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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Love Gypsy by Mariah Lynne

The Love Gypsy by Mariah Lynne
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (73 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Florida homicide detective Brianna Breeze can't seem to catch a man unless she handcuffs him. So her best friend decides to take matters into her own hands and tricks Brianna into seeing the Love Gypsy, a time traveler's friend noted for her extraordinary matchmaking skills.

When a tall, muscular man wearing jeans, a black leather jacket, and slicked-back 50s hair bursts in on her first visit, Brianna is bewitched. Despite the gypsy's warning not to get involved with him, Brianna can't get him out of her mind—even though she, more than anyone, knows the pitfalls of romancing a stranger.

A present-day murder, a mysterious vintage car registered in the distant past, and a smoking gun complicate the puzzle. Brianna doesn't know if her lover from the past is a murderer or a savior, but she's willing to risk time travel to find out.

Brianna Breeze lets her best friend Tessa Stone talk her into spending a day off together cruising the mall. What Bree didn’t know was that Tessa is determined to get her to see the Love Gypsy. While she's consulting – albeit somewhat reluctantly – with the Love Gypsy, Dom crashes onto the scene (almost literally) and completely takes Bree by surprise. Their attraction is instant, but as open and fun-loving as Dom is, he’s surrounded by mystery, a combination that Bree, as a police officer, finds irresistible. Despite the Gypsy cautioning her to try other men on her list, Bree follows her gut instinct and spends more and more time with Dom.

More than a little over the top this book is happy and fun. Not taking itself seriously much of the time I found the tone campy and lighthearted. I laughed out loud quite a bit at the antics of Bree, Tessa and Dom. The pace of the book is quick, with a glowing, feel-good warmth that leaves you with a smile on your face.

While the mystery isn’t particularly complex, the plot is quite satisfying and the general tone of the whole story is really fun. At times I felt like the characters were a little rushed – the author sets a fast-moving pace with secondary characters coming in frequently and small plot hooks dropped consistently throughout the story. But overall this is a splendid, delightful romance that hits many of the good spots. It’s the perfect book to curl up with over a weekend or one night in front of a warm fire with a sparkling glass of wine.