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Blog Tour: Searching For Beautiful by Jennifer Probst {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Searching For Beautiful blog tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
Today I am excited to share my review as well as a giveaway with you all!



Searching For Beautiful (Searching For #3)
    by: Jennifer Probst

Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 384 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA Today), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend...

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?

 
 
I absolutely adore this series by Jennifer Probst! Having also read her Marriage to a Billionaire books, I really liked how much this novel in particular tied the two series together. We had previously met Wolfe in The Marriage Merger, and he was pretty rough around the edges. However, his world completely changed upon meeting Sawyer and Julietta. These two offered him hope when he had none and best of all, offered him a second chance at life and love.
 
We have briefly seen Wolfe make appearances in the previous two Searching For books, as his best friend Gen, is best friends with Kate, who is one of three owners of Kinnections, a matchmaking agency in New York. We have seen trouble brewing for Gen, as things between her and her fiancé aren't quite as perfect as they seem to be. Gen isn't the same vibrant girl she once was and her friends are certainly taking notice.
 
I was holding my breath because I really did NOT want Gen to marry David, her doctor fiancé. And WOW am I glad she didn't, especially after all the things we find out about him and how he treated her. It absolutely broke my heart, because all she wanted was to make him happy and be who he wanted her to be. Along the way though, she lost her own sense of self. She didn't know who she was as an individual anymore and I am so glad she hightailed it out of there! Gen has so much love to give and she didn't deserve to have that loved abused by someone she was going to spend her life with. I was thrilled when Wolfe was there to catch her as she fell. He's always been there for her, but their friendship really took a backseat because of David's jealousy.
 
Wolfe is such a good guy through and through. He is there for Gen every step of the way and is fiercely protective of and loyal to her. Gen is in a vulnerable position and he is the one to pick up the pieces and comfort her.
 
I love these two together. Their journey of figuring out their feelings for one another is not an easy one, as both are so afraid of ruining their friendship. Wolfe also has a very heartbreaking past that makes him feel he isn't capable of love and commitment. He still carries the scars and shame of those past events and has never revealed the full extent of what happened to Gen. Their chemistry though is INTENSE. It's like they have both come alive after years of mediocrity. Their passion is off the charts hot.
 
We also get to see our old favorites, Kate, Kennedy, Arilyn, and Gen's family, as well as our Italian favorites- Mama Conte, Sawyer, Julietta and their daughter Gabby. I love how important family is in these books. Oh and of course let's not forget the infamous love spell!
 
My only issue with this one was that the book felt a bit long at times. I still really enjoyed it nonetheless. I'm really excited that we don't have to wait too terribly long to get Arilyn's story. We got to meet her love interest in this book and I am definitely excited to see them fall for one another!  
 
Overall, while it wasn't necessary to read The Marriage Merger, I think it definitely helped that I had already felt such a kinship to Wolfe and saw how much Sawyer and Julietta did for him. It was definitely like seeing him grow up before my very eyes and my did he turn into quite a man. Love isn't easy and it is certainly messy at times, but man when it's right... it's nothing less than beautiful.
 
 
 
 
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 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?

 
 
 
 
 
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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3 comments

  1. *sigh* yet another author I need to read. Her books sound so good and I'm definitely hoping to make time for them some day. Great review Jessica!

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  2. These books are so fun! I really liked the first two books and the novella and will be reading this one soon!

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  3. Wonderful review!

    I can tell you really enjoyed the characters in this one! And it does sound like it was such a good read! Better check this series out :)

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