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First Impressions

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  30 reviews

I want to leave my past behind, start fresh. It seems like no one will give me a chance.
So much for being welcome at my friend’s Thanksgiving dinner—his sister can’t stand me. Darby is irresistible though. She’s smart, gorgeous and way out of my league. She hates me every bit as much as I want her.
I can be the kind of man who’s good enough for her. If I can just e
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Published March 31st 2018
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Apr 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
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I want to leave my past behind, start fresh. It seems like no one will give me a chance.
So much for being welcome at my friend’s Thanksgiving dinner—his sister can’t stand me. Darby is irresistible though. She’s smart, gorgeous and way out of my league. She hates me every bit as much as I want her.
I can be the kind of man who’s good enough for her. If I can just escape my past.


Jared’s more bad boy than cowboy, so why do I want him so much?
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Once I started, I could not put it down. A beautifully written page turner.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can He Be Good Enough For Her?

Jared has had one of the worst childhoods that anyone could have and survive. Crime, alcohol, drugs and murder all over. he can't even escape from it within his own family.  When his closest friend dies he realises that he has to get out, try something new and honest otherwise he can see his own death.  After saying goodbye to his friends he is on the pavement when a well dressed man stops and asks him for directions. Now he isn't exactly sure of the place but helps
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story is about Jarad who has been given a second chance on life! Jared left home at 14 and lived on the streets in LA and joined a gang, his life has been anything but easy. One day his friends dies and Jared decides he needs to leave this life and on a normal night Alex walks by and offers him a chance to work and then another job needing him to relocate to Wyoming and start over. They way Jared acts with Darby, Alex’s sister is interesting. He never had anyone praise or show him any posit ...more
Julianne Macneil
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of an arc program. I really liked this book about a young man named Jared who leaves the gang life behind and tries to start over. When Jared meets Darby at a family reunion his friend Alex invited him too. Alex found Jared on the streets and helped him start over. Darby is Alex's sister and when she first meets Jared, they do not get along. Darby is a lawyer and a workaholic. Darby is attracted to Jared, but she thinks he is only a cowboy and knows he has a past, althou ...more
Laila Viking
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book of short length and very well written. Nice storyline and plot. Characters are well described and they develop nicely through the story. Their chemistry is amazing and the passion hot. They are likeable. Two completely different characters meets and they have instant attraction but can they make it work.

