A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)
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, its strong cups of coffee—and a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff--an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in--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 it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter’s new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full. Enter sexy almost-old-flame Levi Ravinder and a hunky US Marshall, both elevens on a scale of one to blazing inferno, and the normally savvy sheriff is quickly in over her head. Now it’s up to Sunshine to juggle a few good hunky men, a not-so-nice kidnapping miscreant, and Doug the ever-pesky flasher. And they said coming home would be drama-free.

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1) Details

TitleA Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN-139781250149442
Rating
GenreMystery, Romance, Fiction

A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1) Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    What a hilarious, entertaining, witty, thrilling ride from the fantastic author of Charley Davidson series (I devoured the six books of the series and I should create more time, sleeping less or multitasking like reading at the movie theatre, riding my spinning bike and eating my dinner at the same time! So I can finish more books. Another solution: I should get inserted special chips too my brain to read three books at the same time!)I laughed so much during my read and I couldn’t leave this What a hilarious, entertaining, witty, thrilling ride from the fantastic author of Charley Davidson series (I devoured the six books of the series and I should create more time, sleeping less or multitasking like reading at the movie theatre, riding my spinning bike and eating my dinner at the same time! So I can finish more books. Another solution: I should get inserted special chips too my brain to read three books at the same time!)I laughed so much during my read and I couldn’t leave this book. It was literally glued to my hands (thanks to one of my best friend Ashley’s prank. She avenged me for not listening to her boyfriend drama and got upset my devotion to this book.) I didn’t want to get my hands off! I kept laughing and laughing. I cried my eyes out and I laughed more. Then I realized I was sitting at dentist chair and breathed too much nitrous oxide a.k.a laughing gas!!! (Good news: my teeth look whiter like shark teeth and I didn’t suffer during my appointment, special thanks to this author!)With this book, Darynda Sarcastic Queen of New Mexico stories introduces us a new series character: Sheriff Sunshine Vicram ( Interestingly Post Malone’s Sunflower song starts playing at my head as soon as I read her name) , another independent, tough, funny, sexy, smart, likable character. When you compare her with Charley, she deals with the mortal world demons and she has a big traumatic experience in her past defines her life choices and she is a good mother. But she is luckier from parental side. She is also flirty, confidant like Charley.But I think her 14 year old daughter Auri stole my heart and she became my favorite character of the book. She is so smart, inherited her mother’s detective skills, sensitive, cool, friendly, so much likable character. A mother’s dream daughter!And of course Levi Ravinder, hottest tracker, Sunshine’s oldest and gold-est flame ( “Sexy Back” keeps playing at my head when I read his name of the book. I keep chanting: “Dirty babe! You see the shackles, baby, I’m your slave!), one of the most charismatic characters of the book. ( Thankfully DJ gave us some delicious Reyes Farrow kind of hero/ devilish dream boyfriend!)So Sunshine returns back to her hometown Del Sol, New Mexico, where she left as a young, pregnant woman and turned back as sheriff. As soon as she starts her first work day, a kidnapping case falls at her lap. There is so much resembling things with Sunshine’s own kidnapping experience she’d endured when she was nearly 17 and coincidentally or not her own daughter connected with the kidnapped girl, insisting to help her mother to solve the mystery.In the meantime her never gets old flame Levi’s nephew gets lost at the mountains which could be connected to their case and bring two never friends-enemies- possibly gonna be lovers face to face to start their searching party.I enjoyed the characters, witty, humorous writing, pacing, progression. Only thing I didn’t like and made me cut my one star is the mystery between Levi and Sunshine is soooo obvious and predictable. It shouldn’t be a cliffhanger of the first book. It should be revealed and we have to face with another intriguing, questionable cliffhanger. At some parts I really got angry of Sunshine and hot-ass Levi and I wanted to grab their heads and hit them against the wall for making them talk honestly with each other!! They could have saved us from too much sexual and emotional tension!Well, it’s still great start for brand new series. I want to read more adventures of these characters and witness their enjoyable journeys, HEAs!So much special thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sharing this incredibly funny, well written book in exchange my honest review and of course so much thanks to Darynda Jones for not making us wait too much and gave us brand new, entertaining series.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    I was a big fan of this author’s Charley Davidson series which was straight-up urban fantasy. Now she’s begun a new one featuring *gasp* humans. Yep, not a demon, ghoul or God in sight. Turns out she can also write entertaining mysteries featuring normal people. Wait….I may be using that term loosely.Del Sol, New Mexico has always attracted the artistic, odd & eccentric. It’s the type of close knit community where everyone’s on a first name basis, even with the resident flasher (that would I was a big fan of this author’s Charley Davidson series which was straight-up urban fantasy. Now she’s begun a new one featuring *gasp* humans. Yep, not a demon, ghoul or God in sight. Turns out she can also write entertaining mysteries featuring normal people. Wait….I may be using that term loosely.Del Sol, New Mexico has always attracted the artistic, odd & eccentric. It’s the type of close knit community where everyone’s on a first name basis, even with the resident flasher (that would be Doug). It can be hard to keep a secret. But there’s one in particular that Sunshine (Sunny) Vicram would love to uncover.Sunny grew up here but left after a horrible event that changed her life. Now she’s back with 14 year old daughter Auri in tow. She just got elected as the new sheriff which is great. But also a little confusing as she never applied for the job. Huh…probably best to just go with it.Her first day reunites her with childhood BF Quincy, now her deputy & he brings her up to speed on current cases. Just the usual….they need to convince Doug to take a day off & someone has kidnapped Puff Daddy, a much loved rooster.Meanwhile, Auri is trying to survive the hazing ritual that comes with being the new girl at school. A pack of mean girls have her in their sights. Then things go from bad to worse when the one friend she made during the summer disappears.So much for easing into the job. Sunny & her team have a serious case to crack. And before it’s over, she’ll discover some startling information about the event that made her leave town.I’ll come clean & admit the first couple of chapters had me worried. