Searching for Someday (Love Spells #1)
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Gallery/Pocket Books
Date of Publication: November 26, 2013
In charming Verily, New York, Kate Seymour has a smashing success with Kinnections, the matchmaking service she owns with her two best girlfriends. But Kate’s more than a savvy businesswoman: She’s gifted with a secret power, a jolting touch that signals when love’s magic is at work. It rocked her when she picked up a strange volume of love spells in the town’s used bookstore . . . and it zapped her again when she encountered Slade Montgomery, the hot-tempered—and hot-bodied— divorce lawyer who storms into Kinnections demanding proof that playing Cupid won’t destroy his vulnerable sister, Kate’s newest client. The only way to convince this cynic that she’s no fraud, and that love is no mirage, is for Kate to meet his audacious challenge: find him his dream woman. Can Kate keep their relationship strictly business when her electrifying attraction nearly knocked her off her feet? Or has the matchmaker finally met her match?
I found this a charming book from Ms. Probst. The set-up is great, what with the dating agency (in which business Kate has a decided advantage, given she can sense a soul-mate connection by touching two people who are meant to be together) and the cynical, overprotective brother/divorce lawyer.
I can’t blame Slade for his initial anger and suspicions toward Kinnections, given the rough couple of years his younger sister has had (she tried to kill herself after a jerk of a boyfriend dumped her). He’s definitely protective and that’s a great thing. He goes to Kinnections, determined to prove they’re frauds and just out for a fast buck from his sister (and other dupes). He makes a bet with Kate – if she can find him his soul-mate, he’ll promote the business to everyone he knows. If not, she’ll admit that Kinnections is a money-making sham. Ms. Probst doesn’t force him to remain cynical long for a ridiculous amount of time, though there’s definitely a rough patch for Slade when he finds out about Kate’s gift.
Kate has made something of her life after a very rough start (she had a horrible stutter as a child that still comes out when she’s nervous, and it made her a total social pariah until she was able to get some help for it). She’s had a unique gift (passed down through her family) for sensing soul-connections, but she’s never felt it for herself…until she touches Slade. And then wowser. Unfortunately, because he’s a client (and because he’s a cynic about love at all, thanks to his job), she dismisses it, fighting the attraction (which doesn’t stop Slade and Kate from falling into bed, with disasterous aftermaths each time). This denial shorts out her gift (though she doesn’t believe that until very late) and she is understandably dismayed, since she’s built her livelihood on that gift working.
These two have a very rough path, especially when Slade finds out just how Kate achieves her matches. He’s of course determined to avoid love for himself because he sees how marriage can devolve into two people despising each other. He’s also chasing a partnership at his law firm, which leads to the first date between he and Kate.
Of course, this being a romance, everything works out for these two, but not without some serious snags. These are two very strong individuals who aren’t willing to budge from their beliefs (her in romance, him in avoiding romance) who find their way to each other in a totally believable and loving ending. I was so happy to see Kate and Slade set things aflame between them.
Oh, and yeah. Hot sex. Plenty of that, which is a pleasure (no pun intended). But the plot really shines out over the sex parts, and I can’t wait to see the next book in this series. 4.5 stars!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.