[669]: Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

28524313 Series: Knight and Moon, #1
Penguin Random House | August 16th, 2016
Source: Publisher
Adult Fiction | Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.

Short and sweet today as I’m not feeling well. It’s been a rough day.Β 

Janet Evanovich is one of those authors who has been around forever. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to get a taste for her books. I was excited to see this one listed on the available for request from Penguin’s email so I thought I might as well take advantage of the opportunity.

There’s always something surreal when you open a book by a well-established author for the very first time. It’s like discovering new words again constructed in a way you’ve never read before. Though this book was written tandemly with another author, the novelty will not wear off anytime soon, I think.

Curious Minds offers a light mystery to those who are looking for a quick, enjoyable read. The narrative was very laid back with quirky characters that you’ll either take to easily or frown upon with quizzical brows. I found myself forgiving the less than realistic antics of an eccentric billionaire for reasons other than he was a hoot. He was stoic and dry at times that he doesn’t realize he was being unintentionally funny. Though, I should include a disclaimer that you’ll have to suspend disbelief more often with this story. Because the authors took liberties with their characterization of Moon and Knight, it was sometimes too unbelievable even for fiction. But I, for one, didn’t mind it too terribly.

There’s a lot to look forward to in this series, I think. I enjoyed the light mystery it offers, the humor, and the little insight on how the Federal Reserves works. And I can’t wait to see what this duo will get up to! They’re the perfect pairing personality wise. Moon takes herself way too seriously while Knight has a way of keeping cool under incredible pressure. I do feel like a romance is brewing, but not too much or too fast. Whatever’s in store with these two, rest assured, I’ll be at the bookstore come release day for the second book!

  • Jazmen

    I’m so glad to see this review is a positive one, now I know it will be worth getting.

  • So glad you ended up liking this one a lot πŸ˜€ I hope you will love other books by this author too πŸ™‚ Not really for me. Sad face. BUT ONE DAY. Maybe. Haha πŸ˜€ Anyway. Your review is awesome. <3

  • I’ve never read this author before, but I’ve always wanted to pick up one of her mysteries. I’m sure I have a copy of one of her books somewhere, lol! This sounds like it could be a fun audiobook, so maybe I’ll try this out that way. Great review, Joy! And I hope your day improved!

  • I am pretty much in the same boat — I’ve seen Janet Evanovich forever, but haven’t read her before. Much like James Patterson actually, and I just read the first one by him and an australian author. I love how you described reading her for the first time — it’s so true

  • I haven’t read anything by Janet Evanovich either… so I’m happy to see you liked your first attempt into her work!

  • I’m definitely going to try this one

  • I’m waiting for the library to get this one in. It’ll be nice to read something other than her Step Plum series. I gave up on that one a while ago. Great review!

  • I haven’t picked up this author yet, but I have been hearing good things about this one. I like that it had a good mystery. I do love those quick and enjoyable books.

  • I feel like I’ve read something by this author but I can’t remember. But I think I have. I’ll have to check. I’m glad you were able to enjoy this despite the unrealistic aspects of it.
    I hope you feel better soon! <3

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I always have to suspend disbelief with her books or they’ll frustrate more than anything, so I think this might be a fun read for me! I love characters who are unintentionally funny:) Thanks for the heads up on this one Joy!

  • I’m sorry you’ve had a rough day. Sending good vibes in your direction. <3

    I haven't read a Janet Evanovich novel either – this sounds like a breezy and entertaining palate-cleanser – a good thing to pick up in the midst of heavier stuff! Will keep an eye out for it.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but I’m glad this was a good one for you!

    Sorry it’s been a rough day – I hope all gets better soon!


  • I hope you feel better soon :c It’s always interesting when you give a famous author a chance yourself and can only hope to enjoy it just as much as all the others already have. I’m glad you managed that. Hope the rest of the series will be as good as this one was, or even better πŸ˜€

  • Melliane

    I really enjoy her other series and I was sad to be denied about this one but I’m curious to try!

  • I’ve never read any of her books as well and I’ve been eyeing this book since I saw it. I’ll definitely give this a try πŸ™‚

  • Hmmmm, I have never actually liked any of her not Plum books, and those are a rocky road too

  • Kara Lauren

    I hope you feel better soon. I haven’t read anything by Janet Evanovich yet, but this sounds like a good read. I have been reading more suspense lately. Thanks for sharing!