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Jones’ writing is her snarky sense of humour but initially I found it laid on a bit thick. If every second line is a zinger, it can be hard to find the story. Fortunately, this soon settled down so I could appreciate the witty dialogue & truly funny situations that are interspersed with more dramatic scenes.From then on it became an entertaining & fast paced read. We learn Sunny’s history & the lingering effects of what she endured. The search for the teenager triggers memories of a time when she was another missing girl. But on the upside, her return also gives her a chance to reconnect with her parents, neighbours, Quincy & one Levi Ravinder. Oh, didn’t I mentioned him? He’s a handsome, enigmatic guy who once knew Sunny well (is it hot in here? feels hot in here *fans face*). All I’ll say is I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how that develops.The crimes, high school drama & appearance of dangerous muffins ensures you’ll keep turning the pages but it’s the characters that hold it all together. Quincy in particular is a hoot & I loved the relationship between Sunny & Auri. You have to appreciate a mother who counsels her daughter to think “WWLSD” when faced with a tough situation. These people may have their quirks but there is genuine warmth between them & a sense they’ll always have each other’s back. There are a couple of running gags that pop up at the strangest times that always made me laugh. I really enjoyed this & happily, the ending makes it clear there is much more to come. While waiting for book #2, please join me in sending our thoughts & prayers to Puff Daddy.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHaving never read a book by Darynda Jones, and hearing wonderful things, I accepted the offer by NetGalley to read this story and I am thrilled I did. I have not laughed out loud at a book in quite some time, but his book is often hilarious, uproarious, and rollicking.Sunshine Vicram is a terrific character, a young woman who mysteriously wins an election in a small town called Del Sol, in New Mexico. She has no idea how she won or even more amazingly how she did not know she was 4.5 starsHaving never read a book by Darynda Jones, and hearing wonderful things, I accepted the offer by NetGalley to read this story and I am thrilled I did. I have not laughed out loud at a book in quite some time, but his book is often hilarious, uproarious, and rollicking.Sunshine Vicram is a terrific character, a young woman who mysteriously wins an election in a small town called Del Sol, in New Mexico. She has no idea how she won or even more amazingly how she did not know she was running for this office. The fun starts as Sunshine and her daughter, Auri return to a town she vowed never to return to, and we are treated to an engaging story of Sunshine, Auri, her terrific yet quirky parents, two drop dead gorgeous men, a best friend deputy, and a town that seems to have a bit of magic and whimsy.All is not Sunshine and rainbows, as our heroine assumes the job, back again in a town she swore never to return to, and on the first day of the job a young girl goes missing. She is a friend of Auri's, an adorable young character who has her mother's eye and nose for mystery solving, and so the two ladies are on it trying to save this young girl. Along the way we are introduced to the very appealing, ultimately sexy man, Levi Ravinder, of the Ravinder clan, a family that has had over time various nefarious dealings and scares half the town. Levi is the love of Sunshine's life until a gorgeous federal marshal makes an appearance and Sunshine is bewitched. Can you love two men? Easy when they both are like these two. "Welcome to Del Sol, a town full of sunshine, fresh air, and friendly faces, (Barring three or four old grouches.)"With the mix of quirky lovable characters Ms Jones has created the beginning of a series that was not only fun to read, but also hilarious at times. Introducing each chapter with witticisms from her town, we are thrown into the fray while getting to know this town as it trends toward the unconventional side. Point me in this town's direction for I would love to live there. Poor Sunshine, whose only concern she thought, would be the town flasher, Doug, and a rooster named Puff Daddy. She in for some weird, wacky, and unusual happenings, while along the way we learn more about Sunshine and a terrible event of her past. I am giving this book high marks on the fun side and of course recommending it most assuredly for just that along with some really adorable characters. If you are looking for a book that will lighten your spirits but has enough mystery to get you engaged, then rush to get this one. I will be back for more of this series as well as picking up a few more books written by this talented author.Thank you to Darynda Jones, St Martin's Press, and NetGalley for a copy of this extremely entertaining book due out April 7, 2020.
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  • Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow guys!! I have never read a book by Darynda Jones before, in fact I've never even heard of her. Netgalley sent me an email saying this was available to read now for only 2 days so I grabbed it!! I'm so happy I did! I LOVED this book! I loved these characters and was pulled into this story right from the start! These characters are fun, I loved the mystery, and I even laughed in parts. The suspense was great. I'm definitely going to be reading more books by this author no doubt!!
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  • Meggie V
    January 1, 1970
    Even if this book was solely about Doug the flasher, I would still read it and enjoy it. Because Darynda Jones wrote it. That is all.
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    READ NOW on Netgalley for the next 48 hours! Run!!!!
  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    I need the next book NOW! Also, I can totally see this becoming yet another favorite series from this author. Full review to come closer to release date.
