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Clean Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  42,060 ratings  ·  3,256 reviews
This is a short novel, about 60,000 words.
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 think
Kindle Edition, 235 pages
Published December 2nd 2013 by NYLA
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Dear Ilona Andrews,

I'm writing to you today to inquire about your availability to speak at a week-long conference hosted by Concerned Readers Anonymous. We're a non-profit organization made up of mostly bibliophiles, with the odd comic book geek thrown in for good measure. For the most part, our meetings are pretty tame, and involve talking about our latest reads while trying to be the least introspective person in the room. Also, sharing pictures of our cats has become a favorite staple.

We kno
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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I fell right in love with this book! This is also my first Ilona Andrews book, but it won't be my last! I love them!

Dina Demille runs an Inn called Gertrude Hunt. She has a little Shih Tzu named Beast. There is a permanent guest living with Dina as well, her name is Caldenia and she cracks me up talking about eating people from time to time. :-)


There is something killing the dogs in the neighborhood, which ticks me off to no end. Dina asks her new n
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies by: JennyJen
Actual rating: 3.5

This book is part sci-fi, part fantasy, and all hilarity. It is utterly charming. Sure, there's a werewolf, a vampire, and a love triangle, but Twilight this ain't.

This is my first Ilona Andrews, and while I cannot say that it has converted me into a fan of their writing, I did enjoy this book. My main problem with this book is that it didn't draw me in as much as I had expected. It was a pleasure to read, but it lacked a certain spark that would consistently hold my attention
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
9/13/17: "Jesu, Helen, turn the horses!"

After finishing this for the FOURTH time, what more needs to be said?

10/22/15 - UPDATED REVIEW:

Well, kind of. Mostly it's a few quotes for the masses, then I've got a secondary spoiler-tagged section for questions and theories.

It was as if a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had been delivered into the world by a gothic wedding-cake decorator.
The inn was lavished with spindle-work, didn't make sense, and was to
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, sf, on-app, fantasy
4.25/5 ⭐

Uhm, why did I wait so long to read this thing? Because, er- it was damn good.

Given the fact that it was so short (I mean, not even 300 pages goddamn it!), this book was packed with so many heart-pounding moments that I didn't think possible. I felt like drinking three Espressos in 10 minutes.


I really loved the characters.
Dina is a sassy innkeeper with a wicked broom and a smart mouth, Sean is a sexy werewolf that doesn't back down when he wants to piss Dina off, Arland still did not im
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🏰 My Name Is Gertrude Hunt Buddy Rerererereread (MNIGHBR™) with the IA Addicts 🏰

And the moral of this rerererereread is: I think I like this one a little. It's probably not that obvious, since it's only my seventh reread but, yeah, I think I like it. A little.

And the other moral of this rerererereread is: not sure what the fish Santa is doing but I'm still waiting for a canine derivative for Christmas. I've been asking for one for six bloody shrimping years now, so it might perhaps maybe tim
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
99c Kindle sale, Dec. 20, 2019! This is the start of a SF/fantasy series by Ilona Andrews that I've really enjoyed. A fun, light read, and easier and quicker to get into than the Kate Daniels series, if you're a newbie to Ilona Andrews. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Dina Demille, a young woman, runs a quiet bed-and-breakfast in a small Texas town. Her inn is a quirky old Victorian home that looks like “a medieval castle and a Southern-belle, antebellum mansion had a baby and it had b
The premise honestly didn't sound all that good to me. Sorry.
And (again, no offense) I just don't like the look of these covers. They just don't make me want to open it up. Kinda reminds me of the style of the covers on some of the books I would have read 30 years ago or something.
I know better than to judge a book by its cover, I just...


But I saw that my library had these so I decided to find out if all the IA Addicts out there were right when it came to these books.
I first read Clean Sweep when it began as a free on-line serial story. It was entertaining, but seemed to be taking a paranormal romance direction in the second book, Sweep in Peace, so I stopped following the series. Peace was recently released as a Kindle book with an accompanying deal on its predecessor. In the spirit of curiosity, as well as escapism at the end of a long week, I decided to give it a re-read.

The plot centers around a young woman, Dina, who owns a mystical Inn. The neighborhoo
This is based in a very unique world where there are supernatural creatures - but they are actually aliens, and "Inns" (planetary rest-stops) that are sentient. A hotel for the creatures that your average human has no idea exists.

