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A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano - Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from the back of the 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?

My review:

This was a nice story, but as much as I liked Felicia and Grayson, I just was not able to connect with their story. I can’t quite put my finger on what didn’t work for me because I loved the other books in this series and I love the way that this author writes. That being said, there were times when I did laugh out loud while reading this story which I enjoyed.

Felicia was not a character that I felt particularly drawn to in the previous books and I was hoping that would change in this book but it really didn’t. I did enjoy some of her quirks, like her love of her little pony, Thor. I was hoping that she would take more of an interest in Grayson’s child and the other children that came into his life.

Based on the previous books in this series, I knew I would like Grayson. I liked watching him fight his attraction to Felicia as well as learn about his true worth as a person.

Even though I wasn’t able to connect with Felicia and Grayson’s story, I will continue to read this author’s books because she does such a wonderful job of inserting humor into her stories. Her stories, including this one, have their moments of fun.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Grayson’s attempt to fight his attraction for Felicia and his soft heart for the children. I also liked revisiting the other characters that I have come to know and love.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I wasn’t able to connect with their story even though the humor was there.

My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? I would because what may not have worked for me may work for other readers. Also, I did enjoy the humor that this author writes with. This is the third book in this series, but it is can stand on its own. In fact, I think that my previous knowledge about Felicia may have tainted my viewpoint of her in this book.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Jen Turano, author website

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