Title: Sweep in Peace
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: The Innkeeper Chronicles #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Paranormal fantasy, Paranormal romance
Publisher: Ilona Andrews
5th sentence, 74th page: Gaston leaped into the air.
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But 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, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…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…
Dina again seems to find herself in hot water in Sweep in Peace. From protecting her neighbours (in Clean Sweep) to brokering peace between three warring factions, she seems to have a habit of biting off a little more than she can chew. Which is probably why this was such a good story. After all, if Dina didn’t continuously find herself in hot water, then there wouldn’t be a story worth reading…
In Clean Sweep, there was the tantalising beginning of a new love story – Sean the werewolf and Arland the vampire both showed a lot of interest in Dina. But, they still both let and the beginning of Sweep in Peace finds Dina alone and waiting for that hint of romance that she caught sight of. Which makes it a little convenient when George (the arbiter) appears and offers her a deal. Help him host a peace talk, and the inn would get guests and Dina would receive money. Making this deal brings Arland to her door, but it almost costs Dina her life and the inn’s reputation. Unable to dwell on her romantic interests and confusions, Dina is nonetheless able to find romance and a little fire throughout her battle to stop her guests from killing each other.
I love the idea that Earth is a neutral zone in the universe – the place where aliens stop of along their journeys, are able to negotiate treaties and, in the case of Dina’s permanent guest, avoid death and persecution. Although Dina isn’t quite neutral (she is still a pursuer of justice, regardless of her supposed neutrality), she still attempts to keep everyone safe and cared for. Although she can see the toll that has been taken on each of the three warring factions, Dina doesn’t take sides and her past relationships don’t unduly influence her either. She might not be neutral, but she certainly isn’t biased, and this complete fairness is something I don’t often find in my favourite characters. A very refreshing change to the usual female leads in my shelves.