by Jennifer Probst
Searching For #4.6
About the Book
When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.
Jennifer Probst’s books remind me of delicious chocolate cake. Bursting with flavor, decadently rich, the Searching For series is very satisfying. Searching for Disaster is slightly different in flavor and approach. This story is more like a delicate pastry. It is multi-layered and delicate with subtle tastes. By book 4.6 we are familiar with the town of Verity, and we know how Kinnections works, but Izzy and Liam have a different kind of story to tell.
Izzy and Liam meet 6 years prior, before her drug addiction and his entrance into the police academy. They reunite at Kinnections where she is a receptionist and he is an officer with the Verity police department. Neither is able to forget that night together and the attraction is immediate, but Izzy is very conscious of how fragile her recovery can be and does not want to re-introduce a factor from her past that might cause her to backslide. However, little by little, Liam wins her over with his patience and honesty. She does not fall easily and he has to win her trust. I also really liked the fact that she does not feel the need to “name the relationship”, in other words, she does not need to label what they have. She does worry that she might not be good enough for him, so she proceeds cautiously, one day at a time.
Liam is used to things that are precise, controlled, and neat. However, with Izzy, he is more interested in the road less travelled. Izzy is a recovering drug addict and needs a different kind of approach. He appreciates the way she genuinely and honesty faces her life:
“He’d realized imprefectness had a rough beauty about it, especially when people held a willingness to see the truth about themselves. . . . She never flinched when she told him her story, owning her mistakes as well as her triumphs.”
Who does not admire someone who is willing to do the work to achieve something with depth and resilience?
I love the Search For series. The emotions, the dramatic storylines, the memorable characters, and the dogs (oh, the dogs), make these stories soul-satisfying. Nice ending, Ms. Probst. A very nice ending, indeed.
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