Serious Moonlight – ARC Review

Synopsis – Goodreads

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where she waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

So this review is a week late and I usually chastise myself for not sticking to a strict schedule but for once I’m actually glad I didn’t. I enjoyed taking my time with this story.

I am a huge fan of Jenn Bennett’s work and Serious Moonlight did not disappoint. 

Birdie and Daniel are no strangers to loss, grief and to put it simply fucked up pasts. Their character development together is maybe one of my favorite ones written by Bennett so far. And I would give you guys a bit more about their journey together but I honestly don’t want to spoil anything.

Bennett’s writing style is equal parts captivating as it is informative. I’m not sure the length or extent of research she does for each story but it completely shows. What I appreciate the most is that she’s somehow mastered the art of appealing to those of us who love more character-driven stories and to those who favor plot and more plot-driven stories.

It is so easy to fall in love or like or maybe even dislike with her main and secondary characters because they’re three-dimensional. They almost feel like people you’ve met, are friends with or are even in your family rather than names and personalities written on paper.

She also does a great job setting the story. This particular story takes place in Seattle and off the coast on the quaint Bainbridge Island. And although I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest, I no longer feel like I’d be a tourist if I ever get the chance to visit the city because of this book. In a lot of ways, Bainbridge Island reminded me of the islands in the Nantucket Sound and Vineyard Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts.

I also appreciated how she dove into Mystery through Birdie and her grandfather’s love of the genre. I also had a fun time following Birdie & Daniel’s as they worked together to solve a case. The pace of the story was moderate. Towards the end, there were certain parts that felt a bit fast and more like a quick wrap up. However, it wasn’t off-putting and did not deter from the overall story.

I guarantee you will fall in love with this beautiful book that touches on some of the hardships of life. But also reminds you to stop and smell the lilies and to be grateful for precious moments with our loved ones.

I highly recommend this book to fans of Contemporary Romance who don’t mind a well thought out yet interesting twist on slow burn romances.

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Mental Health, Death & Grief, & Neurological Disorders

Publication Date: April 16, 2019

Special thanks to Netgalley and Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Publishing for an e-Advanced Reader’s Copy of the book. Receiving Serious Moonlight did not affect my review or rating.

Below are a few links where you can purchase a copy of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett. These are for convenience, I do not receive commission if you choose to purchase by clicking the links below.

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