[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. 

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!

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On the Night Table [39]: Reading Updates


Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff | Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich | A Song of Fire and Ice by George RR Martin | The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan


How was your weekend? This is kind of random but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned how much I wanted to have another baby. My husband is totally against this idea, though citing his age (he’s 44) and that he’s an old man who can no longer do the sleepless nights and the sport of chasing a toddler around. Every time I am around babies, I melt. So on Saturday, I was so happy when I got to babysit my cousin’s baby while they attended a wedding. She’s six months old, very sweet and very beautiful. She was such a good baby, though. She only cried when she was tired. Other than that, the kids adored her.

Yesterday, I basically sat around and tried not to think about the coming work week. Not that it’s going to be a crazy maelstrom of pushing paper, it’s just it’s been slow lately so I’m bored most of the time. What about you? What did you get up to this weekend?

I don’t know why I do this to myself. I literally started all these books this weekend except for The Sunlight Pilgrims. In my defense, this is what happens when you live in a place where a book is within your reach in any random rooms of the house. And even worst when a book is so good that you’re unable to put it down after a couple of chapters. So yes. This week, I found myself reading four books all at the same time.

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The Sunlight Pilgrims is going really slow for me. It’s really weird because this novel is about the coming ice age, and for some reason, I’m not sensing any urgency and alarm from the characters of this book. This is really unfortunate because I was really excited for this. I’m close to halfway; the snow just started falling. Let’s hope the white stuff will light a fire on the story’s slow as a sludge plot line. I’m on page 103 of 272.

Jonathan Unleashed is a weird one. It’s a contemporary fiction about this man who found himself saddled with a couple of dogs. These dogs are currently showing him facets of his relationship that he may have been in denial all these time. It’s interesting, sure. But I’m a little put off with his state of mind. There’s a telling immaturity about him that makes him seem lazy. We’ll see how it goes. I’m on page 64 of 275 of an ARC.

Curious Minds is my baptism of fire into the world of Janet Evanovich. This is a brand new series – which I’m so happy about. I’ve always wanted to read her books but I don’t have the time to invest and read the backlist of her number of series. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books! After flipping through this novel, I found myself unable to look away. I’m in danger of yet another sleepless night, folks. This one’s about an eccentric billionaire and an analyst from a finance company who find themselves in cahoots to solve the disappearance of a financier. I’m really into this. I’m on page 48 of 323 of an ARC.

A Song of Fire and Ice has always been on my bucket list. I’m happy that I finally got around to picking this up. I decided to read this with the help of an audiobook because my ginormous copy is the size of a textbook. I’m loving it. I saw the first 6 episodes of the tv series, so most of the stuff I’m reading rings a bell. I can’t wait to get into it further; I’m on page 117 of 674.

So that’s what I’m reading this week, folks. I hope you’ll have a lovely week.

Happy reading!

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