You Slay Me
Katie MacAlister
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You Slay Me
Katie MacAlister
Onyx
Paperback
342 pages
September 2004
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Aisling Grey desperately needs to succeed at her new job as international courier for her uncleís company. Things take a downward turn when at her very first delivery of an antique golden dragon statue in Paris, she discovers the owner dead in an apparent demonic ritual. Drake Vireo, a sexy, charismatic but dangerous dragon in human form, steals the statue from her while informing her that sheís a Guardian Ė thatís Keeper to the Gates of Hell to us mere mortals.

Unwilling to believe Drake and trying to find him, Aisling comes upon a bar that is a popular watering-hole for some fantastic paranormal creatures. There she makes the further discovery that Drake is a wyvern - head of a dragon sect - and she his destined mate. Poor Aisling; the more she tries to deny it, the more she begins to discover her own unrealized, untapped powers. As more people start dying, her co-incidental presence at each crime scene makes her the prime suspect as far as an irate Paris police force is concerned.

Thus begins a comical game of cat and mouse with Aisling trying to avoid the police and prove Drake to be the actual killer even as she struggles to resist the passion mounting between them. How her efforts are alternately aided and hampered by a demon-dog, a witch and a Paris cab driver makes for some unbelievable slapstick comedy, the likes of which can seldom be found in a book thatís primarily paranormal.

In her usual breezy, humorous style Katie MacAlister has created the first story of what looks like a very promising new paranormal series. In a story filled to the brim with paranormal creatures such as demons, witches, dragons, etc., one might be excused for thinking that it contains something a serious, perhaps even horrifying, story. But thankfully itís not! This zany story is right up MacAlisterís alley, and to say that it perfectly showcases her undoubted talents for comic writing is to state the obvious. Wisecracking Aisling Grey is the perfect amalgamation of Lucy Ricardo and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as she bumbles and stumbles, kicks and spells her way through a myriad of good and evil supernatural beings and, in the process, solves a surprisingly difficult multiple murder mystery. Drake the appropriately named Dragon is sexy, hot and unpredictable, keeping Aisling and the readers in suspense as to his true nature. Together their passion and love-hate relationship adds romance, drama and a general whimsicality to the story that is quite in keeping with the rest of the zany narrative. Many other entertaining and loopy side characters add to the general comedy of errors thatís the plot. All these put together make this book a perfectly marriage of romance, paranormal and suspense Ė in other words, perfect entertainment.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Rashmi Srinivas, 2004

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