This is a short novel, about 60,000 words.
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.
“Andrews is an auto-buy no matter what the genre!” —Romantic Times“If there is one author that defines Urban Fantasy, it is Ilona Andrews.” —Annie Tegelan, Fresh Fiction
"One of the brightest voices in urban fantasy and one of my favorite authors. Ilona Andrews delivers only the best." —New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Many bed-and-breakfasts have a quaint air of mystery, but none are quite as strange as the Gertrude Hunt. Dina Demille is the mild-mannered proprietor of the inn. She’s also an Innkeeper, with a capital “I,” part of an order of supernatural guardians who provide protection for intergalactic clientele. Innkeepers are supposed to be neutral, but when a destructive alien presence threatens her sleepy Texas town, Dina can’t just stand idly by. Soon, an ex-military werewolf and a regal vampire warrior join her in the fight, and the trio embark on a pulse-pounding quest to save the world. Ilona Andrews—the pen name for husband-and-wife team Andrew and Ilona Gordon—mixes plenty of humor into the story’s awesome, action-packed fantasy, not to mention a welcome touch of romance. We instantly took to the ever-capable Dina who, with her weaponized broom, magical inn, and deceptively fierce shih tzu, makes the first book in the Innkeeper Chronicles such a welcome escape.
I’ve read this book and series several times now. It never fails to make me laugh and cry. Dina, the inn, the guests, Sean, the mystery, just perfect.
Great start to the series!
This was such a fun read! It’s unique world and the characters are wonderful!
Great series opener
An enjoyable book introducing a new set of characters. As usual, the authors deliver a richly rendered world populated with likable, interesting characters and a story that will keep you engaged and invested in the outcome.