Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Jennifer Probst. SEARCHING FOR DISASTER is a novella in the Searching For series that features an odd couple reconnection story. I enjoyed SEARCHING FOR ALWAYS and SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, so I relished the chance to catch the final book in this series.
When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.
This novella is part of the Searching For series, but can be enjoyed on its own.
Isabella is the twin of Genevieve, MC of SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL. Unfortunately, Isabella feels like the black sheep of her family. She’s struggled with drug addiction in her youth, but she’s been clean for two years now, and everyone wants her to find her soulmate. Isabella doesn’t feel she’s worthy of a forever love, though, and fears a broken heart might break her resolve to stay clean.
Isabella took Gen’s old job at Kinnections, an in-person dating service in Verily, NY, and is really feeling part of a great team–lots of strong, supportive women in her corner. Wanting to appease Gen, she performs the Connection Spell that unites all the books in this series. (Gen and her three friends did this together and they all found their soulmates in the previous books.) It’s frustrating that the only man Isabella finds remotely interesting is Liam Devine, a one night stand whose memory she still relishes/suffers years later. Liam is a police officer, and they met once, had a great night. Liam wanted Isabella to get clean–he was entering the police academy then–but Isabella wouldn’t acknowledge her issues which led to a very painful spiral into addiction. Now he’s an officer in Verily, and a client at Kinnections. Recognizing her immediately, he resists any of the high-tech matching services until Isabella agrees to having dinner with him.
Liam’s never forgotten the saucy minx he met years ago, and he finds all his later women to be somehow…diminished, as a result. He’s not trying to save the world, but reconnecting with Isabella would set his world back in order. He’s lonely, and restless, and wants a woman who challenges him. Isabella’s past as an addict isn’t an issue for him, but she uses it as a wedge to drive them apart romantically. He cajoles her into working on a friendship, and it seems to blossom–as does their chemistry. There’s a lot of sweet dog love, too, when this mismatched pair adopts sibling pups who would rather not be separated. What a convenient excuse to plan some “slumber” parties…puppy training.
As with all the books in the series, the man is the pursuer, convincing the gal she’s worthy of a great love, one he’s more than willing to provide. There’s lots of yummy sexytimes, and a teeny bit of mysticism in the mix. I love a dedicated hero, and Liam is all that and bag of caramel corn. I mighta got me a sweet tooth in the reading of this one.
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.