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Review: Searching for Someday (Love Spells #1) by Jennifer Probst

Searching for Someday coverTitle: Searching for Someday (Love Spells #1)
Author: 
Jennifer Probst
Genre: 
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: 
 Simon and Schuster (November 26, 2013)
Rating: 3/3.25 out of 5 

Synopsis:

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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Review:

This story started out great. It started with a touch magnetism and warmth and I settled right into the groove and felt pangs of excitement for what was ahead. What I found was a ride of YAY moments intermixed with MEH & HUH moments. This may be the first time I’ve been completely confused at the end of a book. I finished this last night and even after the last page, I pondered everything I had experienced hoping to find a sense of understanding but, I sit here the morning after still struggling on my final words and reaction to it all.

Slade and Kate have each brought their own, relatively realistic baggage to the table and neither one overshadowed the other. They had chemistry and sexual tension that, at times, oozed off the page. But, when the tension was at its peak the resulting moments took a slight turn away from the realistic feel of the budding relationship and entered this strange sublevel of awkwardness. Now, I don’t like re-reading any scene while in the middle of a story but this scene basically screamed at me “Go back! You HAD to have missed something!”. Unfortunately I didn’t miss anything nor was there evidence of a page or paragraph missing. All there was to find was my original confusion and questions as to why this sexual tension filled story took on such a starkly different tone when bodies finally collided. The only way I can describe my take on these scenes in the book is the “all but the kitchen sink” theory. Each reader has their own likes and dislikes with the way scenes are written or key words that feel like a bucket of cold water and sadly, I found that reaction here. *sad sigh*

The secondary cast of characters had multiple facets and stood their own ground without overshadowing or cowering to Slade and Kate. I did have to remind myself that this book is intended to be part of a series because at times I felt there was too much outer story being told that did not impact the plot or move it forward. It’s one thing to introduce new characters and give small glimpses, it’s another to begin to tell their story right in that middle of the MC plot arc. There was an entire chapter where I felt I was completely departed from this story and thrust into another and honestly, I could’ve read the entire book without that chapter.

I’ve never read any of Ms. Probst’s work before this one and even though it didn’t quite fit for me, it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t pick up one from hers in the future. I will just go into it with hesitation and certain expectations. Different books and authors work for different people; that’s what makes the reading world so beautiful. I don’t expect anyone to have this same reaction, I’m just trying to share mine.

**This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  I have not been compensated and this review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Jennifer Probst author picAbout the Author:

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 is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!

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