  • Cyndi
    January 1, 1970
    Darynda Jones has done it again! This is the beginning of an amazing series that I can't wait to dive into as they appear. The story is set in a small town in New Mexico. Our heroine is the sheriff and this is the town she grew up in. But after a harrowing experience she left as a teenager. Now she is back and determined to solve the ultimate crime. The one against herself, Meanwhile she has bad guys to stop and people to protect. Including her teenage daughter. Excellent story by one of my Darynda Jones has done it again! This is the beginning of an amazing series that I can't wait to dive into as they appear. The story is set in a small town in New Mexico. Our heroine is the sheriff and this is the town she grew up in. But after a harrowing experience she left as a teenager. Now she is back and determined to solve the ultimate crime. The one against herself, Meanwhile she has bad guys to stop and people to protect. Including her teenage daughter. Excellent story by one of my favorite writers! Thank you St. Martin's Press @us.macmillan.com and @netgalley.com
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  • Jeri
    January 1, 1970
    I was so thrilled to be able to get my hands on a new book by Ms. Jones!! I couldn't wait to read what her imagination had come up with now. In this new series we are introduced to Sunshine Vicram. She is the newly elected sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico even though she didn't run for the position! On her first day she finds out about the "bad luck muffins" and that throws the whole town into a tailspin. First there is a missing rooster, two teenagers are missing add to that the history Sunshine I was so thrilled to be able to get my hands on a new book by Ms. Jones!! I couldn't wait to read what her imagination had come up with now. In this new series we are introduced to Sunshine Vicram. She is the newly elected sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico even though she didn't run for the position! On her first day she finds out about the "bad luck muffins" and that throws the whole town into a tailspin. First there is a missing rooster, two teenagers are missing add to that the history Sunshine has with the town from her own kidnapping and her teenage daughter going to a new school. When Sunshine starts investigating she runs face to face with the hunky Levi. You just gotta read this book and be in on the beginning of a great new series from this talented author!I was given an eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    This was fantastic! It had all the elements that I loved in the author's Charley Davidson series but with a new set of characters and a whole new world that I absolutely loved. I am so excited for this new series. I can already tell you this will be a series I will want to re-read often.Those elements I mentioned is the snarky heroine, fun sidekicks and an incredibly intense hero. To me it's the perfect formula to an entertaining series. As fun and entertaining as this book was, it also had some This was fantastic! It had all the elements that I loved in the author's Charley Davidson series but with a new set of characters and a whole new world that I absolutely loved. I am so excited for this new series. I can already tell you this will be a series I will want to re-read often.Those elements I mentioned is the snarky heroine, fun sidekicks and an incredibly intense hero. To me it's the perfect formula to an entertaining series. As fun and entertaining as this book was, it also had some pretty heavy material. I can admit that I cried a couple times. There are a few sad moments that really pulled on my heart. It's a well rounded book with everything it provides.This author really knows how to build up the intensity for her couples. She seems to love that delayed satisfaction and normally I would say that I want it now, but I can't deny that it's worth the wait. The longer it takes for the couple to get together, the more the intensity builds. I think this couple will be another explosive relationship to look forward too.If I thought it would do any good, I would beg for the next book to be published soon after A Bad Day for Sunshine. This doesn't end on a cliffhanger but you also know there is more to come and I can't wait!
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones is book one in her new series. I fell in love with this book from chapter one.Ms. Jones' descriptive writing made the town of Del Sol and it's residents come alive. This story flowed as readers are introduced to Sunshine, Quincy, Auri, Jimmy, Hailey and Levi. The kidnapping mystery was complex with so few suspects and clues that I was beginning to doubt if it would be solved in this first book. With Ms. Jones' sarcastic wit, a well-crafted plot and another A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones is book one in her new series. I fell in love with this book from chapter one.Ms. Jones' descriptive writing made the town of Del Sol and it's residents come alive. This story flowed as readers are introduced to Sunshine, Quincy, Auri, Jimmy, Hailey and Levi. The kidnapping mystery was complex with so few suspects and clues that I was beginning to doubt if it would be solved in this first book. With Ms. Jones' sarcastic wit, a well-crafted plot and another mystery about Sunshine to be resolved in a future book, I am hooked on this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As a BIG fan of the Charley Davidson series, I was thrilled when A Bad Day For Sunshine was announced. I love Darynda’s writing style, the characters she creates, and the worlds she develops. This book sounded like it would have a similar vibe. It did not. This book missed the marked entirely. It was extremely slow and held my interest for about 10% of the book. Both Sunshine and Auri (her daughter) are narrators, which 2.5 starsThank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. As a BIG fan of the Charley Davidson series, I was thrilled when A Bad Day For Sunshine was announced. I love Darynda’s writing style, the characters she creates, and the worlds she develops. This book sounded like it would have a similar vibe. It did not. This book missed the marked entirely. It was extremely slow and held my interest for about 10% of the book. Both Sunshine and Auri (her daughter) are narrators, which is new and interesting. Auri seems like she is going to be a relatable character who is struggling with high school and personal issues—as is Sunshine. She seems like she has an interesting backstory and I was excited to see how it played out. Both narrators are likable and relatable. The relationship between Sunshine and her daughter Auri is established as a healthy yet funny relationship. Other characters, such as Levi, Cruz, Jimmy, Quincy, and Zee were great. If you loved Reyes in Charley Davidson, you’re going to love Levi. Off the bat we learn that something happened to Sunshine when she was 17 and it’s the reason she agrees to become sheriff of her small hometown, despite not actually running for election. This plot device seems really really dumb. Despite acknowledging hundreds of times that “it was illegal” and she “can’t figure out how it happened” (though she suspects her parents), it really bothers me because it’s just SO out there. It’s more believable that there is a grim reaper walking around than someone being able to accept a position as sheriff-no matter how small the