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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 th
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ebook, 300 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~~~Buddy read with the gorgeous Sandi~~~

With a nudge and a wink to Pride and Prejudice, this book is wickedly funny and elegantly written.

First impressions are everything, and when Henry Hughes, retired porn star and wealthy owner of a luxury ski resort, makes the wrong one, Cameron, a child protege/college dropout currently working at an upscale retail store, wants naught to do with him.

Henry tries; oh, how he tries! But Cameron is judgmental and proud (both of which are, ironically, the very
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Ami
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm-contemporary
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A.B. Gayle
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fiction
First up, this is gay fiction not m/m romance although a romance is at the heart of the book.

"First Impressions" is one of the best books I've read this year. There is so much going for it, if you drop your prejudices, look beneath the surface and think about what the author is saying.

It makes a number of statements on a number of levels clothed in witty, irreverent and scathing dialogue as befits a gay writer doing exactly what Jane Austen did many years ago.

It's fun picking the parallels with
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Audrey
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: man-love
I'm surprised to report that I enjoyed this story. True to its title, its first impression on me was not so great; I didn't really care for either MC and wasn't sure if I was even rooting for them to get together. Furthermore, they don't meet until the 5th or 6th chapter/maybe 15% into the book.

However, I actually enjoyed it. The characters take a nice, long journey from the awful first impressions they make to reconciling in the end as explanations and revelations re: character and motivations
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Nic
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was unusual for me as my opinion kept changing. One minute I was loving it, the next I wasn't so sure. In summary, I did enjoy the story and it's laugh-out-loud moments but a little more loving would have raised it just a notch.

The strengths of the book were the wonderful range of characters - most hugely over the top, especially Cameron's mother - and the humour throughout the story. This is one of those books with some great one-liners. I also adored Cameron's 'stories' about his fam
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Karl
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
3.25 stars. "Farce: a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations." This definition sums up it up for me nicely. And I don't mean that negatively at all. I would probably prefer this in a movie or TV show format rather than a book and but I did like it- the writing was fast-paced, funny and witty.
Chris
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: done, 2012, ebook, gay, romance
Good m/m romance about a former porn star (now a mostly respectable businessman) who makes a terrible first impression on the store clerk he finds attractive. Of course, the store clerk is simultaneously making a terrible first impression on him, too... and things don't really improve between them from there.
Serena Yates
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
This is one of those books that utterly fascinate me yet drive me up the wall because the main characters just don’t get it. This story contains misunderstanding after misconception, interpretations of events that are clearly incorrect (with reader-sight as well as hindsight) – in other words, this novel feels like a slice of real life to me. Cameron and Henry get off on the wrong foot – and stumble through the rest of the book clearly fascinated with each other (even if they’d never admit that) ...more
Caroline Brand
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Henry Hughes is successful business man but is almost a recluse. Having made his money in the porn industry he is tired of people looking at him and seeing only his alter ego’ Hugh Jerection’. Yes he was in adult films, Yes he has a huge cock, No that isn’t who he really is and it pains him that people can’t see past it.
Cameron Jameson is crushing after his friend Simon who never notices him and IMO was a selfish ass. He has two flatmates that take up a lot of his energy but actually care about
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Monika
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

Review posted on World of Diversity Fiction

I really enjoyed this story, it was hilarious and sweet with a great cast of characters. There was an ex porn star, a quirky cross dressing “uncle”, female impersonators, wacky but faithful friends, an annoying mother (of course) a troubled young boy and his uncle who becomes his guardian.

I loved Cameron, a young man that desperately wants to make it on his own but somehow he’s not able to get ahead. Enter his friends they try to set him up with a very
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Fehu
A charming story, which I put in my rereads file. I liked this adaptation to Pride and Prejudice, quite a bit. While some of the elements from Pride and Prejudice were visible it had enough of it's own that it's not just a gay version of an old classics.The book focused on the plot and characters rather than on sex( and I was afraid of that, after reading, that one of the main protagonists was a retired porn star). I liked the characters and they did have to grow up a bit or at least learn that ...more
AliciaJ
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
This one just wasn't for me. The constant back and forth between the MC's was just exhausting, and I eventually lost interest in whether they would end up together or not. I did love the best friends though. They were just too cute. That's about the only redeeming part of the book for me. Bummer.
Bogusia
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved absolutely everything about this book, hit all the right spots for me :)
I'm agreeing with Gennie Gee, Mr.Koehler, please consider writing another book about Henry and Cam!
Penny Wilder
Penny's Rating: B +

If someone had told me before I offered to review this book for Net Galley that First Impressions was a gay contemporary romance novel that follows the plot of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I would have told you that there was no way that would work as a novel. So I am glad I didn’t know that when I started reading. You would think that the title, First Impressions, which was Austen’s original title for Pride and Prejudice would have tipped me off, but no. Perhaps I was d
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Gennie's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

I both love and hate books that leave me wanting much more at the end! (I want to read more about Henry and Cameron right now!) First Impressions by Christopher Koehler was just such a book for me. The plot is both fairly simple and quite complex, but it boils down to just how flexible the characters are when someone makes a horrible first impression.

