Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

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

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Searching For #3
Main Characters: Gen and Wolfe
Release Date: May 2015
Publisher:  Gallery Books
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA Today), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend...

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin...and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love? 

My Review:
I ADORE a good friends to lovers book and Jennifer Probst nailed the trope with this book. 

Everything about this book was good. Gen is super-intelligent, on her way to becoming a surgeon. But even the most intelligent people can fall under the spell of manipulation. Luckily, she realized her mistake on the cusp of her wedding and Wolfe was there to sweep her away. 

But Wolfe's character broke my heart. Wow, this is one wounded guy who knows that he will never be whole enough to offer anyone a serious relationship...even his best friend who he loves more than anything. The flashbacks were such an added bonus to this story. Many times, flashbacks feel like a distraction, but the author added these in just the perfect amount and manner, so they just added to the story and to the heartbreaking facts of Wolfe's childhood. 

Love, love, LOVE the way this story set up. There was so much emotion and angst and conflict, but never at doubt was the love between Wolfe and Gen. They are bigger than the romance brewing between them. They've been close friends for a long time and that translates into a gorgeous romance, even when they (especially Wolfe) are fighting the emotions. 

I loved how Gen fought for him, for them. She was seriously an amazing heroine, which is a sign of great writing considering that she started out in an abusive relationship where she was being manipulated, which on the surface shows weakness. She was NOT a weak character...at all. And I love the way the author wrote that.

I'll be honest. I've loved this entire series from the very beginning, but with each book, it just gets better and better. I loved the added suspense that the ex-fiance added to the story line. And I liked the end where they went back to that original spell and spell book. There wasn't as much of the matchmaking office in this book as there has been in the others and I did miss that, but everything else was so freaking good, I can forgive that. I even liked the conflict between Wolfe and Gem's father, because that felt so real. I have to admit, I'm curious about Gem's twin sister...I'm really hoping we see more of her in a future book. 

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

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