Searching for Someday (Searching For Series #1)

Searching for Someday (Searching For Series #1)

by Jennifer Probst

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From “one of the most exciting breakout novelists” (USA TODAY) comes the first novel in an irresistible new series—a spin-off of the bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire series—featuring a matchmaker who falls for a man who doesn’t believe in love.

First in a sizzling new series from Jennifer Probst, the USA Today bestselling author adored for her “fresh, fun, and sexy” (Romancing the Book) storytelling!

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476744933
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Series: Searching For Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 639,230
Product dimensions: 4.56(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.06(d)

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 degree in English literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. 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 spent twenty-six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. 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.

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Searching for Someday


    Slade watched his sister drag her oversized floral pieces of luggage down the hallway and drop them at the front door. A strange panic roared through his system, but he stood frozen in the foyer, watching the scene unfold. Hell, no. She wasn’t ready to go anywhere on her own yet, but somehow he needed to convince her without looking like a crazed control-freak brother. He kept his voice gentle and firm.

    “Jane, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I know you want a place of your own, but I don’t think you’re ready. Besides, I’ll get lonely by myself. Give it some time, and I’ll help you find an apartment.”

    Jane turned fast, hands on hips, that furious female scowl he knew well. Bottom line, he’d screwed up his words again. “First off, give me a little credit. I’m ready. I appreciate you letting me live here, but I should’ve moved out a year ago. And the only reason you’re lonely is your refusal to stay with a woman past one night.”

    Slade winced. Unfair. He was always discreet when it came to women, not needing his sister to try to bond with any of them, since long-term commitment was doomed from the start. The statistics alone of marriage breakups caused a shudder.

    She marched into the open living room and headed toward the bookcase to grab a few off the shelves. Crap, was that The Chew’s new cookbook? He hadn’t even looked at the pictures yet. “Be reasonable, Jane. You have nowhere to go, and I don’t want you staying at a crappy studio in Manhattan. It’ll cost a million dollars and won’t be safe. Are you still upset over your breakup? We can go slash his tires, get drunk, and watch chick flick movies. That’s what women do, right?”

    Jane tipped her head back and laughed. “God, Slade, if I didn’t love you so much I’d murder you. I have a place already. I rented an apartment in Verily on the river. I quit my job and lined up a new one at the local community college there.”

    The room spun. He stared at his normally shy, logical, steady sister and wondered what she’d drunk to turn into Mr. Hyde. “Quit your job? You were working on tenure!”

    “And I hated it there. Stuffy, pompous, and boring. I hate Manhattan, too. It’s crowded and hurts my head most of the time.” Jane dragged in a breath and walked over, stuffing the books into her tote bag. Her long jet-black hair sprung into a whirlwind of curls, and her cocoa-brown eyes peered at him sadly from behind thick black glasses. “I can’t do this anymore,” she said. “I need a fresh start on my own terms. Verily is small and quaint, and the college focuses on using creativity in literature. I can grow there. Maybe meet a man who won’t wring me dry and dump me.” Her laugh was totally wry, and Slade’s heart squeezed in sheer fear.

    He couldn’t let her go. If something happened, it would be his fault. Again. At least if she were under his roof, he could easily gauge if she was down-spiraling. Slade swung into lawyer mode. Being one of the top divorce lawyers in the state had to be good for something other than money. “I understand you want to be on your own. I agree it’s time, but quitting your job and running off to a town you don’t know is dangerous. I’ll go with you to Verily this weekend. I’ll help you look, maybe meet some people there so you’re not alone, and we’ll figure it out together.”

    Her voice rose to a dangerous level. “I don’t want to figure it out together! I want to figure things out myself. Oh, for God’s sake, look at this place.” She flung out her arm and gestured to his expensive loft apartment situated in the coveted location of Tribeca. The huge open space was split into two levels with a sleek glass staircase connecting them together. Windows lined the walls and overlooked the city of Manhattan. Pricey art, bamboo floors, edgy glass tables, granite counters, and huge leather recliners completed the look of bachelor in the city.

    “What’s wrong with it? We have plenty of room here.”

    “This is your place! I haven’t had anything for myself in the past three years. I’m twenty-eight years old. It’s time I do things on my terms without anyone worrying if I’m going to emotionally lose it when something goes wrong.”

    He winced. Jane was extremely sensitive and had always struggled in such a brutal society. He watched a long line of men crush her like a gentle flower under their heels until there was nothing left but a few stray petals. He’d sworn never to let anyone hurt her again. He had to make her stay.

