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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 Disaster
“KINNECTIONS MATCHMAKING AGENCY. May I help you?”
Gulping, feminine sounds burst from the other end of the phone. Grabbing her pen, Izzy scribbled down notes, making soothing noises and quickly bringing up the woman’s profile on the computer.
“Yes, Hailey, I have your screen profile right here. You had a date with Gary last night and—oh, he didn’t pick up the check? No, I agree there’s no excuse. Did you offer to pay? Well, if you offered and he agreed, it wasn’t a deliberate ploy to force you to take care of him. Gary is a people pleaser, so he may have thought you were intent on showing him you’re completely independent.”
As the client rambled on about gigolos and being taken advantage of, Izzy smiled at the tall blonde who walked in, looking nervous and excited. The second and third phone lines lit up and the fax machine shuddered, spitting out page after page of profiles.
“I don’t think you should be hasty, Hailey,” she said in her best soothing tone. “We matched you with Gary after an extensive profiling, and he already called to let us know he can’t wait to call you for another date. Said you were beautiful and charming.” The startled pause on the line told her she’d hit the real problem. Hailey’s confidence had been shattered by a previous breakup. Arilyn had been working with her in therapy, but first dates were extremely difficult for her.
The tone of the conversation immediately changed. Hailey burst into a detailed description of the date and how she really liked Gary and would give him another chance to pay. Izzy made a note on the chart, wrapped up the phone call, took care of the other messages, and motioned the new client over.
“Welcome to Kinnections. Are you here to see Kate?”
The woman nodded. “Yes. I have a session scheduled.”
“We’re so happy you’re here. Can I get you some coffee or tea? Water?”
“No, thank you. I’m too nervous.”
Izzy smiled with encouragement. “Nerves are good. It reminds us we’re alive and taking a step toward changing our life.” She glanced at the schedule. “Shelby, right?”
“Yes. I like that philosophy. Makes me feel more empowered.”
“Our mental state is the most important obstacle in dating and relationships.” Izzy buzzed Kate, then handed the client a clipboard with a lengthy questionnaire. “You’re in good hands with Kinnections.”
“My friend was matched here and she’s so happy. I just feel, well, I’m ready, you know? Ready to find someone to share things with.”
“I know exactly what you mean.” Izzy kept the smile on her face, but inside she ached. How long had it been since a man held her? Touched her? Hell, even taken her to dinner or the movies?
Yet maybe not long enough.
The click of heels made her turn. Kate stood next to her desk dressed in her usual black pantsuit, her silver hair swinging under her chin in a smart, sleek bob. She was the epitome of a polished businesswoman, yet warmth infused her voice. Kate was one of the three owners of Kinnections, and Izzy was consistently impressed with Kate’s ability to balance the high emotions intrinsic to a matchmaking business with the practical ability to make rational decisions.
“Good to see you again, Shelby. I’m looking forward to the beginning of your journey with Kinnections. We’ll be going into the first room on the left. Why don’t you take a seat, start on the questionnaire, and I’ll be right there?”
Shelby nodded and disappeared.
“How are you doing, Izzy? I feel like we didn’t even get to say good morning to each other.”
Izzy grinned. “Because the moment nine a.m. comes, we’re slammed. Ever since Kinnections was dubbed the “love fix” in Cosmopolitan magazine, there’s no such thing as downtime. I don’t know how you three are managing.”
“Ugh, I really hate that term they stuck on us, but Kennedy said it was marketing genius that doubled our client base.” As a co-owner of Kinnections, Kennedy was in charge of the makeovers, social media, and marketing. Arilyn was the third woman in the powerful trio, and she concentrated on computer matching and therapy for all of the clients. Together, they had created a dynamic, profitable business and were still close like sisters.
“You don’t like being called a love doctor?” Izzy teased.
Kate winced. “It’s awful. Even worse with it spread all over Facebook and Instagram in our ads.”
