take a shine to someone
take a shine to (someone or something)
To have or develop a fondness or preference for someone or something; to be attracted to or desire someone or something. It seems the boss has taken a shine to you, kid. You should start seeing some more work headed your way! I think Jennifer has taken a shine to my friend Tommy, so I'm going to try to set them up on a date! I've used PCs all my life, but I've really taken a shine to Macs after using one in my new job.
take a shine to someoneBRITISH, INFORMAL
If you take a shine to someone, you like them when you first meet them, often in a romantic way. Jack took a shine to one of Molly's pretty cousins. Laura took a shine to her and immediately offered her the job.