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December 2, 2013

Braine Reviews: Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst + Giveaway

Series: Searching For 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
From “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY) comes the first novel in an irresistible new series—a spin-off of the bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire series—featuring a matchmaker who falls for a man who doesn’t believe in love.

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.

Sparkling is an understatement, SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY by Jennifer Probst is electric! This is my kind of contemporary romance, full of wit and candor, a bit magical with delectable flirtations and ardent luvin', you'll devour it in one sitting. JProbst is a true daughter of contemporary fiction and literature, she carefully and cleverly blended themes and literary devices which turned SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY into this winsome story that has a "classic" feel to it. It's no wonder JProbst quickly and easily carved a niche for herself in the romance department.

SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY is like Bravo's Million Dollar Matchmaker except Kate Seymour is prettier than Ms. Patti, way nicer and has a realistic perception of herself. She owns a matchmaking agency, Kinnection, and the main reason behind its success is Kate can literally feel jolts of energy signalling a perfect coupling from two people who are searching for love. The glitch is, her "gift" has yet to work for herself. A serial dater, Kate has yet to find Mr. Right, ironic for someone in her business, until Slade Montgomery came barging in her office full of demands and threats of lawsuits. Slade's sister, Jane, is Kate's newest client and as he's a skeptic, Slade wants Kate to release Jane from their contract under the assumption that Kate's business is a scam. After much debate, Slade countered with signing up to Kinnections to prove that Kate is nothing but a fraud. Well you know what happens next as Slade is Kate's Mr. Right but their road to HEA is not without bumps and potholes and definitely entertaining to read unfold.

Kate and Slade did that push and pull, passive-aggressive dance that is so exciting to read but so frustrating to live in real life. Kate is such an endearing heroine and despite being frustrated in the romance department, Kate is the consummate optimist when it comes to love. Slade on the other hand is a cynic and a bit of a jerk. Previously married and currently a divorce lawyer with high regard for oxytocin, Slade lived and witnessed several situations of love gone wrong. He doesn't believe in the white-picket-fence suburban dream, rather his concept of marriage is business-like and lukewarm with all his talk of companionship and the like. 

With two contrary concepts in relationships, Kate and Slade struggled with falling in love with each other. They tried so hard to convince themselves that they're not the right fit and really fought the symptoms of true love. It may have been presented in such a funny and even nonchalant way but really it's a little sad, especially for Kate. 
The truth is, no man has ever wanted me enough to propose.
That is crushing to admit and I can't help but feel emphatic towards Kate as she tried to rationalize her feelings for Slade and be a level-headed business woman. After all, he's her client. As for Slade, he irritated me sometimes with his handy threats of lawsuits but underneath that gruff demeanor lies a warm and fuzzy teddy bear. I can't help but laugh as he expresses excitement over the food served instead of his date and the "lows" he went to just to get closer to Kate. There's nothing sexier than a determined man in love and Slade chased Kate down and broke her walls, proving to her that he's The One and she needs to embrace that reality.

But the real star of SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY for me is Robert the adorable pitbull! OMG! Dog owners and lovers, brace yourselves because Robert will steal your heart and make you forget about Slade! The epilogue will make you clutch your pillow, stuffed animal, pet or whatever or whoever is closest to you. Two barks for this adorable mutt!

I didn't read JProbst's Marriage to a Billionaire series but now I understand why she's an instant hit with the romance reader crowd. SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY is a heartfelt and hopeful story about love, it's light and captivating it's I'm sure this will be another bestseller in no time. Another sure win for JProbst!
Our first loves are the ones who define us, who teach us lessons and make us stronger.

The possibility of love is worth everything, Mr. Montgomery. Pain, heart--break, grief. It is the only thing worthwhile to fight for in this life. And though there are never any promises, if one is true and brave enough to give, there will never be regret


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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, "A Life Worth Living."


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18 comments:

  1. *flails* I need to find more hours in the day to read! lol I've seen so many good things about her books and still haven't gotten the chance to read them. It sounds fantastic! Bwaha and what a cute name for the pup. I don't think I've met a canine Robert before. lol

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    1. I feel you! That or we can grow extra heads or clone ourselves. Robert is the sweetest!

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  2. Gads, ok I need this one, not sure when I will find time to read it but I want to meet Kate and Slade..heck yes! Awesome review Braine!

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly and I'm sure you'll enjoy this too!

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  3. I have the ARC for this book, so I couldn't read your review for fear of being spoiled, even a little bit... I'm very happy you loved it, though, because that means I will probably love it as well :)

    Have a great week and happy reading, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I hope you get to it soon, Robert will steal your heart ;)

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  4. I've been on a contemporary romance kick of late so I'm goin to have to try this one out. It does sound really good. I haven't read any of Jennifers books either, but I'm dang on sure going to start soon :)

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    1. It is, if you're in the mood for contemporary romance give this a gander.

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  6. Your review is so perfect, Braine. Mine will seem lame in comparison. I adored SfS too. I cannot wait for more!

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    1. I doubt it, looking forward to reading your thoughts.

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  7. I have heard good things about this book, I just need to find the time to read it.

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    1. You can finish it in one siting if you get into it. It's not emotionally heavy, it's light and fluffy, super easy read.

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  8. Fantastic review! I have been debating whether I need to read this or not and then you sold me with Robert! I love dogs! Also, this sounds like a great romance!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. Yes, Robert is the real hero in this story. He'll have you at the pad of his paw in no time!

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  9. I haven't yet read a book from Ms. Probst, but this one sounds like a winner, Braine! I really want to meet Kate and Slade and Robert! You had me convinced with 'electric' and I love a 'heartfelt and hopeful' story. Fantastic review, dear!

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    1. I wasn't drawn to her billionaire series but this one I love. It's "normal" and old school romantic.

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