Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

Title: Searching for Perfect
Author: Jennifer Probst
My Rating: A 

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Searching For #2
Main CharactersNate and Kennedy
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Gallery
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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?

My Review:
This book hit several of my love-hot-buttons in tropes that you just don't see enough in romance lately.
1. The hero is a serious nerdy geek, but so sexy and hot underneath that hot mess of an outward appearance. Did I mention sexy?? OMG, this guy studies and that means he has SKILLS in the bedroom. Sizzling hot scenes in the bedroom.
2. I also really love make-over stories and Nate's is an incredible one. I love that aspect of these stories and this series. The matchmaking business employs a team to help put a person together with the right look. But it's not all about the outside. They usually end up with soul-deep transformations and discoveries within the characters which I love!
3. Kennedy is perfection...on the outside...at least in appearance. But she's hiding so much. This former fat girl has body issues, self-esteem issues, and confidence issues. She was sexually tormented all through high school and has worked to overcome all that, but it doesn't take much to send her into a tailspin and falling in love...and with a client at that...definitely alters her balance in life.

And that's just the beginning of what I loved about this book. 

First of all the premise is amazing. These girls have built the perfect matchmaking business which works with their clients from the inside out. There's also a very light touch of magic to the method too which I love. Three women own this matchmaking business right outside of NYC, in a small town called Verily. They employ makeovers, workouts, therapy (several different types), and things like massages into their whole package. It is truly all-inclusive and they each have their area of speciality. 

This book was especially good because of Nate and Kennedy's characters. At first glance, they don't have much in common, but as you get to know them better, you find out just how perfect they are together. They had such similar experiences growing up and though Kennedy hides it well, she is a serious geek at heart too. I love it every time she slips up and begins to chat science with him. 

Then there are the side characters which have so much story-possibility too...Connor (Nate's emotionally scarred brother...gah, I NEED him to find an HEA...he's PERFECT hero material), Wayne (the super rich, tattooed bad boy friend), Gen (who is so obviously marrying the wrong guy), and Arilyn (the final partner in the business who I'm really curious about because something's up with her but I'm not sure what)... There can be so many more good stories to come. I just want to know, who's going to be featured in the next book!

This book (and this series) is just plain good, entertaining fun. There's no heavy emotional angst...although there are moments of deep emotion. But overall the story left me feeling happy for having read it. I recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.  

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