Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee Raudman

Review: One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews, Narrated by Renee RaudmanOne Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Genres: Sci-Fi Romance, Urban Fantasy
on February 14, 2017
Length: 10 hours 40 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Dina DeMille isn't your typical bed and breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an arbitrator shows up at Dina's door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance. Unfortunately, for Dina, bridging the gap between space vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. To make the summit a success, she must find a chef, remodel the inn, keep her guests from murdering each other, and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it's all in the day's work for an innkeeper....

The Delight

Dina, her latest group of guests, and Gertrude Hunt Inn are in the fight for their very lives.  This was nearly non-stop dangerous excitement and, when it wasn’t, it was intense character and relationship development action that left me blinking back tears.  Oh, and the cherry on top?  We get the alien’s take on the human tradition of Christmas- laughed so hard the tears came.

Review

One of these days I’m going to stop settling back in amazed surprise when I read/listen to these authors’ books.  Seriously!  I already thought this was a fantastic series and I was all in, but this latest installment in the Innkeeper Chronicles series just raised the bar even higher.

I loved that part of Dina’s family finally makes an appearance, more of the favorite side characters, and, Hallelujah, more on Dina’s romance with Sean.  Dina is really brought to the brink in this one and she continues to grow through each trial put before her.

There are some surprises and heart=stopping twists to this one.  It will resonate with readers and real world issues even though, as usual, there are aliens to encounter both good, shades of gray, and deeply flawed.

Oh, and that little bell-ringer sentence at the very end made me groan and prepare myself for a long (im)patient wait to see what that thread will produce.  That said, there was such great progress made for other threads (ahem smoldering hot Sean and Dina scenes) and closure for the main conflict that I don’t mind.

Renee Raudman is the voice of Dina and the Innkeeper Chronicles Cast of Characters.  I have sung her praises through three installments now.  But see, she, too, rose to the occasion for the depths of emotions and desperation this book produced and more than met the challenge.

This fantastic blend of Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi is a treat not to be missed.  Do yourself a favor and snag these for your own reading/listening pleasure.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #103 UF
Literary Pickers #95 desert
New Release #57
Audio #29

Recommendations

 Review Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

 

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • This book was amazing. It had me laughing and made my eyes water. I’m just amazed at Ilona Andrews ability to write such amazing stories.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • These do get one to giggling at time. Orro has me giggling just entering a scene b/c I know he’ll say or do something funny.

  • I haven’t read their books yet but they do sound like they have a lot of great books based on some f the reviews I’ve read.

    • You are definitely in for a treat, Mary! They are fun ones.

  • They’re just so dang good. I need to get on these. Summer reading maybe 🙂

    • I know how you feel. I felt like big stuff finally getting these read, but now I see all those fab reviews for their other series and I am trying to figure out how I can slip it in. Hope you can treat yourself for these this summer. 🙂