Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest & the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don't stand too close, or you may be collateral damage. -- that!
- ISBN10 1540857212
- ISBN13 9781540857217
- Publish Date 21 December 2016
- Publish Status Active
- Imprint Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Format Paperback (US Trade)
- Pages 340
- Language English
What an AMAZING book!! Worth reading, worth reading many, many times. I have enjoyed this series installment the most so far. It was full of action and sci-fi goodness and I loved it.
It was so great to have all the characters in this story as well as additional characters that we had heard of before but never met. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Dina’s sister and her niece. Seeing a new side to Arland was also very enjoyable. As always the humor in the story had me laughing all the way through.
One Fell Sweep started out fun and light but as the story went on it became intense and graphic. The action had a snowball effect and by the end I was on the edge of my seat! What an epic ending. It was soooooo good. I also loved that Sean and Dina finally figured out what it was that they wanted from each other. Swoon!
This story has the kind of ending that left me very satisfied. If there were to be no more books then this installment would be enough for me but if there are to be future books I am very excited about that. I highly recommend this book and this series.
It is no secret that Ilona Andrews writing team is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve read all of their stuff and all of it amazing. Yes, some stories are better than others, but there isn’t a bad story in the bunch. Each series they write is amazing. They are best known for their Kate Daniels series, but I also loved The Edge series, which was more PNR than UF. Their newest series, Hidden Legacy is another amazing series. I’m way excited for book two to come out this year. They write The Innkeeper Chronicles series on their blog, one chapter at a time for free. Then once the entire story is published on the blog, they take the entire thing and clean it up a bit. They also add some less family friendly parts (they want the one available to the world to be good for all, which is great since you don’t know who will stumble upon it). To show you how well this series is loved, a book that was available for free, debuted on the NYT ebook list at #2. How awesome is that?? I still had to wait, because I wanted the audiobooks. Renee Raudman is a favorite narrator of mine and she so gets the Ilona Andrews stories. She is the perfect narrator for all of their work. But you can believe that I downloaded this book the day it was released on Audible.
Okay, I guess I should tell you about this story. This series is set mostly on Earth. Dina is an Innkeeper. Her inn, Gertrude Hunt, is not just any inn. It is a sentient being. Dina works with the inn to house guests on Earth from other planets. Her primary goal is to protect her guests, no matter what else. Her second goal is to prevent Earthlings from knowing about anything that goes on at the end. People on Earth are not to know that there are beings from other planets visiting. In this series, we’ve met many different kinds of creatures. Vampires, werewolves and many that you won’t see anywhere but in this series.
The story starts off fairly normal until a guest brings a message to Dina that her sister needs her help. She’s on a planet that is highly restricted and Dina can’t just visit. She calls on a past vampire guest for a favor. Arland offers to take Dina himself. Sean insists on going as backup and to protect Dina. There is a bit of competition between Arland and Sean for Dina’s affections. I wouldn’t call it a love triangle, but more of the fact that there are two possibilities for Dina.
So they go can rescue not only Dina’s sister, but also Dina’s young five-year-old, half-vampire niece. Maud, the sister, is a great character. She’s been through some harsh times. Her family is banished and her in-laws cut all times between her, her husband and daughter. They are surviving on this wretched planet, until the husband does something stupid and gets himself killed. So after Dina saves Maud and the daughter, Helen, they all go back to the Inn.
There is also another storyline about some new guests that people are trying to kill. They are called Hiru. They are mostly metal. They look horrible and smell worse. There is a group of people who are trying to exterminate the species. Dina will have none of it. The two guests will be protected, no matter the costs.
So, in this story, we learn a ton about Inns. We meet some new species. There is a lot of time spent with some characters that we’ve grown to love throughout the series. Not only do we get a lot time with Arland and Sean, we also get a good amount of time with Orro (hedgehog like chef) and Caldenia (the Inn’s first and permanent guest). There is also Beast, Dina’s shih tzu like dog (she’s a lot like the breed we know, but she does transform into more when she’s mad). We even get to spend a little time with Cookie, a foxlike character from the previous book.
Here’s the what thing I love about this series and all of Ilona Andrews stories. First, the characters. The Andrews writing pair write some of the best characters in the genre. I don’t think there is a single character I don’t like. They even write villains that are amazing deep that you can get into a love/hate relationship with. Second, is their imagination. They write some the weirdest creatures I’ve ever read about. I have no idea how they come up with some of the stuff they write. Each book has something completely different in it. Three, snark. All of their books have laugh out loud moments that I just love. Their stories can be dark at times, but they balance it so well with the snark that it helps to really lighten them up. They can make you laugh and cry in a single story and seem to do it with such ease.
Where to start with Renee Raudman’s narration. She’s just amazing. She takes these stories that can be very violent and dark with a mix of snark and passion, and just rolls it all together as if it was easy. Even more so when you think of the creatures that Ilona Andrews writes and Renee narrates them perfectly every time. In this book, there’s the weird Hiru that she has to voice, two of them at that. There’s also a lizard like creature that she also has to voice. I will also call out that she did an amazing job with Helen, the hissing vampire child.
I held my breath as Dina, and the Inn found themselves under attack for offering shelter to a particular species. Andrews impressed me with their descriptive imagination regarding these creatures, their room, and the mission. Dina and her motley crew of both staff, friends, and guests come together to protect their guest and more.
For fans of the series, you know that pesky Sheriff who Dina always manages to allude when there is a commotion at the Inn. Well, things get mighty interesting from meddling to conversations. I laughed so hard I had tears streaming down my face.
Dina goes through some trials and revelations of her own. Not only do we see movement in her relationship with a certain sexy wolf, but she also has problems with the Inn. What an emotional roller coaster. From fear to tears the Andrews delivered twists and turns that made my stomach flip.
One of my favorite aspects of this series, heck in any of their series is how well developed and unique the secondary characters are. From a sweet little girl to the resident cook. I delighted in their antics. The definition of Christmas from an alien's perspective. PRICELESS! Despite the dangers, I want to pack my bags and move into Gertrude Hunt for a month. I know exactly what my room will look like, complete with bookshelves and a coffee maker.
As I mentioned Renee Raudman narrators and for me, she is the voice of Ilona Andrews. I love the different voices she creates which allow me to know who is speaking immediately. Her pacing and tone only enhance the humorous aspects and bring the suspenseful, nail-biting moments to life. While I have to avoid reviews, the wait for the audio and the pure pleasure I derive from listening makes the wait worth it.
The climatic ending revealed a clue regarding Dina's parents, but we will have to wait for the next installment to discover more. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Expertly written, with lots of action, some characters coming back, but also new ones making the story shine - I loved it!