Published August 16th 2016 by Bantam Dell
Synopsis: 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.
My Review: If you have ever read anything by Janet Evanovich, you know her mysteries are funny, quirky and usually a little over the top. That is what I expected when I picked this book up and that is what I got. I enjoyed this first book in this new series by Janet Evanovich and Phoeff Sutton.
Emerson Knight is an eccentric billionaire who just wants to see his gold. Riley Moon works for mega-bank Blane-Grunwald, is a country girl from a small town in Texas who went to Harvard. They call her Moonbeam at the bank where she is a junior analyst and has only worked for a week. Emerson and Riley make quite a pair. He is rich, handsome, has no social skills and a crazy life style. He lives in a mansion, with a menagerie, can’t keep help due to the messes they make in the house, and is known as Mr. Mysterioso. His Aunt Myra lives with him and is a force to be reckoned with herself, and his cousin lives in an RV in front of the house. Riley does not know what she is in for. She is a smart, Harvard grad who just wants to make it big in her chosen field.
When Riley is sent to find out what Emerson wants from the bank she is in for a surprise. All he wants to to see his gold, but that is not as easy as it sounds. When she is told to follow him and report back to the company about his actions, she thinks she has a bit of a babysitting job, little does she know. As they investigate more and more on the whereabouts of his gold, they find out that the Grunwald family are up to their necks in espionage. Can they stay alive long enough to find Emerson’s gold?
There were times, well, more than once – where the situations that Knight and Moon got into were -as I said before – over the top-…. but- I went into reading this book with that in mind.
This is a quick enjoyable read with several humorous situations as well as over the top exploits. Go in with that expectation and you will enjoy the story, root for Emerson and Riley as well as laugh at their experiences. I am looking forward to the next on in the series.