Publication Date: April 16th 2019
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide.
Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.
To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel. Read More.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5
If I havent said it once, I’ve said it a million times: I love Jenn Bennet.
Her books were a big turning point for me enjoying romantic contemporaries and I talk about this constantly … but I didn’t really like this book. I had high hopes but Serious Moonlight is sadly my least favourite and lowest rated Bennet book out of the three that I’ve now read (Starry Eyes & Night Owls)
Serious Moonlight follows the romance between Birdie who has an obsession for all things mystery related, and Daniel a budding magician.
I liked the initial dynamic between these two as they’d met before … and hooked up in the back of Daniels car … and then Birdie ran away. They never saw each other again until Birdie started her new job pulling the graveyard shift at a local hotel where Daniel also happens to work.
As the book went on though I really wasn’t feeling the romance. Sure they were cute, this is Jenn Bennett we’re talking about! And yes when Daniel took Birdie on their “not-date” to a murder mystery dinner I squealed internally cause that was adorable. But as a whole I didnt feel they had much chemistry and things fet really awkward at times.
A certain level of awkwardness between the love interests is cute at the start but it felt pertty constant in this book and lead me to develop The Cringe™
Side effects of The Cringe™ include me putting the book down for extended periods of time cause I can’t deal with the second hand embarrassment.
There’s also a mystery aspect to this book which felt unnecessary. All of the Bennetts main female characters have something unique about them. With Birdie its the flowers she wears in her hair and her love of mysteries and detectives.
Throughout the story Birdie and Daniel team up to investigate a suspicious man at the hotel where they both work. Like I said, I don’t feel like this added much to the story, infact at times it made me dislike the characters. No spoilers, obviously, but I also wasn’t a fan the final revelation about this mystery man so by the end I was questioning “what was the point?”
One thing I did enjoy about this book is the representation. Birdie has narcolepsy and Daniel is hard of hearing and of Japanese heritage. I can’t speak to how accurate the portrayal is and I did think Birdies narcolepsy was used as a plot point once or twice but I did enjoy the representation.
This book also speaks a lot about: depression, attempted suicide and death which I wasn’t expecting so be careful if that’s something you struggle with.
Overall I enjoyed this but I was left disappointed. The romance really wasn’t my favourite and the second hand embarrassment was strong but I really did enjoy and appreciate the representation.