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?
She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!
Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Want to talk about living up to your name? Ask Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle… (or NERD) or Ned for short he’s a dating mess. Having spent most of his time focused on his career (rocket scientist) he has very little experience with women and what they are looking for in a relationship…His only information coming from his very single and jaded older brother. Ned is looking forward to the next stage of his life now. He wants a relationship and he wants to get married and start a family, he just isn’t sure how to do that, so he starts at Kinnections. Attending his first speed dating meet-up in food stained clothes, his skin newly orange due to some kind of self-tanner and barely on time he immediately grabs the attention of Kennedy.
We met Kennedy in the first book of this series as one of the owners of Kinnections and when she meets Ned she knows she has to help him. He’s exactly the kind of mess she’s dying to work her magic on. But she wasn’t expecting to have the kind of connection with him that she does. But her own baggage keeps her from ever actually making any kind of true connection with her dates and Nate is no exception.
I have to say that there are no surprises with these books. If you liked the first, you definitely will like this one. First… The themes here are very, very similar to those of book 1 almost to the point of being redundant. While it didn’t completely bother me, I, at times, felt like I was reading the same story with different characters. Probst does a good job with the opposites attract theme. On the outside you couldn’t have two more different people than Kennedy and Ned, but once we get to know more about Kennedy, you find that maybe she isn’t this person she shows to the world. So while it’s meant to be an opposites attract story, down underneath, they aren’t so different once we learn more.
While I went into this thinking it was going to be a light read, I was somewhat wrong. There is some definite drama and angst here that touch on some heavy topics… topics that I don’t think were delved into as much as they probably should have been seeing as how they are the heart of some of Kennedy’s issues.
Probst does a great job with the relationships in this series. I love that the girls have such a sisterhood and are there for each other, but I also liked seeing Nate’s relationship with his brother.
If you’re looking for a romance series that is well-written and for the most part lighthearted definitely take a chance on this one. I’ll be looking forward to see what Probst does with the next!
Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.