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.
It’s been a few years since I’ve read anything from Janet Evanovich. I love her Stephanie Plum Series (though I’ve missed the last few) and her romance standalones from the late 80’s/early 90’s are great beachy reads. I was excited to see a NEW series from her.
I think this was a solid start to a new series. I read fantasy for the world building, but I read Janet Evanovich for the CHARACTERS. She does not disappoint when it comes to that. I loved Emerson, Aunt Myra, and Xandy. I’m not quite sold on Riley yet, but I have faith that I will grow to love her too. Emerson is supposed to be hunky and cover model handsome, but all I can picture when he talks is Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. He is socially awkward and more than a touch crazy. Aunt Myra sounds like she is going to be the “Grandma Mazur” of the Knight and Moon series. For me, this is an awesome thing, ’cause I love outspoken old ladies. Then there is Xandy. Xandy might be my favorite character from the whole book. Xandy sounds a lot like Lolly from Orange is the New Black. And if you don’t know who that is, then just think conspiracy theories and UFOs.
When they meet Xandy for the first time, it goes like this:
“Yep. I’m your guide, all right. I’m Xandy Zavier. That’s Xandy with an ‘X.’ My real first name is Amy, but screw that.” She focused on Riley. “Who are you?”
“I’m Riley Moon.”
“Cool. What’s your real last name?”
“Moon,” Riley said.
“Oh, I thought, ‘Moon,’ you know …” Xandy made a whistling noise and looked around. “There’s a lot of whackos here.”
Riley looked at the military insignia above Xandy’s pocket. It was an image of an alien wearing a lobster bib and holding a knife and fork with the words TO SERVE MAN above it. Yeah, Riley thought. a lot of whackos.
I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a romantic bit between Emerson and Riley as the series progresses. I didn’t feel much chemistry yet, but there was quite a bit of banter. This was a solid start to a new series and I have a feeling that it will just keep getting better with each new book.
Curious Minds releases August 16, 2016.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.