Title: Serious Moonlight
Author: Jenn Bennett
Page Count: 425
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.
Birdie Lindberg loves all things mystery. Mystery novels, mystery movies, mystery TV shows. Everything mystery! She was raised by her grandparents after the death of her mother, being home schooled and not having much of a social life or friends. So when she gets a job working at a hotel in Seattle, she’s going to have to work on coming out of her shell. But when she meets Daniel Aoki, who is the hotel’s van driver, she tries to avoid him despite her strong feelings for him. And when Daniel shares a secret with her about an anonymous mystery author checking in to the hotel every Tuesday, Birdie, being the mystery aficionado that she is, can not resist. As the two work together to crack this case, Birdie learns to come out of her shell and let Daniel see who she really is.
My favorite Jenn Bennett book! I devoured this and that’s really saying something since I’ve been in a terrible reading slump since August 2018. I did not want to put this down, even when my eyes were half closed and in need of desperate sleep. I have really enjoyed Jenn Bennett’s books in the past but none of them compare to this one. I think I really just enjoyed the characters and the story line better in Serious Moonlight. Not only is it a cute contemporary romance but we also get a side mystery story that I honestly didn’t see coming.
I did get frustrated with Birdie at times because it is so hard for her to open up and tell people what exactly she’s thinking and feeling. And I can actually relate to that. But as a reader, we can see what the character is thinking and some of her thoughts, that she was too anxious to reveal, were not something that seemed to be too big of a deal. But I guess that’s the point of the story. Birdie really comes out of her shell as the story progresses and it was really satisfying to see her true self by the end of the book.
Daniel Aoki is such a gentleman. He goes out of his way to get Birdie to notice him and talk to him and it’s just the cutest. The dates he sets up for them are amazing because everything he does is to please Birdie. He truly just wants to make her smile and it’s making me smile just thinking about it.
I was a little skeptical about a mystery intertwined with a contemporary. When I read Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, which I loved, I didn’t actually like the side mystery of that story. But in Serious Moonlight, it really thrives. Birdie and Daniel really grow their relationship with this quest of tracking down an anonymous mystery author. It’s fun and unpredictable and it worked really well for this story.
The story takes place in Seattle, Washington, which I have never been and I don’t know that much about but after reading this, I totally want to visit. I’ve never been on a ferry and the Moonlight Diner sounds like the cutest little place to get a coffee. Seattle, Washington, you are now on my bucket list.
I can’t wait to read Jenn Bennett’s future books. I love her writing and her characters and I think her books get better and better. Serious Moonlight is out today so go get yourself a copy and enjoy!