where I got my copy: Librarything / St. Martin's Press
release date: February 2010
Lucy hails from a long line of matchmakers known as Valentine INC. According to family legend, the Valentines have been blessed by Cupid with the ability to help couples find true love. Trouble is Lucy’s powers were zapped away by an electrical surge and now all she can find are lost objects.
But what good is that in the matchmaking world?
Lucy is about to find out when she tries to solve a murder and winds up falling into a romance of her own.
My first love in the book genre is the chick lit. They're funny, entertaining and light hearted and it gives me that feeling of falling in love over and over again. My favorites are Louise Bagshawe, Cecelia Ahern, Jennifer Crusie, Libby Street, and Lauren Weisberger and now I have an new addition in the name of Heather Webber, this book is so good I decided to put Cat & Bones on hold, can you imagine?!
I was really excited when I won this ARC at Librarything's Early Reviewer contest. I haven't read a mystery-chick flick genre in a long time. The last one that I enjoyed reading was Seven Up by Janet Evanovich but this one was better, I'm sorry I am a fan of the paranormal and Lucy and her world definitely fell under that category. Her family came from the world famous Valentine Inc. they do match making as a profession, they are the real thing. It was said that Cupid himself bestowed their gift to one of her ancestors. But not Lucy - well not anymore, she lost her powers during an electrical surge 14 years ago. But this doesn't mean that she is a normal person now, no, she possess a different psychic ability; She can find lost objects. Lucy thinks it was completely useless for their family business but she surprised herself on what it can actually contribute not only for their benefit but to the people of her community as well.
Lucy is a loveable character, she is independent, funny, strong and kind hearted. Sean is your perfect guy next door. oozing with sex appeal, helpful, and mysterious. The secondary characters played well too on this book, they added necessary colors and intrigue for the book. Dovie is certainly a unique grandmother. her meddling is both hilarious and annoying. Her best friends; Em and Marisol didn't play so much role in this book (or not enough scenes) but you get the impression that they are there when Lucy needs them.
It was really a fun book. A Murder-Mystery-Chick lit rolled into one. It marks as an excellent start of a series, well developed and engaging characters and interesting plot. It was a cross between Stephanie Plum (investigative), Sookie Stackhouse (psychic powers) and Ryan Hadley (independence). A must read Valentine's month release.