Thursday, October 4, 2018

Playing the Part

RETRO READ

GIVEAWAY
TURANO, JEN
PLAYING THE PART

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. Lucetta'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 for 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.

My Review:
published in 2016
My thanks to my library for providing me with this fabulously funny retro read!!

Hands down my absolute favourite Jen Turano novel! I snorted my way through this read, which is what happens when you gasp and snicker at the same time....kind of like a chortle on steroids.

In fact I was having way too much fun reading at the library and people kept staring at me every time I made an indelicate snort until finally one lady asked me what book I was reading and then another lady said, "I'm so glad you asked. I was wondering the same thing." So now Playing the Part has two holds on it. That's me doing my bit for Christian Fiction via a little public humiliation. :-)

So we have a goat named Geoffrey who takes exception to females wearing skirts, Igor, the shaggy mutt with selective hearing, a castle complete with moat and cannon and an odd assortment of staff who come with questionable histories. Just another run-of-the-mill historical romance. Not! More like award winning romantic comedy.

And our hero -- Bram...my toes still haven't uncurled. A recluse dodging matrimonial minded mamas and their simpering daughters. He has some delightful secrets that aren't revealed until well into the read. I do so love a man with an air of mystery. But what we know right from the start is what an old softie he is -- all tenderhearted and compassionate as he collects misfits of both the two-legged and four-legged variety and offers them a better life. I mean, how can you not fall for a man like that?!

Lucetta thinks she's immune -- she's one tough, stubborn, independent thinking woman! And she holds herself aloof from Bram's charms way longer than I was able to! Loved the witty dialogue, the misconceptions, the countless shenanigans and the downright sinister villain who tries to steal their happiness! This book delivers it all and will keep you grinning well after you reach the end!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Playing the Part, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 7 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

39 comments:

  1. I have a signed copy of this sitting on my shelf, but sorry to say I've not gotten to it...yet. I must rectify that very soon! Because a delightful Kav review that mentions good snorting, toe-curling and witty dialogue are just what I'm needing this fall!
    Thanks for the enticing review!

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    1. Oh -- yes -- definitely read it soon. Just a word of warning -- try not to read it in public. :-)

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  2. Jen is a dandy! I could use a good snort! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Snort! This is the book for you, Melanie!

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  3. Wow - your favorite of hers! It is in fantastic company, then, compared with her others. Enjoyed the review! Thanks!

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    1. I know -- all her books are so good but this one just tickled my fancy. Good luck, CC.

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  4. I have heard her books are Funny 😆 1 of my 2 Fav kinds
    Definitely will be checking this out
    Thanks for sharing this book with us 😍🍯🐝😍
    Thanks for the chance to win 😃 iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. She has 2 Free Kindle Novellas and 2 Sale Kindle books Apart from the Crowd Book #1 & #3

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    2. Thanks for that insider tip, Linda! That's awesome news Good luck!

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    3. Agreed Thank You for letting me share
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  5. Jen’s books are always such fun to read. I can imagine this one would be no different. Thanks for the chance to read it.

    Soblessed0208ATgmailDOTCOM

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    1. She's definitely a go-to author for romantic comedy! Good luck, Shamekka!

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  6. Jen is one of my favorites. Looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. You're welcome, Paula. Good luck!

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  7. Love Jen's books. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  8. This sounds so fun & funny (especially the goat)! turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love it when unexpected critters show up in a story and Geoffrey was definitely unexpected! Good luck, Jana Leah!

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  9. Love Jen Turano's books! Thanks for your review on "PLAYING THE PART" which reassures me that this NEEDS to be on my TBR list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Yep -- definitely belongs on your list, Kay. Good luck!

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  10. I love that Jen’s books make me laugh. Thank you for the chance.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I love humour in fiction -- especially when it's a romantic comedy. Good luck, Lucy!

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  11. Jen Turano's books are always hilarious!
    (Don't enter me. I've already got this book. 😉👍)

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    1. Yes they are! Nothing like laughing your way through a good book.

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  13. I've only read her novella "At Your Request" and snort-laughed my way through it. Definitely made me a Turano book fan...and there's so many to catch up with!!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Think of all the fun you'll have catching up! Snort-laughing for weeks on end. lol Good luck, Trixi!

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  14. love love love Jen Turano!!! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Kate. Good luck!

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  15. Would love to add this to my collection of Jen Turano’s books!
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. It definitely belongs on your keeper shelf! Good luck, Mindy!

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  16. We have Jen's books in the church library. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to win her book.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I bet those books are popular with your patrons! Good luck, Janet!

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  17. Need a good laugh ... thanks for the chance to win this one. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. Here's your chance! Good luck, Becky!

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  18. Ooh, this one looks good!

    maddycroneATgmailDOTcom

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ladysnowangelphotos(at)gmail(dot)com

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