Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to a very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.
But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that!
It was so wonderful to be back in this universe – the world building is utterly creative, and the concept of sentient homes continues to be my favourite, harking back to the days of Hogwarts castle. (Although the inn featured in this series is a lot less murderous.) While the book was released as a free online serial, anticipation is not my thing, so I decided to rather wait until the book was released and then binge read it in one sitting. Which is exactly what I did.
In this instalment, Dina has to weigh up the safety of herself, her inn and her business against saving a species hunted down to almost extinction. Her good heart wins out, of course, and the stage is set for a bloody war in her backyard.
“You’re up early, Your Grace.”
“It’s a lovely day and we’re under siege. People are trying to murder us.” Her eyes shone with excitement. “Isn’t it marvellous?”
Things I loved about this book:
- Getting to see more of Dina’s family. Thus far, they’ve always been mentioned in the background, but in One Fell Sweep, we meet Dina’s sister Maud, and Maud’s daughter Helen.
- Arland and Sean going from rivals to friends
- The humour, as always.
- Arland meeting his match. It was a tad instalovey, but *hand wavey motion* I’ll roll with it.
- Sean and Dina taking things to the next level
- More mysteries.
- The sentiment and message beneath the action and banter was touching
“There are killings that are justified. Killing someone who is trying to kill you is self-defense. Killing a being who is suffering and is beyond help is mercy. Killing someone because you don’t like the way they look is murder. There is no room for murder in this inn.”
Horror of horrors, I thought this was a trilogy, but with THAT ending, I’m hoping there’s going to be more in the future…right?