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Deeply, Desperately: A Lucy Valentine Novel Mass Market Paperback – August 3, 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Lucy Valentine Series

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When we last left Lucy Valentine in Truly, Madly (2010), she was struggling to fit in with her family of psychic matchmakers and to run the family’s matchmaking business. An accident has rid her of her Cupid skills but left her with the ability to find lost objects. In Deeply, Desperately, author Webber gives Lucy the chance to put her unique skills to work in the family company by helping people locate their lost loves. Despite a series of successful reunions, Lucy once again finds herself in over her head and involved in a murder mystery concerning one of her clients. The return of her upstairs neighbor Sean, a handsome private eye, means that Lucy is once again able to solve the mystery while possibly falling in love herself. This is another fun and quirky tale of lovable Lucy Valentine, whose humor and determination make for a whimsical mystery with a romantic twist. --Claire Orphan

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“Fun characters, sparkling prose, and a twisty plot add up to a great beginning for Valentine, Inc.” ―Publishers Weekly on Truly, Madly

“Snappy and fresh--a delightful mix of intrigue and humor!” ―Jane Porter, author of Mrs. Perfect and Easy On The Eyes on Truly, Madly

“Lucy Valentine is as comic and romantic as her name implies, not to mention engaging, sexy, and smart. She has an otherworldy knack for finding lost objects, and will undoubtedly find her creator, Heather Webber, many new fans.” ―Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity-award winning author of A Date You Can't Refuse on Truly, Madly

“With characters that sparkle like diamonds on the page, this is my new favorite Valentine! Heather Webber has created a bright new world, populated by quirky characters and brimming with non-stop action--I'm a fan!” ―Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of Shoe Addicts Anonymous and Hope in a Jar on Truly, Madly

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Product Details

  • Series: Lucy Valentine Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312946147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312946142
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Gondelman on August 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I found out that Heather Webber was not continuing the Nina Quinn series I wanted to cry. It was one of the first cozy books I had read, and I loved the entire series. I was sad to see it end. BUT, luckily for me, and the rest of her fans, she has since brought us Lucy Valentine. And boy, do I love Lucy!

While Lucy does not possess the same talents as her father in being able to read people's auras and know who they will best match with romantically, she does have her own special gift. She is able to find lost things, simply by holding the hand of the person that has lost them. She has turned her gift of finding lost items into finding Lost Loves, a new department for the family's matchmaking business Valentine, Inc. Will Lucy be able to find the lost loves of her first two clients? Clients who could not be more different. First is Faye the distraught mother, brought to her via the police, who is looking for her daughter that went missing two years ago, presumed dead at the hands of her cop husband. Then there is the ever so adorable elderly gentleman Leo, who is looking for the love of his life, the woman he lost so many years ago. As if these two cases aren't enough to keep Lucy busy, she's also dealing with a father who has started acting very peculiarly, harassing/threatening letters she has begun to receive in the mail, a mother and grandmother who have exposed more than they should, a budding (gasp) friendship with reporter Preston Bailey, and Marisol's quest to turn them into PI's to prove that Em's fiancé is no good for her. Then there is her new escalating relationship with Sean. A relationship, that while she wants to take it to the next level, is afraid to because she fears it will fall prey to Cupid's Curse (well that and they can't seem to "get together.
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My love for Lucy Valentine seems to grow exponentially with each book. Truly, Madly was an amazing mix of romance, mystery and psychic ability and Deeply, Desperately is even more sexy and intriguing. Lucy's ability as a locater of lost objects has proven to be much more useful than she had originally thought and being publicly known for that ability has introduced tension and danger to the series.

Lucy has attracted the attention of a crazy person. She begins receiving scary letters accusing her of being evil. When she and Sean start having some relationship problems, she has double to worry about. With "the curse" on the Valentine love lives seeming all the more real and a stalker on the loose, Lucy still has the mental energy to get her new division "Lost Loves" up and running. A man lost the love of his live during World War II while he was a POW and Lucy has been hired to track her down. The police need Lucy's help on a missing person's case and she's dragged into doing recon on her best friend's fiance. With so much going on, Lucy's got her hands full uncovering the many truths revealed in this book.

I loved the matchmaking in Deeply, Desperately and wish it could have been more prevalent this book. We still get to see Lucy's dad use it on occasion, much to my delight. Speaking of Lucy's dad, he has his own batch of trouble to deal with which could change Lucy's family dynamic forever.

Deeply, Desperately is light and fun, full of mystery and love. This series is one of my new favorites and I can barely wait for the next installment to spend some more time with Lucy Valentine.
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I fell in love with Lucy Valentine in the first book in this series, Truly, Madly, and I immediately ordered the second book. I note that the third one, Absolutely, Positively, is already scheduled to come out; it's time to add another item to my shopping cart. This series is just plain FUN.

Lucy Valentine comes from a family with a unique mystical attribute: the ability to spot someone's true soulmate. They have a successful matchmaking business in Boston (without anyone knowing exactly why they're so successful... who'd believe them?). Except for Lucy, who instead has the ability to find lost objects.

In the first book, Lucy learned to apply that ability pragmatically, and in this one we see her applying her skill. It's less of a straight-up paranormal cozy mystery than the earlier book, and more of the story is devoted to character development (such as her best friend's impending wedding, and Lucy's own romantic tension with Sean, the private eye). That's perfectly okay, really, even if you're primarily a mystery fan. The book is funny, the characters heartwarming (even the ostensibly annoying ones like that icky journalist), and the dialog snappy.

My only quibble is with the book titles in the series, which sounds as though it'll be a sappy romance novel. Ignore that, please. Instead, if you want a lighthearted paranormal who-knows-what-genre-this-is story to entertain yourself on a laid back weekend, order this book (and the initial novel if necessary). I recommend it.
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I'm normally not one who will read things tagged " romance" but I am thrilled that I gave the Lucy Valentine books a chance! Not a whole lot of romance going on but as with other Heather Blake / Webber books there is an abundance of fun in the form of witty banter and delicious crime solving. Looking forward to seeing what Lucy and her crew get up to next!
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