Monday, March 21, 2016

"Playing the Part" by Jen Turano

About this 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.”

Series: Book #3 in the “A Class of Their Own” series. (Reviews of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!)

Spiritual Content- Prayers; Talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Bram has a faith; Lucetta keeps up a pretense that she’s a Christian, but is actually annoyed at God (*Spoiler* She gets over that at the end. *End of Spoiler*); Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of a Reverend and sermons;
*Note: Many mentions that Ravenwood is haunted & has ghosts/other worldly beings.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘oh my word’, a ‘shut up’ and two ‘idiot’s; Pain & Being slapped (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of curses (said not written); Many mentions of drinking, gambling, debts & cheating; Mentions of threats, murder & bodies; Mentions of stealing, criminals, hanging, & jail; Mentions of torture devices; Mentions of abuse; Mentions of hitting & bloody noses (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of blood & a shooting (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of the war & slaves; A couple mentions of dried blood & a bloody battle painting; A couple mentions of tobacco.

Sexual Content- four hand kisses, a cheek kiss, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kisses, and a border-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss; Staring at lips; Touches, Smelling & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (up to semi-detailed); An obsessed man thinks he won Lucetta in a card game (later kidnaps her, he wants to make her his mistress, no liberties are taken. A mention of his needs.); A mention of men salivating over Lucetta; A mention of ladies of ill-repute; A few mentions of an unfaithful wife & lovers (no details); A few mentions of married couples curling up against each other; Mentions of flirts; Mentions of reputations & compromising situations; Love, falling in love & the emotions;
              *Note: Mentions of Lucetta’s curvy form & good-looks.

-Lucetta Plum, age 26
-Bram Haverstein
                                P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1882
                                                        341 pages

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My personal Rating-
Ahhh. Just like every other novel written by Jen Turano, “Playing the Part” was very witty and cute. This one is very bittersweet, though, (like “A Match of Wits”) having to say goodbye to these funny and loving characters. (How do y’all authors do this?!) I really liked Lucetta, she was perfectly written in that calm, cool & collected air you would expect her to have. Bram was sweet and caring, like all the other heroes in this author’s other books. I saw the plot twist coming and man, I was so excited about it! The ending was great and I loved seeing characters from the previous books in this series come back.
Truth be told, I’m rounding to four stars, but I really wish there was more Spiritual Content. Hopefully, her future books will have more. :)

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this honest review.

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