Sara's Review: Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1) by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton
Publisher Via NetGalley
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Released: August 16th 2016
Genre: Humor, Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
Length: 336 pages
Format: ebook, Paperback, Hardcover
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.
I was provided a copy of Curious Minds via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I just recently discovered Janet Evonavich’s books with her Fox and O’Hare series, which I love; so when Curious Minds was offered I jumped on it.
I guess the biggest issue I had, was I was expecting the same banter and chemistry between Knight and Moon. Like there was between Fox and O’Hare. Knight is a socially inept, brilliant, eccentric; kind of a rich version of Sheldon Cooper, with a bit more charm and a clue. His only saving grace, when it comes to his interaction with Riley Moon, is he is attractive. But even then there wasn’t much chemistry between them. Their close interactions were more awkward than intimate. I could see Knight become a very beloved character in future books but this first one I’m not sold yet.
Riley was a ball of nerves, most of the time and rightly so. The life she had been working for is was essentially being flushed down the toilet, from the second Knight was thrust upon her. Despite her Harvard business and law degrees she is still tasked to be Knight’s reluctant Watson. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of her “smarts”. We know that she can drive and fix cars and shoot a gun. What was college for? All she has done is fetch coffee and babysitting Knight.
The Story had a solid plot; to steal the world's gold. It was interesting and scary to think about a few men having that much power over the economy of the world. The mystery behind how Knight was going to solve, then ultimately foil the bad guys was fun and fast paced. It is interesting to see where this series goes, I think the characters have a lot of potential to expand a grow.