    “Sweetheart, I know you’re much stronger now. Don’t ever think I’m waiting for you to implode. I just think it would be better to wait.”

    “I don’t.” Jane opened the closet door, grabbed her black wool coat, and stuffed her arms into the sleeves. “When I get settled, you can bring the rest of my stuff and visit. I think you’ll like it in Verily. And I won’t be lonely for long. I’ve decided to sign up with a matchmaking agency.”

    Yep. She’d definitely slugged the Mr. Hyde punch. “Are you kidding me? Do you know how many of those get closed down for fraud? There’s no such thing as the perfect match, and you know it. What is going on with you?”

    She stuck her chin out. “I’m tired of being afraid and meeting the wrong men. Kinnections is a well-respected company. I like the women I met there, and I trust them. So don’t worry about me holing up in my apartment and getting depressed. I’m going out there and meeting people. I’m different this time.”

    “This place is going to take your money and give you false expectations. What if it doesn’t work out and you crash? I’m not going to stand around helplessly while you’re destroyed again by some ruthless people out for your money.”

    She let out an outraged squeal. “Are you listening to yourself? God, stop protecting me. I’m a different person than I was three years ago and you’re stifling me! Mom and Dad wouldn’t want me to live tucked away in your man cave while I watch life happen to other people.”

    “Mom and Dad never found you on a bathroom floor overdosed on pills. Mom and Dad didn’t hold you in their arms, praying you wouldn’t die!”

    The silence shattered around them. Slade closed his eyes briefly, grief cutting out pieces of him. The words entwined with a blame and a plea that twisted his stomach. The memory of finding her suicide attempt changed him. He wanted her safe. Couldn’t she understand?

    His voice broke. “I’m so sorry, Jane. I didn’t mean to bring that up.”

    Hurt carved out the lines of her face, and her lower lip trembled. “Yes. You did. I’m sorry I put you through that. But I’m not the same person anymore. I deserve happiness and I’m going to take it. Yes, I may get hurt along the way, but I can handle it now, Slade. I’m stronger.” She tossed her tote over her shoulder and grabbed the handle of her suitcase. “I don’t blame you for not trusting me. But I’m going to prove myself. You’re not responsible for me any longer.”

    “For God’s sake, let me help you. I’ll buy you dinner and we’ll talk more about this.”

    She threw open the door. “No. The doorman is meeting me downstairs.”

    “But I need a number, an address, something.”

    “I’ll call when I get settled. Love you.”

    She left. This time, he didn’t stop her. Part of him recognized it was important she carve her own way. The other half decided he’d rip apart anything that tried to hurt her. Or anyone.

    With a low curse, he stalked to his computer and typed in the words.

    Kinnections. Matchmaking. Verily.

    He stared at the screen for a while and made his decision.

