Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews

February 6th, 2023 Kimberly Review 20 Comments

6th Feb

Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews is the fifth audiobook in the Innkeepers Chronicles featuring Gertrude Hunt, an inn on Earth for intergalactic species to visit and hold meetings. The inn is run by Dina Demille and Sean Evans. They are hosting a spouse selection streamed live from the inn….I devoured this one and cannot recommend the series enough.

Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews
Sweep of the Heart
by Ilona Andrews
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles #5
Narrator: Nora Sofyan
Source: Purchase
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Welcome to Gertrude Hunt!

We are so happy to see you once again. Your innkeepers, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will see to your every need. No matter what accommodations you require, the inn will oblige. Physics are not an issue for us. Our Red Cleaver Chef is delighted to impress you with his culinary mastery. Rest assured that your safety is our first priority.

Enjoy yourselves, relax, and above all, remember the one rule all visitors must abide by: the humans must never know.

Sweep of the Heart is a serial novella set in the Innkeeper Chronicles featuring Sean Evans and Dina Demille.

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The Andrews’ release this series weekly on their blog, but I wait for the audio release and it’s been a long two years. I planned to savour the audio but once I dove in it was all over. It was well worth the loss of sleep.

I love Gertrude Hunt, the magical intergalactic inn that is bigger on the inside! If I could choose a dream job… this would be it. Of course it doesn’t come without problems and this bride contest puts those reality tv versions to shame. From hosting different species and handling their dietary and environment needs to keeping the emperor alive.

The bridal selection ceremony & trials brings three hundred and some guests spanning fourteen species. Whoa baby. So why are Sean and Dina hosting? Sean’s werewolf mentor, Wilmos has been captured and they need a boon from the emperor.

In this episode we finally learn about Caldenia, the inn’s permanent guest. The Andrews never cease to amaze me with their storytelling and I found myself completely caught up in the events, rooms, views and political drama that unfolded.

The relationship between Dina & Sean has strengthened since we last visited in the inn. I love the ease, trust and love between them. They’ll need it for the last part of the story when they travel to aid Wilmos. The story is packed with information and twists that had my mind exploding and wishing for the next audiobook.

Narrated by Nora Sofyan I loved listening. From the voices of the different species, to the banter between Dina & Sean. It was epic. Nora does a wonderful job and enhanced the story bringing these characters and events to life for me. The series is wonderful in audio format.

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About Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. author2sm“Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.

About Nora Sofyan

Nora Sofyan

Nora Sofyan isactor, director, audiobook narrator and consultant (editing, performing, media). She is also a mother, wife, daughter, friend, collaborator, comedy fan, mushroom enthusiast, comedy fan, dialect collector. When not working she is at home reading stories out loud -- to her children, family and you. She has been reading aloud professionally since 2015, and mimicking the voices and sounds around her since long, long before that.

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20 Responses to “Sweep of the Heart by Ilona Andrews”

  1. Jen Twimom

    I’ve read this one, but I haven’t tackled the audiobook yet. I was worried with yet another new narrator, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the performance. I look forward to listening.