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Feb 09 2018
Chapter 3 Part 3
February 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm
Thank you! Just made this Friday so much better! I found out today is National Pizza Day and now this snippet.
February 9, 2018 at 2:52 pm
Thank you! This is, as usual, excellent reading and a wonderful distraction from not having a kitchen for 3 weeks. I have decided I am going to get one of those portable electric burners because, damnit, I want some home cooking!! If Maud can face down the displeasure of House Krahr, then I can have a portable electric burner and do some home cooking…
February 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm
Thank you! So glad I checked here!
February 9, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Best part of my Friday!!! THANK YOU!!
February 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm
February 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm
I LOVE you man, yes I know I still can’t have your bud light. That’s ok, this is way more delicious anyway.
February 9, 2018 at 5:36 pm
Maybe if the bdh is super lucky and authorlords on a roll we will get 2 posts next week one for Valentine’s Day and one for Friday…like Helen playing then the dinner scene. 😜. We can hope for it anyway…
Rita Webb says
February 9, 2018 at 7:25 pm
Thank you! I needed a good story on a Friday night!
Fan in California says
February 9, 2018 at 7:58 pm
Always look forward to the next installment — and you don’t disappoint!!! Thanks and have a great weekend!!!
February 10, 2018 at 5:37 am
Fantastic as always !!! I agree about Valentine’s Day and a story about Helen playing. 😉😊😉
Bill G says
February 10, 2018 at 7:00 am
February 10, 2018 at 7:44 am
What happened to yesterday’s comment? There were a lot yesterday that aren’t here anymore.
February 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm
There is a separate comments thread on the snippet page which fills up very fast. Perhaps that’s where it was posted?
February 10, 2018 at 10:20 am
This book is, so far, the best one yet. Mostly cause I can see the happy ending in the end, and I want Arland and Maud to have an epic happy ending.
Dina and Sean was good, but for most of the first three books, Sean was seriously not good enough for Dina, too cocky, ignorant, absent, then broody. In OFW though, he did pull through, unfailingly standing by Dina’s side, agreeing to become Innkeeper with Dina. I have to say, now Gertrude’s Hunt, with very few guests, and an Alpha-Strain Werewolf, will really become what Mr Rodriguez described, the specialized inn.
February 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Agreed. Gertrude Hunt will become a premier inn for “special” situations. With Sean and Dina, you DO NOT cause problems. Plus their “other” guest and their “cook” are also forces not to denied. Just need some loose ends to be dealt with: Where and what happened to Dina’s parents? What is going to happen with Klaus? Sounds like future books/novellas. Sure hope so.
Thank you for the best thing that happened Friday. You do not want to know what else is going on. Just thank you. Hugs Joyce
February 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm
Love Dina and Sean. But I think the story line for Maud and Arland is just the best.
February 22, 2018 at 6:24 pm
Dina and Sean was good, but for most of the first three books, Sean was seriously not good enough for Dina, too cocky, ignorant, absent, then broody. In OFW though, he did pull through, unfailingly standing by Dina’s side, agreeing to become Innkeeper with Dina.
Well, I think all couples need obstacles to overcome, and in Dina/Sean’s case, they were all internal (whereas Maud/Arland’s obstacles are so far mostly external–other vampires disapproving of Maud). Dina and Sean both needed to grow and change before they were ready for a relationship, and I think the journey there is what makes the ultimate coupledom feel like a payoff. I loved Dina and Sean in Clean Sweep–they had great chemistry, but it’s been more rewarding to watch them grow than to become a couple in the first book.
Also, many of Dina and Sean’s issues were things where they both would benefit from meeting in the middle: Sean was a traveler who didn’t feel at home anywhere, while Dina could barely stand to leave the house for more than a few hours. As lovable and charming as Gertrude Hunt is, it feels sort of tragic for someone to remain at home 24/7 when they have access to a world other people can only dream of. So I wanted Dina to change too, not just Sean.
Additionally, Sean was overly arrogant and combative while Dina sometimes can be a pushover. Clean Sweep Sean mostly seemed interested in getting into Dina’s bed, while OFS Sean waited until she was ready. Dina went from burying him in the ground to inviting him in. Sean needed to be able to make a permanent committment while Dina needed to be able to let people go (Maud). They were/are opposites in several ways.
So, the fact that neither of them were ready initially made their relationship much more interesting to me. The happy ending wasn’t easily visible at the end of the book. Even at the end of OFS, there were still some unresolved issues. As the recent Tesla in space thing showed, it’s a powerful human desire to explore the unknown universe. So Sean’s character arc was in a sense tragic: instead of seeings the wonders of the galaxy, he ended up on Nexus and was traumatized into ending his journey there. So, regardless of the fact that he matured and got together with the girl he loves, it doesn’t feel entirely like a happy ending for him. In a few months or years, will he start thinking of Saava (the assassin planet he wanted to see) again and wonder what might have been? In the long run, I think they both could benefit from doing some galactic exploring too in between all the innkeeping hijinks.
(…This was meant to be a short comment, really…)
Ms. Kim says
February 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm
Can’t wait for dinner.
February 10, 2018 at 10:31 pm
“There is something here that the two of you must figure out…” seemed out of character for Lady Karat. Wouldn’t she be more like “You’re testing my cousin” .
February 11, 2018 at 1:08 am
I had to shovel a 2 acre long driveway BY HAND this week TWICE when it snowed for three straight days. But it was still a good week cause there was the marvelousness of Maud at the end of it all. Thank you 🙂
February 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm
Keeps getting better and better !
Thank you !!
February 13, 2018 at 3:12 am
just remembered one author that I don’t think has been mentioned, a little bit young adult, Jennifer Lynn Barnes Raised by wolves. Only 3 books which I am devastated about (how I will be when kate 10 is out and no more to come) but they’re great.
February 13, 2018 at 3:13 am
ops think I just replied this to the wrong post
February 13, 2018 at 11:06 pm