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.
©2013 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2014 Ilona Andrews, Inc
I put off reading the Kate Daniel's series by husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews, for years for a reason that I can not recall. The series is now one of my favorites, and their new Innkeeper series is off to a very promising start. Intelligent, likable characters portrayed in a believable world of fantasy, what is there not to like? Really, really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
If you like Urban Fantasy, you must check out the work of this talented writing team. AND let's not forget Renee Raudman, she is an awesome narrator! She makes the characters come to life as if you are overhearing a conversation, not having someone read you a story!
Great book, interesting story. A unique melding of science fiction and paranormal. Can't wait to read more book set in this world
I really enjoyed the ending, lath ough I was sad it was done, everything wrapped up wonderfully yet left things open for more books.
The narrator did a good job, my only issue was sometimes her voice was so soothing it almost put me o sleep
This is an excellent beginning to a new series. I love the concept of an extraterrestrial/supernatural innkeeper and this first book tells me the Gordons have many entertaining adventures in store for us. I had my husband listen to the antics of Beast, the über Shih Tzu, and we both laughed out loud. To me, Renee Raudman has the perfect voices for Ilona Andrews' characters and she does not disappoint here. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.
I'd say top 20. And i even gave it 5 stars so definately good.
When Dina was messing whit Sean i was laughing so hard my coo worker who walked past me at the time just looked at me.
I have. She has read many of Ilona's work, Kate Daniels and Steel Edge series if memory serves and she delivers everytime, even if she can get abit dramatic its never put me off the series.
Most assuredly. And I did listen all day at work, then while i was working out after work and while making dinner at home. So eccept for a few interactions whit collegues / friends I've listened trough it all in one go.
If you ever read some of Ilona Andrews other works --> Kate Daniels or Steel Edge and liked them this if for you. She somehow manages too get the badass female protagonist down everytime and too top it makes it funny and believeable. I especialy liked how she made the universe in this series.
It falls in the same line as the Magic bites series. Plausible with the amount of "Facts" they lay out. Always entertaining.
I really like Ms. Raudman but you can tell who she is pulling for as the romantic lead with the voices she gives the men.
Not really but it did make me cringe which was intended so I call that a win.
I love this author/s and wish they could just pluck the story fully formed from their brains so we can get them faster. I'm just greedy like that.
As usual Ilona Andrews has written another winning story, and Renee Raudman does an excellent job at bringing it to life. We have yet another hidden world to keep track of with an Innkeeper for aliens needing a neutral ground to land on for a while. A very entertaining story with it's usual Andrews humor, a touch of romance, along with life threatening creatures that give our heroine a run for her money. It's left open enough for a sequel to sneak in, and I'm certainly hoping that will happen.
This is so cute and fun. Really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one. It's especially well done on Audio as Renee Raudman does a really nice job as she does with all their stories.
I pretty much bought the book without really reading the discription. I did it because I love the Kate Daniels series. So I was expecting a book about a witch. So now comes the part that is probably said too much but here goes anyways. New twist on the vampire werewolf love triangle. The fact that they are not human hybrids but instead aliens was interesting and refreshing. It combines the two genres rather seamlessly. In some ways it makes more sense that vampires are aliens rather than a human with a disease.
I love the Inn and am completely jealous of it. I want my house to do what I tell it. Plus it kind of felt like its own character almost like a big dog.
Dina is not like Ilona's other main character Kate. She shows that she has a soft warm side from the begging. You learn about her tough as nails other side slowly. I could see myself being friends with her.
Sean on the other had does remind me a little of Curran. Which may be unavoidable with the whole Were thing. This is not a bad thing though. It is nice to see a guy give a crap. Plus it makes for some funny moments between Dina and him.
Renee does a great job once again of making the book come to life. Sometimes I have problems listening to a narrator who voices a series I have listened to voice a new one. Sometimes it can make it a little confusing. It actually knocks me out of the story when the voices sound too much like another character from a different book. I did not run into this with Clean Sweep. Renee did a great job.
I am hoping that this will become a series because I really enjoyed the characters I would love to get to know them better. I do hope that the triangle thing ends quickly I am not a huge fan of love triangles. By this review you can probably see which guy I hope she picks.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked the characters and it's an interesting concept that isn't typical or similar to other books/series (at least ones I've read). The was a good start to the series and I'm looking forward to seeing how Ilona continues the story.