“Ah, but that’s because I’m a genius.” Kennedy’s throaty voice cut through the air. “We made a crapload of money and we’re so busy Arilyn couldn’t take on teaching another anger management course. You should be thanking me.”
Izzy took in her apple-green Michael Kors suit, Jimmy Choo pumps, and Kate Spade bag. With her thick caramel-colored hair and flawless appearance, she was a driving force both in the company and with anyone she came into contact with. Izzy adored her smart-ass demeanor and wicked sense of humor. Kate lifted her brow. “I hate it and refuse to thank you. You made us post our pictures on the banner!”
Kennedy flashed a smug grin. “Of course. We’re all super hot, so that sells both females and males. I would’ve put the dogs on there, too, but Arilyn gave me some crap about animal rights.”
A third voice joined the mix, the tone low and melodic. “I refuse to allow Pinky or Robert to be exploited in your quest for money,” Arilyn said firmly. Her long, straight red hair fell to her waist, and she was dressed in her usual organic-cotton yoga pants and shirt. “We can hardly keep up with our client base to begin with.”
The final member of the trio, Arilyn was a huge animal rescue advocate, vegetarian, counselor, and one of the most giving, beautiful women Izzy had ever met. She brought a calm balance to the team.
“Thank goodness we hired you, Izzy,” Kate said. “The last receptionist was trying to poach dates from the system. Too bad your sister went back to surgery. She could’ve been a master matchmaker.”
Her twin, Genevieve, had briefly worked at Kinnections when she decided to leave her career in medicine, but then she realized being a surgeon was her true calling. Izzy was grateful the team had taken a chance with her, on Gen’s recommendation. She’d hurt a lot of people in the past few years, including her twin, but Gen had welcomed her back into her life with open arms. Emotion choked her throat. Her entire family had been forgiving and ready to take a chance on her again. She’d sworn to never let them down.
“I appreciate you hiring me,” she said quietly. “I know I hadn’t done much to earn your trust, but I really love working here.”
Arilyn patted her shoulder. “We all deserve second chances. I know it’s only been a month, but I’ve been so impressed. Not only with the way you handle the clients, but your computer skills are off the hook.”
She shrugged. “I’ve always been good with computers. I like fooling around.”
“Well, I was wondering if you’d like to take on another project. I just can’t seem to handle the workload any longer, and I need someone to double-check the new spreadsheets and data I fed into the system.”
Pleasure speared her. It had been a long time since she excelled at anything besides waitressing or selling makeup. “I’d love to help.”
Kennedy tilted her head and studied her. “When are you going to let us hook you up, babe? Don’t you think it’s time?”
Izzy wondered if she’d ever again feel ready to have a relationship. Then again, that had been the reason she avoided entanglements in the first place. Much easier to make drugs her one and only lover. They were a possessive, jealous, and demanding partner. She’d passed her two-year anniversary drug-free and built a solid, comforting life for herself. Even her mentor agreed she could begin to test the dating waters, but for the first time ever, Izzy enjoyed the boredom. She’d become everything she once detested, trapped in a regular routine with no additional color.
She was finally at a certain level of peace.
Izzy waved a hand in the air and laughed. “Thanks for the thought, but I’m good. I am thinking of getting a dog, though.”
Arilyn clapped her hands together. “I’m so excited! Just tell me when and I’ll take you to Animals Alive. They have so many sweet dogs there needing a home.”
Kennedy rolled her eyes. “Was thinking more of a six-foot-five hunk of a blond keeping her warm at night. Hey, what about Stone’s partner, Devine? He’s single. And H-O-T.”
Izzy spoke up. “Umm, guys—”
“I never thought of Devine!” Kate jumped in. “I can’t believe they still haven’t met. He may be perfect to test the waters, Izzy. He’s good-looking and really nice. Not too nice.”
“The perfect mix of nice,” Kennedy said.
Izzy tried again. “I’m not—”
“I cannot believe I’m saying this, but Devine may be a great match for her,” Arilyn said slowly. “Stone said he’s not seeing anyone right now but has been looking to settle in with someone.”
