Dina Demille doesn’t run your typical Bed and Breakfast. Her inn defies laws of physics, her fluffy dog is secretly a monster, and the only paying guest is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. But the inn needs guests to thrive, and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at Dina’s door and asks her to host a peace summit between three warring species, she jumps on the chance.
Unfortunately, for Dina, keeping the peace between Space Vampires, the Hope-Crushing Horde, and the devious Merchants of Baha-char is much easier said than done. On top of keeping her guests from murdering each other, she must find a chef, remodel the inn…and risk everything, even her life, to save the man she might fall in love with. But then it’s all in the day’s work for an Innkeeper…
“What are you planning?” I asked, as we turned toward the grand ballroom.
“Just a small demonstration for the public good,” he said. “I am so sorry.”
“You’re apologizing in advance.”
Never a good sign.
Now that’s more like it! Sweep in Peace is really interesting and awesome in a way that has nothing and everything to do with the series as a whole. This is because Sweep in Peace is sort of a crossover with Ilona Andrews’ The Edge series. It is well done because you don’t need to know anything about The Edge to get this, but if you have read it you’re stoked to find out more about how these two series could possibly be connected.
Sweep in Peace has George Camarine coming to Dina for a proposition. (No, not that kind. But… I kinda ship it.) He wants her to host a peace summit between three factions who have been fighting a bitter, bitter war on a planet with a very in demand resource and little else going for it. Dina knows this is basically impossible, peace talks have failed before. However she can’t pass up the chance that it can happen, because she needs the money. And also Gertrude Hunt, her inn, needs guests.
This is the second time I have read this and even now I cannot separate how much I like Sweep in Peace for itself, and how much I like it because of the connection to The Edge. It is just too interwoven to me. I did feel that this was better than the first book, Clean Sweep. The story itself was fuller, with better stakes and even a better outcome. There was less to do with building the world we are in and more of just seeing what cool things they could do with the world, instead. This was just a better read.
One of the things I like perhaps the least about Sweep in Peace is the love triangle. And I didn’t like it the previous book, either. It just feels like it is expected. There is the awesome main character, a vampire, and a werewolf. Of course there is going to be a love triangle! Only, one of those love interests stands pretty much zero chance so why is it even being entertained? Well, it kind of isn’t. It’s bizarre. And it is just made worse in this book because one of them, the one that stands a real chance, isn’t really even around.
Really, though, Sweep in Peace is just about the Ilona Andrews team coming up with really awesome ways for Dina Demille to have new Innkeeper skills. It is a bit over the top, but in a really fun way. The “oh really, what else can she do??” way.