A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones _ Book Review

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Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff–and even fuller-time coffee guzzler–Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.


[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

A Good Day for Chardonnay
 is the second book in Darynda Jones’ Sunshine Vicram series. Here and happy to report that the things I found to be an issue in book 1 weren’t in book 2. I have to admit, I have fallen in love with this series way quicker than I expected to after the first book. I devoured this one and that ending! Left me ecstatic for the next book.

“I really had my heart set on waking up rich today. Other than that, everything’s peachy.”

It might be because it’s book 2, and I’ve already been introduced to the characters, but Sunshine, her daughter Auri and all the side characters were wonderful to be back with. The sarcastic banter between Sunshine and Auri was endlessly entertaining. So was her relationship with her best friend Quincy. I was happy to be able to get to know Levi’s character more, I sure do like him and was so happy him and Sunshine finally had a break through between them by the end.

In A Good Day for Chardonnay, 
Sunshine has a case that the man she loves has tangled himself in, a blind date she has to dodge, a break in a cold case that never left her, and a daughter who keeps finding herself in trouble, on top of all that her memories from the time she was abducted 15 years ago are starting to resurface. I know that seems like a lot, and it is, but it all blended together smoothly. Where the last book left us with so many unanswered questions, this one answered most of them and left me satisfied.

—Written by Amanda—

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