Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Searching for Someday ( Searching for #1 ) by Jennifer Probst

Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst
Excerpt

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.


Genre

Contemporary

Review

When I found out that the premise of the book is about a matchmaker and a divorce lawyer, I knew I need to read it. I'm always game for a romantic comedy to lighten up my day. Too much angst is bad for my well-being.

Slade Montgomery is a divorce lawyer, cocky, overbearing and cynical to love in general. After going through his own divorce and witnessing his little sister, Jane spiraling to the deep end after being dump, he no longer believe in happily ever after.

"Romantic love is just a mirage - a glass of ice-cold Coca-Cola in the middle of the desert. You stumble and reach to quench the thirst, then find the glass vanishes right through your fingers."

That was Slade's idea of love. Although he came off as such a tough lawyer, he had a soft side when it came to his sister's welfare. Best brother ever,

"Are you still upset over your breakup? We can go slash his tires, get drunk, and watch chick flick movies."

When he found out that Jane had sign up to Kinnection's matchmaking program, all he can think of is Jane will be getting hurt again by some scumbag, while getting con by these so-called matchmaker. He decided to sign himself up and prove that Kinnection is nothing but a scam.

Kate Seymour the co-owner of Kinnection along with her best buddies, Kennedy and Arilyn. She inherited a special gift that can help her match two soul mates that are meant to be together. Yet, her own love life is miserable with Robert, her rescued dog as company. When she met the insurable Slade who had a total opposite beliefs with her, she felt a spark that she can't denied.

The first half of the book was a romcom at its best. Kate let Slade to sign up with them as long as he is open and willing to accept their advice in this matchmaking process. There were so many hilarious lines, mostly from Slade, when Kate tried to coach him on how to date for a long term relationship, instead of a one night stand.

"Sex is a way we can find out if we're both compatible. This isn't Victorian England, for God's sake!"

Who knew matchmaking can be such a tedious process,

"Relationships aren't all fluff and fun. Is tough work."
"At least you're preparing them to be strong when the divorce happens."

Slade stated down on how his ideal woman should be. But it seems like what he want was everything opposite from what Kate is. Due to Kate's gift, whenever they touch, there was an instant spark that can light up the city. Slade was so drawn to her and Kate keep telling herself the man was all wrong for her. She can't be with someone who don't believe in love.

"Big Ivy school doesn't impress me. Even blonde cheerleaders can get into law school there."
"If you're even trying to cite Legally Blonde to me, I will sue you. I barely made it out of that place alive, and I can assure you, there were no sorority girls there."

I just love Slade, he came off really domineering, know what he wants and grab it. The internal sexual frustration they both experience was borderline paranormal, I can't help but snickered. I guess Kate read too much Black Dagger Brotherhood.

"I need to change your intake form. Seems there's a bit of dom in you."
"Funny, lately I've been feeling like the slave in this relationship."

When Slade had to acknowledge that Kate needs more than what he can provide her, things turn ugly between them. Kate believes in HEA, Slade believe in divorce. I think they both should compromise a little and meet each other half way.


Love the little side story and possible love triangle between Kate's friend, Gen and her Dr. McDreamy and Wolfe. Sounds like something interesting is going down there and can't wait for their story. Kennedy and Arilyn also provided so much needed girl power to have Kate's back whenever she needed.

I took away 1 star for the back and forth between Kate and Slade at the second half of the story. I wish they would just stop over thinking and accept what fate brought them. And the ending was too abrupt for my liking. I usually prefer at least the last 20% to have some lovey dovey scene. Love that cute epilogue, though. Quite an unique touch.

"I'm not looking for forever. But I am looking for someday."

Rating 4/5

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