ARC Review: A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones

Title: A Hard Day for a Hangover

Author: Darynda Jones 

Series: Sunshine Vicram #3

Pages: 347

Release date: December 6, 2022

5 out of 5 stars
5 stars – I loved it!

Trigger warnings: suicidal ideation; grief over the death of a parent; sexual assault; rape discussed; kidnapping; bus crash; active shooter situation involving minors; extensive injuries; blood; on page death by police officers; 

We have finally come to the final Sunshine Vicam story and whoa this was a doozy. At the end of the previous book, Sunshine admitted to Levi she knew he was Auri’s father. This book picks up about a week later and things have not slowed down for Sunshine and her deputies. Like all of these books, there are a lot of cases happening, danger, crazy shenanigans, and of course, Sunshine’s unique blend of humor. But, please know that there is some heavy trigger earnings in this one, including an active shooter situation involving children, so please check the trigger earnings before reading. 

Sunshine and Levi have been circling each other since the very first book and we finally get to see them become a solid couple. They have a lot of baggage to work through since Levi has been keeping the fact he was the father a secret, and Sunshine dealing with her memory loss from the abduction as a teenager. I really loved seeing them finally work things out and talk about what they wanted, instead of just throwing threats at each other. Levi really has been a great father for Auri, especially when keeping his distance, that I really loved seeing them bond with some real emotional father-daughter moments. Auri’s reaction to Levi being her father was what I expected and I loved it.

Sunshine finally closes the two cases she has been working on since the very beginning in this book: her abduction as a teenager and the case against Levi’s uncle Clay and former sheriff. The whole case with the former sheriff was unexpected at times and very suspenseful. I was very surprised by some of the revelations at the end about the sheriff. The fight against Levi’s uncle Clay was slightly anticlimactic but also, he was a shady person who didn’t like to get his dirty, so I wasn’t totally surprised by how that turned out. This whole case was really fascinating and enjoyable, especially with Sunshine’s unique blend of humor thrown in there.

Overall, this was an amazing ending for this series. I have really enjoyed Sunshine and Auri’s adventures at solving crimes in this little town, while also falling in love. I am sad to see this series ended but it was a wonderful ending. Also, maybe there will be a spin-off with Auri in the future. 

*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

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Previous books and reviews for the series:

  1. A Bad Day for Sunshine
  2. A Good Day for a Chardonnay

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