Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times-bestselling author of more than novels, including The Search, Black Hills, Tribute, High Noon, and many. Blithe Images by Nora Roberts – book cover, description, publication history. First Impressions / Blithe Images by Nora Roberts – book cover, description, publication history.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Escaping the traps of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to rural Maryland. All he wants is peace, quiet and to keep away from women.

The last thing he needs is his sassy, sexy neighbor Shane Abbott. But he has no idea how determined Shane will be when it comes to giving a helping hand–or a loving heart.

When small-town girl Hilary Baxter is offere Escaping the traps of gold-digging women, wealthy businessman Vance Banning moves to rural Maryland.

When small-town girl Hilary Baxter is offered a prestigious six-month modeling contract by Bret Bardoff, handsome, charming and the owner and publisher of fashionable Mode Magazine, the sky is the limit.

Thrust into a glamorous career in New York, Hilary knows she has it all Mass Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Dec 24, Lindsay rated it it was ok. A very slow starting story. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get through it at first.

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However, there were a few unexpected and interesting plot turns towards the middle of the story. After that, the story went downhill again. The main conflict was obvious from the very beginning and nothing saved the story after that.

This story creeped me completely out and then just annoyed me. It felt like I was reading a romance novel from the 70s – you know the type, First Impressions: It felt like I was reading a romance novel from the 70s – you know the type, where the heroine just gets walked all over by the male lead I refuse to call him a hero and no one seems to think anything is wrong with that picture.

But the creepy part came because everyone treated the heroine in this story like a child. They would pat her on the head, tell her what was best for her, ignore her protests, etc.

There’s even a scene where she is modeling dressed up as a girl in pigtails and everything and the male lead gets turned on by this This story should be given a negative rating. May 05, Carly Ellen Kramer rated it liked it. A cute story and entertaining read, but not one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. I know many readers think her earlier stories were better, but I disagree. I enjoyed some of her recent books more than some of her earlier stories this book was written in ’84, I believe.


Oct 19, Janet Robel rated it liked it.

I’ve always loved reading Nora Roberts. I remember checking them out of the local library many years ago.

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These are lovely holiday themed romances. The first one was my favorite. Nov 18, Ruby Lee rated it it was ok.

I know that both of these stories are from the early 80’s and they read like that. First Impressions was a good story. It was sweet and a good read. The problem that I had was with Blithe Images and the way that it skirted around images of rape and sexual assault.

He called her a tease when she won’t have sex with him, became angry, and suggested that he wasn’t above forcing the issue when it was something that he wanted. This is not romantic or fun. Love is not having a guy want you so much tha I know that both of these stories are from the early 80’s and they read like that. Love is not imates a guy want you so much that he is willing to cross your boundaries to get what he wants.

I am not a prude and enjoy all sort of romantic fiction iages the tame to the very steamy but there is imagee fun about this old story that promotes dangerous images about sex and respect. I did not read the whole story because I couldn’t stomach it but it is time for this story to be retired. Dec 21, Betsy rated it it was ok. This was okay, but typical. The guy gets the girl; the girl gets the guy. The second story, Blithe Images, was better than the first. Although neither were earth norz.

Very much fiction, relationships don’t happen like this in the real world. I love Nora Roberts. I do, it’s true, I say it loud roverts I say it proud. The first story is classic Roberts. Flawed characters, a sense of betrayal, Alpha male, roherts female, family conflict, plot twist, love at first sight, and an eventual happy ending.

Rboerts a comfort book. You don’t put much thought into it, you simply pick it up, read robeets and hope that your brain hasn’t gained any weight with all of the saccharine that its just been subject to. She does it well.

Her characters are the only things that really imagse the stories apart and you know what? She sells books for a reason. Now enough about Roberts. The first story “First Impressions” is about Vance and Shane to complete opposites. Vance is running from his life and his past mistakes and trying to lay low – why? He’s a millionaire, a widow and he’s lost himself.

So in the little town that he settles in, he hopes for anonymity and just pure honest work. He’s good with wood and in his position of President at a globally successful construction company, he doesn’t get to work with his hands very often.

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Oh, and his ex-wife was a complete gold-digging jerk, so he’s off woman. Transparent, trusting but not naive bg, stubborn, fiery and determined to make her dreams come true. She’s funny, laughs at inappropriate times and things I love this and she’s warm and generous nira she manages to get under Vance’s skin. She’s got her own demons but they come in the form of her mother. She loves Vance almost immediately and while it blitbe a little while for Vance to hop on the love boat, we can see why.

They are, perhaps, one of the most realistic couples I’ve met in a while from a Nora Roberts book.

There is arguing, short tempers, roherts shove or two not in a scary domestic violence way and sweet patience. Of course there were a few unbelievable phrases, but come on people, this is a romance novel! The second story, I’m about in the middle of it, is not as interesting as the first but it’s still decent enough to allow me to finish the story. He’s the owner of Mode Magazine ring any bells, “Ugly Betty” fans?

Nroa in all the right ways.

Plus, did I mention, handsome and rich? I’ll let you know how the rest pans npra but I can probably tell you there is a happy ending. Also, the Bret’s dialogue imaegs – I laughed for all the wrong reasons. I say skip this one if you can unless you want to be amused along with the Alpha Male strong-arming. I needed a comfort book and despite how much this review may sound like I’m ripping on this book, I’m not. It’s the book that you take to bed with you or read on a very cold Winter night.

If you can get your hands on it and you are looking to be soothed – you can’t go wrong with a bit of Roberts Romance Balm. Dec 03, Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing. This was 2 of her older contemporary romances combined. Relatable and a quick fun read. Mar 22, Nancy rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 10, Zuleima Salazar rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. First impressions was pretty good at first but it honestly became a bore and by the end of the book I hated the character and protagonist Shane. I ended sympathizing with the character Vance but by the end, I think he shouldn’t have stayed with her.