ARC Review: Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
Title: Searching for Someday
Series: Searching For #1
By: Jennifer Probst
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Age Group: Adult
Genre Type: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 26th 2013
Pages: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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.
A sexy, romantic and fun adult contemporary with just a touch of magic.
"Yeah, a matchmaker and a divorce lawyer. That's got success all over it."
When I first picked up Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst, I was excited to read the story with it's contemporary New York setting and it's light touch of magic. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out it's characters were actually in their thirties, and Searching for Someday was an adult contemporary romance. It was great reading about adult characters who are smart, career driven who know what they want and go after it.
SETTING AND SUMMARY
Searching for Someday has a nice contemporary feel with it's Manhattan setting, while Verly, where Kate lives, gives the story a small town and quaint feel to it. Kate Seymour has created a successful matchmaking service called Kinnections that she co-owns with her two best girlfriends from college. But Kate has a secret weapon beyond great business skills, she has been both gifted and cursed with The touch, a sizzling sensation that allows her to sense a romantic connection between two people. Unfortunately for Kate, it often has hilarious, if not disastrous consequences for her own romantic love life, that is until divorce attorney Slade Montgomery walks into her life.
Angry and worried about his vulnerable sister, who just happens to be Kate's newest client, he storms into her office and accuses her business of being a scam. In the heat of the moment, a challenge is setup to prove him wrong. Kate agrees to take him on as a client and find his ultimate dream mate. Kate has never had a problem finding a great match-up for her clients before, and can't wait to prove to prove Slade wrong. But when an accidental touch between these two proves an undeniable attraction with it's sizzling jolt, Kate knows she in big trouble.
Searching for Someday is told from both Kate and Slade's point of view, often leading me to laughing out loud (Kate) or jaw dropping (Slade) moments.
Kate Seymour is smart, sassy and a believer in true love. She's worked hard to create her business, and can't help but feel that she's missing out on the love and the romance she tries to help others find. She's protective to those she cares about, and has an endearing quality about her that I really liked. Her quirky phrase and sassy humor really made the book fun to read.
Slade Montgomery is one hot, arrogant, and irresistible male. He has this sly, sexy sense of humor that I loved. As a divorce lawyer he has seen the worst in marriages, and thinks love is nothing more than the hormone oxytocin- until he meets Kate. Undeniably attracted to her, he slowly he begins to question just what it is about Kate that makes him wonder if he could be wrong about love.
The chemistry between Slade and Kate is obvious (sizzling) right away in the story, but what made this grown-up romance so fun, was the game of chase between these two. The romance is full of tension and tons of verbal banter as Kate tries to deny her attraction for Slade, while he can’t help but be intrigued by her. The chase was definitely on.
Swoon Level: High. Very sexy and explicit.
A Swoon Quote:
“He closed the last few inches between them, snagging her around the waist and lifting her up to meet his lips.
Like rice Krispies gone berserk, a live jolt of electricity hit her hard, wringing a gasp from her lips."
WHAT I REALLY LIKED
One of my favorite aspect of the book had to be the "voices" created for Kate and Slade's characters. There was just so much fun verbal banter between these two, and the phrases Kate would say had me cracking up. And Slade, well he has no problem telling Kate what he thinks nor wants.
WHAT I HAD A HARD TIME WITH
There's a fine balance between "the chase" between two characters and one too many chases which the book came close to doing, but the ending made it all worthwhile.
RATING: 4 Stars. I really liked it.
RECOMMENDED for Adult readers who like a sizzling romance with a chase, contemporary settings, and a touch of magic.
A courtesy review copy of this book was provided by Simon and Schuster via NetGalley in exchange for my fair review. Thank you Simon and Schuster the review opportunity!