My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 1st 2012
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Magic, Vampires, Werewolves
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.
I like Iloana Andrews’ work. I think the couple is funny and that they have great and original ideas they insert in their novels. Their books are fast-paced, relatively light, atmospheric and well-written.
Dina is an innkeeper. What does that mean? She welcomes any magic being in need of a place to stay or seeking sanctuary. She protects them… the inn protects them. She keeps the inn alive with the hope that one day someone will walk in and know something about her parents’ disappearance.
She’s witty, fun, courageous and badass. All is well in her life, or so, before a couple of dogs are found mysteriously dead in her subdivision. Does the werewolf have anything to do with the slaughter? What about the exquisitely handsome vampire who magically appeared on her property?
It’s not a mystery. It’s an intriguing action plot put in place by the authors to make us discover a lot about the world-building. Sometimes urban fantasy lacks in that department. Too much of the contemporary world can cast a shadow on the magical side, but Iloana Andrews keeps it interesting by creating a back story full of imagination, by using words invented specific to the world and by introducing us to a panoply of varied characters.
As you may know, two outstandingly beautiful men and an intense woman bound together for whatever unusually reason usually ends in a love triangle. Sadly, I didn’t like any of the two male suitors. Sean (werewolf)’s humour is bad. I usually don’t mind sarcasm, but his is just so boring and annoying. As for the vampire, he’s pretty bland. For someone who possesses such dream-worthy physical features, his personality really does not match his exterior.
So that’s what I didn’t like. All in all, it’s a great choice of an urban fantasy read.