Review – You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian #1)

you slay meYou Slay Me is the first installment in the Aisling Grey urban fantasy / paranormal romance series.  I found my copy at the Friends of the Library sale for 25 cents.  Score.

From Goodreads: “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.”

When I read this yesterday I hoped for a fun, lighthearted read.  You Slay Me delivered that…sort of.

I have to say I am surprised by the high rating this has on Goodreads.  While entertaining, you do have to turn off some parts of your brain if you want to enjoy the story.  Especially if you are a woman.  My biggest issue is that Aisling is portrayed as, well, an idiot who is easily swayed by a handsome face.  My favorite UF/PNR series are anchored by smart, tough women.  Aisling could be those things but just isn’t.  She doesn’t believe in demons yet tries to summon one with bargain basement ingredients.  While she says she doesn’t want to be mated to Drake, she sure does jump his bones anytime she gets the chance.

The supporting cast works well and I can see a lot of potential here so I’m giving this one 3/5 stars even with its’ faults.  It’s a decent start to the series and I hope that the author worked out some of Aisling’s issues in future installments.

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