Searching For Series by Jennifer Probst | Audiobook Review

Posted September 2, 2016 by Zeee in Reviews | 2 Comments


It’s pretty obvious that I have been hooked to Contemporary Romance for the last month. I blame Sophie Jordan for this! Not, that I am super mad or anything but I am feeling the LOVE!

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To be honest, I haven’t been reading a lot of contemporaries. The first ones I read were a few chick lits and some thriller/romantic suspense (that was more on the romance side), and of course contemporary erotic romances. But honestly, I wasn’t really hooked. Well, until NOW!

I honestly am NOT looking back! And yes, I have read quite a few contemporaries since I finished reading this series!


Searching For Series by Jennifer Probst | Audiobook Review
Title: Searching for Someday
Written by Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #1
Published by Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: November 26th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


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.


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Searching for Someday is the first book in the series BUT it is actually the second book that I read! This is the story of a matchmaker and a divorce lawyer. I mean WOAH! That is an awesome pair, right?

Divorce lawyer, Slade Montgomery, is furious that his sister signed up for a matchmaking service. He is hell bent on proving that Kinnections is a scam, but when he meets Kate, he decides to sign up for the service in the hopes of finding the dirt. Soon, he realizes that he is falling for his matchmaker.

Kate and Slade’s story really touched a cynical part of my heart and made me fall in love! The surprising thing about Searching for Someday is that Kate has “the touch” and can feel a surge of electricity when two people are meant to be together. She hasn’t felt it for herself, UNTIL Slade. YES! Sparks literally fly between these two!  And HELL YEAH, Slade is an ALPHA! I absolutely love alpha males and he is one guy who does talk dirty. Ahem*

The epilogue really made me cry, though. Only because it was written in Robert’s POV. I know it was a bit corny BUT I LOVE DOGS and Robert is paraplegic so…

Recommendations

Overall, Searching for Someday is a cutesy hot rom-com that is the perfect summer read! This should be a quick read as well, which makes the whole series easy to binge on.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3.5

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Searching For Series by Jennifer Probst | Audiobook Review
Title: Searching for Perfect
Written by Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #2
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


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?


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I followed up my binge with the second book of the series, Searching for Perfect, which I loved, but not as much. It features a rocket scientist and a matchmaker – Kate’s best friend, Kennedy. She does all the make-overs in Kinnections and when she sets eyes on Nathan Dunkle, she decides to take him under her wing. I mean, this guy lacks all social graces, especially in talking to women. AND he is in search for a wife.

This story does remind me a lot of She’s All That, minus the high school bullies. Anyway, Kennedy really rubbed me the wrong way, though. And even if she turned into someone really sweet, I felt bad for Nate. But I honestly can’t see guys devour Cosmo or Playgirl or girly magazines. I also felt that it was a bit too unbelievable for Beta Ned to suddenly be an Alpha.

The touching thing about this romance though is Kennedy’s back story. And there is a little bit of a trigger warning her because of the flashbacks.

Recommendations

Similar to Searching for Someday, this is another sweet hot rom-com with a beta/alpha male. Also, we get a glimpse of WOLF! (OMG I AM SUPER IN LOVE WITH WOLF!) This is another quick summer read.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3.5

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Searching For Series by Jennifer Probst | Audiobook Review
Title: Searching for Beautiful
Written by Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #3
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she’s an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin...and flings her right into her best friend’s arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn’t ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.
Can Genevieve and Wolfe’s friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?


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I honestly don’t know what made me READ Searching for Beautiful. HONESTLY. I can’t even remember when I marked this as to read and reserved it from the library. I just thought that the blurb was very interesting. AND I WAS RIGHT!

Searching for Beautiful was hard to listen in so many ways. But first, let’s talk about the plot. Genevieve is a runaway bride. And who helps her escape on her wedding day? Why her hot underwear model turn hotel CEO best guy friend, Wolf! I am such a sucker for the best friend turn lover trope, so I gobbled up this story like candy! The hardest things to listen to in this book is because there are a lot of trigger warnings: abuse and rape. As with

The hardest things to listen is the abuse and rape. As with the majority of Jennifer Probst’s books that I’ve read, there are a lot of trigger warnings: mental and physical abuse, and rape. View Spoiler » Wolf’s back story is really hard to listen to.

What I didn’t like about this is that one of the abusers, View Spoiler » didn’t get punished for his wrong doing. There was some obvious abuse going on, not just in private BUT ALSO at the workplace. AND THE WORKPLACE IS A HOSPITAL! I MEAN! COME ON! I don’t understand why the hospital would NOT do a thorough investigation of the alleged abuse. EVEN if there were reports to HR. Doesn’t HR investigate allegations of mental instability, not just believe the accuser’s story?! And not just work – BUT THE FAMILY?!

Recommendations

I definitely recommend Searching for Beautiful. It is a heart-wrenching story of love and romance and family. Especially family.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3.5

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Searching For Series by Jennifer Probst | Audiobook Review
Title: Searching for Always
Written by Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #4
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.


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Searching for Always is the last book in the series (well, not counting the novellas) and it’s about Arilyn and Officer Stone Petty (who we met in Searching for Beautiful). Arilyn is into yoga and does anger counseling on the side – where she teaches Stone how to control his anger. This story features the hate at first sight trope that I absolutely love. There is also some awesome banter here, and the chemistry is just mind boggling.

I love the two side characters here, Arilyn’s grandfather and Mrs. Blackfire, the nosy next door neighbor. Also Robert and Pinky (the rescued Chihuahua). Trigger warning here, there is abuse (human and animal), but not as much as Searching for Beautiful.

Recommendations

This is another quick hot rom-com read that is perfect for the summer.

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Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Overall: 3.5

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Series Review

 

I honestly enjoyed the whole series. There is a little bit of whimsical feel to all four stories because of the Book of Spells where all four ladies prayed to Earth Mother so they can find their soul mates. I thought that was a very nice touch.  I also love that all four females were very strong and capable women.

I also love the focus on family. We meet almost EVERYONE’S family here, especially the MacKenzie’s who are also featured in the Marrying a Billionaire series.

The only complaint I have is that after I binge read all 4 books (in less than 2 weeks, too!), I felt that the plots were very, very similar. It almost felt like each character had an abusive backstory that, although significant, I felt that it was used too much as the root-cause of all the romantic conflict.

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What do you think about abuse used as a plot point of a story? Do you think it is used conveniently to create conflict?


 

About Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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