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You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  13,802 ratings  ·  727 reviews
The author of The Corset Diaries returns to the realm of the paranormal in this sexy, funny romance that pits Seattle-based Aisling Grey against Drake Vireo, a seriously handsome Parisian dragon in human form. In her job as courier, Aisling is to deliver a precious demonic artifact to a Mme. Deauxville in Paris, but she finds Madame freshly dead, surrounded by a circle of...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Onyx
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Beth F.
Aisling Grey, the heroine of this series, is a ditz. She's also a Guardian and a wyvern's mate. Don't worry if you don't know what that means--Aisling doesn't either.

Generally speaking, I can't stand ditzes. But every once in awhile one crosses my path who I can't help but love. I had a very lovable ditzy friend in college. And another nice ditz is dating someone I know (and hopefully he marries her someday). From a bookish standpoint, Bridget Jones is another fantastic ditz. And if you've read...more
"You are too arrogant for your own good. I officially de-mate you. Go away. I never want to see you again. Except maybe tonight. Naked. Your place. But after that, no more."~Aisling Grey

A charming little start to a series, this book was. Though I must admit that the heroine at times had me thinking "oh geez." A flighty, silly and at times maddening lady, she also brings just the right amount of humor and heart to the book through her thoughts and responses to numerous unfortunate events....namel...more
Emily May
I honestly cannot believe I found this book so enjoyable! It's been sitting on my shelf since those long ago days before I'd read a million and one different paranormal romance and/or urban fantasy stories. I bought it back when I was rather new to the genres and I used to be all "sexy vampires, quirky heroine, supernatural mystery - what more could you possibly want from a novel?" Since then I've come to realise that a whole lot of the PNR/UF world is kind of, well... shite.

But I have been surp...more
You Slay Me had me giggling right from the first page. The book had some hilarious situations that could only happen to a young, English speaking American in Paris. Our heroine Aisling Grey arrives in Paris and learns some extremely useful expressions from her cabbie Rene:

”J’ai une grenouille dans mon bidet.”

(I have a frog in my bidet).

I chuckled at all the uses of franglais – when French words are interchanged literally with English words, effectively changing their meanings: “The elevator...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 Stars

Aisling is such a fun heroine. She reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum. She's kinda clueless at the beginning, gets sucked into a paranormal world she had no idea existed, and she had always been a part of.

I enjoyed the storyline a lot, it was very different. And for someone not used to reading books about dragons, I loved this one. It may have something to do with the extremely delicious green dragon Drake. He is sexy!

But, the book wouldn't be the same without Aisling's sidekick. A demo...more
I was recommended this book a long time ago, but I never felt the burning desire to pick it up and read it. It sounded interesting, but nothing I needed to rush out and buy. Until recently when my bestie was reading the series and I was laughing my ass off at the things she told me. Dude, I'm glad I picked it up.

I love Aisling. Even if she is an idiot a lot of the time. I mean, really, girl, you do lots of stupid shit. But it's pretty hilarious, so I forgive your ridiculous tendencies. Aisling m...more
I read this book because I needed a title beginning with y for a book challenge and this one popped up. I am so glad it did because it was a thoroughly lighthearted and amusing piece of entertainment. The story line seems fairly stereotypical for this genre - tremendously good looking man who is actually something other (in this case dragon but it could have been vampire, were wolf, fairy etc) meets ditzy, beautiful girl with powers she does not know about yet. Sounds familiar? However this auth...more
I actually read this series back when it was first being published but I've forgotten a lot of it. While I still liked the series it's definitely paranormal romance, and for the most part that genre anymore is not my cup of tea. I've read Katie MacAlister's more recent Silver Dragons series and liked it but I found myself skimming through a lot of You Slay Me. If you're a fan of PNR I'd definitely recommend the series, but it was a little too light for me.
Jane Stewart
I hated this. Throughout the book, I couldn't wait to get done with it.

The heroine Asiling and her demon sidekick a dog say mean things and use sarcasm toward almost everyone throughout the book. Not once did I find the sarcasm funny, witty or entertaining. It felt like someone telling unfunny jokes. Some readers might enjoy this type of humor. I do not.

The heroine does stupid things which I didn't like. She starts out believing she is a normal human. Others tell her that she is a guardian with...more
Please, slay me. Put me out of my misery.

