Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SUNNY: ARC REVIEW "Searching for Someday" by Jennifer Probst

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.

Charming.  This book is so charming. Jennifer Probst writes charming books, the kind of books you want to read snuggled up in blankets with a cup of hot chocolate (this is the Fall/Winter version of sitting by the pool with a mojito Summers).  

I feel affection for the characters in this book.  Kate is sweet, kind, wears her heart on her sleeve, and just on this side of damaged. I love her relationship with her dog, Robert.  Robert is a rescue, injured, left-for-dead-by-the-side-of-the-road dog. Kate and Robert are both survivors and her love and care for this maimed dog, shows her depth of compassion. He reminds her of her worth.  I love her courage to take a risk and be the one to put love on the line and not settle.   

Slade is also guarded, so uptight and sterile.  Hurt in the past, he cannot imagine himself going "all in."  As a lawyer, he is used to controlling and planning for every contingency, but love doesn't work like that. I realize that it is difficult to write the drama if the characters are too predictable; but I am so disappointed in Slade's action driven by fear.  He comes across as a wussy disguised as a jerk.   

They are oil and water.  But like a good salad dressing, the more you shake it up, the better the dressing. Furthermore, the paranormal twist gives this story an enjoyable little snap, crackle, and pop.  

This book is good for that fuzzy, warm feeling.  Well worth the read. 

Thank you to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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