Monday, January 11, 2010

Review: Truly Madly by Heather Webber


Truly Madly by Heather Webber
February 2,  2010

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 engagement ring—on a dead body—she asks the sexy private eye who works upstairs to help her solve the perfect crime. And who knows? Maybe she’ll find the perfect love while she’s at it… (summary from author's website)

Click here to read an exerpt.

My thoughts...Truly, Madly is the first book in the Lucy Valentine series by Heather Webber and boy did she get off to a great start. This unexpected book provides the reader with healthy doses of mystery, romance, adventure and charm. The heroine, Lucy Valentine finds herself trying to make love connections between clients at her father's matchmaking service. On her first day, she stumbles into the sexy ex-fireman Sean who makes her tingle (literally). Their budding romance makes them an entertaining crime solving team. The characters, even the secondary ones, were funny, flirtatious and very easy to like.

The plot of this story was clever and moved along at a nice pace. This was a light read, I devoured it in about a day. I was intrigued and mystified by the situations Lucy found herself involved in. At one point I thought "that just wouldn't happen", but the story made it believable. The mystery aspect of the story kept me guessing and surprised me at the end. The story was very well written.

The cons...The next book does not come out until August! Actually that's not too bad, Deeply Desperately will be out in 2010 there will be a third book titled Absolutely. Positively.

Overall, this is a great pick if you are in the mood for a fun, fast-paced mystery with a bit of romance and a hint of paranormal.

Cover LOVE?...The arc just has a pink door on a purple background with some vines surrounding the edges. In the picture above (which I believe is the final cover), you can see a woman peeking from behind the door. I like the above cover better. although they are both cute.

This book can be preordered.  Click here to order from amazon
For more information about Heather Webber, visit her website or her blog

If you enjoyed this book, you may also like:
1. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
2. Crazy For You by Jennifer Cruise
3. Dead End Dating by Kimberly Raye

*Special thanks to Eileen at St. Martin's Press who provided this book for my review. 

7 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O sounds adorable. Great guest review.

Angela said...

I got this one from Goodreads and read it in December. LOVED it! Lucy was just such a fun character. Killed me that I got to read it before it was even released though which makes the wait for the second book that much longer. Thanks for mentioning that it comes out in August - I'll be on the lookout for it :-) I hope there end up being more than just three books with Lucy. I think it could be a really fun series if the books continue like the first one.

Heather Webber said...

Thank you for the great review, Elie! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

~heather

Heather Webber said...

PS: There's a third choice for the cover--the one in my profile pic. I'm not even sure which they're using!

Lea said...

Awesome review! This sounds like a fun novel! :)

Elie said...

Oh yeah, she is just a pink shadow. Still think I like the above one better. They should let you pick.

Ann said...

I love Jennifer Cruisie! I'll have to check this one out when it is published.

 
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