Saturday, April 19, 2014

Searching For Perfect (Searching #2) by Jennifer Probst


The highly anticipated second novel in the new Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, "one of the most exciting breakout novelists" (USA TODAY)—a spin-off of the bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire series—featuring a sexy matchmaker, and the rocket scientist who becomes her special project…

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself…though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?


***ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

In Searching for Someday, we met the women behind Kinnections, an upscale matchmaking company in the small town of Verily on the outskirts of NYC.  Kate, Kennedy & Arilyn have helped lead the majority of their clients to true love & the happiness that comes with it.  However, until Slade walked in & changed Kate's life, none of them had managed to find love for themselves.  Now, happy & headed for marriage, Kate wants the same for her two best friends.  

With Searching for Perfect, we get to know Kennedy.  She has worked all of her life to feel beautiful & worth love, but has accepted that it is her calling to help others rather than herself.  She faces her biggest challenge when she meets Nathan Ellison Raymond Dunkle...a.k.a. Ned the Nerd.  Ned is a mess. He is an aerospace engineer (not a rocket scientist!) who can almost always be found wearing too large pants & a lab coat with the lunch of the day smeared somewhere on it. He spends more time with books & computers than real people, and his ideas of women come from his jaded brother, Connor, who was scarred first by their mother walking out & then again by a cheating girlfriend.  When Ned insults one of Kennedy's clients, she decides to take him under her wing as her own personal Eliza Doolittle.  

I found Searching for Perfect to be as cute & charming as Searching for Someday.  I really enjoyed the interaction between Kennedy, Kate & Arilyn as well as the budding romance between Kennedy & Nate. This story was quite a bit steamier than the first book (as it turns out...nerds do have their advantages!), but also maintained the heart & humor.  Where the "Love Spells" subtitle seems to have been dropped since Searching for Someday's release, the book of spells still makes an appearance & there is still a spark of magic to the story.  All of these elements come together to make a fun read.  If you are a fan of traditional romance stories, you should definitely check out this series!

Even though this is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand alone without feeling like you have missed something.  Now, the wait begins for Arilyn's story...

*This book will be released in e-book & paperback on April 29th*


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