Holy Smokes (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #4)
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Holy Smokes (Aisling Grey: Guardian #4)

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Drake Vireo, the green dragon of Aisling's dreams, is finally ready to make an honest woman of her-if she can ever get him to the altar. Being stood up cools Aisling's jets, but not her passion, which is a good thing when Drake disappears and it's up to Aisling to find him. At least her doggie demon Jim is always at her side. Just call him a Guardian's best friend.
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
An enjoyable conclusion to the events and multiple subplots of the series - though I do hope she writes more of this character. After the baby, I'm sure.

Aisling and Drake are trying to get married but something always seems to go wrong. Proscribed, Bael is hounding Aisling to give him his sacrifices, Drake goes missing in Tibet, Fiat uses Aisling to support his call for war against the Green Dragons, and it's all just one big mess that her family is in London to witness. Fortunately, she finds U...more
Yeah, yeah. Okay. The last two books in the series lessened my irritation with the second book in this (so far) four book series. This is still just fluff reading, but the fourth book was fun, and actually had me wishing there were more books in the series after reading the ending.

It seems weird throughout this series to vaguely elude to how much more powerful Aising is than she should be at this phase in her Guardian-ness, but there's never an explanation, never a back story about her family a...more
Disappointing ending to the series. Seemed like the author didn't have any direction and just wrote for the sake of finishing. Drake is still fire engine hot though!!
I'd like a little closure with some of these books. I enjoy the characters even though Jim is annoying and Aisling is helpless and airheaded at times, but I wish more would be resolved. Hardly anything happened in this book to further the plot. There was danger, people were running around after people, nothing was getting explained to Aisling (and therefore us), and then more issues were presented, with no resolution. I've had about enough of books that keep building and building with no end in...more

The good: Characterization of certain endearing characters (i.e. Jim) remains consistent with the rest of the series.

The bad: Characterization of certain one dimensional hackneyed characters (i.e. Drake) remains consistent with the rest of the series. There is very little character growth through this series.
The same stale jokes are constantly recycled.
The world building, which was weak to start off with, doesn't improve with the addition of a second, third or fourth book.
The sex scenes, whi...more
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Another day, another catastrophic event planning a wedding is difficult at the best of times, but with Princes of Hell demending innocent souls, lecturing mother in laws and a certain wyvern bridegroom that has gone missing the shit has truely hit the fan for Aisling Grey, Prince of Hell, Guardian and wyvern mate extradonaire. Will she overcome all the new challenges before her, or will it be one disaster too many?

Oh Aisling, what a real cock up (in more ways then one haha) the past 6 months has...more
2nd Read- May 29, 2014- Still 4 Stars

My second time through reading this series and then reading my review from the first time, and basically, I still feel the same. Though, I think I was a bit too in to rereading these and just devoured all 4 books in a row. I think my only wisdom to myself would be to 'next time', if there is one... Don't do that. Don't read them in all one lump. Space them out and savor the quirky brilliance of Katie MacAlister. The snarky, witty humor, wacky characters, cra...more
In the fourth book in the Aisling-Gray-Series Aisling and Drake try to get married – with the emphasis on try – only to be interrupted every time they stand before the altar what was getting old and annoying when it happened the third time. There were as many problems for Aisling to solve as in the previous books, some new characters were added to Aisling´s team like her demon steward Traci, Drake´s brother and her uncle Damian. I liked him and his gruffly way setting Aisling´s head straight aga...more
My ratings system is as follows. One star is GOOD. The book is entertaining, easy to read and you don't want to stop reading because something about the book is compelling you not to. Two stars is GREAT! This time the story is not only entertaining, but highly creative, unique, easy to read and hard to put down. Three stars is EXCELLENT. Here the book has all aspects of one and two stars, but now the book is thought and emotionally provoking. Four is AWESOME. This is the read that is not only cr...more
Dec 03, 2007 Roberta rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal and romance fans
Shelves: paranormal, romance
It is up to her usual standards, in this novel several plots that have been floating around get resolved. It almost felt like the finale of the series, but I won't know that until or if another book gets back.

