Monday, November 4, 2013

tour: A Talent For Trouble by Jen Turano - review & giveaway

Title: A Talent For Trouble
Author: Jen Turano
Series: Ladies of Distinction
Length: 346 pages
Release Date: October 1, 2013
ARC provided by author

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister's wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change--and soon--Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she's always wanted.

Grayson Sumner--or Lord Sefton, as he's officially known--has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson's help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he's had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?

Thoughts on A Talent For Trouble

What I Liked

For A Historical romance I was happily surprised by the smart and funny dialogue between the characters. After spending four years being quiet and demure, Felicia's personality spilled out in a big way.  At first I wasn't sure if I'd really like and root for Felicia- the idea of women changing themselves to get a man, even in  historicals, really grates on my nerves.  She was whiny and bemoaning the fact that her "love" married someone else.  Thankfully that stage didn't last long and soon her real personality and fashion sense shined through.  The trouble she finds herself in at times had me shaking my head but thankful Grayson was there to bail her out.

What I Loved

Poor Grayson.  It's not love or even like at first sight for him and Felicia.  He's the lucky man selected to cheer her up and his realization that Felicia is not exactly what he was thought she was is a high point of the book.  Of course he's mysterious and haunted by the past but the way Jen Turano weaves it into the story is wonderful and makes their relationship that much more believable.

What I Didn't Like

The hysterics of Felicia and her overbearing mother got to me at times.  Felicia outgrew her fits throughout the book but I wanted to skip over her mother a lot.

A Talent For Trouble is a humorous and mysterious historical that features strong characters and snappy dialogue.  You don't have to be a fan of historical romances to love this book.

Leave a comment below to win a copy of A Talent For Trouble
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about the author

Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.



  1. Would love to win!
    Many Blessings, Jill

  2. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am currently reading the first book in this series and absolutely love it.

  3. Can not wait to read this book, fingers crossed that I will win it!!!

  4. Wonderful post. This book would be memorable and special. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Oh, I love your books in this series and this one sounds like it will be just as great as the others! Can't wait for it to come out. Of course, I'd love to win it!

  6. LOVED Jen's first book in this series. Can't wait to read the rest and would love to win this one! :)

  7. I haven't yet read anything by Jen. This books sounds like a fun read!

  8. Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

  9. I have enjoyed reading her books and would love a chance to read this one.

  10. What a lovely review..I cannot wait to read A Talent For Trouble!! I would be thrilled to win! Thank you for the giveaway!! ~ Juli emeraldelena(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I liked the review. Can't wait to read the book. I can't tell you how much it would mean to win a book. Thanks so much for the contest.

  12. Thank you for this giveaway. I enjoyed your review. I really want to read this book. I'm glad she outgrew her fits. Too bad her mother didn't.

  13. I have read the other books in this series and really enjoyed them, looking forward to reading this one also. I love her main characters. Thank You

  14. Sounds like a wonderful book! I've been wanting to read Jen Turano's books for awhile --thanks for the chance to win!


  15. I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.


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