I am an unabashed fan of Jen Turano and so I have greatly anticipated the release of Playing the Part. Let me just tell you: it did not disappoint. I have to say that In Good Company and A Talent for Trouble are my favorites of Turano’s works but Playing the Part certainly gave them a run for their money. The story starts off with Lucetta Plum, a plucky independent actress, receiving news from her stepfather that he owes a powerful man gambling debts- debts that the man is willing to drop if her stepfather gives him Lucetta. Lucetta’s bodyguard naturally has some qualms with that arrangement and so he packs her up and sends her to Ravenwood, an estate owned by Lucetta’s well-meaning but devious friend Abigail Hart’s grandson Bram Haverstein. Bram is a mysterious, strange young man happens to be rich, handsome, and very, very single. Let us also not forget the fact that Lucetta is single - she wouldn’t be in this mess if she weren’t- and that Abigail is a notorious matchmaker. Can somebody say uh-oh? Add into the mix the mysterious happenings of Ravenwood- bloodthirsty goats don’t just magically appear in towers that the only way to get up to is to climb several flights of narrow stairs, and suits of armor do not move on their own- and you are sure to have a thrilling story filled with more hilarious situations than you could possibly dream of.
Lucetta is determined not to let Abigail marry her off to Bram. Bram is determined that no one learns the secrets of his mysterious way of life. Abigail is determined to match her grandson up with her young friend. And Silas Ruff is determined to have Lucetta once and for all. But with all these conflicting wishes who will come out on top?
I received a copy for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions are my own.
Reviewed by Nicki