As usual, she puts Aisling the main character and her love Drake through hoops. She has all kinds of things happen to her most of her hijinks relate to the two of them trying to get married and having crises coming up which prevent said nuptials to take place. Reminds me a bit of Betsy fro...more
Gave it a 5 'cause of the hilarity, action, suspense, but my fave book out of the series is still the 2nd one (Fire Me Up). More mysteries unravel in this book, what with Aisling confirming she is indeed breeding, Drake is more protective than ever, and I really liked Uncle Damian's character, he reminded me of Robert De Niro in "Meet the Parents". Although this is the last book in the series, there are new characters and surprising events which lead to more questions. I give credit to Katie Mac...more
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I tried and tried to finish this book, I just could not. It wasn't a horrible book or series, I just could not read another line of Aisling. Really what is the point of having all that power if you cannot use it for something. And Drake was like a rigid stick in cement. He got on my nerves as well. They couldn't even hold a conversation without trying to jump each other bones. This book just wasn't very enjoyable. Aisling running around pulling tricks out of her ass, supposedly having oodles of...more
Best book of the series! I really liked this series, and I liked the ending. I liked seeing all the characters grow, and I appreciated that not everyone one-dimensional. Loved seeing Uncle Damian in this one, too! :)

My only major qualm, in the end was that the books were too short and had too many editing errors to cost the price they cost for Kindle. If you are going to charge $7+ for a Kindle version of a book, it had better be longer than 400 page and be immaculate when it comes to editing, i...more
Fun Fun Fun. Love the Aisling Grey, Guardian series. This is the 4th book in the series and Aisling and Drake are TRYING to get married. One thing after another gets in the way.

I feel like a few loose ends were wrapped up in this book - enough that I wonder if there will be another? I hope so. I feel like Aisling had too many pots on the fire - and it was hard as a reader to keep up with all the trouble she was in from so many directions.

Definetly a great series to read and I really love her t...more
Janet Blowers
This was a nice wrap up to this series - sort of...it leaves a few to many things unsaid with the dragons, but ties up all the guardian stuff. Maybe it ties into one of her other series? Aisling using the "sweetie" thing every other time she talks to Drake bugged the heck out of me, but the humor is consistant. The plot thickens in this book between the dragons and becomes more of the story. I really like this author and will definately check out some of her other books.
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Humor, chaos and a lot of boinking. That's three words that can describe any book about Aisling Grey. If you need light and funny paranormal romance, this is always a good choice.

I would be sorry that the series ended, but I have the next series about Silver dragons and Gabriel to keep me entertained.
What a fun book. I wouldn't say it was a definite drop everything and go get it...but it was humorous, witty and definitely different. A library patron mentioned she was listening to it...I picked it up on my Kindle and really couldn't put it down.
♥ Sarah ♥
At the end of Light My Fire Drake officially asks Aisling to marry him so in Holy Smokes the story dives into weddings and planning and the like. But as with anything involving Aisling, things of course don't go quite as smoothly as she originally hopes. Nothing can be easy for Aisling, but her life is certainly entertaining, if nothing else.

So of course Aisling is running around like her head is cut off trying to get both her and Drake to the alter while averting more disasters and tying up loo...more
Dotti Elrick
Aisling is trying for just a bit of normalcy in her crazy life. She is all dressed up for her wedding, family has been flown in, guests are waiting in the church, everything is perfect, except the groom is missing. Super sexy dragon wyvern, Drake, Aislings mate, is hours late for his wedding. The happy couple are finding it very difficult to get married. What with the red and green dragons at war, Aisling having to play the role of mate to the blue dragon (he cheated and "won" her in a trumped u...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Jen

Holy Smokes is the fourth and final book following the life and love of Aisling Grey (although I understand she and Drake will be pretty prominent characters in Katie MacAlister's new Silver Dragons series). This is a series of books you have to read in order for them to make any sort of sense. So, here's the order: You Slay Me, Fire Me Up, Light My Fire.

