Fresh new series from Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep - Ilona Andrews
I might be crazy, but I was very rarely wrong, and I had a strong feeling that life in the suburbs of Red Deer, Texas, had just gotten a lot more complicated.



Another solid start to what I'm sure will be a fantastic series by one of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews. 

Clean Sweep is about an innkeeper who's trying to get her inn, The Gertrude Hunt Bed-and-Breakfast back to its former glory. Dina parents were innkeepers but one day they just vanished. She's been looking for them for years with no luck. Now her small sleepy Texas neighborhood is under attack, someone is killing dogs in a gruesome way. Dina cannot have this kind of attention, she needs to keep a low profile. Next thing you know she runs into a werewolf and later a vampire - nope this is no joke. 

What I liked most about Clean Sweep is how we jump right into the story. The backstory and set up follow the characters and this was it doesn't feel like such an information dump. I enjoyed the creative way that Dina's inn interacts with her, how it protects and shields her from harm. Her broom is not your traditional dust buster, this one changes and forms to what Dina needs. The whole concept is just cool! 

When we first meet Sean, I liked him right away. I hope as the series processes that doesn't change. I did have a moment when Sean and Arland were sitting at Dina's dinner table, I thought of Sookie. These series are vastly different but already the set up for a love triangle is there. 

"What are you intentions toward Dina?" Arland asked on the screen. 
"My intentions are my business," Sean said. 
"Mhm," Arland said. "I have spent my spare time studying literature popular with young women of this planet. One should always study the battlefield." Sean glanced at him. "And?" 
"I suggest you give up now. According to my research, in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always get the girl." 
"Is that so?" Sean asked. "It is." 
"In that case, may the best man win."



Now I wait for the next book in the Innkeeper Chronicles...