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    Searching for Someday 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 103 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Story okay, ending felt rushed. Too many plot spoiler reviews. It was like having crib notes. Worth a $1.99. I did not like it well enough to archive for a future read. Pretty graphic sex. Adults. Chick lit. AD
    ham4mons More than 1 year ago
    Liked the book overall. I loved the characters, just thought it ended kinda fast. 
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I really dislike a book where it takes the main characters the whole book to be confident enough to try a relationship. It just didn't seem to move along. I usually like this author, but I really have come to not like stories that don't have enough meat to move along and deal with "real" problems vs characters dealing with their own insecurities for the whole book. I found it a little boring and will not read the rest of the books in the series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The story was interesting but why too graphic. Most of us know how sex works but I felt that it was over the top. However, if you like porn in your storyline, this is for you
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It was difficult to finish with the constant back and forth breakups with the main characters. I just didn't care anymore. How many times can you end up at each others door steps to end in another break up? I skimmed the ending of the book to just be done.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Daaannnngggg iiittttt -.-
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Cute story, seemed like it was almost a young adult erotic novel....
    DiiMI More than 1 year ago
    Better watch what you ask for, you just might get it! In an attempt to prove that Kate’s matchmaking service is a fraud, Slade, the hyper-alpha divorce attorney challenges Kate to find him his perfect mate. Little does he know that Kate has a special sense that can accurately detect who is right for another person. She feels an electric jolt when the match is right, need I say more? One touch and the sparks are flying, too bad these two could not appear more opposite in nature, completely incompatible, totally wrong for each other, according to statistics. But what about their hearts? Searching for Someday by Jennifer Probst is a delightful read! Filled with a touch of humor, a sensitive and caring heroine and a hard-headed hero, not to mention the captivating Robert, this is a perfect pick-me-up read to enjoy and feel good about! Nothing too deep, no great angst, just a cute tale of two opposites who will try anything to avoid their attraction! I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review.
    AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
    Book source ~ NetGalley Kate and her two college friends start their own matchmaking company called Kinnection in a small town not far from New York City. When divorce lawyer Slade finds out his fragile sister is using their service he storms in threatening to shut them down as scam artists. Kate issues a challenge instead. She and her company will find him the perfect woman (for him) and he’ll drop the posturing and let his sister live her life. They both get more than they bargained for. This is a decent contemporary romance with a little bit of the paranormal thrown in. Kate has a gift for sensing romantic connections between people. She and her friends use solid business tactics for Kinnection, but Kate verifies their matches with her gift. They want to make people happy, not miserable so why not use all the tools in their toolbox? Slade is pretty unlikeable. Kate is a bit too wimpy for my tastes. The rest of the characters are ok and there’s some humor sprinkled in. The star of the show though is Robert, Kate’s dog. Come for the dog, stay for the humor.
    Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
    Kate owns her own successful matchmaking business in Verily. She runs Kinnections with her two best friends and going to work is a joy for her. Kate has a special gift that makes it possible to predict if people are each other's soul mates. Her matches are legendary, but unfortunately she hasn't found her own true love yet. A new client, Jane, brings problems on her doorstep in the form of an overprotective older brother. Slade is a lawyer and the only thing Kate can do to prove his sister's money is well spent is finding his dream woman for him. Slade doesn't believe in love and Kate has a difficult job to convince him she's the real deal. She will find Slade's match, but what's the price she has to pay for it? Searching for Someday is a lovely romantic story. I immediately liked Kate, she's a smart and gifted woman and she gives people something very special, she finds them the person they're supposed to spend the rest of their lives with. That's an admirable skill and I really enjoyed reading about it. Even though Kate is great at finding other people love she isn't faring so well when it comes to her own love life. When she meets Slade it's obvious they have a lot of chemistry, but they don't have much in common. Slade is cynical and by trying to save his sister from getting hurt he's preventing her from living her own life. I kept hoping Kate would be able to break down the walls around his heart and read this book in one sitting because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen if she'd succeed. Jennifer Probst's writing style flows easily. She writes about one of my all time favorite subjects, true love. It's what made me curious about the Searching For series straight away. Searching for Someday is fun, sweet and endearing. I loved that Kate has been touched by magic and has a unique gift, that made the story extra enjoyable for me. I highly recommend this wonderful, charming and enchanting story.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a reread for me in preparation for reading the next book in this series. I'm glad I did as it refreshed my memory and reintroduced many of the characters important to the series. Slade, Kate and Robert's relationship was interesting and provided much entertainment. I'm looking forward to Gen and Wolfe's love adventures. LA-TXN
    InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
