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A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews.
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?
This was a fun Christmas novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles series.
Dina wants to have a lovely Christmas and Treaty Stay (and Innkeeper holiday). But things quickly pile up and next thing she knows, Dina has a full inn. Sean Evans, her werewolf boyfriend is by her side through it all, and the two of them are so great together.
Dina can’t refuse a guest, her inn needs them. She especially can’t refuse a guest during Treaty Stay. So when she’s got not one, not two, but three volatile guests at her inn, she’s overwhelmed at how to handle this. But she handles it with grace.
One of those guests is a super important V.I.P. who has several requests that have Sean and Dina wondering just what and who they are dealing with.
So I think I’ve discovered my kryptonite in Romance. It’s when someone not only wins, but they prove their point and they prove how awesome they and how much the bad guy underestimated them. I think Ilona Andrews does this the absolute best. It took me a while to realize that that’s what I love so much.
In this story, we see it happen on behalf of a guest, but we also see Dina weild some pretty impressive powers as well, and I just absolutely love watching the bad guys get theirs.
And I liked the side story with Orro, their chef. He’s adorable and sweet and I think he would really love Chef Gordon Ramsay.
***I bought this book