Searching for Beautiful

Jennifer Probst
Searching for Beautiful
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Publisher
Gallery Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date
May 2015
ISBN
9781476780108
Series
Book 3 of Searching For
Genre
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

SUMMARY
The highly anticipated third novel in the Searching For series from Jennifer Probst, "one of the most exciting breakout novelists" (USA Today), featuring a runaway bride and the man who wants to be more than just her best friend...

Genevieve MacKenzie has her life completely under control. About to wed the charming Chief doctor at the local hospital, she's an up-and-coming surgeon with everything she could ever want. Until an escape through the church window on the day of her wedding sends her life into a tailspin...and flings her right into her best friend's arms.

When Wolfe catches his best friend falling out a window on her wedding day, he doesn't ask questions. He whisks her away, determined to watch over her and discover the truth behind her desperate escape. But when his feelings turn more than platonic, he realizes he may risk his most important relationship in order to protect his damaged heart, and the woman he loves.

Can Genevieve and Wolfe's friendship turn into something deeper—or is it already too late for true love?

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jun 08, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
150 people found the following review helpful
5 "Why Not?" Stars! I couldn't stop reading this captivating best friends turned lovers romance. Fans of love stories that involve emotional healing--in this case on both the hero's and heroine's part--will not want to miss SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL. This story tore me apart and gave me courage to renew my hope in love all at different points. The thought that people with past demons would settle for something less than true happiness, due to their own insecurities and past misfortunes, and that others would prey on such weaknesses, is heart wrenching. Gen's and Wolfe's story will make you angry and want to fight for these poor souls, all the while giving you faith that every person, no matter how damaged, has their own unique soulmate who can heal and provide them with true happiness. If you are "searching for" a "beautiful" love story, then look no further!

As this is the third book in the Searching For Series, I feel that it is important to note that this story can nonetheless be read as a standalone. In that regard, I will point out that while there is definitely some overlap of the secondary characters who were involved in the prior books, the love story between the primary couple in SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL is fully contained in this book.

Genevieve MacKenzie, a medical resident, is about to experience what's supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life--her wedding day--and yet all she feels is great anxiety. Her fiance, who is also the Chief Surgeon at her hospital, and thereby also her boss, should be the perfect man for her HEA. Somehow, however, what used to be a dream come true has become quite the nightmare the closer they get to their big day. Manipulative and controlling, Dr. David Riscetti seems more concerned about turning her into his trophy wife than in truly making her happy.

Gen seizes the opportunity and chooses to go with her gut when she attempts to flee the inevitable disaster by climbing out the church window rather than walking down the aisle. Little could she have expected that the one man who would catch her fall would be none other than her one-time former best friend, Wolfe. Having become somewhat alienated from Wolfe since her engagement to David, Gen is surprised to find just how at ease she quickly becomes when Wolfe enables her escape and actually takes it upon himself to bring some joy back into Gen's life in this time of need. Imagine their surprise when after a short respite together they both realize that their feelings for one another have evolved, making their once strictly platonic relationship a near certain impossibility. But, could they ever risk losing their most important relationship, their unique friendship, just to indulge their more base needs? Moreover, Gen is not the only one with past tragedies. Given their mutually damaged pasts--and failure to provide full disclosure--could they ever hope to find a HEA when all their secrets are out in the open?

What an intriguing story. Although of late I have read a lot of best friends to lovers stories, I was pleased to find that the art of this beautiful romance lies in the poignant way that Jennifer Probst tells this story. Ms. Probst draws you in and maintains your attention to the very end. Now I can't wait for the release of the next volume in the Searching For Series, Waiting for Always, which is scheduled to be release at the end of this month (June 2015).
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