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Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

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Curious Minds by  Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Series: Knight and Moon #1
Published by Bantam on August 16, 2016
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Light Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
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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.

Janet Evanovich can be hit and miss for me. I’m not sure which category Curious Minds falls into. I like Knight and Moon. He is over the top eccentric, but cute and funny. Moon follows the rules, usually, but ends of having to go along with Knight. They are a good couple, and the dialogue at times is laugh-out-loud funny, but I’m not quite buying the sparks yet. I think for the pair of them, this was a good first novel. I think I’ll enjoy them in later books, as long as the plot is a bit better.

The whole conspiracy in this one was just over the top. Brothers working together to steal money from the Federal Reserve and more or less control all the world’s economy, I think. The conspiracy reaches into the NSA and the Supreme Court. Maybe something like that could happen, but it stretched believability for me. It’s just too big for the wacko and side kick to deal with in a week. On the other hand, it is a quick read with plenty of twists and turns.

Curious Minds is definitely a light, summer kind of read. Parts are amusing, but it’s not as good as others I’ve read by the authors.

About Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

About Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton is a writer, producer, and novelist who has written for shows such as Cheers, News Radio, and Boston Legal. Sutton is also the winner of two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
Narrator: Scott Brick
Series: Fox and O'Hare #5
Published by Random House Audio on June 21, 2016
Source: Purchased
Genres: Crime Fiction
Length: 7 hrs 24 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI’s most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn’t know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI. It isn’t long before Nick’s covert partner, Special Agent Kate O’Hare, is in hot pursuit of the crook who stole her con man.

The trail leads to Belgium, France, and Italy, and pits Nick and Kate against their deadliest adversary yet: Dragan Kovic, an ex–Serbian military officer. He’s plotting a crime that will net him billions . . . and cost thousands of American lives.

Nick and Kate have to mount the most daring, risky, and audacious con they’ve ever attempted to save a major U.S. city from a catastrophe of epic proportions. Luckily they have the help of an eccentric out-of-work actor, a bandit who does his best work in the sewers, and Kate’s dad, Jake. The pressure’s on for Nick and Kate to make this work—even if they have to lay their lives on the line.

Is The Pursuit good? Probably not – but it’s entertaining and action-packed and funny. It’s got sex (off-screen) and explosions and life-threatening situations. You know the good guys, presuming you consider Nick Fox a good guy, and the bad guys are going to lose. It’s a perfect quick summer read.

The Pursuit is the 5th in the series and I’ve read them in order, which I honestly think is best. Yes, they probably work as stand-alones, but this one picks up right where #4 left off and you get to see how Nick and Kate’s relationship develops. Also, most of the secondary good guy characters appear in each of them, and I do love Kate’s dad. He is awesome.

If you read the blurb you have a bit of an idea on the plot and it’s so short I don’t want to give away any spoilers. A few things I did enjoy – underground Paris, the melodramatic patriotism, and the lack of high heals. It’s over the top, but in a good way. It’s a great caper.

I listened to the audio and Brick does an excellent job. I love how much of the character’s personalities he puts in the voices and how you feel like he’s how ridiculous the story is and loves it as much as you do. It’s a great distraction while you’re doing the dishes or taking the dog for a walk. I would add running to that list, but I’ve been really lousy at getting any workouts in, let alone longer runs.

About Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

About Lee Goldberg

New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits “Spenser: For Hire,” “Monk,” and “The Glades.” He’s also the author of the Fox & O’Hare series with Janet Evanovich, “The Walk,” “Watch Me Die,” “King City,” the “Dead Man” series, as well as the “Diagnosis Murder” and “Monk” series of original mystery novels.

Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

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Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Lizzy and Diesel #3
Published by Random House Audio on June 23, 2015
Source: Library
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Length: 6 hrs 12 mins
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Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice—the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.

Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.

Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they’re living a charmed life.

Wicked Charms is silly and funny and cute. It’s an adventure story/ treasure hunt, but it’s all over the top. Lizzie is pretty sane, but she is surrounded by oddballs, like a young man who tends to talk like a pirate and her friend who tries out spells with varying degrees of success. We’ve got a very rich man who wants to become a demon incarnate – if he can quit barking. Diesel is sexy and a bit dangerous, a typical character for this kind of story, but his monkey pal is rude and a riot.

There are a couple of moments of true danger for Lizzie, but she keeps her head, and – surprise- Diesel rescues her. I know the whole thing is goofy, but it made me smile, just like candy.

It’s a short read too, so I don’t want to give too much away. There’s not a lot of meat to the story, but that’s the style. I actually listened to the audio and the narrator did a wonderful job. She’s the perfect Lizzy but gives each of the other characters their own voice, but the story doesn’t take itself too seriously, which she portrays well.

I’m counting this as an RIP read, even though it’s on the lighter side, but we do have a potential demon and a really creepy henchman/butler who would smile and give a jolly laugh while he shot you.

This is the third in the series and I’ve read all three, but I think if you started with this one, you’d catch on pretty quickly.

About Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

About Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton is a writer, producer, and novelist who has written for shows such as Cheers, News Radio, and Boston Legal. Sutton is also the winner of two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award.

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