In this installment, Aisling and Drake are finally getting married, but as the book opens, Drake isn't showing up for the ceremo...more
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Feb 12, 2008 Izzy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Izzy by: Chris's dad
Shelves: smut
Why I like young adult novels...

I really like all the smutty vampire stuff that comes out anymore. There's a whole section in any bookstore that has formulaic vampire/supernatural love stories that are otherwise just like Harlequins I read at the pool as a teen. As a teen I always felt a little ashamed to read them because anyone looking knew they were smutty.

Now I feel a little ashamed because all the smut is about male-dominates-female-and-gosh-is-it-hot. Um, gross. I think they're fun, and a...more
5 von 5 Sternen
Endlich sollen nun die Hochzeitsglocken für Aisling und Drake läutern, doch wie wir die beiden kennen, geht natürlich wieder alles schief. Aisling hat noch mehrere offene Baustellen und bekommt sogar noch eine dazu. Sie muss sich neben ihren Problemen mit der Gilde auch wieder mit Abbadon und natürlich mit der schwer zu akzeptierenden Drachenpolitik herum schlagen. Außerdem gilt sie immer noch als die Gefährtin des blauen Wyvern, Fiat, und eines ihrer größten Ziele ist di...more
Janis Hill
As good a read as the rest of the Aisling Grey series. My minor niggle, if there is one, is it came across a little as if Ms MacAlister realised she had to make it the last of the series and so crammed it so full of plot ideas it came across a little more like a completed to do list for the rest of the Wyvern series than the other Aisling books did. However, this is a VERY MINOR niggle and does not detract from it being yet another great read and enjoyable way to goof off.

Though, and I really do...more
This is the fourth, and so far last, book in the Aisling Grey Guardian series. This book follows much in the same vein as the third book in the series. It is light, easy to read, and an entertaining story. Although there are strong aspects of romance to this book; I think fans of the paranormal genre who like action more than romance will also like this book.

The book starts with Aisling getting stood up at the alter by Drake. Of course it's not Drake's fault. Again Aisling has many things coming...more
Christina M Condy
Once again Katie MacAlister has made a HUGE HIT! Talk about absolutely the most fun series to read! In this one we have Aisling and Drake "trying" to get married. Yet every time they try something seems to crop up.

From the Summary "Most brides just have in-laws to worry about. Me? I have warring dragons, ticked-off demon lords, eternal damnation, and a mage who wants to challenge me for an otherworldly position I don’t even want. At least Jim, my doggie-demon, is always at my side. He’s never l...more
I liked that in this story, Aisling took back what was hers... and without depending on Drake to oversee it all... Drake has morphed into quite a mate/husband... at least emotionally - he compromises, he says I love you (at least once a day, and not always being prompted), he shares his thoughts, and he respects her abilities and autonomy... and he does love making love with her... shifting to dragon during his orgasm...

She manages to get 'de-demon lorded' - by being a pain to Bael, and when Dra...more
I realized halfway through this book that I was just reading it to finish the series. I do overall enjoy the writing, but I just couldn't take anymore of Aisling's ineptness. She was just as ditzy as she was in the first book and that's disappointing. Has she shown any growth I think the series would be better for it. Again I do like the humor in the writing of Ms MacAlister's, I just don't know if I want to commit to another series if the characters are as one-dimensional as this one.
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“Hey!” I said, indignation filling me. “I’m immortal! Doesn’t that mean I won’t get saggy boobs and gray hair? Because if it doesn’t mean that, I want a refund—” 79 likes
“I love you, hugs & kisses, smoochies galore, licks, nibbles & assorted gropages!! -Aisling said to Drake” 24 likes
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