Thursday, October 31, 2013

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Searching For series #1
Format: ebook via Netgalley
Length: 326 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (November 26, 2013)

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love…only to find herself falling for him along the way.

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Searching for Someday is a delightful book that uses a cliché pairing of a matchmaker and a divorce attorney to frame a clever and unique story. Kate Seymour, matchmaker, is challenged to find a steady romantic partner for Slade Montgomery, divorce attorney and protective older brother. Trouble arrives when sparks fly between the two, as Kate doesn’t date clients and Slade doesn’t believe in love.

From the very first chapter, I enjoyed this book. Kate’s mental dialogue as she suffers through a horrific date was amusing, and I loved that she had a backbone when it came to dealing with Slade, a classic alpha male used to getting his own way. I also loved that while the book occasionally dipped into other too-familiar romance book territory (throwing the name Robert out to make Slade jealous and Slade’s promise to make Kate beg), the book had a lot of interesting push and pull. Every time you’d think they were about to overcome their difficulties, another would rear its head. The pacing was terrific and it had plenty of heat.

This book also has some terrific secondary characters. Kate’s mom is straight out of Meet the Fockers and both of Kate’s business partners (Kennedy and Arilyn) were interesting and dynamic. I really hope that those two ladies get their own stories. Slade’s sister Jane was great, too – not one-dimensional at all. The last secondary character, Robert, was my absolute favorite. It was awesome to get an epilogue from his perspective. The story of Robert added a lot of depth and heartstring-tugging to the story. Nicely done!

Favorite Quote:
“There is no halfway, no safe place to hide when it comes to love. You are luckier than most to be guided to the man meant for you. By denying the truth, or making light of the connection, you deny the gift, yourself, and are no longer worthy of it.”

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