Book 1, Innkeeper Chronicles
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
This is a short novel, about 60,000 words.
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.
“Andrews is an auto-buy no matter what the genre!” —Romantic Times“If there is one author that defines Urban Fantasy, it is Ilona Andrews.” —Annie Tegelan, Fresh Fiction
"One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy and one of my favorite authors. Ilona Andrews delivers only the best." —New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost
So I first discovered Clean Sweep when it was a serial series on the authors blog and I was captivated right away. One of the things that made Clean Sweep so good is that the characters and the world building are so well done. I loved the 'Innkeeper' Dina (and her magic broom), there is such a normality to this character who steps in to do the 'right' thing when trouble from another dimension puts her neighbors in peril - even though she has to bend the rules a bit to do it. Also great are the Inn's sole scary guest , Dina's werewolf SEAL veteran neighbor, and a honor bound vampire Knight who all have origins that are out of this world.
This version of Clean Sweep also has some lovely illustrations (I am going to have to pull out my tablet to look at them in color) and a new epilog which adds a nice final note to the story - while still leaving things open for the sequel which is supposedly coming in early 2014. The only drawback for me is that it was a very short novel and there really wasn't much time to really develop totally, the world or the characters. Oh, they were developed, but just not in the manner we are used to with the regular Andrews novels. It also ends on sort of a mini cliff-hanger so I really can't wait for the next book.
Truly talented, can't get enough
Everything that I have had the pleasure to read so far has not disappointed. I cannot get enough of their writing style nor their stories. Ilona Andrews is a dynamic writing team.
Love this book and this series! As a dedicated vampire lover, my devotion is tested by one of the characters. Don't hesitate. Get this now.