Book Review: A Bad Day For Sunshine


A Bad Day For Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram #1)

By: Darynda Jones

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. 


Genre: Romantic suspense / Mystery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookish tip: Get ready for some whiplash. You are in for one wild ride!

Special thanks for SMP Romance for sending a finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones is in a league of its own. About twenty pages in, there is a quote that describes the town of Del Sol….”it was also quirky and charismatic and unpredictable” and boy did that not sum up this entire novel.

A Bad Day For Sunshine is such a fun read! It is entertaining from the start to finish. Readers will be s so captivated as Sunshine Vicram navigates two missing persons cases plus digs into her own backstory as well.

Sunshine is one amazing woman. Her friendship with her BFF Quincy will have you laughing for days. Her relationship with her family, her daughter Auri, and her other deputies is on point. And then there is her love interest, bad boy Levi. There is sooo much history between these two that I cannot wait to see what is in store for them. I have theories, Reader…so many theories!

As a first time reader, Darynda definitely won me over with her eccentric yet heartwarming and lovable characters, with her ability to write captivating scenes and with her ability to keep me on the hook. There are a bunch of unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries including Sunshine’s own abduction that will keep this series going for a while.

My only issue with the book is that I have to wait an entire year for the next!

Recommendation: Suspenseful. Hilarious. Witty, Sarcastic. Charismatic Quirky. Entertaining. What more could I want?

Now excuse me as I nose dive into Darynda Jones’ back list!

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