    Title: Searching For Someday - Searching For Series Book 1 Author: Jennifer Probst Published: 12-1-13 Publisher: Gallery Threshold / Pocket Books Pages: 386 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction, Sagas ISBN: 9781476744926 ASIN: B00BSBVIDI Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Kate Seymour is bright, beautiful and a true believer in the magic of love. She is also a professional matchmaker and owns Kinnections along with her two friends. She is also a woman who has given up on the possibility of finding love for herself. Even though she has an amazing track record in fining perfect love connections for their clients. Riding high on her success Kate is challenged by Slade Montgomery when he barges into Konnections demanding Kate immediately drop his sister Jane as a client. Threatening to sue her and run her business reputation thru the mud, slandering her business if she refuses. Slade knows love does not exist and has watched his sister slowing recover from being crushed emotionally and refuses to have her hurt or used again. After threats and intimidation fail to work Slade offers a challenge. Kate can prove love exist by finding a love match for him and he will back off. Kate accepts, but there is one small problem. She is attracted to Slade herself. Kate knows she can save her business if she can ignore her reactions to the bad tempered Slade Montgomery. Funny and fast moving I enjoyed Searching for Someday. Kate instinctively pushes Slade's buttons. Ms. Probst has written romantic plot touched with humor and tension. The characters' bold and forceful personalities will keep you glued to the story as it unfolds. Slade's sister may appear a bit fragile at first, but shows a steely backbone as she learns her own worth. If you are looking for a romance that will make you chuckle and you swoon then Searching for Someday is the one for you to savor and enjoy.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This is a great series. Loved this book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    That must have been some good bud. Usually after food your buzz goes down plus she was loaded for a really long time.
    preppea More than 1 year ago
    Refreshing, Romantic, Endearing & Charming SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY is a refreshing contemporary romance with a charming magic twist. Kate and her two best friends have built a solid matchmaking business by utilizing each of their individual talents and skill sets. One of Kate’s most unique talents is her ability to sense love matches simply by touching the individuals. But when she realizes her own soul mate is a divorce attorney who doesn’t believe in true love or marriage, she’s convinced her touch has gotten it wrong. Kate and Slade do everything in their power to deny the connection they share, but the closer they get, the harder it is to ignore. Ordinarily I would say I’m too practical to enjoy magic unless its of the paranormal variety, but Jennifer Probst seemed to know just how to introduce something outside the realm of ordinary without making it corny or unbelievable. It still rang true to the story and to the characters and only added to the undeniability of their connection. Slade was the perfect combination of stubborn, opinionated, take charge, and alpha male. I loved how he could be so fierce and stern yet he’d be so reckless in his feelings for Kate. Every time he showed up at her door unannounced, I swooned. I was a little worried Ms. Probst would go too far in her efforts to introduce secondary characters in an attempt to build interest for future books in the series, but somehow she managed to straddle the line just enough to make the story more three dimensional without going overboard. I was unable to put SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY down until I’d had my happily ever after and it made me want to read more in the series just to get another taste. SEARCHING FOR SOMEDAY was such an endearing romantic story with a chick-lit feel and I would highly recommend diving into the Searching For series! **Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good story. Love the addition of Robert! It was killing me to read about Slade & his aversion to love. But then maybe it would be hard to accept if someone told me they could touch me & know if there was a connection. It's far fetched but I like the idea.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it!!! A must read for the series is wonderful.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    And paranormal as part of relationships the author has lost control and is a "hack" grabbing pieces of other authors and trying to glue them into a novel what do you get? This.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Like pickle ice cream or the weird food combos like kale pizza when they cant think of "new" plots any blurb that says sizzling just dumped water on the book steaming also means a dirty mess of wet ashes. What you read isnt like eating where what you cant use comes iut what you read stays abd stains
    pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
    I know a 3 doesn't sound to hot, but when I think back over the book the only word that comes to mind is good. The characters were really well developed, the plot is interesting, and the romance/steam factor was solid. So it was a good book, I didn't rate it higher because I go with my gut feeling and I didn't feel a sense of awe or have a true experience WITH the characters, It felt more like I was watching a good movie. Kate's secret was a surprise and I hope to hear more about Ken and A's stories so I would recommend the book and intend to continue the series. Pippa, My Secret Book Spot
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So happy with this series! Starting #2 now and can't wait for #3 already! Kate and slade story was great.. I am enjoying this series n love all your other boojs, keep them coming
    bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
    Every now and then I need to read a fluffy book. I know I’ll get that from Jennifer Probst books. If I read too many of these books, I’ll get bored of them. But I found a balance and I’m happy to say that it has been working. Searching for Someday was predictable, it frustrated me sometimes but it was fast paced and entertaining to read. There’s not much I can say about Searching for Someday. I do have to point out what frustrated me about this one, it was Kate. The book opens (I think it was the prologue) with Kate going on a date with this guy that from the get go you know he’s a douche. He’s gross, wants to split the check and to make it worse he is kind of flirting with the male waiter. So you would think that Kate would have some common sense and know that this guy is not for her. But, no, she starts making excuses for him. She’s tired of dating and not finding her soul mate, I get it, but c’mon, this guy was definitely not into her! To get to my point –this is not a spoiler- she ends the date and goes home alone. Then when our hero comes in the picture they touch there're sparks, they kiss and is magical, he’s her soul mate but Kate refuses to believe it and keeps pushing him away. Am I making any sense here? The whole situation irritated me. How come she was ready to settle for a guy that she KNEW wasn’t for her but then gave a hard time to the one that was definitely for her? –End of rant- I know it sounds a bit silly, but I just couldn’t look passed that. I guess the angst was necessary for this one to be entertaining. I admit I enjoy their banters and the sexual tension between Kate and Slade. I won’t say Searching for Someday was different from other romance books because it wasn’t, but it was entertaining. I very much like Jennifer Probts books and I know after a finish one her books I will be happy and satisfied.