Monday, December 21, 2009

[ARC Review]: "Truly, Madly"

Title: Truly, Madly
Author: Heather Webber
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: February 02, 2010
Genre: Romance, Paranormal
Summary (B&N):

When psychic matchmaker Lucy Valentine is hired by a new client, she's shocked to find he has a skeleton in his past--literally

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My Review:
During a time when paranormals flood the bookshelves, Heather Webber's Truly, Madly provides a refreshing, and sweet, take on the popular genre-- and one you won't want to miss!

Between the psychic abilities and Cupid's Curse, Truly, Madly has just the right amount of paranormal themes going on. Not too heavy, and with just enough of a tease to make you want the next book to find out what will happen. I'd describe this as a paranormal chick-lit. A bit on the softer side, but just as entertaining, even romantic, as the more explicit ones on the market.

I really enjoyed reading this novel, and I found myself quickly connecting to the characters. Each one was unique and fairly well developed. I do wish that Webber had showed a bit more insight on Sean's character, especially his past. A bit more information about the Cupid's Curse that had been cast on the Valentines, and their powers, would have been great, too, but all in all, it was nothing that completely took away from the enjoyment of the novel.
Lucy was easy to relate to. After a lightning accident when she was younger, which gave her the current psychic power she's got instead of the usual matchmaking ones that runs in her blood, her life is doomed to be anything but normal. She's been pressured over the years to go into the family business (matching people up with their one true love), but instead decided to rebel a bit and switched between a half a dozen odd end jobs, trying to find the one that's right for her. In reality, she's also trying to find herself, not just a stable job. And quiet possibly true love to break her family curse...

Needless to say, when she is suddenly pushed into taking over Valentine, INC. for a few weeks while her dad recovers from a heart attack, she's not exactly giddy with excitement. But she soon finds out that maybe this is the right job for her after all. Through the struggles along the way, the suspense and mystery, and of course a bit of drama, Lucy finds her place in the family company-- and even a bit of romance in the air for herself!

I smiled at the funny scenes, sighed during the romantic ones, and even found myself trying to figure out the big mystery before the truth was revealed. It may seem like just another chick-lit book based on the cover, but it's more than that. As they say, don't judge a book by its cover!

The one thing I didn't like in the book was the ending. Just when we're about to see the "happily ever after", the book ends abruptly, and we must wait until fall of next year for the sequel, Deeply, Desperately! Otherwise, the story was unique, the characters enjoyable, and the writing nicely done. In other words, a wonderful book to curl up with and read during the month of February!

4.5 Stars! A wonderful first book in a new series, by an author I plan on keeping my eye on. A combination of witty and charming, with surprises at every turn, Truly, Madly should be on your wish list for next year! Light and fun, it's the perfect book to read during the "month of love".

Thanks again to Barnes and Nobles' Sneak Peak, from whom I was lucky enough to receive this copy from in December!


Until Next Time,

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Baby Gifts said...

Thanks for the information. I also like to read this type of books......

Erotic Horizon said...

Between the psychic abilities and Cupid's Curse

That caught my eyes ... this sounds wonderful and I have to wait until next year...

I love an author that knows how to have fun with his/her characters...

Happy holidays hon...

May it be an ultra special day for you..