Tuesday 30 June 2015

Review - Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Title: Searching for Always
Series: Searching For #4
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: June 30, 2015

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Probst sparks a blissful mind-body connection as her “sexy, satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews) new series continues!

She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.

I stalked my mailman for this book. Like, watched out the window for him to arrive and bring my precious fourth book in the Searching For series, because I. Had. To. Have. It! When I (finally) got it, I read it cover-to-cover almost immediately. And I loved every second. 

Arilyn Meadows is in control. She's busy with Kinnections, fostering dogs, running yoga and anger-management classes and helping out her grandfather. Love? She's got no time for it, especially after finding her out about her secret boyfriend's secret affair. 

Stone Petty lost his control. And now, he's in Arilyn's class, learning how to rein in his temper. But it's far more fun learning how to best push Arilyn's buttons. He can't deny that there's a strong attraction there but they're complete opposites and that means it'll never work...


I didn't fully understand how obsessed I'd become with this series until I had to wait to read this one. I was lucky enough to get to read the first three books pretty much back-to-back. I was spoiled. And that worked for me. But the anticipation of this book also worked for me; in fact, I think it made me enjoy it even more. 

Jennifer Probst did a great job of setting up for this book in Searching for Beautiful. Though it was just a glimpse of what was to come, the same fire and spark that they had there, Arilyn and Stone had in spades in Searching for Always. Of course, there were moments when Arilyn came across a bit pushy and self-righteous, but that just made me sympathize with Stone all the more. And naturally there were times when Stone made me want to pop him on the back of the head, but that just made my heart thumpity-thump for Arilyn extra fast. 

There were some really touching moments in this book; Pinky and Robert, Pat, the always awesome friendships between the Kinnections girls, for example. It was laugh-out-loud funny at times, and sexy, sexy, sexy too. Excuse me while I play out a hot cop, strip show fantasy in my mind... *wipes brow*

While Searching for Beautiful remains my favorite of this series, Searching for Always comes in an extremely close second overall. But the ending...the ending is my favorite of this series. It's emotional and funny, and perfect for Stone and Arilyn. And the added bonus of series-rounding-out epilogue was great too. I don't know (I don't think) that there are going to be more Searching For books, but I can hope. And I can keep stalking my mailman...
~ Review by Beth

Jennifer Probst is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of both sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her novel, The Marriage Bargain, was the #6 Bestselling Book on Amazon for 2012. Her first children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, was co-written with her 12 year old niece, and her short story, "A Life Worth Living" chronicles the life of a shelter dog. She makes her home in New York with her sons, husband, two rescue dogs, and a house that never seems to be clean. She loves hearing from all readers! Stop by her website at http://www.jenniferprobst.com for all her upcoming releases, news and street team information.

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