Monday, June 27, 2016

"Love in Disguise" by Carol Cox

About this book:

  “Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?
  Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it's the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.
  Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can't figure out who's stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow...or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.
  Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn't safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he's falling in love with doesn't really exist?
  Set in 1880s Arizona, Love in Disguise blends romance, humor, and mystery for a can't-put-down read.”

Series: No.

Spiritual Content- Psalm 86:11 at the beginning; Many Prayers & Thanking God; Scriptures are mentioned, read, talked about & thought over; Church going, singing & sermons; Talks about God & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Ellie isn’t sure God is listening, says she believes & starts to wonder if God really does care about her; *Spoiler* 80 pages till the end, Ellie gives what she has to God. *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of church; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading & believers; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of blessings; Philippians 4:4 is referenced at the author’s note;
*Note: A mention of a ghost.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘biddy’, a form of ‘stupid’, two ‘idiot’s, three forms of ‘dumb’; Many, many mentions of threats, thieves & robbers; Many mentions of drinking, alcohol, flasks, saloons & drunks; Mentions of blood, aiming to kill/hurt & fighting (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of fires & deaths (semi-detailed); Mentions of gamblers & gambling; Mentions of gossip; A mention of tobacco; A (non-sexual) assault.

Sexual Content- a forehead kiss, an almost kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss and a semi-detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed kisses); Wanting to touch, embrace & kiss; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (up to semi-detailed); two ‘floozy’s; A mention of a man skirt chasing; A mention of a man looking at Jessie with hunger; A mention of having a warm body to be with at night (in the married sense); A couple mentions of honeymoons; Mentions of flirting & crushes; Mentions of reputations; Mentions of courtesans & saloon girls (“Being reduced to selling one’s body surely required circumstances of extreme desperation.” Ellie says she would rather stave first.); Mentions of kisses & kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a creeper who leers & sends intimate glances towards Jessie (and asks Jessie if she wants to sit in his lap and she shivers over his possessiveness); Love, falling in love & the emotions; 
               *Note: A mention of a buxom woman; A couple mentions of attractive women’s figures; A couple mentions of a woman swaying her hips; A few mentions of a Rubenesque painting; Mentions of Jessie trying to get male attention & it working (mostly just swaying hips, barely-above-not-detailed).

-Ellie Moore
-Steven Pierce
                                   P.O.V. switches between them, & the Villain (twice)
                                              Set in 1881-1882
                                                        350 pages

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My personal Rating-
This is such a fun plot—just reading the back cover makes me happy and giggly! Quite a bit of Spiritual Content which is great, pretty clean Sexual Content wise and the mystery is very interesting! I very rarely read a book twice, but this was my second time reading “Love in Disguise”, so it’s definitely one I enjoy. :)

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.

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