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?
*I received a free ARC of Searching for Perfect from Gallery Books via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Searching for Perfect is about Kennedy, who is trying her best to stay professional, even if that means she cannot even flirt a little bit with the sexy rocket scientist Nathaniel. Fate, however, seems to have decided otherwise, and Nate is ready to everything he can to make Ken’s perfect and cold-ish façade crack so that she might fall for him too.
Second in the Searching For series, Searching for Perfect is a quick, fun and sexy read, it’s got a straight-forward plot, with likable characters and just enough intrigue to make it difficult for Ken and Nate to start something that would be great for both of them in the long run. It’s a good thing they are both very stubborn!
It was fun to see some of the characters from Searching for Someday in Searching for Perfect, too, and I hope there will be more books in this series, as I enjoy the aspect of the match-making agency in which the owners fall in love with their clients.
Written in third person point of view, past tense, it is easy to follow the characters and get to know them well. Searching for Perfect is a great read to have in your bag for your summer vacation, as it is light-hearted, romantic and sweet.
Kate’s voice softened. “You have food issues. Body issues. Perfection issues. So what? Does that make you unworthy of loving someone who wants to love you back? Love has nothing to do with perfect. It has to do with flaws, and overcoming failure, and fighting for what you want. You have always been the strongest person I’ve ever known. You used to go after what you wanted. Until now.”
His voice didn’t work. He kept trying, but it got stuck up his lungs and caught in his throat. His dick seemed to work fine, though. He rose to full staff salute and pushed painfully against his pants. This was not happening Was it? Was he dreaming or was he just completely stupid to think she ever secretly loved him at all?
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In Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst, Kennedy Ashe is the social director of Kinnections, a matchmaking agency in Verily, New York, owned by her and her two best friends. Kennedy likes to keep her body looking perfect, but not because of vanity, no she was bullied as a teen which left her with lots of issues regarding her body.
Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle is a rocket scientist with absolutely no idea about the dating department. He is smart, but a total nerd, which leaves him high and dry with the girls. But he wants a wife, and so he goes to Kinnections for help.
Kennedy offers to help Nate find his desired HEA , but in order to get him that they will have to first do a complete makeover on this handsome but very nerdy looking man.
You just know that this is a train wreck waiting to happen. For no matter how much Kennedy wants to help him find someone, once she changes him she may just find what she has been looking for.
A nerdy hero, looking for long-term relationship signs up with a dating agency only to show the heroine being nerdy doesn’t mean you are bad in bed. The lusty love scenes left me breathless wanting to grab up my own geeky man!
When given a chance to read Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst, I jumped. I loved her book, The Marriage Bargain and couldn’t wait to have a chance to read some of her other works. But I do have to admit I never read the premise of the book and when I saw the cover, I did a big *sigh*. Thinking it was a New Adult romance, I struggled to make myself actually pick up the book. HUGE MISTAKE! This book is not New Adult at all. So do yourself a favor and pick up this book!
When geeky Ned decides he wants a wife, kids, basically a love life, he turns to speed dating and totally screws it up. He tried to prepare…skin bronzer (turned orange), worked to late (wore his lab coat stained with coffee), long hair (his brother said chicks dig long rocker hair), coke bottle glasses (because nothing is being stuck in his eyes). Not that appearance is everything, but Ned blurts out whatever comes to mind and often at the advice of his older brother Connor. Oh, he’s a aerospace engineer as well (think rocket scientist) who adores golf.
Kennedy is part owner of Kinnections, a match making agency. Fighting an abusive childhood filled with weight gain and loss, Kennedy has built herself into a confident well balanced woman (if only in her own mind). She plans to just set Ned straight on his rudeness, but finds her diamond in the rough. Now she only has to remake this nerd into a catchable date. Never mind that with each step in the process she falls a little more under his spell.
OMG!!! I fell so in love with Ned turned Nate! Nate has his heart in such a good place. His mother left his father when he was eight. So you would think he would have a bad attitude about women. Nope, Connor got all that. Nate actually wants to try find a woman to share his life with. He’s not a virgin, but he is inept at social interaction. He can quote Cosmo, but also references erotica and he totally knows how to work a woman’s body.
Part of his study to understand women included a range of erotic novels and how to manuals to guarantee perfect sexual stamina and performance. ~Nate
His heart is in the right place. He believes in his brother who practically raised him even though he is a total dickwad. Putting up with all the torture Kennedy puts him through to chance the outside, I almost came through the book to smack three women when they used shock therapy on him. I am not a fan of golf, but Man, Nate makes me want to get out there and try it, clear my mind and just live in the moment.
Kennedy hit home with me at the heart. Overweight as a teen, led to some abuse from bullies that I can remember even if mine wasn’t to the degree hers was. While she turned her weight around into a healthier lifestyle, she denies herself the simple joys of living. (Maybe I should deny myself some of those simple joys more often). Every day is a battle, not looking into mirrors and never taking relationships seriously as she coaches her clients into long term relationships.
“Golf is good. Anything else?”
He pulled back his shoulders. “Books.”
She scribbled something. “Reading is a definite plus. What were the last three books you read?”
“The Kama Sultra. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. Fifty Shades of Gray.”
The pen stilled. Her mouth opened, and her tongue slid over her lower lip. Ah yes, he’d finally elicited a feminine reaction. He tamped the flood of satisfaction. She was his matmaker, intent on finding him his soul-mate. No reason to muddy the waters by crushing on her like a schoolboy. Still, he enjoyed the dilation of her pupils as she processed his statement.
What grabbed me was Nate saw her. He saw the beauty she is, was and will always be on the inside as well as the outside. He saw her. There are some scenes where he forces her to see herself for more than her outer shell that broke my heart but also built me up to what a good man should be. When he admits to her he loves her, I almost broke down and cried. I highlighted that part and I so want to share it, but really I want to save it for you to read. It will break and mend you heart wanting your man to say this to you.
“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.”
“I’ll make sure you’re ready first.” His eyes gleamed. “Three orgasms beforehand should do it.”
“Shush. I’m busy.”
And Nate went on to fill all my sexual fantasies for Kennedy…I mean I needed a cold shower after he was done.
While I went in not expecting to like this book, I came out adoring this book as one of the best books I have read this year. I recommend everyone read this romance. It is deeper than the surface, but not overblown with too much darkness. It has funny parts, sexy parts and deeply emotional parts that will leave you breathless in the end.