REVIEW: Searching For Always by Jennifer Probst

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Searching For Book Four

(Can be read as a standalone)

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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.

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♦3.5-STAR REVIEW♦

I’m going to be honest from the get-go here…Arilyn made me want to punch her. Yes, I actually sided with Stone a lot in this book, and that’s something that I never usually do–side with the guy. I could see where she was coming from, truly, but she had a way about her that liked to rub me wrong.

Arilyn lives her life the Zen way. She trusts in her yoga, crystals, and clean-living to carry her through life. And while she gears for calm, Officer Stone Petty really gets under her skin for no other reason than they are complete opposites in every way. And as we’ve read in prior books, she’s been in a not-so-rewarding relationship where she was basically a silent partner. But in life, besides relationships, she’s a very strong, straight-forward person. Stone Petty, on the other hand, is a hard-living, tough police officer. He has demons he fights daily, and he’s treated his life in much the same way that he is–ravaged. I think with the way his young life shaped him, he sort of decided to live his life hard; sometimes with no consequences or thoughts about it because, why not?. I found him to be very real and strong, but there was a great emotionality (is that a word?) to his character that opened me to him completely.

I’m a huge Jennifer Probst fan as I feel like she’s a leader in the romance genre, and her writing is really hard to match. I am all for a strong, female character, but I think Arilyn was strong in the wrong ways at times. She felt righteous and I’m-above-you like in a lot of ways, but I felt like she took that persona on to be able to have some sort of control in her life as her long-term then-boyfriend sort of took it all away from her. I think Stone was good for her, to really help to smooth out those jagged, mean edges, and I enjoyed seeing him chip away at them. Overall, not my most favorite of hers, but still above par compared to a lot of books out there.

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team.

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