Been Searching for You

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Nicole Evelina

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35-year-old Annabeth Coe is determined to find her soulmate, so she bravely navigates the world of online dating while nursing a forbidden crush on a client and fending off a scheming best frienemy and a tenacious ex-boyfriend.


Comedy, Romance

Short Summary

Hopeless romantic Annabeth Coe has been writing her soulmate/future husband love letters since she was teenager. But now, as an adult, she worries that he may never come along. Frustrated with the love gods, she vows to take fate into her own hands, especially with professor Alexander Grantham.

After overcoming interference from her meddling best frienemy who wants Alex for herself and an ex-boyfriend who isn’t ready to give up on her, as well as a photo scandal, Annabeth finds the strength to trust herself and Alex, and the couple get engaged.


Chicago, Illinois and Des Moines, Iowa

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Annabeth Coe

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Educated, Honorable, Romantic, Faithful, Gracious, Underdog, Modest, Selfless, Aspiring, Clumsy, Complex, Naive, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Alexander Gratham

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heartthrob, Honorable, Leader, Sexy, Sophisticated, Complex, Educated, Gracious, Masculine, Romantic, Charming, Confident, Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Nick Zarino

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Villainous, Aggressive, Charming, Manipulative, Sarcastic, Seductive, Secretive, Confident, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Narcissistic, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Mia LaRue

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Greedy, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Unapologetic, Villainous, Aggressive, Beautiful, Crazy, Seductive, Sexy, Sophisticated, Badass

Development Pitch

Sexy has had its moment and sickeningly sweet gets its due every Christmas. Rom-coms are so played out that Hollywood made a spoof movie about them. The modern woman deserves stories that put the emphasis on romance rather than sex, that are part fantasy, but still reflect real life. Been Searching for You has all the heart and humor audiences love, but none of the deception and lies that make traditional rom-coms stereotypical. Though most single people in their thirties have long traded in the idea of soulmates for casual sex and Mr. Right for Mr. Right Now, Annabeth has not. She’s still an innocent who is dedicated to finding her true love—no matter how many online dates or setups it takes—but she’s also still nursing a past hurt, that makes her reluctant to trust men in intimate situations. All that changes when she meets Professor Alexander Grantham, a work client with whom she shares a growing attraction. Just when things are heating up, her manipulative ex-boyfriend, Nick, reenters her life, forcing the men to fight for her affections and Annabeth to choose who is really “the one.” As women wait longer to get married—putting career and life ahead of a husband and babies—single women over 30, once anathema in romance, make up a larger part of viewing public. The modern women needs stories that pass the Bechtel test and indulge her romantic fantasies without forcing her to choose between her good and bad angels.

About The Author

Nicole Evelina is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction, non-fiction, and women’s fiction whose six books have won more than 40 awards, including four Book of the Year designations. Nicole was named Missouri’s Top Independent Author by Library Journal and Biblioboard as the winner of the Missouri Author Project in 2018. Her fiction tells the stories of strong women from history and today, with a focus on biographical historical fiction, while her non-fiction focuses on women’s history, especially sharing the stories of unknown or little-known figures. Nicole’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent Journal, Curve Magazine and numerous historical publications. You can find her online at

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Female leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available