Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas (Book Review).
Being a long-time fan of Veronica Mars, I was excited to finally be able to read the second book that takes place after the Veronica Mars Movie. In Mr. Kiss and Tell, Rob Thomas continues Veronica's story with another mystery surrounding the Neptune Grand hotel. After a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted by someone on the hotel staff, Veronica is brought in to disprove her story and help the hotel save face, but of course, in true Veronica Mars fashion, she ends up diving deeper.
One thing I loved about this book was there was more LoVe in it! If you're a VM fan, then you know what I mean.
I've been Team Logan for a long time, but this book may have changed me. I'm actually disappointed in the direction that their relationship is headed, and I'm eager to see where their love story will lie in Rob's next novel. I'm sad to say that I'm starting to cheer on other men from Veronica's past. I've always loved Piz, because he's just adorable and perfect in every way, but in this book, we actually got to see a lot of Leo. I feel like Leo deserved more credit than he received in the battle for Veronica's heart. I've always liked him, and I was happy to see more of him in this book.
Let's talk about Weevil for a second. In the last novel, we were left with Weevil being accused of attacking one of the wealthy people of Neptune, and that story continues in Mr. Kiss and Tell. I have to say that even though Weevil was never one of my favorite characters, I always respected him, but he lost a lot of that respect in this novel. He gained some then lost some, and I guess that's all I can say without giving away any spoilers. I'll just say that I'm not on Weevil's side, and I don't agree with the ultimate decision he made.
Now, the mystery. I actually really enjoyed the plot of this book, but it took me awhile to get to the end. I actually had an advanced copy of this book and had every intention of reviewing it before it came out, but the plot was a bit slow for me, and I ended up just finishing it a couple weeks ago. I thought the mystery was very interesting, but I didn't find myself really diving into the story and letting it engulf me. I remained almost emotionless during the whole novel, and if you've read any of my book reviews in the past, then you know that the more a book stresses me out, the more I love it. I didn't find myself that stressed while reading this book, which left me procrastinating to finish it.
Because this book did involve my least favorite word in the world (rape), we did get to take a few horrible trips down memory lane with Veronica and the brutal assault from her past. While it was sickening to think about it, I felt like that should have given Veronica more mojo to try to patch this mystery up ASAP, but she actually almost gave up on the case at least twice because she was feeling defeated. She eventually got her groove back, particularly once Leo got involved. Oh, Leo.
One thing I loved about this mystery was that it was so different from mysteries I've read in the past. You are kind of told who did it toward the middle of the book, and the rest of it is Veronica, Wallace, and Mac trying to figure out how to prove it. They go through great lengths to solve this mystery, and it goes to show that if you want to be a P.I., you better have friends that are geniuses and also have connections.
I give this book a 4 out of 5. I thought the first book in the series, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, was a much more fast-paced read with a better story line, but this book moved forward a few of the story lines from the movie that were left dormant during the first book. I'm eager to see what awesomeness Rob Thomas comes up with next!
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.