Henry really blows it when he meets Cameron from the first time and Cameron just can’t seem to get over i
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Gennie Gee
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I both love and hate books that leave me wanting much more at the end! (I want to read more about Henry and Cameron right now!) First Impressions by Christopher Koehler was just such a book for me. The plot is both fairly simple and quite complex, but it boils down to just how flexible the characters are when someone makes a horrible first impression.

Henry really blows it when he meets Cameron from the first time and Cameron just can’t seem to get over it. Granted, Henry said so REALLY horrible
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Kristy Maitz
Apr 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments
We got very confusing plot in this book. Fist we got Cameron who is secretly in love with his friend Simon; and we got Henry who played in some erotic movies when he was student. The story is jumping from one character and his life situations to another character and his life situation. Sometimes they even meet.

As a reader, the plot did not pull me and too many friends are thrown in the picture so both main characters are somehow lost inside it. When Henry and Cameron come together as a couple
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Kiki
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
2.5 This romantic comedy is a mixed bag more me. Some of the humor worked well for me, other parts fell flat. The many allusions to "Pride and Prejudice" were amusing to note, and the wild stories Cameron came up were fun. Where the book really came up short, though, was with getting me emotionally involved. None of the characters or situations were remotely "real" to me, and none engaged my emotions. I just didn't care very much about them, so the read was purely an intellectual exercise, and a ...more
Torsten
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-have
4.5*

A really entertaining story!
I had some reservations on the 'That Woman' (aka mother) character but in the end it turned out I liked her as well.
All in all a well written story. Can't wait to read the next by this author.
Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
3.5 stars Great writing but, really long it took me forever to read this. It kinda dragged a little for me in several places. But I enjoyed the story and the humor. Thank you to my beautiful Bestie Dani who finished this way faster than me on our Buddy Read.
Elspeth
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mmr, kindle
Very fun read, in some parts it didn't flow very well but all in all its a good book.
Z
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance
4 stars purely for Van, Thad, That Woman and Cameron's stories.
Alex
May 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Overall
This novel will not be for everyone, or even maybe for most people. While the writing itself isn't bad, the characters and the plot leave plenty to be desired. The one main character especially rubbed me the wrong way, but that may be personal preference. It's possible this was meant to be a more humorous story, and some may find it that way, but my dislike of the one main character and his friends, along with the inconsistency of how the character portrayals, left me not laughing as the
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Lasha
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: jessewave, kids
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Thomaidha Papa
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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 and after he reached 19 he decided to leave that wealth behind him a “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
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Sherry
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
June 1, 2012 update-

I have had a chance to think about it and I think just listing likes/dislikes will work best for me.

Likes:
Van and Thad-absolutely hilarious. While they would be beyond annoying in RL, their antics and dialogue made me LOL several times.
Plot-a retired porn star. Wonderful! A new idea!
Romance-it wasn't insta-love.
Darren-both MCs had at least one side-kick!

Dislikes:
Characters-not fully fleshed out and rather flat. Something missing in the descriptions.
Editing-words misspelled an
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Tonileg
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, kindle
Contemporary M/M romance with two lonely very different guys.
Sometimes I can be really slow catching on to the story. I can only blame my winter SAD tendencies that makes me super tired all the time in the cold weather.
This is a Pride and Prejudice remake, almost plot point by plot point and I only caught on at the Boo Ball when they have almost the same word for word conversation when they dance for the first time. I LOVED this remake! Much much better then Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! This
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John
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is challenging. I like it better as a novel than a romance, if that makes sense. Cam is so bull-headed about everything that you want to smack him upside the head many, many times. He judges everyone - especially Henry - by his initial analysis of them, and after so much time passed...it got old. First Impressions does involve the two falling in love, but it's more about Cam realizing that he has had his stupid blinders on the whole time.

That being said, some parts were totally hilari
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Angela
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I was sure that I was going to really like this book since I really liked the Cal Pac series that the author wrote, but that wasn't the case. It was good don't get me wrong, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I liked Cameron well enough, he seemed like he was trying to get it together. Henry was at first a real jerk until we got to know him. All though why we had to read about him being a former porn star every time it mentioned him was beyond me. I mean I get it all ready he hates his for ...more
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