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I enjoyed the Marriage to a Billionaire series, especially The Marriage Bargain (yes, yes, it’s because of the dog), so when I had the opportunity to review Searching for Perfect, I jumped right onboard. The hero is a rocket scientist, er, aerospace engineer, and I like geeky characters, so that was another point in its favor. While I enjoyed the book, I did have some issues buying into the romance between Kennedy and Nate-there wasn’t as much chemistry as I hoped for, though there are some very fun scenes with them.
Kennedy is one of the owners of Kinnections, a matchmaking company in a small town in New York. Nate is a scientist without a clue. He is beyond socially awkward, and he needs help in a big, big way. Nate is finished with the single life and longs for a family, so he’s signed up with Kinnections. His first social engagement is a complete disaster. During a speed dating session, he manages to either bore, piss off, or reduce his potential dates to tears. He has cringe worthy pick-lines, and he is blunt to a fault. He’s confused because he spent a great deal of time and effort reading and researching women’s magazines for clues about how he should behave and what he should say. When that doesn’t work, he reverts back to his older brother Connor’s advice, which doesn’t work either. Poor Nate is a social misfit, as well as a nerd.
Kennedy, after observing the walking disaster that is Nate, agrees to take him under her wing. She will personally oversee his transformation from awkward geek to dashing bachelor. While I didn’t like the message that Nate had to change outwardly to snag himself a wife, the transformation appointments were very amusing, and served to highlight his inept social skills. As he is blossoming from a caterpillar into a butterfly, Nate and Kennedy find themselves in a difficult situation. Their feelings for each other begin to complicate the original mission of finding Nate a wife. While Kennedy sees what a great guy he is, she has no interest in a long term relationship, and falling for her client isn’t a risk she’s willing to take.
Nate wants to get to know Kennedy much better, but there are a couple obstacles standing in his path. The first is his older brother, Connor. Since their mother abandoned them when they were children, Connor has discouraged lasting relationships, especially with beautiful women. They will only get bored, leave, and break your heart. I didn’t like Connor, not even at the end when he finally comes around. He’s a Neanderthal, as well as a jerk, and I couldn’t wait to see the last of him. Good luck, Kennedy, dealing with him and his interference for the rest of your life. Definitely not brother in law material!
The other major road bump in Nate’s road to love is Kennedy herself. The victim of bullying and sexual harassment when she was in high school, she has a poor image of herself and no self-confidence. She doesn’t trust men, not even nerdy Nate. He goes out of his way to prove how right he is for her, but she won’t give him the benefit of the doubt. Mix in Nate’s women-hating brother, and he and Kennedy almost miss out on their happily ever after.
While I didn’t completely buy into the chemistry between Nate and Kennedy, I did enjoy their interactions. The golf outings are hysterical, as are Kennedy’s patient attempts to soften Nate’s blunt edges. The story felt a little stale, but the humor made up for that.
Review copy provided by publisher
The highly anticipated second novel in the new Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY)—a spin-off of the bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire series—featuring a sexy matchmaker, and the rocket scientist who becomes her special project…
The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York—just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge—not even Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist, nerd extraordinaire, and Kennedy’s newest client.
Kennedy vows to work her magic and transform this hot mess in a lab coat with a disastrous relationship track record into the most wanted man on the Verily dating scene. If only she could turn the wand on herself…though she radiates confidence and sex appeal, Kennedy harbors deep-seated insecurities from a tormented past and lifelong struggle with weight issues. When she realizes she and Nate are cut from the same cloth and might be perfect together, can Kennedy learn to let her heart lead the way? Or will her fears sentence her to the sidelines as Nate finds love—with someone else?
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