“You don’t get to tell me what I feel. You can throw a bunch of women at me, hide away, pretend this is something it’s not, but I’m done with the lies. I love her, and it’s not going away. Go ahead and make me date Mary, or Sue, or any other woman you toss in, but it won’t change the outcome. I love her.”
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?
The first book in the Searching For series by Probst had a touch of supernatural to it, and while it wasn’t PNR, the little bit of kismet magic made it very special. Kate and Slade got their happily ever after and now, they’re planning a wedding.
In Searching for Perfect it’s Kennedy’s turn to be zapped by love.
Kennedy, one third of the Kinnections team of matchmakers for those who truly seek love to last forever, is the perpetual dater. She considers 3-4 months of dating a long term relationship. She loves her job, and she hides a tormented past. The one thing that Kennedy doesn’t have is trust in herself when it comes to what she deserves.
Nate, who begins the story as Ned (and thank God Probst changed his name as it had me picturing Ned Stark’s head on a spear) is the ultimate geek. Rocket Scientists do exist, folks, and our hero is one. He’s also delicious (mostly post makeover) and smart, obviously. He also immediately knows what he wants when he first sees Kennedy. Yes, he plays along with the matchmaking process and is cooperative, but the boy is determined and I loved him for it.
Nate’s vice is mostly the slow process of shaking off everything his older brother ever told him about women, though his chauvinistic approach to them makes for some funny scenes, especially where the role-play with the girls is concerned. That’s all I’m saying about that scene. It’s disturbingly funny.
I really want to talk about a core issue in Kennedy’s story, but I can’t if I want to keep this spoiler free. Just remember that I wholeheartedly appreciated Probst touching this subject. It’s incredibly important and while keeping it light, she managed to carry through the critical things about the healing process. Thank you, Jennifer.
There are plenty of funnies in this story, one major one was:
When she jumped on his stomach, Nate was grateful she avoided his dick, which would probably never get an erection again after Ming was done with him. When she informed him there was to be one more round on each side, Nate gave up. He lost consciousness somewhere during the second round.
There are also some incredibly smutty scenes thrown in. One of them (on the lighter side of smutty):
“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.”
… … …
“Shush. I’m busy.”
There’s dirty talking, there’s geek talking, there’s romance and profound love and there’s some deep emotionally heart-clenching parts. They’re all well written and sweet. This is what makes this series worth reading.
Future wishes (should Probst choose to indulge me): I’m waiting for Gen and Wolfe’s story because the girl is being stupid and the boy is hurting bad.
* Thank you Gallery Books and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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