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334 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published September 7, 2004
Buddy read with the fantastic UF Wednesday group over at BB&B because we need something light and fluffy for a change.
Something flashed deep in his dark green eyes. "Are you unwell? You aren't going to vomit on me, are you?"
"That wasn't on my list of planned activities for the afternoon, no, but if you really insist, I suppose I could try for a hairball or something."
Aisling Grey’s first job as a courier should have been easy but Aisling seems to be a magnet for trouble and the supernatural. When trying to deliver the package to the client in Paris, she finds said client dead and hanging from the ceiling, a circle of ash on the floor and a sexy stranger who steals her package before she can get answers from him. Things only get worse when the police arrives shortly after, Aisling becomes their prime suspect and the only way to prove her innocence is to find Drake Vireo the stranger who stole her package, retrieve it and find the person who murdered her client.
For the most part I really liked Aisling. She’s hilarious and feisty and I loved that there were times she really stood up to arrogant Drake, even kneeing him in the balls which made me cheer so hard. But she had a few TSTL moments or maybe she just really has the worst bad luck which manages to get her into impossible and hilarious situations. It also really annoyed me when she acted like a hormone on legs around Drake. Yes he’s supposedly sexy but why does she get all weak at the knees over him? Nothing he did or said made me interested at all in him as her love interest.
As a romance reader, as soon as there’s any mention of a possible romance my heart perks up right away but I had problems with Aisling and Drake. First of all he’s a jerk and arrogant (which normally doesn’t bother me too much as long as he changes towards the heroine or she doesn’t let him get away with said arrogance, unfortunately it didn’t really happen here) and I hated how he didn’t care that Aisling was placing herself in danger while trying to prove her innocence. Also I know expecting them to have deep feelings for each other would be ridiculous seeing as they’ve just met but still I needed more than just mere lust which was all we got from them. Hopefully things will develop into more with the next book.
"Whoa, would you look at my package!" Jim stopped next to the door, doubled over as it looked at its groin. "I'm a demon studmuffin! The babes are going to love me—oh yes they are!”
My favorite character of the book was definitely Jim, the demon dog Aisling summoned. He used to be a servant of the demon lord Amaymon but after pulling a joke on him that went unappreciated he was pretty much left masterless. I loved his strange sense of humor, how he slobbers over everything and the sarcastic banter between him and Aisling had me laughing so hard. I also really liked Rene, the taxi driver who was more than willing to help Aisling in her quest for answers.
The world building and plot was really good with Aisling finding out she’s a Guardian, a keeper of Hell, a wyvern’s mate and trying to prove her innocence to the police.
This book was entertaining and if it wasn’t for Drake and the lukewarm romance that did absolutely nothing for me, I would have rated it higher. I like the way this author writes, how hilarious Aisling and Jim was and I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen with them next.
“...but I forgot that I've been bound to the Forest Gump of Guardians. Lucky, lucky me.”
“You’re not related to the Three Stooges are you? ‘Cause I could swear this escape scene is one of theirs.”
"You are too arrogant for your own good. I officially
Go away. I never want to see you again.
Except maybe tonight.
Naked. Your place. But after that, no more.”
”J’ai une grenouille dans mon bidet.”