The Love Makers

Romance - Suspense
182 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2014
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Author Biography

Y.L. Cantrell grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. Here's a bit of trivia not found on any other site: "The Love Makers" was first written as a screenplay, and the author sold her car in order to ditch the cubicle dungeon of Corporate America and focus on writing. Perhaps one day "The Love Makers" will make it to the big screen. But until then, readers can enjoy a world according to Cantrell's amazing heroes and heroines. The paperback version of "The Love Makers" is an Extended Edition with extended chapters and one additional chapter published on May 7th, 2014. "7 Lucys", an intriguing short story, was published July 2014 as a prelude to the Cantrell's next novel "Ripples".

    Book Review

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.