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Romantic Suspense at it’s best!!

New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones is back with the first novel in the brand-new snarky, sassy, wickedly fun Sunshine Vicram seriesA Bad Day for Sunshine!

A Bad Day for Sunshine

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee—and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—thanks to her adorably meddlesome parents who nominated her—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny.

But even clouds have their silver linings. This one’s got Levi, Sunshine’s sexy, almost-old-flame, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol’s normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger. Can Sunshine face the call of duty—and find the kidnapper who’s terrorizing her beloved hometown—without falling head over high heels in love…or worse?

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Fly Girl’s Review

I haven’t read a romantic suspense in a long time and this is also my first Darynda Jones book. Teresa has been telling me to read her work for ages, I’ve just never had a chance to get any of them off my TBR pile. When this one popped up and turned otu it was the start to a new series I snatched it up. I’m not surprised by all the hype. Not sure 2 Million copies are in readers hands with social distancing and bookstores closed, but it won’t be long.

Usually it takes a little while to get into a romantic suspense, but this one gets you from the first chapter. It starts out with questions of how the Sheriff got elected when she wasn’t even aware she was running. And that’s just the opening mystery. The better ones come a little later. Although I still think I might know the full story, I’m leaving room for adjustments when the next books come out.

The romance is not my usual trope, but it is hot even in the YA category. I’m not a love at first sight trope lover, but this one has a little supernatural behind it which gives me the opening to love it. Both Sun and her daughter Aurora are struck by it which is why it feels supernatural. I mean what are the odds both of them and in the same town, would have the same types of feelings for their first love’s? I’m going with it is a great love story for both of them that I can’t wait to see evolve. Just to hook you a little more, both guys just happen to be where they are needed most for the girls at exactly the right moments. Another supernatural part I do, in fact, love. Also, the heat level is out of this world, but not in a bizarre way. She doesn’t let up in the heat department through the whole book.

Although this has a little cliffhanger, the main mysteries are solved and there is some resolution to the story of Sun and Aurora overall, so I am giving this 5 of 5 and it will make my Top 10 list. I know it has a cliffhanger and that usually isn’t my jam, but she does a great of ending this one with some fulfillment for my soul. At least enough to make me not hate her. My only disagreement with Darynda is that we don’t have a publishing date for book two. Does this mean it will be out this year, next year, when??? The world waits with bated breath to see the next installment.

5 of 5 Propellers

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 18 languages. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that legacy. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.