Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Been Searching for You by Nicole Evelina


Annabeth is a hopeless romantic who believes in soul mates. In fact, she’s been writing to hers each year on her birthday since she was sixteen.

Now, at thirty-four, she’s still holding out hope of finding Mr. Right, even though he’d be fighting an uphill battle to gain her trust thanks to a traumatic experience years before that’s left her unable to commit.

When Annabeth meets a handsome literature professor named Alex on her thirty-fourth birthday, she thinks her quest may finally be at an end. Things don’t quite go as planned, so Annabeth resolves to do everything she can over the next year to find the unknown recipient of her letters. But blind dates, Meetup events, and online singles sites have nothing on what fate has in store for her when a co-worker unexpectedly quits and Annabeth finds herself working in close quarters with both Alex and her long ago ex, Nick. Fighting her attraction to one and loathing for the other, Annabeth is forced to face all of her old insecurities while keeping an eye on a scheming frienemy who may derail her hopes and dreams.

Written in the tradition of Bridget Jones’ Diary, Kim Gruenfelder’s A Total Waste of Makeup, and Melissa Pimental’s Love By The Book, this romantic comedy shows that love on the sweet side can exist for the modern girl, if only she’s willing to trust herself and search hard enough.

About the Author:

Nicole Evelina is an award-winning historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. Been Searching for You won the 2015 Romance Writers of America (RWA) Great Expectations and Golden Rose contests.

She also writes historical fiction. Her debut novel, Daughter of Destiny, the first book of an Arthurian legend trilogy that tells Guinevere’s life story from her point of view, was named Book of the Year by Chanticleer Reviews, took the Grand Prize in the 2015 Chatelaine Awards for Women’s Fiction/Romance, won a Gold Medal in the fantasy category in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was short-listed for the Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction. Later this year, she will release Madame Presidentess (July 25), a historical novel about Victoria Woodhull, America’s first female Presidential candidate, which was the first place winner in the Women’s US History category of the 2015 Chaucer Awards for Historical Fiction.

Nicole is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness. Nicole has traveled to England twice to research the Guinevere’s Tale trilogy, where she consulted with internationally acclaimed author and historian Geoffrey Ashe, as well as Arthurian/Glastonbury expert Jaime George, the man who helped Marion Zimmer Bradley research The Mists of Avalon.

Nicole is a member of and book reviewer for The Historical Novel Society, and Sirens (a group supporting female fantasy authors), as well as a member of the Historical Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild, Women Writing the West, Broad Universe (promoting women in fantasy, science fiction and horror), Alliance of Independent Authors and the Independent Book Publishers Association.


Been Searching for You starts off in an unusual way. It’s Annabeth’s thirty-fourth birthday, and she’s writing a letter to her soulmate. She’s done so every year since she was sixteen. As yet, she has no idea who he is. She simply believes he’s out there somewhere, and they’ll find each other someday—even though she finds it hard to trust men after her hometown boyfriend dumped her when she refused to have sex with him.

Her best friend, Mia, is a top model and party girl who dates her other best friend and work-partner, Miles. Together, Annabeth and Miles are the top public relations creative team in Chicago, and her birthday happens to fall on the same night as the Chicago’s Top Fifty Singles event she and Miles have organized. While singles will be auctioned off, there’s also mingling over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Annabeth meets Professor Alex Grantham who has agreed to bid on Mia for a friend. Besides, he’s just getting over someone else. The timing isn’t right.

Been Searching for You was a refreshing, sweet romance about a nice girl who reminded me a bit of myself. Annabeth is a bit smarter than the average person, well-read, and a hopeless romantic who’s been crushed. But she does find her Mr. Right, and since it’s a romance, I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying she gets her HEA. You have to read the book to find out how.

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Heat Rating:  PG-13
Length:  310 Pages
Print:  $13.99
E-Book:  $3.99
Audio:  $17.46

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