Published by Gallery Books on May 26th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, ÔÇ£one of the most exciting breakout novelistsÔÇØ (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, sheÔÇÖs 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 friendÔÇÖs arms.
When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesnÔÇÖt 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 WolfeÔÇÖs friendship turn into something deeperÔÇöor is it already too late for true love?
Jennifer Probst can write the hell out of a story.┬á I mean, SERIOUSLY.┬á This book introduces us to Gen and Wolfe.┬á We meet Gen in a crucial moment when she finally decides that she needs to listen to that internal voice she has managed to squelch for two years.┬á You know that voice of reason that warns you and guide you in life?┬á Yeah, that one.┬á She ignored it far too long, but there is a light at the end of the tunnelÔÇªerÔÇªwindow.┬á A light and Wolfe.
Wolfe.┬á HOLY SHIT.┬á This amazingly complex character was such a paradox of gentle beauty and fierce energy.┬á HeÔÇÖs a man who could be best friends with a woman, a TRUE friend, with the humble beginnings of a pinkie promise.┬á HeÔÇÖs there with a fast car and huge dose of ÔÇ£find yourselfÔÇØ just when Gen needed it.┬á The depth of this character as we discover his layers, emotions and snippets of his past makes you ache for him.┬á I want him to be my friend and my BBF.
Though I have not read any other books in the Searching series, I have read other novels by Probst.┬á Her writing flows easily.┬á Her characters are so well developed and so relatable.┬á YouÔÇÖll easily fall into this book, and embrace each trial and tribulation with the characters.
IÔÇÖm sold on this series.┬á I actually got the first two books in the series the moment I finished this one and canÔÇÖt wait for the next one to come out.
~ Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)
My first Jennifer Probst book and I do believe IÔÇÖm in love. This book did me in. Searching for Beautiful, the third in JenniferÔÇÖs ÔÇ£Searching seriesÔÇØ is a wonderful ÔÇ£friend to something moreÔÇØ love story. ItÔÇÖs about a woman taking back her identity and a man coming to terms with his past. ItÔÇÖs one of those reads where early into the story itÔÇÖs easy to connect with the characters and are truly invested in the outcome.┬á
The story features one Genevieve MacKenzie. When the story opens, we find Gen having a panic attack as she preps to walk down the aisle. Gen thought she was in love with and marrying the perfect man. However, something was off and she just couldnÔÇÖt ignore her instinct. As the story unfolds, we learn about the sinister ways of her fianc├®, truths that Gens been ignoring for far too long. Gen takes the ÔÇ£flightÔÇØ approach to resolve the issue of her wedding and what follows is a profoundly beautiful story about what it really means to trust someone.┬á
GensÔÇÖ impulsive action leaves her in a predicament and enthusiastically re-connecting with one of her best friends, a man who goes by the name of Wolfe. His name signifies exactly what youÔÇÖd think. He is a man very much committed to being alone. As man in his mid-twenties, heÔÇÖs built a very comfortable life from nothing and he has confidence and swagger that go with it. However, WolfeÔÇÖs sexy bad boy exterior is a fa├ºade and we come to understand why heÔÇÖs avoided falling in love. Wolfe has some flashbacks to his childhood and as these flashbacks progress through ages of 3-14, the tension intensifies. I suppose the tears were inevitable. The thing is they just kept coming. His tragic childhood just really got to me, thatÔÇÖs how connected I felt to the characters ÔÇô which is a testament to the writing. These passages and some of GenÔÇÖs reflections on her relationship with David elicited visceral reactions: my stomach clenched in anxiety and I felt profound sadness and fear. However, thereÔÇÖs a great balance of angst to the majority of feel good moments. Her friendships, the banter and sexy flirtations left me smiling. Likewise, there was no avoiding that warm and fuzzy feeling as Jennifer writes some very spicy and very sexy scenes.┬á
It would be remiss of me not to address the secondary characters. They just add so much to the story line; David is GenÔÇÖs fianc├®e and primary antagonist, a character who is easy to hate. Arilyn, Kennedy, and Kate who provide support and humor, GenÔÇÖs family who are just as duped by David as Gen is, and WolfeÔÇÖs ÔÇ£adoptiveÔÇØ family, Sawyer and Juliette, who subtly remind Wolfe that there is still room for love and hope in his life.
Major life choices often lead to huge pivotal character changing moments and┬áGen and Wolfe face many of these throughout the story. Some good, some bad. Nevertheless, I like to believe that we all deserve moments where only rainbows, butterflies and unicorns exist and love spells are real. JenniferÔÇÖs writing is pure gold; the storyline, dialogue, character development, and character nuances make Searching For Beautiful a 5+++ star read and one I highly recommend.
5 ++ #PhoenixRising Stars
~ Review by Cyndi
(Previously posted on TBE)