Such a unique concept! It really takes some imagination to pull this one off and the authors certainly do. I have read other Ilona Andrews books, but the innkeeper series are by far my favourites. The main character:the innkeeper is such a good combination of someone trained to be a host as well as being the all protector. Smart and determined, she really shines. And the other characters are also really well presented: Her Grace is such a hoot! I really do see someone like Helen Mirren playing this character if it ever became a movie. The love interest is everything we expect from a alpha male and her sister and her vampire suitor are sensational. Her cook, however, wins the secondary character for me. Do yourself a favour and start with the first book. You could pick up the second and run with it, but why do that when you can get two super entertaining reads?