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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Love Makers is about Vivionne Wayne, founder of The Love Makers Agency, a strange kind of matchmaking agency that operates on par with the CIA. Along with her best friend Boris, Vivi used tactics that some would call questionable to bring her clients the love they desire. The scare tactics they use to bring couples together are borderline unethical, using dangerous scenarios to draw them closer. But when some unknown enemy flips the script, Vivi and Boris are forced to face their own feelings for one another after decades of friendship and living under the same roof. Y.L. Cantrell creates a fast paced story of love, danger and psychos that reads like an action movie.
Love Makers is, above all else, a fun read. The characters of Vivi and Boris are well written and it is a joy to watch them evolve throughout the story. Then there is Luther who is a misogynist, a jerk and too many other things to name. You have to wonder how he and Boris have been friends for so long, but I think that is a testament to the skill of Y.L. Cantrell as a writer. What makes this such a compelling story, aside from the brazen methods of LMA, is that on every page there is always something happening. Whether it is the heightened drama between the couples or underlying tension between LMA employees, the lives of these characters are never boring. The anticipation continues to build until those final chapters when you will laugh hysterically, swoon or cheer Vivi’s 'take no prisoners' attitude. No matter how you respond, you will not be disappointed.