Saturday, March 29, 2014

SUNNY: ARC BOOK REVIEW "Searching for Perfect" by Jennifer Probst

The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.

Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself . . . 

Though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?

Searching for Perfect is Book 2 in the Searching For series.  I loved this book! 

Having read some of the author's other books, I expected a charming, romantic story.  I thoroughly enjoyed book one, Searching for Someday.  So I came to this edition with the anticipation of spending a few hours savoring something sweet.  And I did, but what I did not expect was to fall in love with the main character, Nathan Ellison Raymond Dunkle, Aerospace Engineer and book boyfriend extraordinaire. I normally don't do book boyfriends.  I enjoy characters and there are a few that have left indelible marks, but mostly I remember then in the context of the story and there they stay.  

Nate Dunkle appeals to me because Jennifer Probst has written my fantasy of a perfect guy - great intelligence, sense of humor, alpha possessiveness, physically attractive under the guise of geek, and undiscovered.  Hasn't everyone imagined making over a hunky geek? Or is it just me? Nate's sweet character and social awkwardness is so appealing, I smiled throughout this whole book. 

Kennedy is his perfect mate.  By looking at her (the perfectly polished and beautiful professional), one would not suspect her trouble she bears underneath the surface.  Nate and Kennedy share that same struggle and it is fun watching the drama unfold.  

I could say that Ms. Probst writes likable characters, but there is more than that.  They are likable and normal in the same way that Jimmy Stewart characters are appealing - grounded and honorable. 

Although I read this book in e-format, I may go out and get myself a paperback copy just so I can have Nate on my self. 

Thank you to author, publisher, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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