The story flows nicely of the pages and keeps you on the edge just wanting to read on and know what happens next. The mix of emotions, mafia, drama, sadness, revenge, romance and more make
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. I really enjoyed this latest book by Aria Ford. Jerad and Darby were a great couple. Though they came from very different backgrounds they are able to connect on a deeper level and help one another get past what they think others may judge them on. Jerad has had a rough life and is trying to get past it and make something of himself. Darby is trying to build her self confidence with her ex did a job of lowering by the way he spoke to her. Making her fe ...more
Darlene  Fessenden
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Aria has written a great story of love and overcoming the barriers and social differences in life with the one you love. Darby is a lawyer who grudgingly went to a family gathering and was trying to get away from it as soon as possible. Jarad is a man who had grown up with a father who abused his mother and was in a gang. He was helped, by Darby’s brother, to get a chance for a new life working on a ranch. When the two met life was never the same for either of them. It’s one of the best romance
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this well written story with some twists.
Even if there are some violent scenes, the romance stays maybe a little too sweet between the characters, with some sex scenes : their main problem is how will react the others to their relation because they aren’t from the same social circle, and, they think they doesn’t deserve each other. Then Jared is identified because of his past and he has to fight another problem (no spoiler) : Jared is an ancient gang’s member and, to escape his life,
Melanie Milburn
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
First impressions are often misleading, but first reactions may be more reliable. When Jared and Darby first meet, they irritate each other, but neither can forget the other, nor how attractive they find each other. Then Jared comes to Darby’s rescue and their attraction gets full reign.
But Darby can’t seem to fret over what people would think of her being with someone like Jared, and he can’t stop thinking that he’d never be good enough for Darby. Oh my! I voluntarily reviewed this Advance Read
Merry Jelks-Emmanuel
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The title of this story sets the tone for this story. Jared has done some things in his life that he is not happy with and is trying to atone for his behavior. Trying to pull himself up and out of his past is proving difficult because no one is willing to give him a second chance. He meets his friend's sister Darby over Thanksgiving. She is giving him a difficult time as well but for different reasons. They have amazing chemistry but can he convince Darby that he's a changed man? I voluntarily a ...more
Linda Lagrue
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
“First Impressions” is the story of two completely different people who some how connect. These complex characters include Darby a beautiful snobbish lawyer and Jared the product of a difficult life with a dysfunctional family. This emotional romance grabs your attention with how Jared and Darcy overcome their past and how they learn to trust. “First Impressions” a well-written, emotional romance is definitely worth reading.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. A wonderful, well written story that engages and entertains. I loved Jared and Darby. They were so realistic and so easy to identify with. The chemistry between them was very hot. A great story about making mistakes, trying to make things right, first impressions and learning to look deeper. A beautiful blend of heat and heart. Just a really fun, emotional book that was such a pleasure to read.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really sweet read I really liked Jared and Darby story they had lots of chemistry but both of them had lots of baggage and it left them with lots of issues trusting while I just loved Jared at times I found her to be really stuck up at time and I really did not like that she did not want anyone to know they were together she did grow on me though.This was a really good read it was well written and had me pulled right into the book from the first couple of chapters.
Renata Gill
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jared grew up in a dysfunctional family, an abusive father and an mother who was an alcoholic. He ended up in the streets of L.A as a gang member.
Darby a lawyer is socially awkward and self conscious after being verbally abused by her ex boyfriend. The two meet at a family gathering are instantly attracted to each other.
First Impressions by Aria Ford is a heartfelt romance that will have you cheering for the two characters as they overcome their fears.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Jared's the ultimate bad boy, but yet so gorgeous. He's trying to put his past behind him and working on a second chance. He falls for Darby, a friends sister. They are from opposite sides of the tracks, but the attraction is there. A moving story with lots of twists and surprises. An emotional roller coaster that was well written. A good story that will have you page turning and wanting more. I read a reader copy and voluntarily chose to write a review.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good story, and I really enjoyed it. I loved Jared and was rooting for him the whole time. However, Darby took a little while to grow on me. The two together did have good chemistry though. I liked seeing them come together. This was a well written story that I would recommend.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This is my honest review.*
Leanne Bryson
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it

📚I am honestly and voluntarily reviewing an copy of this book 📚
Fast, sexy read about overcoming and conquering your past to create your future. Jared and Darby both have baggage, some heavier than others. How they move forward and build a relationship is up to them. Well written, well paced read!
Bookbytch5 janet Gray
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow Aria another awesome story, I loved Jared and Darby story I couldn't put it down till end, they had chemistry that was HOT. They both have some things to work out in there life. A must read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy
Melanie Jo
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow.. Aria has written another amazing book. Not only is the cover hot, so is the story. I loved that Jared and Darby are so different from each other but they are so enjoyable. The writing and story was fantastic. Great book.

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.
Deb Le
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one. It's a pleasant change to have the female lead being the better placed socially and economically. This is a sweet story, well written and fun to read. I loved the whole take on Darby's family. I voluntarily received an ARC of this book.
Tricia Adams
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read!

Jared and Darby are like high school kids. Falling for each other and unsure how the other feels. For Jared, starting over from a bad past is what kept my interest in this story.
Yeluz Selarom
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jared and Darby had misunderstanding from the beginning but as they got to know each other and realized how much they missed each other after Darby went back to MA where she lived. She was a lawyer who went to visit her family in Wyoming and ended up meeting Jared and falling in love
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily review an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Amazing story
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a great book to read
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written story with well detailed characters that kept me totally enthralled until the turn of the very last page!
Lankie Young
May 05, 2018 rated it did not like it

I couldn’t get past the third chapter. It felt like it was written by a kid - it just didn’t flow nicely. Sorry - not what I would call good writing. So couldn’t finish it.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily leaving a arc for this books... I couldn't put it down this book, had to finish it after reading the first chapter.. Loved reading their happily ever after...
Dorothy Bunch
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May 01, 2018
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