Curious Minds – Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Release date: 16 August 2016
Rating: ★★★★★★★ – 7/10
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Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1) blurb:

They couldn’t be less compatible, but they make a great team…

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.

Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard.  Her assertive (some people might say aggressive) spitfire attitude has helped land a dream job at Blane-Grunwald bank.  At least, Riley Moon thinks it’s her dream job until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

An inquiry about missing Knight money leads to 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 could hope to stop it…

I really enjoyed this book – it’s an easy-read Evanovich story.

The protagonist, Riley Moon, was likeable (probably a little too much like Stephanie Plum for me), but the male lead, Emerson Knight, was interesting.  Now, I mean interesting, in a ‘can’t say I’ve seen this before’ way.  Emerson is an eccentric billionaire, who is hot.  And when they say ‘eccentric’ in the story, he comes across as borderline Asperger’s – and as someone who has had a boss with Asperger’s before – it can be funny, but it can also be annoying.

I like Evanovich as a writer, but it’s all the same synopsis if you want to be critical.  All the books (with the exception of the romance novels) feature the same storyline (crime occurs, car details, follow the clues crime solving, funny family member/sidekick, cute sexual tension between characters, solve crime).  This is really no different.

However, it’s a well done (and proven) formula, and I enjoyed meeting the new characters, and look forward to more adventures with them.

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