Aisling Grey has been sent to Paris as a courier to deliver a valuable gold dragon statue to a woman; however, when she arrives at the woman's apartment, the woman is found murdered and her statue is stolen - by Drake Vireo. Aisling is now stuck in Paris, the main suspect for murder, and is determined to steal the statue back from the incredibly sexy Drake, who happens to be the powerful leader of the green dragon sept, present at a series of murders but...more
Lisa Kay
Effrijim: AKA Jim
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★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in this book that she anthropomorphizes with a hilarious “woe is me” tone in his voice – oh, excuse me, a Newfoundland, as Jim prefers to be called! This first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series is a hoot! Ms. Rosenblat sounds completely different than she does in the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.

Still, I enjoyed this book more than I should have and la...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
After a bit of a slow start, we're drawn into a world alongside the bemused and often confused Aisling ("Ashling") Grey, where mages, witches, dragons in human form, demons and all sorts of other creatures and people pretend to be "normal".

Arriving in Paris to deliver a priceless artifact called an aquamanile, Aisling quickly finds herself a murder suspect and the artifact stolen by a very sexy man called Drake. Whom she later finds out is the wyvern (leader) of the Green Dragon sept. Who is als...more
This was my introduction to paranormal chick lit and what an initiation! It was so unique, distinctly different from anything else I'd read. I couldn't put it down and savored every page. I am crazy for witty dialogue and quirky characters, especially stubborn, smart-mouthed heroines like Aisling who is hilarious in her cluelessness. Drake is an extraordinary hero - who would have thought a dragon could be sexy but Katie MacAlister presented him as such with relative ease. The chemistry between...more
I started this series in the wrong way. I actually got my hands on the Silver Dragons section of this series before realizing this is where it all starts. But I had already started reading the Silver Dragons ans was going to finish that first, as I didn't have these books at the time and Gabriel Tauhou sounded like such a hottie with a naughty body. So sue me. I'm able to break my OCD tendencies for hot guys. Color me female.

Now, as much as I loved the Silver Dragons I decided to come back and s...more
Shannon C.
3.5 stars: Best of Katie MacAlister paranormal romance series

This is a fun paranormal romance about Aisling, who while working as a courier is introduced to the Otherworld (ie, demons, dragon shifters, magic users, etc.) through a bizarre series of escapades. She learns that she was born to be a Guardian (ie, guardian of a portal to Abaddon to protect the world from Demons). Upon meeting a sexy, mysterious man named Drake, she's also told she's a Wyvren's mate (in other words HIS!)

You Slay Me h...more
Jun 29, 2007 anenko rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those looking for a frothy summer read
I wasn’t in the right headspace to properly enjoy this novel. It wasn’t worse than any number of similar books I’ve read, but I found myself picking fault with this novel more than I did with the others.

My primary stumbling block was the romance between Aisling and Drake, which is a definite problem as so much of the novel revolves around their bond. The destined mate plot, and the intense sexual attraction that superseded any real attempts to get to know one another annoyed me immensely. The f...more
Feb 21, 2008 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2008
I remember picking up this book at the library a couple of months ago, reading the back cover and becoming intrigued by what it said. Then I noticed the spine of the book classified it as a "Paranormal Romance," a genre I don't believe I've experienced before. Paranormal? Fun! Interesting! Romance? Ick! Hate! Put book back on shelf. Let someone else have.

So last week, I was trying to root out some good books again at the local library and I came across this book again. Romance? Well, it IS Febru...more
Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
This is about a woman named Aisling who, as a courier, goes to Paris to deliver a precious artifact for her uncle and ends up finding out she has special powers, is a Guardian, a wyvern's (dragon's) mate, and gets hilariously involved in a murder mystery with the city's supernatural and magical citizens. This book was really funny, and Katie MacAlister's writing style is right up my alley. Drake Vireo (an immortal green dragon in the form of one smokin' hot male) is one of the better male romant...more
Frustrating read. I like the world and the secondary characters, but I hated the heroine and did not enjoy continually watching her make a complete ass of herself.

That sort of thing can be funny, a la the Pink Panther movies, but it requires the author to stick to it. I can't be expected to point and laugh at the boob at one point and then take her seriously at another. I think the first person narrative was also inappropriate. If I'm supposed to connect with her, don't make her an utter fool. R...more
Was very happy that this series didn't suck. (I am so full of high praise.)I really have enjoyed her romance books so I was hesitant to start on this series. (Yeah - I held off for like 5 minutes...)

It was a good start to the series and I really enjoyed it. I found the characters likeable and the plot was silly and fun without pissing me off.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Katie MacAlister
Book: You Slay Me
My star rating: 5 out of 5
will I re-read this? Yes (have many times)

This is the first installment of Aisling Grey: Guardian.

