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Review: Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst








1001DarkNightsThe Ultimate Anti-Hero Meets His Match…

Connor Dunkle knows what he wants in a woman, and it’s the three B’s. Beauty. Body. Boobs. Other women need not apply. With his good looks and easygoing charm, he’s used to getting what he wants—and who. Until he comes face to face with the one woman who’s slowly making his life hell…and enjoying every moment…

Ella Blake is a single mom and a professor at the local Verily college who’s climbed up the ranks the hard way. Her ten-year-old son is a constant challenge, and her students are driving her crazy—namely Connor Dunkle, who’s failing her class and trying to charm his way into a better grade. Fuming at his chauvinistic tendencies, Ella teaches him the ultimate lesson by giving him a special project to help his grade. When sparks fly, neither of them are ready to face their true feelings, but will love teach them the ultimate lesson of all?






Connor Dunkle stood on her doorstep.
With a rush of relief, she flung open the door and held back a gasp.
My God, he looked good.
Struck mute for a moment, she gave in to impulse and hungrily took him in. Dressed in a button down navy blue shirt that clung to his broad chest, a casual jacket, and dark-washed jeans, he simmered with delicious masculine testosterone. Usually a hint of stubble clung to his square jaw, but tonight he was clean-shaven and smelled of spicy cloves. His thick dirty blond hair fell in waves over his forehead, brushing his ears, and those sea blue eyes framed with thick lashes struck her mute for a few seconds. He towered over her in a mass of rock-hard muscle, giving her the impression of both strength and protectiveness.
He was a walking, talking specimen of everything a woman dreams of in a man. Both Hemsworth brothers mixed with Daniel Craig and a sprinkle of old-fashioned Redford. Her poor body roared into overdrive and she felt a damp rush of moisture between her thighs.
God, she was acting like a sex-starved teen. So. Embarrassing.
Finally, he spoke. Even his damn voice was gravel and satin mixed together in a
symphony to the ears. “I saw your lights went out. Looks like some of the other houses on the block are affected. You okay?”
He was checking on her? To be nice or to get her to agree to extra credit? “Yes, we’re fine. Thank you.”
“Did you flip the breaker? Sometimes these apartments get overloaded and you need to reset it. That’s what I had to do with mine.”
“I haven’t gone down to the basement yet.”
“I’ll help you out.”
“Oh, you don’t have to.”
His gaze sharpened on her face, and his jaw clenched. Fascinated, she studied his features, noticing the air of irritation that briefly shone. “I want to, Ella. I won’t stay. I just don’t like the idea of you and Luke alone in the dark.”
She flushed and stumbled back. “I didn’t mean to be rude. I’m just used to doing things for myself. I’m sorry, come in.”
He walked inside and she realized it was a mistake.


Connor Dunkle works in construction. A hunky forty-year old with some serious cave man attitude, Connor can get any lady he sets his mind to — when the mood strikes.  (It hasn’t struck him for a while.) Connor is a good guy, having put his own ambitions aside to raise his younger brother when both are abandoned (for all intents and purposes) by their parents. Now that Nate (his brother) is happy and successful, Connor decides it’s his time to shine, to succeed. Part of Connor’s plan is to graduate from college — a degree will make him management material in the company that employs him.  Sounds like a plan, yes?

Enter Ella Blake. Divorced, thirty-something mother of Luke, Ella is just beginning to put her life together after a nasty divorce. She’s a professor, teaching English at the local college. Ella’s exhausted, and really, just a little bit jaded about life and men —  her ex-husband dumped her on Valentine’s Day — need one say more?

Connor needs one more class to graduate, and guess who’s teaching the Composition 102 class? None other than Professor Ella Blake. And what is the focus of her Composition 102 class?

“We’ll be diving more into short stories and examining the female writer and what she brought to society in comparison to men at the time.”

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Well dang, Connor’s caveman brain is going to struggle a bit with this topic, isn’t he? And the last thing Ella needs is a hot guy trying to charm his way into a better grade.  Bad move, Connor, bad move . . . .  Needless to say, Ella is happy to hand Connor his ass on a plate — repeatedly. (Blame the “Y” chromosome.)

At some point, the contentious exchanges between Ella and Connor trigger the underlying sexual tension that’s been simmering and kaboom! We have liftoff!

Jennifer Probst’s Searching for Mine is an 1001 Dark Nights stand alone novella featuring characters from her Searching For Series.

Connor Dunkle is a believable character — Probst has written him in a manner that reveals his genuine sense of good. There is a measure of nobility about Connor that comes across well and he’s a likeable character. Ella, eh, not so much. Even the “dumped on Valentine’s Day” scenario didn’t engender the sympathy on this reader’s part that it should have.  This reader found Ella’s behavior early on towards her student (regardless of his flirtatious behavior) to be borderline contemptuous. Author Probst’s secondary characters, Kennedy and Nate (veterans of Searching for Perfect) add dimension to the story and are instrumental in softening the character of Ella. (Note: It is not necessary to have read any of the series to enjoy this novella.)

Searching for Mine is an adult contemporary romance containing explicit sexual situations. Bedtime reading for the adults, not the kiddies.


*I received a copy of this story for the author in exchange for an honest review.*


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Jennifer Probst
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 in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

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.
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, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers.

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