Review: Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst

Kate has a gift.  She is able to sense a romantic connection between two people.  Her gift serves her well as the beautiful owner of a matchmaking company, but spells disaster for her own love life, as she seems to be forever passing up her own matches when she discovers they’re the soul mate of another.  She decides to gives up on love and focus on the thriving business she runs with her 2 best friends.

When a furious lawyer, Slade Montgomery, stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love…only to find herself developing feelings for him along the way.

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The characters are well written.  Kate is intelligent and feisty but has a vulnerable side as a result of being bullied for a profound stutter as a child.  Slade is cynical and slightly predatory but is kept human by his fierce protectiveness of his younger sister who once attempted suicide.  We meet each of them separately initially, which enhanced the story as we learn a little about them both before they meet.  The chemistry between the two of them develops well with great banter.

From the synopsis I was expecting a romance novel, whereas I would say this is erotica, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I was surprised that hadn’t been made clearer.  Despite being “light reading”, the novel has some beautiful underlying morals.  Disabled doesn’t mean disposable.  Sometimes you can’t give up, even if you’re broken. Kate has adopted a disabled dog, Robert, who she rescued and cares for after finding him injured at the roadside.  Kate and Robert’s relationship is absolutely beautiful and, as a disabled dog owner myself, very accurately depicted.  The epilogue is written from Robert’s point of view, which jarred for me as it was a different perspective from the main body of the novel, however it’s used to underline morals from the story.

I found myself wishing that the brief glimpse we had of other characters delved a little deeper.  Issues with close friend Gen and her family were hinted at but never detailed which was slightly frustrating, however this is the first book in a series so hopefully these side-plots will be further developed in the future.

Searching for Someday will be published November 26th 2013

Disclaimer: I was supplied with a free  electronic ARC in return for my opinion which is, as always, entirely my own.
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