Absolutely, Positively

A Lucy Valentine Novel, #3

Lucy Valentine’s family has a gift. They can see people’s auras and match them to their perfect mate. Lucy, however, no longer has this gift after an accident she had as a child. She has a different gift. She can find lost items. Items, not people, not live things but items. If someone has on something that was a gift, she can find it. So, even though Lucy can’t actively work in the family’s matchmaking business, she has a sideline, finding lost loves.

To help her on these searches is Sean Donahue. He was a fireman but due to a heart condition, he’s joined his brother’s private investigation office. Sean and Lucy are more than co-workers. There is a definite love interest there. As Sean looks for a new place to live, does Lucy dare offer him a place at her house? It’s not like he doesn’t stay over most of the week.

In this third book of Lucy’s adventures, there is a mysterious man throwing hundreds of dollars away around Boston Common. People are watching for this man so they can grab some of the $20 bills he tosses in the air. There is also a missing artist. His daughter is married to an aging rock star who is well past his prime and who is looking for money to finance a reality show. Could there be a connection? It’s Lucy’s job to find out. Lucy is also hired to find a lost love who the police may also have an interest in.

This book continues where the last book left off. This does not mean that you will not be able to follow this book without reading the previous books at all. It just means that you will have a lot of characters to keep track of and you may miss some of small details that involved Lucy’s earlier adventures. But the story will stand on its own and unique humor will come across with no problems.

And this book does have a lot of humor throughout it. Lucy has to hide her gift from a nosey reporter who has decided to hang out at Lucy’s family’s office. This reporter can find trouble without any effort and truly thinks she’s helping. Lucy’s parents who have been separated for years, have decided to get together again. Lucy’s not sure if this is a good or bad thing but she really didn’t need to see as much as she did! And aging rock stars know that if you cause trouble, you will get publicity which is what you want if you want to make a come back.

The characters are fantastic and definitely unique. Lucy has a gift but she has much more. When she touches Sean, she can get visions of what will happen in the future. This would be okay if everything she saw was pleasant. But Lucy, also, has other issues like does she really want Sean to move in with her? Lucy’s friends are just as unique and wacky as she is. One is a veterinarian who loves to give her friends unadoptable pets, such as a three legged cat. The other almost got married and almost became a doctor. While she’s getting her life together, she’s staying with Lucy’s grandmother is who also an interesting character. Lucy’s grandmother wants to be part of the family business but as she married into the family, she doesn’t have any gifts. There is nothing even remotely normal about these characters yet they all seem to fit the story and are wonderful.

Simple or easy solutions aren’t in the mix. This gives what could be a simple story depth and complexity that is needed to keep your interest. It’s as if nothing is as it seems and nothing becomes clear until close to the end of the book.

I am really loving this series. The characters are interesting and you can relate to them. Where there could be easy, straight forward solutions, twists are added but in such a way to give the story a unique angle. I can easily see Lucy Valentine becoming a much loved mystery series by thousands as her stories are perfect for teens and adults alike.

Book Blurb for Absolutely, Positively

“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…

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2011 5.00