Pretty much..

Dina is our hero. She is in her 20's and is an Innkeeper. This means she runs the bed & breakfast for intergalactic monsters and takes care of their needs. She has only one guest, Caldenia, who is some sort of alien royalty who kills and eats her victims. A
Julio Genao
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julio by: MostlyDelores
Shelves: loved
what a surprise.


i kept waiting for this to suck, but it never did.

just got better and better—more imaginitive, more funny, more more.

i had two quibbles:

1. every boy she meets is gorgeous

2. every boy she meets wants to fuck her or put her in jail and then fuck her

3. there is no three; i told you i only had two quibbles—pay closer attention next time.

niggles with pacing or structure or character development evaporated in the face of the eminent awesomeness of the plot, and the admission at the en
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 10/2/18!*

*4.5 stars*

Let's just admit something to ourselves: Ilona Andrews can do no wrong.

This new series from my favorite writing duo is freakin' fantastic. It reminds me of the world of The Edge series (On the Edge) while not being a romance. It was magic and humor and made me want to SQUEEEEE!

I want to read more about this magical innkeeper who temporarily houses freaky intergalactic beings!! I don't know how this author pair keeps coming up with new, fresh
Robin (Bridge Four)
11/17/16 Kindle Daily Deal today on my favorite UF authors book at Amazon

Reread because 3rd time is a charm with my fellow Ilona Andrews Addicts starting Nov 3 2015

Yep, I'm still team Sean and I need Dina's broom and I really want to visit Gertrude Hunt for a stay because I have often felt that the rules of physics should just be suggestions.

2nd Read November 2014

There are some books you read the second time through and you find yourself skimming to get to the parts you really liked or the
Cece ❀Rants, Raves &Reviews❀
Things are not as they appear and fuck if that aint the GODDAMNN motto here at Gertrude Hunt Inn

Dina Demille runs a cute Texas home but GUESS WHAT its a MAGICAL INN and she is a legendary INNKEPPER that can CONTROL it so basically a sanctuary type magical zone for ALL CREATURES and yup okay i love this concept

Sure she a sweet Southern belle who loves to care for people but you better watch yo self if you fuck with her or her guests
“He didn't deserve a warning, but I gave him one anyw
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scribd, fantasy
I fell asleep countless times while reading this book and I can't believe the same duo wrote the outstanding Hidden Legacy series. It didn't help that the cast of characters were all so self-aggrandising and insufferable. This is certainly one for the HATED IT list. 😒😒
Aisling Zena
Reread 8/12/17

5 sweeping stars

I absolutely loved this book! I fell in love with the world, the inn, the murderous guest Caldenia, Dina the innkeeper, everything really.


It was a breath of fresh air, a wonderful revamp of stereotypes (werewolf and vampire) in the urban fantasy genre in a totally different way . Ilona Andrews built a new world to be immersed in and I'm thirsty for more. Loved the Innkeeper idea though I kept expecting her to do this:
Of course she doesn't. She is an innkeeper not a
Bentley ★
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Having been on Goodreads and part of the blogging community for awhile now, I've come across the name Ilona Andrews quite a few times, but this was the first book I've picked up by this author, or rather dual authors. A pseudonym for a husband and wife author duo, Ilona Andrews has penned a number of urband fantasy/paranormal novels and series that I have somehow overlooked until I picked up a copy of Clean Sweep. And boy am I glad I did!

Jo ★The Book Sloth★
~6~ Ilona Andrews stars

The Ilona Andrews team shows yet again that they can right some of the best Urban Fantasy out there. This book reached all my expectations and then some, and trust me, they were high. Clean Sweep is a great Urban Fantsay, Sci-fi book, the first of a new series for our favourite pair of authors and I was taken with it from the first page.

Ilona Andrews create a new, complex universe in Clean Sweep. It is an advanced world where people can travel from planet to planet through
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars rounded up

Ilona Andrews are becoming one of my favourite authors. Their stories always have a good plot that keeps the reader engaged. It's full of witty banter, swooonn worthy men, badass heroines who really know how to take care of themselves (which I'm honestly all here for), and weird ass creatures who just don't know how to give up. Their books are so much fun and I'm glad that I have a lot more of their work to read eekk!

