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.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
I’m a fan of Ilona Andrews but sadly I have not had the time to read everything they have written in the past years other than the Kate Daniels series and the Hidden Legacy series. Luckily, I finally have the chance to start reading the Innkeeper Chronicles especially since I’ve heard many good things about the series. First thing that came to my mind once I finished the first installment, Clean Sweep, was thank you Ilona Andrews for another magnificent series and for turning a dull position into an exciting one. Seriously, only Ilona Andrews could write about innkeepers without making their readers go to sleep.
Our heroine is Dina Demille who runs the Gertrude Hunt Bed & Breakfast Inn, in Red Deer, Texas. However, not all is as it seems. The inn is actually one of many inns on earth where otherworldly visitors from all over the galaxy can temporarily stay. As the innkeeper, Dina needs to keep a low profile. Easier said then done because something starts killing the dogs in the neighborhood and threatening the humans. At first Dina tries to convince Sean Evans, a werewolf, to fix the problem but he refuses. So Dina has no choice but to find the culprit. If some human runs into the unknown culprit that’ll mean Dina has broken the galactic law which is don’t let the humans know about space creatures since Earth is neutral and as a result, Dina as the innkeeper will loose stars on their ratings. Being a innkeeper is Dina’s life. Its something she has trained for since as long as she can remember and she’s not going to let anyone mess with her community. Not to mention that Dina has a mission she has to complete and won’t rest until she completes it
Overall, Clean Sweep was a great start to the series. I’m normally not a fan of sci-fi combined with urban fantasy but Ilona Andrews’ writing and world managed to change my mind. I mean, who else can a broom into an awesome shape changing weapon or make the inn have a life of its own. Seriously, I loved the inn more than Dina! Don’t get me wrong, I love Dina’s character especially when she makes a request to the Inn. That’s another thing I enjoyed about Clean Sweep, it had the same humor we can find in Kate Daniels series and the Hidden Legacy series. Can’t wait to get started on Sweep In Peace to see what next adventure Ilona Andrews have planned out for Dina. Hopefully, we get to see more characters from other worlds. Heck. I look forward to see they’ll send Dina to the other worlds now that’ll be some adventure!