First Impressions (Kristin’s Review)

Title: First Impressions
Author: Jay Hogan
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: January 25, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Zealand
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5



Two years ago I made a mistake, a big one and then I threw in a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life big time but I made it through. I was lucky.

Then I was given the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in Auckland, NZ, ‘The City of Sails’. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to get my life back together.

I grabbed it and packed my new set of golden rules with me.

I don’t do relationships.
I don’t do commitment.
I don’t do white picket fences.

And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.


The only thing I know for certain about Dr. Michael Oliver is the guy is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I’d barely survived the last one of those in my life. Once was more than enough.

The man might be gorgeous but my eleven-year-old daughter takes number one priority and I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain in the ass, bigoted parents.

I don’t have time for games.
I don’t have time for taking chances.
I don’t have time for more complications in my life.

And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.

Title and blurb sums up the book fairly well – during a raid on a popular gay bar, Josh meets Michael with his pants down. Literally. Not the best first impression. Michael, trying to escape memories and a relationship he screwed up back in the States, is in New Zealand for two years. All he wants is to work at the hospital and get some non-commitment relief on the weekends.

When Michael is attacked at home by the same suspected drug gang, Josh offers Michael safe housing. The attraction between the two men is mutual…and becomes more complicated than either one anticipated.

This was well written, the plot moved right along, the sex scenes were smokin’, and I had a hard time putting this down.

But I do have some caveats, which I will admit up front a couple of these are entirely MY quirks.
• I’m not a fan of The Big Misunderstanding and I watched this one coming from the first pages.
• I’m not a fan (and if you read my reviews you know this) I really don’t like the tell all bestie/sister trope and we have that with Josh and his sister Katie. HE admits he doesn’t want to know the details of his sister’s sex life, I find it odd that his sister would want to know the details of HIS.
• Michael went to his first softball practice with Josh’s unit. After, it was noted the bar was in walking distance, and they all arrived freshly showered. Um…where did they shower? I don’t ever recall showering after a softball practice or game for that matter. Ya just show up at the bar all sweaty.
• And I’ll just say, don’t ever assume, because it just makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me” and Josh and Michael behaved liked asses once the crisis point hit.
• Some of the sports references had me perplexed, and I would have liked to have seen an explanation from Michaels POV.

My issues aside, as I note above, I DID enjoy this. I’m usually not a fan of kids in my books, but Sasha worked as a sub-character. Camron, the over-the-top Head Nurse was flamboyant, in-your-face, take charge character that made me want to get to know better. And yes, I could see how two incredibly independent, emotionally hurt guys could mangle communicating so badly (I still don’t like Big Misunderstandings tho).

Well done for a first book. I would read more by this author.

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Galley copy of First Impresions provided by Jay Hogan in exchange of an honest review.


I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson

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