Thursday, July 17, 2014

"A Talent for Trouble" by Jen Turano

{{This is an updated review. Originally posted July 17th, 2014, it was updated on April 15th, 2020 to the Official Rating System.}}

About this book:

  “For years, Miss Felicia Murdock's every thought and action have been in pursuit of becoming a minister's wife. When the minister she'd set her sights on has other ideas, she decides something in her life needs to change--and soon--before she wastes any more time pretending to be someone she's not. If that means spreading her wings and embracing a more lively way of life, who's to say nay?
   Grayson Sumner, Lord Sefton, has had his fill of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter an adventurous young lady with an unfortunate knack for stumbling into troublesome situations.
   Just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in Felicia's life endangers her. As they work together to extricate themselves from this latest complication, will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping each other out of trouble?

Series: Book 3 in the “Ladies of Distinction” series {The novella prologue, “Gentleman of Her Dreams”, review Here!; Book #1, “A Change of Fortune”, Here!; and Book #2, “A Most Peculiar Circumstance”, Here! {I would recommend reading this series in order.}}

Spiritual Content- Talks about God, faiths, & forgiveness; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Felicia is known to be a woman of faith by everyone; Grayson, however, thinks God has given up on him, *Spoiler* but at the very end says he has asked God for forgiveness *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of God, faiths, & forgiveness; Mentions of prayers, thanking God, & talking with God; Mentions of churches, church going, services, hymns, sermons, & ministers; A few mentions of religious people who lecture people; A couple mentions of angels; A mention of communion; A mention of nuns;
             *Note: Mentions of an evil man; A mention of a demon; A mention of someone being “a spawn of a…”.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’ and seven forms of ‘idiot’; Sarcasm & eye rolling; Being threatened with a gun; Going to an opium den (up to semi-detailed); Jail & Being arrested; Many mentions of brutal murders, deaths, & fires (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of violence, fighting, injuries, & blood; Mentions of jail, being arrested, & criminals; Mentions of kidnapping, thieves, & stealing; Mentions of opium dens, addictions, & feeling guilty for helping get that drug overseas; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & pubs; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of ignorance/prejudice towards Chinese people in America; A few mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of throwing up.

Sexual Content- A (semi-detailed) hand kiss, a forehead kiss, two not-detailed kisses, and a barely-above-not-detailed kiss; Wanting to be kissed/kiss someone; Touches, Heat/Warmth, & Blushes (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (including Grayson noticing Felicia’s figure quite often and her noticing his muscles, barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of matchmaking & crushes; Mentions of brothels & ladies of the night; Mentions of men gawking/ogling at Felicia & people looking at someone of the opposite gender hungerly; Mentions of flirting; A few mentions of wondering if a child is illegitimate or if a man had more than one wife (or a harem); A few mentions of a married in name only; A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of a man not knowing a woman intimately; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A mention of a song about an illicit liaison; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of Felicia’s figure/curves (and her being slightly greater endowed in the chest area than most other women her age); Mentions of low-cut neckline dresses & scandalous dresses; Mentions of Grayson being called delicious; Mentions of actors wearing dresses & others dressing as the opposite gender (for being undercover); Mentions of men’s chest hair.

-Felicia Murdock, age 24
-Grayson Sumner
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                             Set in 1881
                                                        342 pages

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My personal Rating-

In terms on romance content, this book was mainly clean (with the exceptions of Felicia’s figure being noticed somewhat often) but there were some harder parts on the plot like the brutal murders and the opium dens. This wasn’t my favorite by this author, however I did enjoy this book, but probably best for ages 15+ because of some content.

See y'all tomorrow with the review of the last book in this series!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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