town-that they didn’t run for. For a mystery book, this was excruciatingly mundane. Other than quirky banter-which gets tiresome after a while- and meeting side characters, nothing much happens for a good chunk of the book. Unlike the Charley Davidson books, which always immediately grabbed my interest, this book really didn’t interest me. At first, I found myself skimming Sun’s chapters because nothing happened except establishing a lot of backstory for Sun that was all very up in the air, leaving more unanswered questions than information. Auri’s chapters were cute because of her crush, her mysterious classmate, and her challenges with high school (we all can relate, right?) but even her chapters didn’t seem to have much going on. I think I enjoyed her chapters more because it was like watching a high school drama (which can, on occasion, be entertaining) but featuring a teen who does not come off as a complete idiot. Auri is clever and strong and a very likable narrator. However, when a fourteen year old has a narrative that’s more interesting than a sheriff searching for a missing girl, you’re doing something wrong with your plot. Later, I found myself skimming a lot of it, including Auri’s chapters because-again-NOTHING WAS HAPPENING. When I got to halfway mark and still nothing was picking up, I ended up skimming the rest of the book. There was no suspense with the main mystery of the book (a missing teen) because everyone working on the case just seemed like they were wandering around the town wondering where the girl could be. Surprise clues, suspects, stakeouts, shady dealings, literally anything would have been more interesting than what we got. There was very little held my interest or invested me in the storyline. A few mysteries are revealed about Sun and Auri’s past while simultaneously opening up even more questions. When the book finally began wrapping up and the main mystery of the kidnapping was solved, I was disappointed with that too. I don’t know if it was supposed to be some big revelation or what but there wasn’t enough build up throughout the rest of the novel to make that wrap up meaningful or surprising. Other side mysteries, specifically regarding Sun herself, fueled some interest. Those side mysteries had the best dangling clues. I am assuming they are going to be built upon throughout the series and those unanswered questions were interesting enough that I might try and see what the second book is like. Overall, I am extremely sad and disappointed. Darynda is a very talented writer and she’s good at developing environments and characters. Somehow, this book missed the mark with nearly everything else a good book needs.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    This book looks like a rollicking good time!Thank you to St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this first book in Darynda Jones’s new series. On the positive side, the characters are likable and Jones brings her trademark snark and sass both to Sunshine and to her daughter Auri. Sun’s relationships with Auri, her best friend Quinton, and her parents all are enjoyable and there are some fun, quirky characters who will be fun to follow. I especially like Auri, a bit better than I do Sun, if I’m being honest.But I also have some frustrations with the story. I have mixed feelings about this first book in Darynda Jones’s new series. On the positive side, the characters are likable and Jones brings her trademark snark and sass both to Sunshine and to her daughter Auri. Sun’s relationships with Auri, her best friend Quinton, and her parents all are enjoyable and there are some fun, quirky characters who will be fun to follow. I especially like Auri, a bit better than I do Sun, if I’m being honest.But I also have some frustrations with the story. Despite the urgency of finding the missing girl, Sun and her fellow law enforcement people seem to get easily distracted and the plot often meanders. Some of the plot devices to create tension make little sense. (view spoiler)[Why would the kidnapped girl, after having had visions much of her life about her kidnapping and death, hide some of the most crucial clues like the drawing of the name graffiti, in a hidden envelope? Why not send everything to the new sheriff and tell her to ask Auri about it? (hide spoiler)] One of the biggest, most personal mysteries about Sun seems so obvious as a reader, but she herself remains clueless despite the blatant clues. (view spoiler)[Audi’s looks alone should have given a clue as to her father’s identity. Once Sun found the shack in which she was held and Levi’s uncle’s body found nearby, she should have put some clues together. It’s blatantly obvious that the uncle had kidnapped her, that Levi rescued her and killed the uncle, and that he and Sun had been consensually intimate shortly before the kidnapping and he is Auri’s father. Even if Levi doesn’t know about Sun’s retrograde amnesia from the kidnapping (he obviously knows Auri is his), the blindness and stupidity on both sides is frustrating. Worst, the “mystery” is not solved in this book and Sun idiotically is wondering if Levi was one of the kidnappers. (hide spoiler)]While wanting at times to slap some sense into some of the characters isn’t exactly an endorsement, I enjoyed the characters enough that I likely will check out the second book in the series. I only hope Jones doesn’t drag out the mystery reveals too much longer.
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  • Judy Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    No, this series is not for me. I absolutely loved the Charlie Davidson books, all thirteen of them with short stories added in from time to time. The thing about these two series is that one was obviously paranormal and one is not. You can get away with doing lots of things in unusual ways if your entire premise is based on a woman who is the Grim Reaper who guides souls to *pass over to the other side*. A Bad Day For Sunshine does not have that paranormal element so when Sunshine Vicram begins No, this series is not for me. I absolutely loved the Charlie Davidson books, all thirteen of them with short stories added in from time to time. The thing about these two series is that one was obviously paranormal and one is not. You can get away with doing lots of things in unusual ways if your entire premise is based on a woman who is the Grim Reaper who guides souls to *pass over to the other side*. A Bad Day For Sunshine does not have that paranormal element so when Sunshine Vicram begins to use her position as Sheriff of this small New Mexico town in ways that are clearly not allowed in law enforcement the whole premise gets wonky and stays that way.Too, too many eye rolls while I was reading. Too many times I had to tell Ms Jones that real law enforcement can't operate in the way she had this one operating. The great big hidden secret Sunshine could never let anybody, including her daughter, find out was blatantly obvious the first time I read about it. Check your common sense at the door if you decide to read this one. Maybe the next book will add in some paranormal elements but it's too late for me. So far the only character I haven't found a place for in "Sunshine" that was in "Grave" is Cookie. Otherwise, you don't even have to look too hard to see all the tie-ins that Ms Jones picked to stock the characters and location for this one.Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-galley of this book.
