I forgot to post this review when the book came out. Whoopsie :(
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.
“Curious Minds” is the first installment of a new series written by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton, and I’m happy to say I loved it. Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite writers to pick up when I want something fun and easy to read, and anything new by her is always great…especially when it’s not a Stephanie Plum book. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Stephanie Plum series but after twenty three installments, it is, unfortunately getting a bit stale :(
The story focuses on Emerson Knight and Riley Moon. Emerson is a filthy rich eccentric to whom Riley is assigned to placate in her job at a megabank. Riley reminds me of all of the author’s other female main characters, and Emerson is described as an attractive version of Sheldon Cooper. (In spite of this, throughout the whole book I was picturing Emerson AS Sheldon because he is just *that* socially awkward.) Riley shows up to Emerson’s house on assignment one day and is sucked into a wide reaching web of corruption within the government and finance world…and Emerson, of course wants to expose it. Many adventures ensue. I won’t say anymore because it’ll give the plot away…but if you’re at all familiar with the author, then you can imagine what is about to unfold.
The way the ending was written intrigues me because I’m not sure what direction the series will go in the next installment…so that should be fun.
Obligatory disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Non-obligatory ramble: If you like to read, I strongly recommend signing up for NetGalley…because free books are awesome. Especially when you get to read them before everyone else. The only catch is, these are e-books, so if you’re grossly opposed to reading from a phone/iPad/Nook/Kindle, etc you might not enjoy the site so much.