Ilona Andrews + Renée Raudman = Urban Fantasy Gold! Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Posted June 13, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ilona Andrews + Renée Raudman = Urban Fantasy Gold! Clean Sweep by Ilona AndrewsClean Sweep by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #1
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Ilona Andrews on 03-19-14
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Source: Author
Audio | Goodreads

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.

Well-Written Must-Read Magical

Clean Sweep was originally released on Andrew’s blog in pieces. I’m not one for reading books in parts so I decided to wait until it was all done and released as a finished product. Then I found out it was going to be produced on audio so I waited for it. And I’m so glad I did.

All the Ilona Andrews’ books I’ve experienced has been on audio and narrated by Renee Raudman so I’ve come to expect high quality and I’ve never been let down. You can’t go wrong with a team like Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman! Seriously, Raudman brings the writing of Andrews to life, like no one else could and Clean Sweep was a pure delight on audio.

If you are a fan of Ilona Andrews you know that they (husband and wife writing team if you didn’t know) Urban Fantasy writing gods that write about magically beings that find themselves in some serious and often funny predicaments. Really, only Ilona Andrews can bring you an inter galaxy fight in the middle of a Costco.

“The woman stared at the ruined body. Blood dripped from her arm. A fine spray of red covered her face –must’ve been cast off when she slammed down the cans. She wiped her face with her left forearm and kicked the stalker’s corpse with her sneakered foot. “Don’t mess with Texas.” 

They write some of the best heroines and Dina the Inn Keeper of Gertrude Hunt is a fine example. They are habitually sarcastic, strong and independent.  Much like other heroines that Andrews has penned, Dina doesn’t need a man to keep her safe.  But she finds herself face to face with a growly alpha man when the neighborhood werewolf, Sean Evans comes peeing on her apple tree.

Sean is the picture of an alpha hero. He’s a werewolf that knows every little about other supernatural including other werewolves. He has lived in the human world on Earth and is just finding out about the Inns that act as way stations for other worldly supes.

The Inn is not just a bed and breakfast; it’s a way station or rest stop for all kinds of magical and supernatural from other planets. It’s also a living entity, one that must be keep active by its inn keeper.

Like most Urban Fantasy novels there’s not much romance but there is a promise of one to come. Sean and Dina find each other attractive and there’s a definite chemistry between the two. But neither is in the market for a honey bun, there are more important things to deal with at the moment.  Then enters the vampire, Arland, which is also very appealing to look at. And of course Sean and Arland try to beat their chests in attempt to get Dina’s attention.

“Where is Arland?”
“Rapunzel decided to walk around in the woods to get ‘the feel of the battleground.’ He won’t leave the grounds and he promises to defend the inn with ‘all the strength in his body.’ I told him if he gets in trouble, he should try singing prettily so his woodland friends will come to the rescue. I don’t think he got it.” 

Could there be a love triangle in Dina’s future? Only time will tell.

“I have spent my spare time studying literature popular with young women of this planet. One should always study the battlefield.”
Sean glanced at him. “And?”
“I suggest you give up now. According to my research, in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl.” 

“Is that so?” Sean asked.

“It is.”

“In that case may the best man win.”

Dina has this funny and scary sidekick, Beast, which looks like a Shih Tzu but after Beast trees Sean (the werewolf!) I couldn’t help but picture the “dog” from Despicable Me. LOL

I really enjoyed Clean Sweep and I’m very tempted to head over to Ilona Andrews’ website to start reading Sweep in Peace. I could always listen to the audio afterwards, right? I highly recommend Clean Sweep to fans of Ilona Andrews and if you have not tried their work, Clean Sweep would be a fun place to start.



About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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6 responses to “Ilona Andrews + Renée Raudman = Urban Fantasy Gold! Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

  1. This audiobook is waiting patiently for me on my iPhone, and who knows, if I get sick of Atticus during my honeymoon I just might give it a go. You can never go wrong with this author / narrator duo (trio)! I’m one installment away from finishing their The Edge series, so I’ll be hankering for another fix real soon.

    • I need to get back to the Edge series. I’ve only listened to book 1. Ilona told me that Clean Sweep was better than the Edge series so I dropped it and listened to this one when she sent me the code for it. LOL

  2. I waited for this book to be released as a whole, but I still read it before they announced that they were going to record it. That didn’t stop me from buying it on release day. This trio can do no wrong in my book. Great review.

    I haven’t started book two either. I’m going to wait for audio again. 🙂