I wanted to like this book, but the things that bothered me prevented me from fully enjoying it. There is plenty of action, but much of it seems contrived and ridiculous, which is also what the main character's personality was like to me. I liked the supporting characters much better so I will try the author's previous books that they are featured in.
Madcap, outrageous and funny! Lots of laugh out loud moments. A Talent for Trouble is a rollicking read that kept me grinning right to the very end. Turano has her own unique formula for delivering romantic comedy and I love it!
There's a great juxtaposition between serious and ludicrous -- especially in heroine Felicia. And I just love how the outrageous bits about her character are what Grayson appreciates the most. The two of them bring every scene they are in crackling to life. They just seem to feed off each other -- Turano has created great dynamics between the two!
A secondary plot filled with danger and a few surprising twists balance out the comedy. A thrilling, light-hearted read that comes alive with love and laughter.
After a summary like that, there's not a lot left to say about the book! I can tell you that Felicia and Grayson take us on a wild adventure in A Talent for Trouble. It's amazing how much mischief one woman can get into but she certainly has a gallant hero watching over her.
One thing is for sure, Jen Turano knows how to write some fast and feisty dialogue, which is actually much like Felicia's character. She's not fast in a bad way. She doesn't seem to slow down and think long before she acts and that irritated me after a while. I thoroughly enjoyed Grayson's character, though. He's a noble man, full of good intentions and faithful in his regard for others.
There's much to keep up with in this book and a few of the twists and turns were quite surprising. It's the least realistic of the three so far but if you enjoy historical fiction packed with fun and faith, then you will probably enjoy A Talent for Trouble. Be sure and grab the earlier books so you can get to know the carryover characters. You'll be in for hours and hours of fun! I'm looking forward to reading Agatha's story this year. Who is Agatha, you ask? Well, you'll just have to read the series to find out!
I was provided a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and the author for review purposes only. No monetary compensation has been received.
Once Again Jen has totally amused and delighted me
December 23, 2013
Hills of Kentucky
I was given the great opportunity to review A Talent For Trouble, Book #3 in the fantastic Ladies of Distinction Series by Jen Turano. After having read and reviewed the previous two books and loving them, I have been waiting for the next fun adventure. Once again Jen Turano has totally amused and delighted me. A Talent For Trouble had me smiling on the very first page. Jen has a talent for bringing her characters to life and making them seem like old friends. I love the way I was treated to the continuing stories of the much loved characters from the previous books. This entire series is on my bookshelf to be read again. I give this one 5 of 5 stars. Enjoy!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
For the past several years, Felicia Murdocch has been queen of the fashion faux pas after receiving a misguided compliment from a certain minister she had set her sights on. When the previously mentioned minister marries another lady Felicia decides she has had enough ribbons and feathers to last her a life time. With a new wardrobe and attitude in tow she is ready for a fresh start.
Lord Grayson Sumner has already put his wild days behind him and is looking to settle down. So when he is recruited to left Felicia's spirits by his sister he isn't entirely too pleased by her new found ability to create trouble, but he is unable to deny his growing attraction to her just the same.
I was hooked on this author's work once I started A Most Peculiar Circumstance this summer and have been looking forward to Felicia's story. I instantly fell in love with her sass and fashion woes, although I was happy to see she actually did have a good sense of fashion. Mrs. Murdoch was also a favorite character as I always enjoy a good, matchmaking mother. Grayson was a cool and collected hero who was perfect to offset Felicia.
The books in this series have been fun, light hearted reads that I have thoroughly enjoyed! I absolutely recommend them. While these books can be read as standalones, reading them in order really gives the full effect of the story.
***I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***