Synopsis: Cupid has blessed all members of the Valentine family with the ability to see auras that help in matchmaking endeavours; Lucy however was struck by lightning and her ability changed from seeing auras to seeing missing items. Combining her new ability with her family’s tradition/business, Lucy has set up a “Lost Loves” division with her boyfriend Sean, PI, to help find people’s old sweethearts… trouble is, one of those lost loves is also accused of murder.
Plot: The novel is a combination of three subplots where Lucy trying to find out what happened to Mac the missing man, locate Tristan the ex-con, and figure out who the mysterious “Lone Ranger” is. Even with all the twists and turns and hints, the storyline is easy to follow.
Character: The homeless man is actually a very important piece of the novel. He may wear grubby clothes and speak only in rhyme, but he is always present when the “Lone Ranger” tosses cash in the courtyard and shops at the same consignment store that Mac has been known to frequent.
Romance: The relationship between Lucy and Sean already exists, but Lucy is still struggling with her fear that Sean will leave her. While the paranormal aspect of their coupledom is not very realistic –her seeing their future and him feeling her emotions- their effort to work through the obstacles of maintaining a relationship like anyone else is something everyone has to deal with.
Character Development: Lucy has a power she isn’t quite sure how to use, but by the end discovers a person who may be able to help. But the major change in Lucy is starting to move on from her fear that Sean will leave her, as all other loved ones of the Valentine’s have. Now she is beginning to deal with her worry that Sean’s heart problem will cause him to leave her in a different way.
Note to Reader: This is the third book in a series and, while still a novel that can stand alone, it would be so much easier to follow the family dynamics had the first two books been read previously.
Quote: He kissed me. A soul-searching, heart-pounding, all-out-curl-a-girl’s-toes kind of kiss.
The Verdict: An all around cute book. It has a dash of the paranormal, a bit of romantic comedy, and a touch of mystery. I just wish I knew there were two previous books in this series, and that the fourth was already out!