Review: Sweep With Me by Ilona Andrews

Posted June 28, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 15 Comments

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Review: Sweep With Me by Ilona Andrews
Sweep With Me

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Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5
Genres: Sci-Fi Romance
Published by NYLA
Released on January 14, 2020
Pages: 146
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

After the amazing grand finale events in One Fell Sweep when the romance thread of the plot seemed to finish, I wanted more. I love the world of the series, the cast of characters, and yes that low hum buzz of a romance for the Innkeeper and the werewolf. So, this novella was welcome.

Review

Sweep with Me carries on during the events off world in book four and is part of a series that must be read in order.

Dina and Sean nervously anticipate their summoning to the Assembly, but then Tony drops by with the mixed news that instead they have been asked to host an alien guest who will most certainly bring a tricky situation. Sean is so new to his chosen place at Dina’s side as an Innkeeper and she is still recovering from the hardship of losing that baby Inn and the rest of the catastrophic events that her confidence in bringing it all off is shaken. They have the big Innkeeper’s holiday that means they take in one and all who have not been banned that brings them a few more complications, too.

But, each of her friends and most certainly her lover and Gertrude Hunt itself teach Dina that she is not on her own and it can all be done when they work together and she learns to rely on and trust them and herself.

Sweep With Me was a lovely after story, but it also felt like a reset for a new series arc because there was tone to it and of course some series plot threads are left dangling. That said, I loved seeing Dina and Sean continue to gel as a couple and a new pair who have very different skills and ways of doing things trying to work together. Orro has his own culinary crisis that was fun and Caldenia and Officer Marais are as entertaining as ever. I need more and can only hope the authors return to the series at some point. Those who have not tried this series and love a mesh of urban fantasy and sci-fi really must give it a go.

Challenges Met

COYER #66
Mt. TBR #79
Romance BINGO #34 non-Christmas Holiday

About the Book
Sweep With Me by Ilona AndrewsSWEEP WITH ME BY ILONA ANDREWS

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.

All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel
2 months ago

Omg, this one was so funny, I died over the Space Chickens! I hope the series isn’t over. I’d love more from Maud and Arland, too.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Ha, those chicken debaters. That was great.

Jen
Jen
2 months ago

I recently finished my “reread” of this one when I listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed this one. I loved seeing Sean integrate into Dina’s life and the Innkeeper way. I’m interested to know what felt like a reset to you, because I didn’t pick up that vibe. Since it took place at the same time as Maud’s book, I need them to get back together and compare notes!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Jen

The extra tidbits about the mysterious cat and her search for her parents, and a few others curious plot points that are different from the previous series arc making me think there is more to come- which I am there for. 🙂

Jen
Jen
2 months ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Oh, true enough… I know the authors want to write more, I hope they have the time and energy!

Anne - Books of My Heart

Excellent review! This one is 5 hearts for me though. I enjoy everything Ilona Andrews writes SO much.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago

They write fabulous stories. There was a lot left in limbo for me with this one and it bugged me a bit. Perhaps if I was reading it with other books beyond it, I could feel fully satisfied. Still, it far outstrips other series out there in the genre.

Carole Rae
2 months ago

These do sound like fun!

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yep! Each alien encounter- especially these space chickens- can be a riot.

vvb
vvb
2 months ago

So curious about the space chickens mentioned in comments.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  vvb

Oh, Velvet! That race of aliens are a hoot. They look like chickens and debate like Greek philosophers. 🙂

Berls
2 months ago

I have enjoyed this series, but haven’t read book 4 yet! I need to grab the audiobook and catch up.

Sophia Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Berls

Oh yes, definitely keep going. I enjoyed that one as much as all the rest. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 month ago

Love seeing your reading and thriving so much Sophia.

Loved this review and you are tempting me with this book and this series. This author writing team you definitely need to read their book in order for sure.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

You would love Innkeeper Chronicles, Renee. 🙂