Besides being a courier she is also a Guardian. But she does not know what a guardian is... Yet...

Aisling is working with her unlce Damian from the states as a courier. She is was sent to Paris to drop off the aquamanile (a six hundred yr old small golden statue dragon).

When she arrives to the house of Mme. D...more
This book just made me laugh. It was so silly and fun. I immediately went out to buy the rest of her books because this one is so good. I look forward to each new installment in the series.
This was a hoot! Funny and sexy - paranormal with a wink. I listened to the audio and it made the miles zip by. Great summer beach book too.
Jun 03, 2010 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbie by: <a href="">Amanda </a> - pifm 2/10
Meet Aisling Grey, she is new at being a courier, in fact this is her first trip to France. Arriving at Aurora Deauxville’s residence to deliver the item, Aisling was shocked to find that the woman was dead and suddenly Aisling was the prime suspect in her murder. Meet Drake Vireo, he portrayed himself as an Interpol detective, but that was not the case, he was actually a green dragon and a wyvern to top it all off. Discovering that she was also a Guardian, even if she didn’t know what that all...more
Jim: "You want me to find some balloons for this pity party you're having?"

Aisling: "OK, I can do this. I'm a professional. I'm in control. I have a demon, and I know how to use it."
Jim: "Do you have a history of insanity in your family? 'Cause I think what you're about to do is downright stupid."
Aisling : "Comments from the peanut gallery are entirely optional"

"Are you hysterical?" Jim asked. "Should I slap you upside the head?"
"OK. I'm in control. I'm confident."
"But are you a professional?"

I found this book while looking for a title beginning with Y, for a challenge back in July. I ended up not using this book for that challenge, but then, this month, I once again needed a title with Y. As I was not in the mood to go title hunting, I decided to give this one a go. And I did not regret it.

Aisling is sent by her uncle to Paris as a courier. It was quite easy: deliver the parcel and then go back to the United States. Of course, everything went wrong, and Aisling is introduced to the...more
Jennifer Wardrip
I've been wanting to read YOU SLAY ME, the first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian Series, for quite awhile, and was supremely happy when it reared it's head in my never-ending "to-be-read" pile. And I'm so glad I did!

Aisling, on her first outing as a courier for her uncle's business, has traveled to Paris to deliver an aquamanile-- unfortunately, the Madame who was supposed to be purchasing it ends up being dead, in the same apartment Aisling has just entered. And merde! if that wasn't bad enough,...more
I'd heard such good things about this author and about this series, but I have to say, I was not charmed at all. Sure, there were moments of humour and for the most part the story was well-paced, but there were so many holes in the plot and more importantly, I just wasn't a big fan of the hero and heroine.

First, for an almost 40 y.o heroine, Ashling Grey was an idiot - albeit one who apparently researched demon lore just for fun. So maybe not a complete idiot, just a bimbo who by all rights shou...more
This author is a well known author. I`m not 100% sure if this series is well known, but it should be if it isn`t. I found this on a whim a few years back and was excited to see it`s outcome.
Aisling Grey was a favorite of mine for a while, and I HATED to see it her end. I wish to read more of her and Drake, and will beg Katie MacAlister that as well. I`m a fan of all Mrs Alisters work, but I want more Aisling, asap! I know it won`t happen, but a girl can dream right?
This series is fantastic. If...more
I never thought in a million lifetimes that when I chose this book at random for my A-Z book challenge that I would actually enjoy it. First Impression: The cover is so cheesy.. There is no way I am going to enjoy this story. Oh, Ada.. How wrong you were! I was caught off guard by how quickly I was engulfed with Aisling's story. I laughed out loud so many times that I lost count. Every time I thought I had it figured out I could not have been more wrong. This was so good that I want to shout it...more
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“What do you know about dragons?”
“They're big, scaly, four-legged creatures with wings who terrorized small villages until a virgin was offered up as a sacrifice.”
His grinned again. “I do miss the virgins.”
“I walked over to Drake and stomped on his foot. Hard. "What will I give you to
help me? What will I give you?"
He stood on one leg rubbing his foot, grinning a grin so steamy, it almost melted
my underwear. "I never doubted you would defeat her. You are my mate. You
could do no less."
I pointed a finger at him. "You are too arrogant for your own good. I officially
de-mate you. Go away. I never want to see you again. Except maybe tonight.
Naked. Your place. But after that, no more.”
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