Izzy gulped. “What?”
“Oh, not marriage or jumping into anything,” Arilyn corrected. “But I think he’s getting tired of endlessly dating and not making a connection. It may be worth a try. I can have Stone bring him by after his shift. Test the chemistry between you.”
“Definitely,” Kennedy said.
“Agreed,” Kate said.
They looked at her in sheer surprise. Izzy shook her head. “I’m sorry, and I’m truly grateful for the love doctors trying to hook me up, but I’m still not ready. I don’t want the pressure.”
Uh-oh. Three women’s gazes echoed a determination she wasn’t used to dealing with. They shared a glance, then nodded in unison.
“We understand,” Arilyn said.
Kennedy held her hands up in surrender. “No problem. We just figured we’d try.”
Kate didn’t say anything.
Suspicion formed, but it wasn’t the time to push. “Kate, I think you forgot that Shelby’s waiting for you.”
Kate clapped her hand over her mouth. “Oh my goodness! Thanks, Izzy—check in with you later.”
She raced away, shutting the door behind her, and Izzy faced the two remaining partners. Originally Genevieve’s close friends, Izzy now felt as if a bond had formed and she was finally able to consider them as more than just her employers. They’d accepted her fully without hesitation and let her prove herself with her work.
Kennedy sighed. “I’m telling you, babe. Devine is divine. You’ll thank me.”
“No, thank you.”
Arilyn laughed at Ken’s disappointment. “Give her time. I believe in fate and the power of energy guiding us in the right direction. Maybe there’s another way for her to meet someone other than Kinnections, or setting her up with Devine.”
“What’s better than Kinnections?”
“What about Earth Mother?”
Arilyn’s odd response made Kennedy stiffen. Shock gleamed in her whiskey eyes, and suddenly a giant, smug grin curved her lips. “Gotcha. You’re so smart, A.”
Arilyn sighed. “I know. But right now I have to prep for my next session, then get back home to feed Pinky. See you guys later.”
Izzy said good-bye, turning toward Kennedy for answers. “Okay, what’s going on? Who’s Earth Mother?”
Kennedy practically oozed fake innocence. “Oh, never mind. It’s nothing. I have to go, too. See ya.”
She shot out of Kinnections, leaving Izzy more confused and a tad bit curious. She should’ve known these three would be obsessed with hooking her up. Not only did they run a matchmaking agency, but they were all happily involved with gorgeous men who were also kind. Did they even make such combinations in the male species anymore?
The phone rang, the doorbell chirped, and Izzy pushed the thought out of her mind, focusing on work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cute and sweet. Quick paced.
4 Stars for Searching for Disaster! Searching for Disaster is a novella from the Searching for series and it can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read all of the books in this series and I found this easy to follow (but it does have spoilers for the previous books). This is an uplifting story of second chances. Second chances for romance and second chances for living. Izzy MacKenzie and Liam Devine first meet 6 years ago when they were both carefree young adults. Liam was entering the police academy and had sights on a bright future. Isabella has a troubled past and every day is just one big party. Despite their different backgrounds they can’t ignore the sizzling attraction. But after one perfect night Izzy’s fears and her addictions destroys any chances for the couple and they part ways. Fate brings them together but will Izzy sabotage their chances of a HEA again? You have to read this to find out!! This was an emotional story. Izzy is now drug free and is on the road to changing her life. But her low self-esteem has her punishing herself for her past. So when Liam returns into her life she is determined not to ruin his life. I thought her fears and struggles were realistic and I couldn’t help but feel her pain. Liam was understanding, supportive and absolutely sexy! I really felt connected to them and cheered them on as they workout Izzy’s fears. I loved that they not only had a physical attraction but also an emotional connection. Izzy and Liam are finally ready to have their perfect HEA. I enjoyed Searching For Disaster and need to read the previous books in the series. The women of Kinnections have a supportive and loving friendship and I want to experience all of their romances.
