Title: Searching for Beautiful
Series: Searching For #3
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 26 May 2015
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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?
Wow just WOW. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Wolfe’s story from the moment I laid my eyes on that beautiful, broken boy, and I have to say it was well worth every agonising moment. Not only the revelations about Wolfe but the abuse Gen suffers from as well made my heart hurt.
Gen and Wolfe have a connection from the moment they meet; however, neither want to admit to just how powerful their feelings are when they don’t feel ‘worthy’ of the other, so they settle on friendship and for the most part it works fine. Allowing them both to create their lives while having each other as safety nets. It is easy for an outside observer to see just how perfect they are for each other if only they could break free from the shackles of the past. This outsider knowledge together with the chemistry smoldering between Gen and Wolfe creates a heart-aching tension within the narrative.
It was painful to witness the trauma Wolfe suffered at a young age; his barriers are brutally understandable. No-one should have to endure the things he did especially lacking parental protection.
Although, it is Gen’s abuse that is ingeniously portrayed within the plot. Jennifer Probst manages to convey the serious is of emotional manipulation and undermining self-confidence in a way that clearly conveys that IT IS ABUSE. So many times similar situations are brushed under the carpet due to the master of the manipulation, creating the picture they want seen rather than the machinations at play. It is scary to witness just how clever someone has to be in order to control the situation to such an extent. The term sociopath comes to mind.
I adored Gen and loved how she was able to reclaim herself, especially how she was guided by her inner voice ♥ The inclusion of the characters from the previous books alongside those in the Marriage to a Billionaire series added depth including the importance of good family and friends.
Searching for Beautiful has paved the way for Searching for Always due for release at the end of June. I cannot wait to see the fireworks Arilyn is going to cause. As well as catching up with some of my favorite characters – SWOON ♥