Writen by: Katie MacAlister
Released: September 7, 2004 by Onyx
Summary: 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 ash. The artifact is then stolen by the fast-talking Drake, who claims that Aisling is no mere courier but in fact a demon lord and his destined mate. Determined to play detective, Aisling summons up a demon only to find herself saddled with one, in the form of a slobbering Newfoundland who wants to go walkies. Drake wants to show her the way dragons mate, and then bodies seem to pile up all over Paris, making Aisling a corpse magnet and top suspect. It's going to take every screwy new ally she's got to solve this murder and adjust to her new life in a strange new world.
First of all, Katie MacAlister books are not ones which should be read in public because people will eventually think that you're completely insane from all the giggling they inspire. Trust me, I used to read every one of her books on the bus ride to and from school and it garnered some strange looks from the locals.
Anyways, this is the first in the Ashling Gray, Guardian series and it's an amazing start to a delightful set of books with characters who are bridged over into some other MacAlister books as well, which is nice. But honestly, how can a person not love a semi-trashy romance which is full of paranormal activity, a ditzy blonde main character and her demon-dog sidekick named Jim? One read and you're sure to fall in love. Plus, the man candy described is fantastic.
Now, if this short review of singing praises isn't enough to convince you that it's a book worth reading, there's a Google preview on the Goodreads page that you can check out before you make up your mind. But, really, this book offers not only romance, but mystery, paranormal creatures and comedy. That combination alone within a book should be enough to make you at least give it a try.
In all, I am giving this book a well-deserved 9/10. Plus as an added bonus, if you fall in love with it as you read, there are four other main books featuring the same characters!