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  • Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of A Bad Day For Sunshine. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*This was a refreshing, and kind of dark, mystery! Darynda Jones has been a favorite author of mine for a long time, and I'm happy to read something of hers that's a bit different from her other novels I have read.Sunshine is the new sheriff in Del Sol, and she has more than one mystery to solve! First, it's her own mystery - of what happened to her when she was *I received a free copy of A Bad Day For Sunshine. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review which is honest and unbiased.*This was a refreshing, and kind of dark, mystery! Darynda Jones has been a favorite author of mine for a long time, and I'm happy to read something of hers that's a bit different from her other novels I have read.Sunshine is the new sheriff in Del Sol, and she has more than one mystery to solve! First, it's her own mystery - of what happened to her when she was young. Then there's the mystery of a missing girl, which becomes several other sub-mysteries.I was glued to my kindle reading A Bad Day for Sunshine, and I had so many (wrong!) theories while reading. I still have one more theory, and now, I'm going to have to wait forever to find out if I'm right or not.Jones has created a very diverse - and fun - cast of characters here, and I just loved the interactions, and some of the rather unlikely situations they found themselves in. I laughed out loud just as often as I had to catch my breath because of the suspense.Keep your eyes out for Sunshine, she's definitely worth the detour.
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  • Betül
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a massive fan of Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series, so I was beyond thrilled to start a new series. While I'd categorize Charley's stories as Urban Fantasy, I'd put this series (so far) more into a straight mystery genre.Sunshine and her teenage daughter, Auri, move back to Sunshine's home town of Del Sol, New Mexico, where she has just been elected sheriff. And in the very few days that this book takes place, there are several investigations in play, including the search for two I'm a massive fan of Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series, so I was beyond thrilled to start a new series. While I'd categorize Charley's stories as Urban Fantasy, I'd put this series (so far) more into a straight mystery genre.Sunshine and her teenage daughter, Auri, move back to Sunshine's home town of Del Sol, New Mexico, where she has just been elected sheriff. And in the very few days that this book takes place, there are several investigations in play, including the search for two missing teens, an escaped felon, a kidnapper on the loose, a stolen rooster, and a cold case.Unlike Charley's books, A Bad Day splits the narrative between Sunshine and Auri. Auri's plot was one of the only areas where I had any difficulties with the story. The kids were maybe a little too perfect, the bullies were maybe a little too evil, and the student response to the bullies was maybe a little too big. That being said, I love Auri and Cruz and Sybil and Jimmy and can't wait to see more of them.The only other difficulty I had with the book is more a product of being the first book in a series. There were a LOT of people to keep track of, including Sunshine's family and friends, Auri's classmates and teachers, townies, the police officers, the Ravinder clan, plus outside law enforcement agents. I'm sure after my 3rd or 4th reading it'll all be clearer, but there are a lot of people to keep track of. If you loved Charley, you'll definitely love sassy Sheriff Sunshine. There's a lot less paranormal in Del Sol, though there is some present - a few characters show some kind of prescient abilities - and there are very clear ties to Charley's Albuquerque, so there may be more to come. That said, if you like Urban Fantasies, this book has a similar feel to the structure and tone of the genre, and is also a good choice for someone who likes mysteries that are edgier than cozies, but lighter than hard-boiled detective novels.I received an egalley from both Netgalley and Edelweiss (because I NEEDED IT and had to make sure I could get it!) in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Review of uncorrected digital galleySunshine Vicram, the newly-elected sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico, has her hands full on this, her first on-duty day. There’s a kidnapper, a stolen prized rooster, a missing teenage girl, and a boatload of angst courtesy of her daughter’s high school classmates. Filled with the author’s trademark snarky attitudes and witty come-backs, the story is less about plot [of which there is very little] and more about characters [of which there are a great many]. The Review of uncorrected digital galleySunshine Vicram, the newly-elected sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico, has her hands full on this, her first on-duty day. There’s a kidnapper, a stolen prized rooster, a missing teenage girl, and a boatload of angst courtesy of her daughter’s high school classmates. Filled with the author’s trademark snarky attitudes and witty come-backs, the story is less about plot [of which there is very little] and more about characters [of which there are a great many]. The vivid descriptions of the town and its weather provide a strong sense of place that serves to anchor the narrative. The missing teen is, ostensibly, the primary focus of the plot; a plethora of sub-plots . . . including the rooster, the eyeliner, the mayor and the Dangerous Daughters, and an unrequited, not-so-secret love . . . have a place in the telling of this tale but too many of them remain unsettled at the end of the story. A stronger focus on the plot could have resolved this for the majority of these scenarios and provided some satisfactory answers for readers. The downsides . . . .There is such a thing as too much snarky wisecracking. And the unnecessary overuse of a particularly offensive expletive is demeaning [and lowers the rating for the book]. A couple of mystifying glitches interrupt the smooth flow of the narrative. First, there’s a character in jail, locked in his cell. Suddenly he’s grabbing a rifle from the back of the sheriff’s cruiser. Huh? At the very least, the telling of the tale needs the cell door to be unlocked.Then there’s the gravely injured teenager who stumbles into urgent care. Following emergency surgery