Lucy Valentine is as smart as can be, as single as you can get, and so not qualified to run a matchmaking service. But when her parents temporarily step down from the family business, Valentine, Inc., it’s Lucy’s turn to step up and help out—in the name of love. Plus, her rent is due.
Here’s the problem: Lucy doesn’t have the knack for matchmaking. According to family legend, every Valentine has been blessed by Cupid with the ability to read “auras” and pair up perfect couples. But not Lucy. Her skills were zapped away years ago in an electrical surge, and now all she can do is find lost objects. What good is that in the matchmaking world? You’d be surprised. In a city like Boston, everyone’s looking for something. So when Lucy locates a missing wedding ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who lives upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it…
This book was killing me softly! I LOVED it and couldn’t put it down! While the story and plot was a pretty simple and basic one, it still captivated me and the characters drew me into their world with little effort. I’m always down for a story that involves a bit of magic or extraordinary powers and abilities, and this one delivered without being overly reliant on people having extra abilities. I love that Lucy’s ability is quirky in that she can only find lost items. Her very specific gift restricted how she was able to go forward or proceed with any given situation, and it required her to be creative and figure out how she could use her gift within its narrow parameters.
The main characters Lucy and Sean, are both well developed and fleshed out. They both had important events that happened to them in their past that affect who they are today. I love Lucy’s compassion and her drive and need to help others. I love that she’s brave and funny and a good friend to those she loves. Sean is just lovely. Friendly, adventurous, and always willing to lend a helping hand even if he’s not totally sure what he’s getting into. Webber does an excellent job in creating the tension between these two, but somehow also makes it easy. The romance is not rushed, but expertly paced and allowed to grow and progress naturally. It was just very believable and enthralling.
The plot itself was pretty intriguing as well. I love mysteries and this one was on point. It really did keep me guessing throughout the whole novel and just when I thought I had figured it out, I was still wrong! Although the clues and story develops at a good pace, you really don’t know anything up until the very end. My only complaint is that once the ending came, it ended fairly quickly. For all the great pacing of the book, the resolution was fast. Despite that I still enjoyed this book immensely! I will definitely be getting the other books in this series. If you like romance and mysteries, this is a MUST read!
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