Author: Jennifer Probst
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Series: Searching For book 4
Genre: Contemporary RomanceAge Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
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.
When I was selected to review this book I got so excited and then I remembered I hadn't read the first three books in the series yet so I threw myself into reading and straight from book one I had been anxious to get to Arilyn's story. She always intrigued me this mysterious earth child who counseled everyone except herself seemingly. This person who on the outside projects an image of a woman who is strong, in charge, sure, and in control. I liked her because we know that she isn't all that she seems, we know that maybe she is the exact opposite of what she shows the world. Arilyn is strong but she is also breaking and what she needs most is what she fears most...someone who will see through her public persona.
Offer Stone Petty....Stone, yeah I knew this guy was going to be someone extra special when we first met him in Searching for Beautiful. I loved how these two had that immediate connection, not insta-love but that kind of connection that has everyone around them staring with mouths agape and knowing looks on their faces while the two people they are staring at have no clue why. Stone and Arilyn can't be anymore different from each other can they?
She's an earth loving yogi, who spends her down time volunteering at her local pet shelter and fosters dogs in need. She despises smokers, stays clear of unhealthy foods, red meat included, and cares for her aging grandfather who is more than a spirited handful. He is a hard living, hard working cop, with a painful past and an uncertain future due to his anger issues. He's a recovering smoker, a fast food, steak eating mans man and he is terrified of dogs.
The thing is I am not sure that these two are really all that different in the end. They are both struggling to really live life. They have been moving through it for so long that they have forgotten what living is really meant to be.
I throughly enjoyed these two with their back and forth banter, their strong wills that refuse to bend to each other and their hearts. Out of all the couples in this series these two truly have the biggest hearts of any of them. I love that Jennifer uses this platform to promote dog rescue...I mean after Robert and Pinky how can you not want to go out and scope up a dog in need.
I love how real Jennifer makes her characters. It is easy to feel for them, to understand how they live their lives and why they live them the way they do. I love that Stone is just a real guy. He's not some mega wealthy guy who uses pretty words and handsome features to get what he wants. He's a guy that works for what he wants once he realizes he's worthy of it that is. Arilyn can get a little crazy with her zen tendencies but I loved that she is willing to compromise for those that she loves. Is she going to hound the people around her to live more healthily, yeah, but she does it out of love and she might give you crap about that fast good hamburger but she's also going to stand by and let you have it if it's what you truly want.
Through out this series Jennifer Probst has written characters that melt you heart and are easy to fall in love with and while Nate will ALWAYS be my favorite Stone gave him a run for his money. Considering I married a Nuclear Physicist you can see why Nate has my loyalty, hahaha. This entire series is a great read for contemporary romance fans. I am pretty certain that book 4 is the end of the series, but you know we met a good number of people through out this series that I am hoping to see again in the near future... you know maybe Devine and Oh I don't know....Isabella, here's to dreaming, hahaha. This would be a great summer read and the good thing is that each book can truly be read as a stand alone. Now you know I always like you to read the whole series because you will meet the other couples, but you want feel anyway left out by reading them out of order in this series, so go forth and read how ever you want, hahaha.
~ HAPPY READING ~
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 at www.jenniferprobst.com.