Searching for Disaster brings together two secondary characters from two other books in the series--Izzy (Gen's twin sister in Searching for Beautiful ) and Liam (Offcer Devine from Searching for Always )--yay! On top of that, the prologue tells us that Izzy and Liam actually have a past, making them a second chance romance--bonus! Throw in the fact that they both love the Star Wars franchise (and focus on the characters from movies #4-7, because even fictional characters feel the need to block out movies #1-3) and that's pretty much the cherry on top of this novella :) There were a lot of things to like in this story. Most of the series characters make an appearance at least once; the women of Kinnections, where Izzy has started working, play a pretty big role. It's a second chance story for Izzy in more than one way--a former addict, she's been clean for two years now, and is making a fresh start in a new place and reconnecting with her large and loving family. It has a pair of puppies named after my number one favorite famous couple, and plenty of references to two of Ms. Probst's other series (Marriage to a Billionaire and Billionaire Builders) throughout. Definite pluses, all. I really enjoyed reading this novella. But...I actually wish there'd been a little less sexy times and a bit more relationship cuteness. (I know, I know! But it's a novella. I always want a meatier relationship and way more cute couple times than we tend to get in novellas.) And though I absolutely get where Izzy is coming from with her reasoning for why she's all wrong for Liam, she held on to that line of thinking way too long in the face of what they were coming to mean to each other. I really did like how Ms. Probst had her finally come to her senses, though--nice touch there. Overall, this one's bound to be a hit with fans of the series; it definitely hits all the right buttons. If you haven't read the other books yet, you should do just fine--you won't get every single reference, but Searching for Disaster is a sweet second chance story all on its own. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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 d****t, 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.
I think this was the perfect book to end the series. I loved this series and I will miss it so much. But luckily I can always go back and re-live the story. Jennifer Probst never disappoints. I know when she writes, her story will be one of those can't sleep must finish kind of books. Isabella went through some bad stuff. But she was strong enough to have survived and moved on from it. I loved the connection she had with Devine. Those two knows hot to get hot. Devine, can I have him? I need him in my life. Who doesn't love a hot cop. He shows Isabella how to feel again. I must say the sex scenes are super hot with these two. They story is well written and thought of. I am glad to see the final story written, but saddened cause I know there won't be another. If you haven't read this book yet get your copy today. You won't regret it.
I have only to say Thank you to Miss Jennifer Probst for giving us and amazing series and an equally amazing end to it. In Searching for Disaster we get the see Isabella and Liam fall in love, they met when they were young and had an electric connection but some circumstances drew them apart and now years later they have another chance of finally figure out what that attraction and electricity really mean. I loved this novella so much, Isabella is unlike any character that I've read, she is coming out of years and years of struggles, she is so strong and I really admire her for everything that she has gone through and for the way she is now and the way she is dealing with everything from her past, true, sometimes I wanted to yell at her a bit and tell her to follow her heart for the first time!!! Liam was perfection, his entire demeanor towards Isabella was so swoony, he is an amazingly strong man, he is fighting for a chance to prove that he is the right choice and that he accepts and loves her for who she is now. The writing was beautiful, I only wish it would have been a longer novella but that's just for my benefit because I wanted to keep reading about these wonderful characters.
Just when I find a great series it's about to end. Searching for Disaster is one of the most profound stories to have come across my e-reader. Ms. Probst penned a story of courage forgiveness through the eyes of one special woman. Izzy has been running her whole life. Insecurities, expectations and a sense of mental issues (just a hunch) sent her on a downward spiral that wrecked relationships, her self - esteem and any chance she had at happiness. When the smoke clears, she has to mend fences and the most important one is to learn how to forgive herself. On that course of healing she rediscovers the value of life, love and hope with the help of a past aquaintance. Liam was figuratively always on the sidelines cheering her as she fought for supremacy over addiction and self - doubt. Searching for Disaster is a story of redemption that is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking. Delivers a knockout punch via a small package.View all my reviews