Book Review ✭ Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst
Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching for, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Paperback galley
Rating: 4.5 Kisses
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?
Gen Mackenzie is set to marry the ideal man.
Yet as she’s getting ready to make her way down the aisle, Gen is plagued with an inner voice yelling at her to run.
Deciding to give in to her gut feeling, Gen jumps out the window and makes a run for it. There to aid in her getaway is her best friend, Wolfe.
Wolfe whisks her away to a secluded cabin for some quiet after the disastrous storm she left in her wake.
During their stay there, surprising and unexpected feelings begin to arise.
Relieving herself of her fiancé and putting things into perspective, Gen is now able to see Wolfe in a whole new light.
Within each other, they find something beautiful that they never realized they were searching for. But will Wolfe let his past rule over his present happiness? And will Gen fight for their relationship despite the continuous refusals from Wolfe?
The friends to lovers trope is my ultimate favorite theme. Falling for this particular couple isn’t a difficult feat. Gen and Wolfe are two lovable and amazing characters are presented in this journey of healing and self-discovery.
On the outside, Wolfe portrays this mysterious and rugged persona. Very few people know much about Wolfe but no one knows everything about him. He takes mysterious to a whole other level.
There are flashbacks in the form of his nightmares that clue us in to what he went through as a child which has made him so closed off to people and love. While done well and though not throughly detailed, those moments were very hard to read through. His suffering is something that has been attached to him throughout the years, no matter how much his life has improved and how hard he attempted to bury it.
I loved the man Wolfe grew into within the duration of this story and that despite the struggles of his past, he still managed to be a sweet, tender-hearted person. He was just so easy to love. And the fact that he has the same feelings and reactions toward spiders as me, made me adore him that much more.
While I wanted Gen and Wolfe to realize their feelings and get together quickly, I enjoyed the slow development of their relationship. The abrupt halts and insecurities made for a very real dilemma between two best friends who wanted to be more. The growth that they both had individually was as much of a shining moment as any. Gen started as this reserved pushover who wasn’t aware of the negative influence her fiancé was on her and how much he repressed her strength and independence. Wolfe was there to help build back that confidence that she had misplaced during her time with her ex.
Gen and Wolfe’s chemistry was wildly hot. In the beginning, it was simply a sexual tension permeating the air, but then it got hotter once they actually gave in to their deeper cravings. I liked the way the author balanced the animalistic lust, romantic need, and friendly bond between the both of them.
This is surely not your average sweet and light story of two best friends coming together, so brace yourself. This Searching for book has a darker tone that can be quite painful to read at times. That of course adds depth to a story that looks delightfully pleasant on the outside. Lots of drama, just the right amount of romance, and an undercurrent of suspense presents a book that is more than meets the eye. I was enthralled from start to finish and found this emotional story hard to put down.
I highly recommend giving this book a read, and assure you it’ll turn you into a Probst fan if you’re not already.
This is the third book in the Searching for series, but can be easily read as a standalone if preferred.
~June 30, 2015~