29-year-old Lee has a Park Slope apartment with easy access to Manhattan, loves her job as an auto mechanic, and can see her guardian angel (a wisecracker with a fascination for the Rumours album.) That's kind of a full life for a kid in the world's biggest playground. Despite what everyone thinks, she doesn't need, or want, a romantic relationship.
Far more comfortable in blue jeans and flannel than in heels and satin, Lee finds herself lying to every man she dates. To the physical trainer, she's a preschool teacher; to the guy at the bowling alley, she's a secretary. The lies keep romance at arm's length even as they drive the angel to distraction until the day she realizes she's fallen for a straight-laced accountant who's exploring his dark side through bizarre foods (please note: sea cucumber is not a vegetable). But now he thinks she's someone she's not.
Now she's got to turn those mechanic skills on herself to diagnose and repair the most important relationships in her life. And just think, she used to find it tough repairing a transmission!
Long-time comedy writer and novelist Jane Lebak serves up a hilarious comedy with angels and spare tires and a recipe for the best omelets you've ever tasted. Also what may be the most romantic toilet-fixing scene in the English language. But there really isn't an award for that, so we'll never know.
Witty repartee and quips mostly keep this lightly paranormal contemporary romance from being preachy or dull. Brooklyn auto mechanic Lee plays life casual. When she meets a guy, she lies about her career, thinking she'll "ruin the fun" by revealing that she loves attacking rusted bolts with big wrenches. She is the cool aunt to her niece and the rebel daughter to her parents. And when things go wrong, she calls on her guardian angel, Bucky, to help fix things. Soon she has a fabulous boyfriend named Hal and plenty of fun adventures. The zany situations Lee gets into are comic gold, and her courtship with Hal is sweet and exciting, the way new relationships should be. Lee figures that lying about her job and keeping secrets isn't a big deal and won't hurt anyone. But she has huge trust issues, and when crisis strikes her niece, the lies blow up in her face. Hal and Bucky leave, and Lee has to deal with her demons alone. Bucky may be an angel, but he is complex and richly developed, even more so than Lee. Unfortunately, Hal is too boring to be a romantic hero, and Lee's path to redemption feels rushed.