Searching for Beautiful
(Book #3 of Searching For )
By Jennifer Probst
Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books | 496 pages | ISBN 9781476780108 | May 2015
Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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? http://books.simonandschuster.com/Searching-for-Beautiful/Jennifer-Probst/Searching-For/9781476780108#sthash.tOPgjEB8.dpuf
This book was way overdue on my list of things to to read. But here I am, clearing it off the list!
To be honest, I had high hopes for this book because the series is popular and has great covers. The story starts off with a runaway bride scenario. That wasn’t bad, and the character has legitimate reasons for running from the wedding, and even for doing it in a manner that causes everyone lots of stress and anger.
What was irksome was the backstory and situation on the male love interest, Wolfe: it was completely unbelievable. He is a tattooed, ex-supermodel, turned millionaire hotelier. And he has spare time! No. Just no.
I feel for his childhood, but the waif picked up off the streets by the rich guy and adopted. Seriously?
And, then, his I-had-such-a-horrible-past and I-wear-these-leather-cuffs (and no one can imagine why?) so I am unworthy, incapable of romantic love. Therapy was apparently unhelpful – so, get another therapist! He was poor too, but he believes he can make money.
The character and his situation are so unreal and unbelievable.
There are other aspects of the series, such as the friends who operate a dating service where one has a paranormal gift (I read a holiday story from this series and didn’t realize they were from the same series until this popped up. – Review). So, one character has a paranormal gift, the touch, and another friend in this dating service is involved in a completely dysfunctional relationship but advises Genevieve.
There is an interesting twist in the stalker-ex-fiance aspect.
On the whole the book felt contrived and glib; the parts that felt ridiculous to me obscured anything positive. I know other people liked it and all I can say is that like and dislike are subjective. This is just my opinion, my strong opinion.