Playing the Part by Jen Turano (review by Kristi)

 

 

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About the book:

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

About the author:       Jen Turano

Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series, and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers.  Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top ten romance of 2015 from Booklist.  It is also a nominee for Romantic Times 2015 Reviewers’ Choice Award.  Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top ten romance by Booklist in 2013.  Her seventh book, Playing the Part, will release in the spring of 2016, followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers.  When she’s not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying herself as an empty-nester since her son recently abandoned her for the college life.  She can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenturanoauthor/ or visit her on the web at www.jenturano.com. She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency. Her books may be found in most fine bookstores, or follow the Baker House Publishing link to find additional places to purchase her work.

My review: I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the characters but the story just fell a little flat for me. Of course, this may have been because this was the third book in the series and I haven’t read the first two.

I liked the two main characters in this book, Lucetta and Bram. They were both likable characters and had a bit of a sense of humor that made them even more enjoyable. There are a slew of secondary characters in this book and I found them a bit hard to keep straight at times.

The storyline of this book was good although a bit predictable at times. The story moves along at a pretty steady pace. I did think there were a few hiccups along the way that slowed the story down just a tad.

All in all, this was a good, fun read. I would recommend reading the first two books in this series first so maybe you won’t feel so lost. This was my first read by this author and I will be seeking out more of her work.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.

 

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