for multiple stab wounds, he simply walks out of the hospital. And in this tiny, little town where everyone knows everyone else, no one knows who he is because he gave a fake name? What?The thing most likely to frustrate readers of “A Bad Day for Sunshine" is that so many questions remain unanswered. But the failure of the author to deal with the mystery that serves as the elephant in the room throughout the entire narrative is far more problematic. Given that it is the underlying theme for the entire story, leaving it as a cliffhanger for the next book in the series is a disservice to everyone reading this book. Del Sol, New Mexico is a microcosm of craziness, depending primarily on the antics of its citizens to carry their unfolding stories. Since the characters are so interesting, this works passably well and leads to several sweet moments. But it does little to invest the reader in the story. That said, the subplot with the forever-absent Lieutenant Bobby Britton plays out perfectly and is one of the highlights of the narrative. Recommended.I received a free copy of this eBook from St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley#ABadDayForSunshine #NetGalley
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  • 2shay
    January 1, 1970
    Review by 2shay.............If you loved The Charley Davidson series, hold on to your panties, Ladies, Sunshine Vicram has Levi Arun Ravinder! He’s HOT! Sun and Levi have a strange non-relationship full of mistrust and misunderstanding, with a level of sexual tension that makes the pages burn. Sun’s loved him since she was ten. How he feels about her? I’m not sure. But their non-relationship is just a small part of the story.Sunshine is the new sheriff in town. How that happened is still a Review by 2shay.............If you loved The Charley Davidson series, hold on to your panties, Ladies, Sunshine Vicram has Levi Arun Ravinder! He’s HOT! Sun and Levi have a strange non-relationship full of mistrust and misunderstanding, with a level of sexual tension that makes the pages burn. Sun’s loved him since she was ten. How he feels about her? I’m not sure. But their non-relationship is just a small part of the story.Sunshine is the new sheriff in town. How that happened is still a little mysterious, but she has come home with her amazing fourteen, almost fifteen, year old daughter, Auri. Aurora Dawn Vicram is a red headed wonder child. She’s smart, vivacious and hides a deep and secret pain. Pain that she tries hard to keep from her mother. I may love Auri just little bit more than Sunny.But as special as they are, there are more great characters. Sunny’s parents, Cyrus and Elaine Freyr, are doting and manipulative with both their daughter and granddaughter. They’re fabulous and add layers to the story. Sunny’s best friend since kindergarten and her current chief deputy, Quincy Cooper, is another hotty, and much of Sunny’s past we learn from him. Then there is Elaine’s best friend, Darlene Tapia, who makes “magic muffins” that predict upcoming disasters for the town.The town. Del Sol, New Mexico is the best supporting character of all.  Full of quirky residents and drawn flawlessly from the small towns I am familiar with in N.M. To my knowledge, Del Sol is purely fictional and could be anywhere from Albuquerque to Sante Fe, but reminds me more of Taos with their quirky, artistic and touristy similarities. It doesn’t matter. I want to live there, even if only in the author’s imagination. I want to know who the Dangerous Daughters are and what happens between Sunshine and Levi, if anything. I want to know what happens the next time Darlene delivers muffins to the Sheriff’s Department. The last time the Sheriff’s Department received muffins, on Sunny’s first day at work, all hell broke loose.I will be stalking Ms. Darynda Jones for a while, wanting to know when the next book will be ready. If you love a great tale, you will fall hopelessly in love with Del Sol. Grab a copy as soon as possible, and...Enjoy! ARC graciously provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an honest and voluntary review.
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  • No Apology Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t repeat your mistakes, JonesI would like to effusively thank Darynda Jones, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for letting Christmas come early by allowing me to read a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.When a new Darynda Jones book drops out of the wild blue yonder directly into my lap more than six months before its due to be released, there’s only one thing to do—hunker the fuck down because I’m not functioning like a human until every word has been imprinted on my eyeballs.I Don’t repeat your mistakes, JonesI would like to effusively thank Darynda Jones, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for letting Christmas come early by allowing me to read a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.When a new Darynda Jones book drops out of the wild blue yonder directly into my lap more than six months before its due to be released, there’s only one thing to do—hunker the fuck down because I’m not functioning like a human until every word has been imprinted on my eyeballs.I tried to be as vague as I could, to the point of cryptic, but a few minor spoilers might have slipped through. If you’re super sensitive to spoilers and consider the tiniest, most irrelevant details to be heinous—well, first, why are you reading reviews at all? Second, you probably shouldn’t read this, just to be extra safe.(view spoiler)[I have two chief complaints. The first is something Jones always tread close to in Charley’s later books, too—there was too much going on. At least in Charley’s books I had the benefit of already knowing the main cast and the overarching plot; I knew the history. It was a matter of keeping track of the new developments and subplots. Here, though, I went in blind, and through the first third I felt bombarded with new people, places, and information.Aside from the main mystery, there was the rooster thread, the newscaster thread, the Daughter thread, the Bo thread, the mayor thread (though you might count that with the Daughter thread), the mafia thread, the convict thread, and of course the Sunshine thread. Oh, and the itty-bitty eyeliner thread. And perhaps others I’m not recalling. And all the characters… Except for Quincy, I still don’t have Sun’s posse sorted out. Nor the Ravinders apart from Levi, Hailey, and Jimmy. The rooster thread, the Bo thread, and the eyeliner thread and their