Note: This was originally a freelance blog post written for Heroes & Heartbreakers. When MacMillan shut down the community in 2018, they also removed all of the content that had been on the website.

 

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?

 

I have a confession to make: I jumped on the Jennifer Probst train a bit late; it was well after Searching for Someday had been released, and just a couple of weeks before the release of Searching for Perfect. It kept popping up in my recommendations, and I kept debating whether or not to download it. One weekend I was looking for a new book to read since I’d blown through my virtual TBR pile and downloaded Searching for Someday on a whim.

I couldn’t put it down, and it killed me to have to wait a few weeks for Searching for Perfect to come out. Once it was released, I plowed through it. Then, needing a fix I totally binged on Probst’s Marriage to a Billionaire series.

Basically: I met Wolfe a little out of order, since he first appears in The Marriage Merger, which was book four of the Marriage to a Billionaire series, and Juliet and Sawyer’s story for those keeping track at home. Prior to reading The Marriage Merger I was already fascinated with Wolfe (since he appears in the first two Searching For books, too), and fervently hoped Probst would give us not only his own story, but one with Genevieve considering it was obvious in the first Searching For books that her fiancé was all wrong for her. Note: You can probably read Searching for Beautiful as a standalone, but having that background of Wolfe (and Sawyer, in a way) I think definitely enhances the emotional impact.

The wait for this book seemed like forever, but it was so, so worth it.

I’m a sucker for a best friends romance. It’s my all-time favorite trope, and I’m more likely to give a best friends romance a chance over other books if I’m not familiar with the authors. I just love them. I also love complicated characters and situations, and being a runaway bride definitely creates some complications.

Watching Wolfe and Gen’s relationship change from a close friendship to something even more intimate was fascinating and at times heartbreaking. They’ve both experienced a lot of trauma in their lives, and are hesitant to go from friends to lovers for the fear of losing each other if things go bad.

Wolfe needed so much more than a quick lay or another affair. He needed a friend. Gen knew him better than anyone, and was gifted with the trueness of his soul. Sex was the surefire pathway to disaster, heartbreak, and the loss of one of her most important relationships. No thanks.

While Gen and Wolfe are best friends, neither has been willing to share much of their past prior to them meeting around age twenty. Gen’s always been curious about his past, but they’d promised to not ask any questions, so she hasn’t. As their attraction gets more difficult for both of them to ignore, and as Gen begins to open up to Wolfe in ways she previously hadn’t, her questions about his past are impossible to brush aside. She needs to know why he can’t give her—or anyone—his heart.

In some ways, that’s the beauty of this book. With most best friends romances, the fact that two people are dramatically changing their relationship is enough to cause conflict. In Gen and Wolfe’s case, though, the conflict is far beyond the shift in relationship status. Yes, that creates conflict, but the real conflict lies within their secrets; despite the fact that they’re best friends, they’ve both kept a lot of secrets from each other that could dramatically affect their friendship.

As a caveat, those secrets aren’t pretty. They’re raw, they’re hard to deal with (for the characters and the reader), and pack such an emotional wallop that after I finished reading this book all I could do was sit there, feeling all the feels. This book stuck with me for weeks once I finished it.

What I’d hoped would be a fantastic best friends/runaway bride romance ended up being so much more; it ended up being one of those rare books that truly moved me, and that will forever be in my Keeper Pile.