11.08.11

Absolutely, Positively by Heather Webber

Posted in Review at 2:43 am by Amber

Title: Absolutely, Positively
Author: Heather Webber
Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

“Exposed” by a Boston Herald reporter, Lucy is suddenly the talk of the town. Long back-story short: Even though the rest of her Valentine ancestors were blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, Lucy’s only special power lies in her ability to find things. This skill has proven quite a blessing for those who come to her matchmaking agency in search of finding their long-lost loves. Now that Lucy’s secret is out, she has more new clients than she knows what to do with. But soon a certain man of mystery steals Lucy’s spotlight…

No, it’s not Sean Donahue, the sexy fireman-turned-private-eye who’s stolen Lucy’s heart. It’s a masked man in a cowboy hat, dubbed “The Lone Ranger,” who’s been throwing handfuls of cash across the Common. Now all of Beantown’s abuzz. Can Lucy unmask the mysterious money man, track down all her clients’ old flames, and turn up the heat on her love life? Absolutely, positively…

This is the third book in the Lucy Valentine series. I love the covers for the series and the titles. 

Lucy is still going back and forth between her heart and her mind. The Valentines are cursed in love. She’s a romantic who thinks she’s found “The One” in Sean but she lets her belief in the curse hold her back. Her grandmother and mother are getting a little cranky while waiting for a new baby to join the family.

Absolutely, Positively doesn’t have the magic of Truly, Deeply but was still a worthwhile read. The series seems to be back on track. Lucy is moving towards a major life decision and may get there in the next book or two.

If you’re a writer who wants to see how threads of plots and subplots come together, this is a nice read to see how it’s done.

11.02.11

Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber

Posted in Review at 2:11 am by Amber

Title: Deeply, Desperately
Author: Heather Webber
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Source: Columbus Metropolitan Library

The irrepressible star of Truly, Madly, is back in business. This time, Lucy Valentine will go to the ends of the earth to find true love for her clients…and maybe even herself.

Lucy wants to breathe new life into her family’s Boston-based matchmaking company. But how? Even though she comes from a long line of ancestors blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, a freak accident left Lucy with only one special skill: finding things. Car keys, socks in the dryer, needles in haystacks…and now, in a stroke of professional genius, lost loves!

It’s not long before Lucy’s on a winning streak, helping old flames reunite and create new sparks. Business is booming. But when Lucy finds herself involved in a possible case of murder, she realizes she’s in too deep. Enter Sean Donahue. Lucy’s handsome fire-fighter turned private-eye neighbor, Sean is just the man she needs to help her on the job. Could he also be the man she’s been looking for all along? When it comes to Valentine, Inc., falling in love is always serious business…

This is the second book in the Lucy Valentine series. It never recaptures the magic of Truly, Deeply for me. This is a little bit darker in tone because someone is threatening Lucy. And she’s not really confiding about it to many people because she doesn’t want them to worry. Lucy’s father has  a secret and with his strange behavior she wonders if it’s a sibling she never knew about.

There’s a lot of light fun when she and a best friend go spy on their best friend’s fiance. It could have been amped up a bit more. I’m not giving up on the series yet, though, because Lucy is a great character surrounded by a great supporting cast.