Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #4.6
Release date: October 10, 2016
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
I received this book from Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
he next highly anticipated novella in the Searching For series, a romantic spin-off of the Marriage to a Billionaire series from New York Times bestselling sensation Jennifer Probst.
When Isabella MacKenzie tries to move on from her disastrous past, Officer William Devine is determined to show her that love is the only way to heal. This sexy enovella, the final installment in Jennifer Probst’s heartwarming Searching For series, follows the high-powered women of the popular matchmaking agency Kinnections, located in the small, picturesque town of Verily, NY.
Searching for Disaster is Jennifer Probst latest book – and sadly the last one – in ‘the Searching For series’. Like the other books in the series, matchmaking company Kinnection and ‘the book of spells’ play a role in the story. This book tells the story of Izzy, the twin sister of Gen (her story is told in Searching for Beautiful) and police officer Liam.
“She ached. How long had it been since a man held her? Touched her? Hell, even taken her to dinner or the movies? Too long. Yet maybe not long enough.”
Izzy finally has her life in order again; she has been clean for two years and she has a job at Kinnection, the matchmaking company. As a teenager and young adult she always felt a bit off and restless, leading her to the dangerous path of drugs. Shutting out family and most of her friends, Izzy needs to hit rock bottom before she finally wants to get better. Six years ago Izzy met Liam, but instead of listing to him she made a fatal decision. Liam has always been on her mind, but Izzy believes she doesn’t deserve a good man like him.
“What are you doing here?” Good question. She’d always been direct. He cleared his throat. “I wanted to talk.” She blinked. “About what?” A strangled laugh escaped his lips. His humiliation grew. “About us.” “There is no us.”
Liam works as a police officer in the quiet town of Verily. He’s content with his life; he doesn’t have to deal with the worst people can do and he dates with nice women. But lately Liam wants something more, more with work and more with a woman. Six years ago he had a one-night stand with Izzy, and every now and then he thinks of her, of wat could have been. When Liam sees her at again he knows they might have a second-chance.
“Her honesty humbled him. She never flinched when she told him her story, owning her mistakes as well as her triumphs. She had been fascinating and confident when he’d first met her six years ago. Now she was pure magnificence. Real. And the challenge of a lifetime.”
When Izzy and Liam meet again they are immediately drawn to each other. Six years they met at a student party and thought they would have a normal one-night stand. But is turns out it was much more to both of them, over the years they have kept thinking about each other. Liam wants a start-over, but Izzy is still sees herself as an addict. Although she’s clean for two years now, she feels Liam needs a better woman, not somebody with her past. Liam sees past her former addiction, and sees the woman he wants to build a future with. Convincing her of this fact isn’t easy.
Like other Jennifer Probst books Searching for Disaster is a sweet book, with a likable hero and heroine. Since this is a novella, a short story, the rekindling romance between Liam and Izzy progresses smoothly. Yes, there is a bit of angst and a reluctant heroine, but all is solved nicely. I wish the book was longer, to do more justice to the characters and to give more depth to the story.
“I’m not weak, Liam. I’m strong. And maybe I screwed up before and didn’t choose you, but dammit, I’ll never make that mistake again. I’ll choose you every time.”
I’ve enjoyed reading Searching for Disaster, but due to my issues I give this story 3.5 stars.