Bringing this series to a close, I’ve loved this Searching for Series by Jennifer Probst, and believe this is my favorite of them all. Please read on for my audiobook review for Searching for Always.
Arilyn is normally calm, centered and thinks before she speaks: in fact, she counsels others in anger management, does yoga and is very in touch with her own feelings. But, after the n-teenth time of her long-term boyfriend cheating on her, she is spitting mad, and quite all set with men.
Stone is a cop, a bit bitter and jaded, with a hair trigger flash point in some situations. He’s got reasons for this reaction, rather sad ones actually, but he is in need of Arilyn’s classes. There are depths to Stone that reveal over time, but the initial sparks between the two, filled with banter and button pushing, is adorable. And then, there is Pinky. I’m not a fan of men and pocketbook dogs, but you can’t help but fall just a little in love with him as he interacts with the dog…
Arilyn and Stone have an instantly palpable chemistry: he is teasing and occasionally chafing as he pushes at her buttons, downplaying her exercises for maintaining your cool and not taking the anger bait. But, Arilyn DOES have a temper, and no one is quite sure what to think (least of all she) when bits leak out. The slow erosion of Stone’s rough outer edges as he starts to see Arilyn as more than just a necessary intrusion put in his life to change him, are wonderfully nuanced, and his story is one that perfectly explains the man he has become.
And there was growth on both sides, as well as in the realization that their feelings are more than simple chemistry (and that wasn’t simple at all) but there was more behind the banter, and enjoyment in the company.
Narration in this story is provided by Madeline Maby. Perfectly adopting a tone and delivery for Arilyn, the sing-song delivery, particularly when she was grasping for control perfectly presented a vocal signature for her. Stone’s tone and delivery were slightly differentiated, with moments that grasped a feel for the character, and gave him a ‘rough hewn’ edge. Smooth delivery that allows the reader to just immerse themselves in the story, this was a wonderful production.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 3 Story 5
Title: Searching for Always
Author: Jennifer Probst
Series: Searching For #4
Also in this series: Searching for Someday , Searching for Perfect, Searching for Beautiful
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Madeleine Maby
Published by: Pocket Books
Published on: 30 June 2015
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 12 minutes
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She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog.
And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.