Sweep in Peace is the second book in the Innkeeper series by Ilona Andrews and the synopsis below is from the website Ilona-Andrews.com.
Dina DeMille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn is a living entity that 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…
Ilona Andrews has once again created a world that I would be happy inhabiting, and the main character, Dina, a lady I would like to be. Why do I want to be Dina? Unlike most of us, she knew the purpose of her life at a pretty early age, as an Innkeeper she has the ability to use magic to shape her inn to fit her guests needs, and it doesn’t hurt that she has a couple of very good looking men interested in her romantically. I guess what appeals to me most is her strength of character. Even though, as the story unfolds, she is backed into a corner, she does what needs to be done, and doesn’t bitch about it. Her choices are always for the greater good, and unselfish. Because of her unselfishness, the reader roots for her to succeed, and when she does, our feelings for her aren’t tarnished by our own lack of character. I would’ve probably taken the easier road, so I’m even happier when her burden is lightened by success.
There is a sub storyline continued from the first novel regarding her parents disappearance. I had thought Andrews would have moved that plot forward a bit more, and was disappointed that they didn’t give us even one more clue. I’ll have to wait to see if the third novel concludes that storyline.
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