Deeply, Desperately

A Lucy Valentine Novel, #2

The Valentine family runs a matchmaking business out of Boston. It is said that they are cursed, or blessed depending on how you look at it. Members of the family can see auras around people and match them accordingly. That is except Lucy.
Lucy was struck by lightening and while she survived her ability to see auras did not. She can however find things, not people or animals but inanimate things like rings or letters. She’s used this ability to help the police with missing people and now she’s trying to fit into the family business by finding lost loves. So far, she’s doing pretty good and for help she’s turned to Sean Donahue.
Sean and his brother, Sam have a private investigation business that is located one floor above the matchmaking one. Sean was a firefighter until he was physically unable to do the job. His brother offered him a job and Sean accepted. He’s more interested in Lucy though. He loves helping her out and would love to be a little closer.
Besides the romance that is blossoming between Lucy and Sean, Lucy has a few friends that are having their own love connections or disconnections. Her friend Em is planning on getting married on Feb 14th but Lucy and their mutual friend, Marisol don’t like him. Marisol is positive Em’s fiancée is up to no good and is determined to prove it dragging Lucy into her scheming. Marisol’s boyfriend isn’t much better and she’s not really sure why she keeps him around. This doesn’t include her father, grandmother and a few other assorted friends and family who are also dabbling in love.
Lucy’s connections with the police are even more complex. Lucy is getting threatening letters, which they are checking out. At the same time, Lucy is looking for a missing person. She’s been missing for 2 years and the most obvious person of interest is her husband. The problem is, is this young woman even dead?
This is the second book about the Valentine family and it’s just as good as the first. However, you don’t have to read the first to thoroughly enjoy the second.
The humor in this book runs from subtle to in your face but all of it is great. There are a couple of magical curses that really affect the characters. Sam and Sean have one that their fired receptionist put on her old position. The guys had better make nice or they may never get a new receptionist! The other is a Valentine curse. Valentine’s have problems find their true love but Lucy would just like to have some uninterrupted time with Sean! Let your imagination go wild with that scenario and you might get a slight idea of what poor Lucy is putting up with.
The characters are fun as well as developed. You get a great idea of whom the characters are. Sean’s ex is having medical problems and Sean being the great guy that he is, is more than willing to sit with her while she’s having medical tests. Lucy wants to help people so bad and when she meets a single mom with cancer who needs a job, she knows that she has to help some how. Even Preston, the nosey, annoying reporter, has a past and an important role in this book.
This book is set in Boston and until I recently made a quick visit there, I hadn’t realized how well the setting is described in these books. This time when Lucy gets off the commuter boat near the aquarium, I knew exactly where she was and the book was spot on. BTW if you ever visit Boston, their public transit system is fantastic.
I loved this book. It’s funny and zany. It’s got romance and strong friendships. It’s a comfort book. You know, the kind of book that when you read it, you’re home and life is wonderful. I enjoyed this book so well that I just couldn’t put it down. Now, that I’m finished, I want more!

Book Blurb for Deeply, Desperately

The irrepressible star of Truly, Madly, is back in business. This time, Lucy Valentine will go to the ends of the earth to find true love for her clients…and maybe even herself.

Lucy wants to breathe new life into her family’s Boston-based matchmaking company. But how? Even though she comes from a long line of ancestors blessed by Cupid with psychic abilities, a freak accident left Lucy with only one special skill: finding things. Car keys, socks in the dryer, needles in haystacks...and now, in a stroke of professional genius, lost loves!

—Susan Donovan, author of The Girl Most Likely To…

It’s not long before Lucy’s on a winning streak, helping old flames reunite and create new sparks. Business is booming. But when Lucy finds herself involved in a possible case of murder, she realizes she’s in too deep. Enter Sean Donahue. Lucy’s handsome fire-fighter turned private-eye neighbor, Sean is just the man she needs to help her on the job. Could he also be the man she’s been looking for all along? When it comes to Valentine, Inc., falling in love is always serious business… 

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 5.00