"What are you intentions toward Dina?" Arland asked o
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great start for the series. Of course the characters will take some building and Dina needs some seasoning, but the concept is excellent!
Ilona Andrews have taken the paranormal world and made it science fiction. Love it! Seems that all the vampires, werewolves, ghouls, etc. began on other planets. Earth is a neutral planet and must be left unaware of the space creatures walking around, by galactic law. Any being who breaks this law faces reprimand. And if it is an innkeeper they los
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dear Traveller! Welcome to the lovely Gertrude Hunt Inn B&B, in the town of Red Deer, Texas.
A perfect place to rest and relax, where your every need will be catered to by your caring Innkeeper, Dina Demille. Walk around the lovely, shady orchard; sit on the porch; sip a glass of lemonade in company of the gentle, aristocratic lady, permanent resident of the Inn & most wanted, killer tyrant of the universe (addicted to FunYun and YelloMello).

Besides the Inn’s unique capability of self-defense, s
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell

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I actually read this a while ago but it was right before I left for Japan and I was lazy, so the book ended up in currently-reading limbo for a while as I trekked across Honshu. Now I barely remember reading it because I just finished WHITE HOT and neither Sean nor Arland can compete with the elemental powerhouse that is Mad Rogan and if you disagree with that, I'll see your disagreement and rai
March 2019 Re-Read

When life is getting me down, I turn to Ilona Andrews. I powered through the Hidden Legacy series and still needed an infusion of light-hearted fun and fantasy. Enter the Innkeeper Chronicles. I debated long and hard before I sank my cash into these volumes, but I’m so glad that I did. There’s nothing like Dina, Caldenia, Sean, and Arland to make me smile and feel better. I am so relating to Dina missing her parents right now—my mother’s last sibling passed away at the end of J
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading this puppy in preparation for Sweep of the Bade

Probably one of my most favorite series by Ilona Andrews, and somehow this series never gets old.
1st read - November 2013 (Beta Read)
2nd read - January 2014
3rd read - November 2015
4th read - December 2016
5th read - October 2017
6th read - May 2019
7th read - December 2020

Main Review

Buddy read with Ange, Aly & Cory

Clean Sweep was originally published as a free serialised novel on the Ilona Andrews website, I hated the idea of having to wait between instalments so I decided to hold off until the story was complete before reading it. When the authors were looking for beta readers to help edit th
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
*** 4.44 ***

"...“Did you hear that?" a woman asked. I crouched behind the growth. No. No, you didn't hear anything. Don't mind me, I'm not hiding the corpse of a nasty creature behind your flower bed. Nope. Nothing here but cute, fluffy bunnies scampering adorably into the night...”
― Ilona Andrews, Clean Sweep”...

Absolutely delightful! I love the imagination and creativity this duo of authors posses! They are a very reliable read every time I wonder what to read in order to lift the gloom th
17 November 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

November 2015 re-read: Yes, I just re-read this again. It's excellent. I can't help it.

October 2015 re-read: I can't help but agree with my review below. I was reading it, trying to figure out what I can add, and there's not much. It's Ilona Andrews. What more can I say? If you haven't read any of their books yet, please do. There's something for everyone in any of their series.

Ilona Andrews originally wrote this as a serialized publication, for free, on the web
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ilona Andrews can do no wrong, IMO! Of course they always bring a strong, sassy heroine,and a gruff, sexy, alpha male, or two, as in this case. I'm rooting for Sean, that sexy werewolf! Arland is a little too proper for my tastes. I'm going to ignore that in popular fiction as Arland comments here:

"in a vampire-werewolf love triangle, the vampire always gets the girl.”

I want the werewolf to win here! No worries about the love triangle, though. It's more that two men are interested in Dina. The
4.5 Stars

There are many great authors writing in the urban fiction and fantasy realm. Great in terms of writing and world building and great in the way the authors interact with fans. But few can compare with the writing team that makes up Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews repeatedly publishes completely entertaining novels. I never hesitate to buy an Ilona Andrews book because I know that I will be happy with what I get. It doesn’t stop there, these authors continue to give their readers “snippets”,
Maria V. Snyder
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes another Ilona Andrews book - I downloaded it for my trip to Australia, but didn't get to it until I came home. This one also starts out with a ton of world building and lots of details about the world and magic and...well, everything. It's a bit heavy handed at time. But once you get past all that, the story flows well and the innkeepers are an interesting concept.

The eBook had an epilogue or teaser from the next book and (view spoiler)
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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.”
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