Monday, February 7, 2011

Review ~ Absolutely Positively by Heather Webber

Absolutely, Positively: A Lucy Valentine NovelAbsolutely, Positively: A Lucy Valentine Novel
Author - Heather Webber
Publishers - St. Martin's Press
Publication date - February 1, 2011

From Amazon ~

“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…

My thoughts ~ 

Who is that masked man? That’s the question on everyone’s mind around Boston Common when a mysterious stranger, dubbed The Lone Ranger, starts throwing twenty-dollar bills around. And what, if anything, does he have to do with everything else going on in Lucy’s life? A life that has left Lucy with a lot on her plate these days. She has Meaghan, the new client, who is looking for her foster brother, Tristan, convinced that he is the one true love of her life. Unfortunately it’s been years since she’s seen him and wouldn’t even know what direction to send Lucy in. When she finds out what he’s been up, to will Meaghan still think he’s her knight in shining armor? Next is Mac Gladstone, an old friend of Dovie’s who has gone missing. Mac went out to walk his beloved dog Rufus one day and never came back, even though Rufus did. Anyone who knew Mac knows he would never just leave his dog behind. Was he the victim of foul play or something more heartbreaking? Preston is right there, front and center, as usual. She has done an excellent job of worming her way into the Valentine family. Will they be able to keep their big secret from her, or will she use her journalistic skills to figure out the real reason for the Valentine’s immense success? And just what does the FBI want Lucy to stay out of?????

Since this is all about matchmaking and finding lost loves, let’s not forget about all of the love in the air these days. There is no doubt Lucy loves Sean and wants to spend the rest of her life with him. She knows that he is holding things back from her, and on some level it bothers her (considering he knows ALL of the Valentine’s secrets), but she loves him enough to wait until he’s ready to let her in. Unfortunately she can’t let go of the dreaded Cupid’s Curse; no Valentine has every found true, everlasting love. Can she break the Curse once and for all? Can true love conquer all? Then we’ve got Lucy’s parents. When you find out who they’re dating, well, you’ll just plutz! Raphael is moving in with Maggie – YAY, but who will take care of Lucy’s dad now? Next is Aiden (friendly state trooper) and Em (BFF). Everyone knows they are made for each other, except the two of them. C’mon people, let’s get together now. Finally we have Lucy’s new-found brother Cutter. He’s such the ladies man that he has not one, but two women lusting after him – Marisol and Preston. Which one will he choose?

Seriously, what’s not to love about Lucy and this series? She has psychic abilities, is whimsical, smart, beautiful, and head-over-heels in love with the scrumptious PI, Sean Donahue. This series has the perfect mix of cozy mystery elements – it’s a fun read, stars a woman as an amateur sleuth, her significant other has his hands in law enforcement, it is light on the gore, it focuses on the characters and plot, and is filled with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing page after page. The book can certainly be read as a stand-alone book, but in order to fully understand Lucy and her quirky cast of characters, you should read the first two books in the series, Truly, Madly and Deeply, Desperately. You Absolutely, Positively do not want to miss this book.


FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book form the publisher in the hopes I would review it.