Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
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.
Book one in Probst’ new contemporary romance series, “Searching For” seems to be a hit with readers across the board! In Searching For Someday we meet Kate, who runs a local match making business with her two partners. Though the company is based largely on science and emotional combatibility to pair couples, Kate’s gift handed down through the generations of her family to get an electric jolt when two people are made for each other does come in handy. Unfortunately it isn’t so nice when every date she has for herself is better suited for someone else. Resigned to forever being alone she is completely unprepared for the sexual attraction she feels toward the over protective big brother of a new client.
Slade is prepared to dismantle the matchmaking company he’s sure is swindling his delicate sister out of hard earned money. He makes a bet with Kate that she can’t find him love, even though that’s the last thing he wants, or needs in his life at the moment. Instead Slade finds that he is indeed finding love in the most unexpected place. In Kate.
Searching For Someday has the perfect combination of what I enjoy in a contemporary romance even if I did find fault with Slade early on in the book. I’d go so far as to say he was a huge dickhole in the beginning. I was afraid I’d be unable to connect with him because of his overprotective, asshole-ish behavior toward his sister and his snug, over confident jerkiness (it’s a word, trust me) toward Kate. I wanted to throttle him and thought Kate deserved so much better than him many, many times in the beginning.
Besides I really liked Kate. She’s a confident business woman who has a giant heart that often leads to her own heartbreak. She thrives on saving people and giving them their happily ever after even when she’s denied her own. Her own dog is a rescue she found mangled on the side of the road and who now requires a cart to get around. She often feels unworthy, unloved and not special enough to have someone for herself. She’s basically every typical woman because who hasn’t felt that at least once over the course of their life?
As the book progressed I found myself enjoying their ride to happiness, even over the many bumps along the way. Slade did eventually grow on me as he loosened up and learned to look at the reasons he’d been so pessimistic and judgmental of love in the past. Being a highly sought after divorce attorney generally doesn’t lead to the best perspective on marriage. Probst managed to make me chuckle as Kate and Slade bicker back and forth and then sigh in contentment as they succumbed to the combustible attraction between them. It’s the age old story of opposites attracting. Kate is everything Slade doesn’t want and yet he can’t deny the feeling she pulls from him or the yearning he has for a life he has never wanted before.
As the first in a series, Searching For Someday lays the groundwork for upcoming books as each woman is introduced. While at times the information felt a bit tedious and long winded I think that overall Probst does a good job at starting to build the secondary characters stories and personalities. I even enjoyed the slight paranormal aspect of Kate’s “touch” to be well placed and didn’t think it took much away from the contemporary feel of the novel. It was more of a sixth sense type of thing and everyone has a grandma in their family tree who boasted the same thing once upon a time. It simply worked.
I will definitely come back to this world Probst has created and can recommend this one to my followers here! I look forward to seeing how these characters evolve and grow with each new story.
I give Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst 3.75 stars!