related characters could have been cut completely. They were superfluous; either Jones indulging herself or filling pages. I would much rather those words been spent on Sunshine uncovering her past—but naturally that’s the cliffhanger (which isn’t a spoiler—this is Jones we’re talking about. Of course she was going to leave us with the juiciest morsel hanging just out of reach. I was preparing myself for it from the start.)I get if Jones wanted to make sure to show that there was more on Sunshine’s plate as sheriff than just one case, and I respect that, but still, some of it was simply unnecessary.I can’t really talk about my second complaint too much because it could be a huge spoiler—but the thing is, is it really? I thought it was obvious from the start, and I grew more and more frustrated with Sunshine as the evidence piled up—we’re talking skyscraper high, blind-man-could-see obvious—and she refused to see what it was pointing to. Which is ironic, because that’s her thing—she kept repeating how it was her job to find and follow evidence, not to merely indulge her instincts. If they told her two different things, she had a responsibility to go with the evidence. But I think both the abundance of evidence and her instincts were screaming the same thing at her, and she kept ignoring it and ignoring it and ignoring it, even though I believe deep in her subconscious she knew the truth and just didn’t have the balls to confront it yet. (I mean, those dreams. That promise. She totally knows, just doesn’t understand.) I was also surprised it didn’t occur to anyone who knew the situation and also saw some of the evidence. I thought for sure the cliffhanger would be a confrontation, ending on a specific question or statement, but we didn’t even get that far. That really disappointed me. Seriously, the hints were as subtle as an atom bomb. (Yes, Jones, I saw you sneak that thematic full name in there. French and Hindu. I follow. *taps side of nose*)But other than that, I loved this book and totally look forward to further installments. The mystery was intriguing and I didn’t figure out whodunit until about 80%. (In my defense, I was stumbling over the mountain of story debri she threw in because reasons.) Even when I knew who, I didn’t know why until it was confessed.The characters were just as wacky and entertaining as Jones’s other characters. Sunshine was a more down-to-earth version of Charley, lacking some of the crazy and most of the ADHD. Which makes her sound boring, but she’s not. She’s just as fun and funny and charming as any Jones protag, even if she isn’t a god of time or a celestial being. That we know of.Levi will obviously be Sunshine’s love interest. I don’t understand him; all I know is that he has a hero complex and gives out mixed messages like a malfunctioning traffic light. So in short, he’s Reyes. He’s even got the tragic life history and the family from hell. And the explosive temper. I don’t like him much yet. Actually, I dislike him. Acting sullen and moody and enigmatic and violent is not romantic, Jones. I don’t care how secretly heroic he is or how he’s trying to be a legitimate businessman; he behaves like an anus. And please don’t make superficial sex the first priority of his and Sunshine’s relationship, not until things are sorted out and they actually like each other. I don’t want to watch them hate-fuck each other. Don’t let them be as distrustful and emotionally abusive as Charley and Reyes were. I already hate him a little bit for getting mad at Sunshine and acting like the victim; as far as I know at this point, he has no right to feel that way, and he’s blaming her for something that isn’t her fault. And what did he do about it in all that time? Nothing, except perhaps wallow in self-pity and make assumptions. Yes, very attractive.Anyway. Sunshine’s parents are endearing. And a little terrifying, in the best way. Auri is pretty much Amber but I don’t care because I love them both. Quincy’s awesome; Cookie in role, not necessarily in personality. And I have no idea what was going on with that twin thing between him and…Zee, I think? I don’t know where it came from or what the point of it was. It was an inside joke to even the reader. Cruz is a mix of Quentin and Reyes, which isn’t as odd as you might imagine. Could not get enough of that kid. His dad was cool, too.The Book Babes were…I’m not sure yet. Good, though. Ricky and Richard—just, why? What was the point? They screamed tokenism. The rooster couple—cute, but again why? The mayor and former sheriff deserve each other. The former former former sheriff was instantly lovable, though his banter with Sunshine was a little…weird. I very much look forward to more Jimmy and his mom. The principal was interesting; the overzealous security guard a fiasco waiting to happen. I’m not sure how I feel about the kids at school. Lynette and Liam went to a lot more work than realistic, I think, and the display at the end was corny as hell. No way would those kids have been that synchronized and demonstrative. It did make me tear up and warm my heart, though, so mission accomplished.And there were the deputies, and the other Ravinders—*pauses, cocks head* Did we ever get a name for that one cousin?—and the marshalls, and the FBI dude. Not to mention the perp and the victim. And the victim’s parents and cousin. And more. So many people.Couple last random things:Were there no consequences to Mrs. St. Aubin’s…um…accident? Does she at least have to pay for the repairs? It happened, then no more was said about it.Also, there’s no way that kid got treated at the ER in 2003/4 without hospital staff and the police investigating him. No way a kid with stab wounds—to all appearances a minor who’d been attacked—just walked in, gave a false name, went into surgery, woke up, and walked out. How insulting to nurses and hospital admin. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I’m so game for this series. The only true downside to reading a new Darynda Jones book…is starting the wait for the next one once again.*squints* I’m still holding you to Beep’s spin-off, Jones. Don’t think I’ve forgotten.noapologybookreviews.comkeeneyeediting.com
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  • Jennifer Jung
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come.... stay tuned...
  • Blendy
    January 1, 1970
    Update 10.21.19I've started it, and I absolutely cannot believe that I'm about to say this...but....but....I'm so not enjoying this book. Will this be a #whychoose? Can this be a #whychoose?? Oh please, please, please let this be a #whychoose!!!!!!
