Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Audiobook: Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep
Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Renee Raudman
Publication: NYLA (March 19, 2014)
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: Dina Demille is an Innkeeper. She and her magic inn play host to a variety of intergalactic visitors. Since her inn was dormant when she was assigned to it, it is a little off the beaten track and just rebuilding its reputation.

The Inn's only client is an aristocrat who has taken refuge there after killing millions and is the target for a numer of assassins. Caldenia ia a big fan of funyams and Mello Yellow and mayhem.

Things should be going well at the inn if it weren't for a werewolf who seems determined to pee on all her trees to mark his territory and some sort of creature killing the neighborhood dogs.

Dina confronts Sean - the werewolf - who tries to deny he is a werewolf. Dina wants him to take care of the creature who is killing dogs and in danger of exposing the inn's secrets. When he doesn't seem interested, Dina decides to risk the inn's neutrality and take care of the monster herself.

The next thing she knows, she is hosting vampires who also have a reason to want to eliminate the monster and his crew of Ma'avi stalkers. When Lord Soren, the first vampire to show up, is badly injured, his nephew Lord Arland shows up which creates an instant rivalry between he and Sean for Dina's affections.

Dina isn't sure she wants either of them. She's competent and strong and doesn't need any more trouble in the form of a dangerous man in her life.

The story was fast-paced and filled with action. The world building was intriguing and the characters deftly drawn. I was immediately impressed with Dina and also interested in her potential love interests.

I enjoyed the narration of the story and liked the Texas accent. I thought the men's voices were also done well by this female narrator.

I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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