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On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is...different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, "normal" is a bit of a stretch for Dina.
And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night....Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans—an alpha-strain werewolf—and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.
Clean Sweep is the amazing start to yet another awesome series by power-couple Ilona Andrews. Witty, magical and with a strong female character, I loved the way the first story in the Innkeeper Chronicles is so different from their Kate Daniels series.
Dina is a really good character to follow, she has some magic, but it’s mostly chained to the inn she’s the hostess of. And it’s a very special kind of inn, too, in which people of various species come to stay, and where the keeper has to make sure they are safe during the time they are there. With vampires, werewolves, aliens and parallel worlds, Clean Sweep encompasses a whole universe of characters, possibilities and stories. At the start of the story, Dina and some of her neighbours find yet another dog that has been viciously killed, and she tries to get the new guy, Sean, to take responsibility for finding out what’s going on.
Little by little, the readers learn about Dina’s back-story, how her parents and their inn just completely disappeared, and for years, Dina and her brother were traveling the galaxies looking for them, while their sister had gotten married and lived off-planet. Now, Dina is ready to have her own inn, with all the responsibilities and intricacies that come with that position. I enjoyed how the story in Clean Sweep unfolded, because it’s told in first person point of view from Dina’s perspective, with quite a lot of dialogue to help us readers get to know the characters better, based both on what Dina tells us, and how they speak.
The humor is so well done – I was laughing out loud several times, both because of Dina, and because Sean and the vampire Arland with them trying to outdo each other to show Dina they were better than the other. And there’s a very fun new fact about vampires in Clean Sweep… something very funny happens to them when they drink coffee.
Because of the dogs in the neighbourhood being killed off, both Sean and Dina need to make sure their little haven is safe, and when Arland suddenly shows up, seemingly out of nowhere, they have a new ally to help them against an alien who is there for a very specific reason. Using all their magic, strength and cunning, they end up working quite well together, bringing even more humor and some very well done fights to the forefront. With a compelling heroine, some strong male characters and a well-built world, Clean Sweep will possibly sweep you right off your feet with enchantment, perfect writing and funny twists.
Sweep in Peace, the second book in the Innkeeper Chronicles is currently being released chapter by chapter online on Ilona Andrews’ website! I’m trying my best to stay away and wait for the full story, but it’s so hard…
For me hotness was a complicated matter involving brains, humor and some other things, but all that aside, I was willing to admit Sean Evans was nice to look at. Unfortunately, in light of the events two nights ago, he was also the prime suspect for the dog killings.
It was as if a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had been delivered into the world by a gothic wedding-cake decorator.
“How did it go with the werewolf?” she asked. I sat in the chair. “He’s pretending I’m insane and that he doesn’t know what I’m talking about.”