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    A Bad Day for Sunshine Sunshine Vicram, Book 1 I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a big fan of the author’s previous works. The Characters: Sunshine Blaze Vicram: Aurora “Auri” Dawn Vicram: Levant “Levi” Arun Ravinder (the one that got away, kinda),Cyrus and Elaine (Sunshine’s parents), Quincy Lynn Cooper (Sunshine’s BFF), Cruz De los Santos (Auri’s maybe boyfriend), The Story: This story started out a little uphill. New setting, all new characters and just a lot of back story to A Bad Day for Sunshine Sunshine Vicram, Book 1 I Picked Up This Book Because: I’m a big fan of the author’s previous works. The Characters: Sunshine Blaze Vicram: Aurora “Auri” Dawn Vicram: Levant “Levi” Arun Ravinder (the one that got away, kinda),Cyrus and Elaine (Sunshine’s parents), Quincy Lynn Cooper (Sunshine’s BFF), Cruz De los Santos (Auri’s maybe boyfriend), The Story: This story started out a little uphill. New setting, all new characters and just a lot of back story to tell which is my least favorite part of any book. Honestly I love series because I don’t constantly have to meet new people, but I digress. Sun is the new sheriff, even though she didn’t run for the position, of her hometown Del Sol, New Mexico. A town that is quite frankly nuts but also very entertaining. It can also be very scary. Once the back story was told and the investigation into the missing Sybil, about 30 or so percent in, I couldn’t put the book down. So much drama but relieved with lots of comedy and genuine affection between the characters and a big does of heart. I love the friendship between Sunshine and Cooper. And the relationship between Levi and Auri. Oh and the chemistry between Sun and Levi, please hose me down. I’m so excited for the next book and considering this one hasn’t officially been published I’m in for quite a long wait. *sigh * The Random Thoughts: Prediction for the future (view spoiler)[ Levi’s uncle did kidnap Sun and somehow drugged both her and Levi and Auri is Levi’s daughter (hide spoiler)] The Score Card: 3.75 Stars
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  • Jacquie
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and chaos in equal measure!When Sunshine Vicram’s well-meaning parents get her elected as sheriff of small town Del Sol, she doesn’t expect her first day to include a child abduction, a runaway rooster, a car barreling into the sheriff’s station and almost running her down, and a run-in with her first crush, Levi Ravinder.And the fun has just begun!This is a fast-paced read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with touching scenes between Sunshine and her daughter, Auri.Levi is Fun and chaos in equal measure!When Sunshine Vicram’s well-meaning parents get her elected as sheriff of small town Del Sol, she doesn’t expect her first day to include a child abduction, a runaway rooster, a car barreling into the sheriff’s station and almost running her down, and a run-in with her first crush, Levi Ravinder.And the fun has just begun!This is a fast-paced read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with touching scenes between Sunshine and her daughter, Auri.Levi is swoon-worthy- the bad boy done good. Handsome as sin, moody as hell, and a soft touch when it comes to those he cares about.This is my first Darynda Jones book and I loved it! I can’t wait for the next one in the series to come out now, lol.I give A Bad Day for Sunshine 5+ lovely kisses- Unputdownable!“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”
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  • Jeanie Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    A Bad Day for Sunshine is as fantastic as Darynda Jones Charlie Davidson series! The protagonist, Sun or Sunshine has many of Charlies qualities without the supernatural element, as far a we know. Her deprecating humor is just as hilarious as is her interaction with her family and her best friend but she takes her new job as sheriff seriously. All of the characters have great depth and dimension and carry a feeling that they have both a past and a future; an element not common for secondary A Bad Day for Sunshine is as fantastic as Darynda Jones Charlie Davidson series! The protagonist, Sun or Sunshine has many of Charlies qualities without the supernatural element, as far a we know. Her deprecating humor is just as hilarious as is her interaction with her family and her best friend but she takes her new job as sheriff seriously. All of the characters have great depth and dimension and carry a feeling that they have both a past and a future; an element not common for secondary characters. Of course, Ms. Jones brings us a heart-stopping, edge of our seats plot with frequent twists. The story line flips back and forth between Sun and her daughter Aura and readers are sure to fall in love with both, those two and a couple of guys!. I requested an ARC from NetGalley and you can imagine how excited I was to be approved. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Darynda Jones#NetGalley #ABadDayforSunhine
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    That was quite fabulous! Fans will definitely want to preorder this That was quite fabulous! Fans will definitely want to preorder this 😉
  • Cocktails and Books
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Sunshine. Levi May have a bit do the Reyes Farrow a-holishness, but I’m hoping this bad boys is sun and Auri’s savior. Can’t wait for more.
  • Dana Alma
    January 1, 1970
    Review Coming Soon!
  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    ARC ebook received from NetGalley in exchange for a review.I have read most of Darynda Jones' books. They're always a delight. She's most well known for her supernatural books, the First Grave on the Right series being probably the most popular.I have a fondness for the weird meeting between small towns and the weird. In "A Bad Day for Sunshine" we meet Sunshine "Sun" Vicram and her daughter Aurora or "Auri", as well as her parents and home town of Del Sol. There's a lot of mysteries in the ARC ebook received from NetGalley in exchange for a review.I have read most of Darynda Jones' books. They're always a delight. She's most well known for her supernatural books, the First Grave on the Right series being probably the most popular.I have a fondness for the weird meeting between small towns and the weird. In "A Bad Day for Sunshine" we meet Sunshine "Sun" Vicram and her daughter Aurora or "Auri", as well as her parents and home town of Del Sol. There's a lot of mysteries in the history Sun has with Del Sol, starting with just how Sun was elected Sheriff. Her first day on the job? A bad one. Cursed muffins, the mysterious Founding Daughters of Del Sol, her mother's book club, a missing rich girl's visions of being abducted and killed by her fifteenth birthday, a old flame coming back into her life, a missing convict, another missing child, a family of rogues, her mother's book club, a missing deputy, her daughter's new crush and best friend and very own very bad day, and a whole lot more in no particular order from a very particular small town. Along the way are tears and laughter among clues and a hue of hope. I am very much looking forward to more Del Sol days.
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