Title: Searching for Someday
Author: Jennifer Probst
Genre: Adult Romance
Status: Book 1 in the Searching for series but can be read as a standalone
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.
I got hooked onto the series after reading Searching for Beautiful (book 3) and I decided I had to read the rest because I loved that one.
I read this book in one sitting the first time. I immediately rushed over to Goodreads and rated it 5 stars after finishing it. I totally planned on reviewing it, but I put it off because of finals and I forgot a lot. So, I decided to reread so I can review it (and also hopefully get out of this book slump by rereading books I liked).
I noticed things way more than the first read, because I knew the ending and how it goes. Yeah, I noticed these points then too but I didn’t give them importance over my HEA rush.
Let me take you through it all.
We’ve got Kate, co-owner of Kinnections, a matchmaking agency. The other side we have Slade, divorce lawyer extraordinaire, and firm believer that no relationship ends well.
Slade’s sister Jane signs up with Kinnections to find her true love and Slade is NOT amused. Going all over-protective, he heads over to the agency to somehow get Jane out of it. He has a chat with Kate (which is slightly funny for us readers) and decides that, to prove them at fault, he has to sign up as well. (And who knows, he might be updated with Jane’s progress through it.)
For about half the book, we see Kate denying the chemistry between them, Slade figuring out how to get her to bed and Kate trying to set him up with women suited for him so he stays away.
Let me talk about the rest in bullet points, because why not. Also lists rock. (If you can’t guess, I’m an obsessive planner)
1. The Magic
The book has got a couple magic elements. Just a tinge to set it apart. Kate has got a “magic touch” which is passed down through generations to the women in her family. If she touches a couple who are soul-mates at the same time, she experiences an electric shock.
Ooooh. (<- that was me)
Also, she feels the same when she touches the person she is meant to be with. (As told my her mom and how it’s been for generations.) She’s meant to be with Slade.
There is another, as well, but I’m trying to keep this review small so I’ll skip talking about that.
She’s a beautiful, strong, independent woman who is a virgin in her late twenties because she has been waiting for the touch. Yet, when she DOES feel the touch with Slade, she runs away and sets him up with other women. Why? Because he’s “all wrong” for her.
When they do end up sleeping together, the next morning she gets a text from one of the women she set Slade up with, saying she loved Slade and is waiting for a call back and wants to know if Kate knows anything.
While her clients waited, she was in bed with him. Bad karma.
After that, we hear nothing about her telling the other women. They’re not shown again.
She’s a little whiny. She sets Slade up with women who are well-suited for him, then obsessed the whole time about whether they’re getting along or if they’ll end up in bed together.
I didn’t like her much, honestly. She’s an awesome dog person, though. So there’s that.
He’s hot, sharp, intelligent, kind, smart, the best brother. What else? Oh yeah, AN IDIOT. He’s such a bad lover. He got a divorce because him being a workaholic resulted in his wife cheating. Before Kinnections, he engaged in one night stands. He signs up for Kinnections and proclaims that he’s open to love and wants to settle down, but he just wants to have sex with Kate for a night and get over the sexual chemistry between them.
He’s a commitment-phobe (perfect client for Kinnections, eh?). I didn’t like him much, either. Except he’s amazing to Robert, Kate’s dog. Slade treats him like a human, bonds with him and.. yeah he’s nice to Robert so I approve √
Gotta say one thing, though. I really liked the big gesture when he finally said I love you to Kate. (Why do I say that, you ask? Because Robert got the best out of it. Teehee.)
3. Sex scenes.
I know that usually romance books don’t show realistic sex scenes. By that, I mean only portraying it as if it’s heaven and nothing can go wrong and stuff. I found this one, also, a tinge unrealistic. But then, I’ve got no experience so I can’t say anything. #I_plead_the_fifth (I actually don’t know what that phrase means but I’m using it.)
Gotta say, though, some things were cringey. *cough* “wet channel” *cough
Kate’s dog is paraplegic. She found him on the side of a road, thrown out of a car, and took him to the vet immediately. They advised her to put him to sleep, but she looked into his eyes and fell in love. She proceeded to say, “Save him, I don’t care how much it costs. I love him”. YAS GIRL.
Robert is very intelligent. He understands that if he wants bacon, bark once. Peanut butter, bark twice. He also is protective of Kate.
Robert waited with dignity, staring up at him with the assessing gaze Slade had expected her live-in boyfriend to exude.
I’m pretty sure I gave the book 5 stars in a rush because the epilogue was from Robert’s point of view. And he got a happy ending. THE DOG GOT A HAPPY ENDING. FUCK EVERYONE ELSE.
(I don’t curse often. Sorry for the expletive.)
5. Kate’s mom.
Is awesome. She’s a sex therapist and smokes pot. She’s so effing chill. She CHECKS OUT Slade the first time she meets him. But then, it would be hard not to as he was kinda naked. (Spoiler?)
She’s cool AF.
I liked how Kinnections worked. They first concentrate on remodelling the client. As in, not change them completely, but improve their confidence by giving them a makeover and having counselling sessions etc. Loving yourself if the first step to loving someone else. I really liked that idea.
I’m changing my rating to four stars, now that I see clearer with a reread. Probably won’t reread it again ever.
I do recommend it to romance lovers.
Read my review of book two in the series: Searching for Perfect