Friday, 29 November 2013

Miniview: Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst*

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man 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 falling for him along the way

The first in Jennifer Probst's new series is something a bit different for me, I don't normally go in for these paranormal style romance novels but you've got to try something new every now again, right?

Searching for Someday has a fairly standard plot; unlucky in love Kate has a gift bringing other people together but hasn't found romance herself. Enter Slade, a man on a mission determined to prove that Kate's business, and love itself, is a hoax. Considering the plot and overarching character designs are somewhat unoriginal, Probst's book is a fun and entertaining read.

New to the paranormal romance world I found Searching for Someday was a great place to start. The magic element isn't overdone and added a nice dimension to Kate, preventing her from being a cloying overly romantic ingénue. Slade too could have easily been an overbearing, pessimistic bore but Probst, once again, finds a nice balance and lends him some softer edges. I really enjoyed the slow burn aspect of this romance, the build up was well done and led to some particularly steamy scenes. Kate and Slade present a enjoyable couple with some excellent dialogue that gave me the odd laugh out loud moment. The cast of supporting characters, especially Kate's colleagues were all enjoyable too and I look forward to reading their inevitable spinoffs.

My only real complaint with the novel is the epilogue, which I found to be a bit overdone for my liking - but then again, I'm not really a fan of the epilogue in general. Overall, I found the book to be an entertaining, sweet, uncomplicated romance - a nice introduction to a new sub-genre.

*ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest review

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