Audiobook review: Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
Picking up immediately after the conclusion of One Fell Sweep (book 3), and running parallel in time with Maud’s book (Sweep of the Blade, book 4) Sweep with Me takes readers back to Gertrude Hunt, the magical Inn for space travelers, where werewolf Sean is now an Innkeeper at Dina’s side. Together they prepare for Treaty Stay, the oldest Innkeeper holiday, as well as an inquiry by the Assembly for a closer look at how they run their Inn.
I initially read this book back in January 2020, and like most Ilona Andrews titles, I had to go in for the audiobook as well (note: I listened to the audiobook and wrote this review in 2021). I continue to love this series so much, and my re-read only confirms that this is an amazing, well-crafted world. The story is involved and creative, punctuated with hilarious wit, heart-filled banter, and harried adventure. I adore Dina and Sean together, solidifying their relationship and working as a team to secure the Inn and their future.
Narration: This is the second Innkeeper Chronicle story narrated by Ms. Naudus, and it’s been a long enough time since last hearing the previous narrator that it wasn’t jarring to me. The story is told from Dina’s first person POV, and the story narrator is her voice. Ms. Naudus alters dialogue for each character, creating new voices for each unique being. Her voices for Sean and Dina are similar, but distinct. Overall, I enjoy her voice which is soothing and comforting, just like Dina.
Sweep with Me is a wonderful novella and a gift to Innkeeper Chronicle fans. Dina continues to grow and come into her prime as an Innkeeper, with Sean at her side, loving her and the Inn. This is one of my absolute favorite series, and I look forward to more tales from Gertrude Hunt.
About the Book:
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?
Author: Ilona Andrews
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5
Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, romantic elements, novella
Audiobook Release Date: February 26, 2020
Publisher: Nancy Yost Literary Agency
Length: 3 Hours; 39mins
Audio Speed: 1.4x
Audible/Amazon (affilate link)
Reviews in the Series:
Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #1)
Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #2)
One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #3)
Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #4) – Audiobook Review
Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #4.5)
Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews (Innkeeper Chronicles #5)