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A romantic contemporary that’ll steal your heart | Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

A romantic contemporary that'll steal your heart | Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett


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Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books.

But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.

Should You read Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett?

Missing people is hard. Letting new people inside is harder. But the reward for making that effort was greater than I could have imagined.

Wow! Umm, have you read a book recently that left a smile on your face? That was sweet and wholesome. Well, Serious Moonlight did just that for me.

Eighteen year old Birdie was raised and homeschooled by her grandparents and the only way she could experience life outside home was through her books especially though mystery novels. The story starts with Birdie recalling her disaster of a first-time sex to her aunt and confidant Mona. Birdie also remembers her late grandmother who would have a heart attack if she heard Birdie swear and talk about sex. There’s a reason why Birdie was so sheltered by her grandparents and it was because of her mother.

Medical conditions: bookworm disease (incurable).

We come to know from Mona -who was Birdie’s mother’s best friend- that Birdie was conceived due to unprotected sex and that the identity of the father is unknown. This was the reason why her grandmother blamed herself and did everything she could to keep Birdie sheltered from the outside world. However, Birdie is an adult now and she has to deal with her mistakes on her own. Like, meeting the disaster of a “one-night stand” date again at her new job.

So, Birdie meets Daniel again at a professional setting while trying not to scream or faint. You see Birdie has inherited the narcolepsy gene ..where a person can accidentally fall asleep whenever, wherever. ..any extreme emotion like happiness or sadness can make the muscles stop working which will make the person seem like they have lost consciousness.

However, Daniel is cool about the whole incident, allegedly, and wants to help fuel Birdie’s mystery obsession because he knows that an author with a puzzling identity is a frequent visitor of the hotel they’re currently working in. Soon, Birdie starts uncovering the identity of the mysterious author but it’s at the cost of unraveling other secrets as well.

I loved every single character that made an appearance in the book. They’re so relatable specially Birdie. I loved Daniel too because he was unlike most male characters I read of in romance novels. He perfectly complements Birdie, respects her boundaries and makes her laugh too. I’ve never read a character with narcolepsy and it’s an incurable disease but can be managed with proper treatment. I loved the relationship between Birdie and her grandfather, with Mona and Daniel’s with his mom.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love romantic contemporaries, boys who love performing magic and will use it to “misdirect” you into kissing, girls who wear flowers their hair and loves reading and solving mysteries. I’d also – obviously – recommend Serious Moonlight to those of you who love Jenn Bennett’s books.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


Author: Connect with Author Jenn Bennett here.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
  • Publication Date: 16th May, 2019
  • Paperback: 432 Pages
A romantic contemporary that'll steal your heart | Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

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