Searching for Perfect (Searching For #2)
Publication date: April 29, 2014
Gallery Books, Kindle ARC, 352 pages
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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?
Jennifer Probst is a relatively new author to me, but she’s rapidly becoming one of my favorites. I really enjoyed Searching for Someday when I read it last year and her spring break novella, Beyond Me, was fantastic. I was so excited to learn she would be releasing a second novel in her Searching For series… and even more excited to get an early look at it. It was so flipping good.
Searching for Perfect had a fantastic setup and the synopsis attracted me from the start… what happens when the nerdy guy is looking for love and hires a matchmaker to help make him over and find someone for him? Well, in Searching for Perfect, the nerdy guy is hot as can be and falls for his matchmaker. His feelings aren’t exactly unrequited either.
Kennedy was a strong, relatable female character. She isn’t perfect and her insecurities hold her back. But as her story came out, it became clear why. She loves a good challenge and rocket scientist Nate (Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, yes NERD) just might give her more than she can handle. In more ways than one. *Snicker.*
“You’re very… well endowed.”
He grinned. A totally masculine, seductive, “curl your toes and surrender now” kind of grin. “The more to pleasure you with, my dear.”
“Or kill me”
“I’ll make sure you’re ready first.” His eyes gleamed. “Three orgasms beforehand should do it.”
As much as I liked Kennedy’s character, Nate was the standout for me in this book. I have a think for smart guys. Always have. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good rocker or athlete, but at the end of the day, a smart funny guy will get me every single time. Nate was both. Way underneath is buttoned-up, socially awkward and overly frank exterior, anyhow. I had the biggest crush on Nate. He was a sweetheart who was really looking for love. Oh, and the man can dirty talk. Ho-lee-crap. I didn’t expect that at all.
Kennedy and Nate had a ton of chemistry, regardless of how much she was trying to fight it. She was convinced she would find love for him, but it wasn’t with her. He wanted no one but her. This led to a lot of back and forth, but it was never overly angsty or dramatic. They had passion and a mutual respect for each other. They were spicy hot together and I enjoyed them, rooted for them the entire time, even if I wasn’t ever fully certain they would get together.
Searching for Perfect was the perfect mix of sweet, sexy and funny. It was a quick read that I couldn’t put down. I adored the characters and the plot flowed well. This is a fun series and I can’t wait to see where Jennifer takes us next.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Quotes come from the review copy and might differ from the final version.