Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

36511805Published April 16th 2019 by Simon Pulse

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 the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.


Birdie and Daniel meet one night and end up in his car having an incredibly awkward and embarrassing sexual experience (and for Birdie – it’s her first experience).  After freaking out and running off – Birdie thinks that she will never see him again until she runs into him on the first day of her new job. They are drawn together by obvious chemistry and a desire to solve even the smallest of mysteries.

The characters in this story are so wonderful – from our two mains all the way to the minor characters of family and co-workers. There are many layers to each relationship that it is so wonderful to read about and discover. Daniel is not your typical male protagonist. He is nerdy, mysterious, soooo nice and also has a past. Birdie is quirky, smart and has a whole lot of baggage. Through the story – we watch him draw her out and not give up, while also dealing with major things from his past.

Sex: There are multiple references to sex and sexual encounters

Substance: There is substance use

Violence: Minor

Language: … I can’t remember! LOL!

There are some references to abandonment, suicide and family deaths. I would suggest this book for readers aged 16 plus.

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