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 Secret Sister surprised me with this book. So, I first want to thank her SO MUCH for this book! I loved it so much! THANK YOU!
Ilona Andrews is one of my favorite authors ever. I’m a big fan of the Kate Daniels series. I actually didn’t know that this series existed, most likely because up until last September, I was in a huge reading funk. I also never check author websites, so I just….didn’t know about this series. While I didn’t love it nearly as much as the Kate Daniels series (let’s face it, it would be really difficult to top that series,) I ADORED this book! Part of me is a little nervous, because I’m pretty sure that there are only two books out so far (maybe?) and Andrews usually takes like a year to release a book. That’s okay, though! I still loved it!
I was a really big fan of the main character, Dina. The only thing that bothered me about her was that I really wasn’t sure how to pronounce her name, and I hate it when that’s the case. I didn’t know if it was supposed to be pronounced DEENA or DIENA. does that make sense? It really bugged me every single time I read her name. Other than that, I loved her. Unlike Kate Daniels, Dina doesn’t that “in-you-face-I-will-destroy-you-where-you-stand-if-you-look-at-me-wrong” vibe going on. Dina is very strong and steady in her own right, but she also has a much softer side of her, as well. I really enjoyed that complexion to her. It was a nice balance.
As for the magic and the action in this book, HOLY WOW. Loved every second of it! There was so much going on and several different paranormal creatures and worlds being introduced. Sometimes, it was sensory overload, but I mostly loved every second of it!
Let me be the first to say that I normally detest love-triangles. I think that they’re pointless and exhausting. Not in this book, though! I was in love with both of the male leads. To the point that I didn’t know who I loved more at the end. One time I was all about the werewolf. The next moment, I was all about the vampire. They were both very sexy and rough around the edges. I loved them. I will say that I was very disappointed in both of them at the end of the book. I expected better from them, and they both have a lot of groveling to do in the future. So far, I think that Dina needs to be introduced to another love interest just to drive them crazy. Because they SERIOUSLY messed up.
Another thing that’s super special about this book is that it is SO FUNNY. I don’t laugh out loud at books. Ever. If I’m going to laugh, it’s going to be over SNL or something. I seriously don’t find books (or much of anything) funny. I don’t have that funny bone in me. I. LAUGHED. SO. MUCH. DURING. THIS. BOOK! I was dying! It was SO FUNNY! First of all, that’s totally abnormal for an Ilona Andrews book. Yes, the Kate Daniels books have their moments, but those books are typically very intense and in your face. This series, though, was hilarious. I could re-read some of those scenes any day. HILARIOUS!
My only complaint with this book was that some of the descriptions were very drawn out and confused the hell out of me. Sometimes, I just said “Okay, I’m not really sure what was just said, but I’m just going to go with it.” Hopefully, I didn’t miss anything too major? I don’t think so. I mean, the descriptions were mostly about other planets or feuds or…something paranormalish. I just kind of wish that those descriptions would have been a little easier to follow.
Overall, I loved this book. Thank you so much to my Secret Sister for getting it for me! I loved it & I super appreciate it! Everyone else? Go read it right now!
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Ilona Andrews (as of Goodreads)
Rating: [rating: 4.5]