationship was great, his stubbornness and her feistiness make for some very interesting situations. However, the thing I loved the most was how little by little they changed, opening their hearts and minds and, without realising it, fulfilling each other’s needs as well as their own.
First Impressions is quite simply a gorgeous love story. A slow burn, witty, enemies to lovers romance, with lots of emphasis on the emotional and not merely the physical side of their relationship. However, there’s plenty of passionate, smouldering looks and lusty thoughts between them and when they finally give in to their desires, those moments are wonderfully hot and steamy and well worth the wait.
A vulnerable young widow down on her luck. A narcissistic millionaire with all the right resources. Will steamy tension lead to unlikely love?
Harlow Hart didn’t think life could get any worse. After risking a return to dating and getting catfished in Asia, she winds up broke and on the first flight out. Surprised by the airline’s sexy CEO offer to help her, she refuses to fall for his charming tricks.
Laiken Cash takes exactly what he desires. Irritated that his potential conquest is ungrateful for the assistance, he disciplines her by making her work off her debt as his PA. But when her fiery disdain swells, so does Cash’s desire to rip off her clothes.
Harlow has never been with a man who can navigate a woman’s body quite like Cash, and his expertise is increasingly difficult to refuse. But a past tragedy closed off Cash’s heart and he struggles to open up to the woman driving him wild.
Will Harlow and Cash stop butting heads long enough to give into their deepest temptations?
First Impressions is a sultry standalone contemporary romance novel. If you like sizzling power dynamics, enemies-to-lovers’ trysts, and smoking-hot men, then you’ll love Dee Palmer’s passionate tale.
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About the Author:
Dee Palmer lives just outside of London with her husband and (slightly embarrassed) children. Her passion is writing sexy steamy romance stories that will scorch the pages right off your kindle and are guaranteed to make your heart pound. She loves an HEA but isn’t afraid to put her readers through the ringer before she delivers.
When not at her desk she can be found either fannying around on Facebook or with her nose stuck in her Kindle. Once in a while when the lights are down she might be spotted about town searching for the best French martinis and throwing some dubious shapes on the dance floor.