Dina is an Innkeeper. Innkeepers in this story are more then someone that rents rooms out to travelers. Innkeepers are responsible for taking care of magical Inns that are semi-sentient and the guests that come and stay in them. Dina's Inn is a bed and breakfast in a small town in Texas. Dina's parents were Innkeepers as well and disappeared (Inn and all) a number of years ago. Dina and her brother (she has a sister but rarely talks to her) searched for their parents with no luck. Dina decided to open an Inn, hoping to encounter a guest that may know her parents.
Sean is a werewolf. In this story, werewolves are from another planet. Sean was born on Earth though and has never been off planet and knows nothing about the werewolf culture or anything else on the strange end of the spectrum...including Inns and the Innkeepers.
Arland is a Vampire and the Marshal (fighting head) of his clan. In this story, Vampires are also from off planet and Arland is brought to Earth because of a summons Dina sends (at the beginning of the book) when a member of his clan is injured.
The story starts out with Dina walking back from the store and discovering that a neighborhood dog has been killed (and this is the third local dog killed). She suspects something abnormal is doing the killing, something that's more than the human officials can handle. Innkeepers are supposed to stay neutral unless their Inn and/or guests are threatened but Dina knows that something has to be done. She knows that Sean (her neighbor) is a werewolf but he doesn't know that she knows. When she tries to talk to him and get him to take care of the creature that's making kills on his "territory" Sean freaks and calls her crazy but takes more of an interest in her. He tries to figure out how Dina knows about werewolves and soon realizes there's more to her than meets the eye. They have a rough start but end up deciding to working together to take out the creatures killing in their neighborhood (especially once it kills a human). Just about this time, a troop of 6 Vampires show up and tell Dina and Sean that the creature making the kills is an alien that they're after and to stay out of their way. All those Vamps get killed (almost immediately) except for one that Sean saves. Dina calls the saved Vamp's family to come help heal his injuries and Arland is the family member that shows up.
Armand arrives and gets his nephew healing. At this point the alien creature that's killing has made it clear that he wants kill Alrand's nephew and will go through them to get to him. Arland manages to get Dina to give him sanctuary (something that Innkeepers are supposed to do) and in doing so pushes her in to helping him fight the alien but he gives her next to no info about what she's getting drug in to. Sean ins't going to leave her to handle it without him so he's drawn in too. Eventually Arland is forced to share more info but there's some difficulties before that. TBH, I didn't like Arland at first. By the end of the book I thought he was alright but he'll have to try more in the future to get past his initial bad behavior. I think Dina felt that way as well. The action plot was interesting and I liked the way it turned out and how they got the bad guy and figured out who the undercover bad guy was. On the personal side, Sean and Arland attract Dina but there very little happens in the way of romance in this book. In this book it becomes apparent that there's attractions between Dina and the two men and it ends with the men making it clear they both will be back and both intends to court her so there may be a lovers triangle depending on Dina. :D
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Dina very much and am looking forward to more of her story. Sean and Arland are both good characters but Arland was enough of a butt-head when he first showed up that I don't like him as much as Sean. It seems like Dina and Sean have a better relationship so I'm leaning towards team Sean right now but things may change with the next book. Ilona does a great job with turning things around so I may be loving Arland in the next book and hating Sean. I can't wait for it to come out so I can see. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
"A Slow Read"
I found this book so slow, calm and uneventful. The world and characters was limited, as well as the story. Throughout the book, you have a feeling that there is a prequel or otherwise necessity for an explanation as the characters and their circumstances. It's not that it was so dry and boring, it's just that it was slow.
Having read a range of other sci-fi books, this one lacked sufficient imagination and the allure of sci-fi books in general. I've attempted to read other books by this author and I have come to the conclusion that her style is not appealing to me. And as for the narrator, her slow monotone and slight twang make the book even slower. I gave the book 3 stars only because somehow, I was persuaded to read/listen to it till the end (i.e. finish it).
A good story as always with Ilona Andrews. I have not found a bad book by this author so far.
Enjoyed the book it's tone is rather like 'The Edge Series' the tone of the book and the mellowness of the main character.
This turned out to be more sci fi than fantasy.
Great idea but just not enough detail
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