In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.
The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman’s story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?– Goodreads
I was going to wait to read all of the Veronica Mars books via audiobook, because Kristen Bell reads them. I feel that is the most valid reason ever. However, when I had the chance to read this as an ARC, I hopped on the train and had to read it. I have no regrets about reading Mr. Kiss and Tell. It is pure Veronica Mars being back in my life. And I remember how much I love her, and her snark.
In Mr. Kiss and Tell Veronica is hired by the Neptune Grand’s insurance company to follow up on a complaint. You know the usual. Rape, left for murder, normal Neptune. I understand that sounds flippant, but as someone who watched the show, that is very Neptune. Quickly Veronica is able to answer the insurance company’s question; however, the book does not end there. What Veronica realizes is there is more to the story because people are lying, things happened months ago and people remember nothing.
What Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham do is consistently stay in the Neptune world that we know and love. We hang out with the characters, and there is a heartbreaking story line that involves Weevil. There is also an extremely realistic story line involving Logan and Veronica where if anything we see how much the characters have grown from the TV show. Although you could easily read this without having read the first book in the series, I wouldn’t recommend it. There are hints to that book that are nice to understand.
One night they can’t forget…
Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship — Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.
One love they can’t ignore…
Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan’s life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess’s legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.
…And only one chance to get things right. – Goodreads
I have enjoyed Viv Daniels’ alter-ego Diana Peterfreund’s books, particularly the Secret Society series, which we would now classify as New Adult. Because of this I was more than happy to give One & Only a shot, and I’m glad it I did. It was a nice, contemporary romance novel that made me sigh, and swoon, and because it’s me, rage. I did devour this book, I found it to be a quick enjoyable read and I was even upset to find the second novel not out yet, because I enjoyed the Canton world.
What Daniels’ did was not shy away from real problems that students in college face. From backstabbing classmates, to frat parties, and carrying a full course load and still trying to figure out how to make time to study are all covered in One & Only. One and Only is the story of Tess, a good student, who is the product of a rich man and his mistress. This is important, because Tess is never allowed to acknowledge her father. Ever. He also uses this to guilt her mother and her by giving them money. Because of this power she doesn’t go to her dream school, Canton, but the local state school which doesn’t have a solid science program, but it makes her father happy.
Until two years later she’s had enough and her mentor at the state school, helps her not only go to Canton, but also to pay for it with scholarships. Between that push and a part-time job, she transfers over to Canton and is happier than she ever imagined she could be. Until she sees Dylan, the cute boy she fell in love with two years ago that summer between high school and college, when they met at a Summer Science program. What Tess (and Dylan) weren’t expecting were the sparks to still be here, or Dylan to be dating Tess’ half-sister that doesn’t know she still exists.
Thanks to a big project the two are brought back together and sparks continue to fly off the page. The two not only fight them, but fight with the fact that Dylan has a girlfriend, both do not want to cheat and respect that. Dylan also knows that Tess is hiding things from him, but respects her current boundaries. It does become hard when the truth comes out and both explode, it is beautiful how they find themselves back with each other.