Review: You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

Posted October 10, 2011 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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Review: You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister
You Slay Me
by Katie MacAlister

4 Stars


Released: September 7, 2004
Series: Aisling Grey: Guardian #1
Published by Onyx
Pages: 334

Aisling Gray is having a bad day. To start with her first job as a courier goes wrong when a smoulderingly hot man steals her package…mainly because she was distracted by the dead body of the client hanging from the ceiling. From there things get worse when she finds out she is Guardian, a wyverns mate and the number one murder suspect.

This is another case of why-the-hell-didn’t-i-read-this-earlier, I LOVED it, this is my first book by Katie MacAlister, but it is by no means going to be my last. This book is a fantastic mix of action; laugh out loud humour and a little bit of flaming hot sex.

What I liked most about this book was the characters especially Aisling and Jim her demon dog sidekick. Those two were so hilarious, I would read these books just for their snarky comments even if I hated everything else about it, which I didn’t. For a change the only character I wasn’t that sure about was Drake. He was okay, slightly annoying and over bearing but I normally get over that with the smexy hot guys in these books, but I think because this book didn’t really focus so much on Drake and Aisling and more on her trying to solve the murders we didn’t have a chance to be charmed by his annoying arrogant hero ways, hopefully that will change in the next book.

This book was told from first person POV, so we learnt everything as Aisling did, and I still found the new world of the Otherland a little confusing but then I think Aisling does as well, so maybe it is intentional? But I liked the general idea and I look forward to reading more about it in the next book. The plot as well, about half way through I had figured out who had done it, but I still enjoyed reading on, by then I was already hooked to the Aisling/Jim duo!

A great book, although the premise of the book isn’t particually original I loved the execution, this book is very much character based and I will read on as I loved Jim and Aislings personality’s.

My favourite Jim quote!

“…but I’m not any demon. I’m a demon plus. I’m superior to your average run-of-the-mill demon. Think of me as Demon: The Next Generation.”

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About Katie MacAlister

For as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn’t think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

Two years after she started writing novels, Katie sold her first romance, Noble Intentions. More than thirty books later, her novels have been translated into numerous languages, been recorded as audiobooks, received several awards, and are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. She also writes for the young adult audience as Katie Maxwell.

Katie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and dogs, and can often be found lurking around online.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Lori @ Romancing the Darkside
Lori @ Romancing the Darkside

Jim is one of my fave characters! I love this series and Drake…very sexy! Great review.

Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)
Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond)

Great review. I recently discovered MacAlister. She sounds hilarious. May not be the most original, like you said, but still worth reading. Thank you for sharing that quote, that is just driving me to get this quicker. Great review again, thank you 🙂

Liz @ Fictional Candy
Liz @ Fictional Candy

I’ve read two books by Katie MacAlister, and I love her already. I read #1 of the Silver Dragon Series (Playing with fire) and #1 in the Dark Ones (A girl’s guide to vampires). The Silver Dragon series book was excellent, Aisling and Jim are in that. I have a crush on the silver wyvern now lol. And books #2-3 waiting on my shelf…this was before I realized the Aisling Gray series came first, so hopefully it won’t throw me off too much! Great review!

Megan@Riverina Romantics
Megan@Riverina Romantics

I’ve only been able to read on of Katie’s books and your right. They’re funny. Great review!