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Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.

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Overview

Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her.

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The author of The Corset Diaries returns to the realm of the paranormal in this sexy, funny romance that pits Seattle-based Aisling Grey against Drake Vireo, a seriously handsome Parisian dragon in human form. 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. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451411525
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Aisling Grey, Guardian Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 338,349
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.92 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    Addictive!!!

    This book was great! I couldn't put it down. I read the whole thing in hours and was laughing out loud! It has everything; romance, adventure, and alot of comedy! MUST READ!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Definitely a WINNER!

    I had never read a romance novel before and my friend happened to have a copy of You Slay Me. She was done with it and recommended that I check it out. I never turn down a book, so I accepted, not really sure what I was getting myself into. But from the first page I was enthralled. I had to figure out what was going to happen next and I loved the humor that Katie used for Aisling. It was fantastic. Drake was dishy beyond comparison and her newfie slash demon Jim was my favorite. I read this one and Fire Me Up to my boyfriend and he loved them, begging me not to stop reading, no matter how sore my voice was.
    A must read for anyone who loves paranormal romance and a sexy dragon in a man suit!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Katie Mac is one of my favorite authors, and I have read everyth

    Katie Mac is one of my favorite authors, and I have read everything that she has published! The Aisling Grey series is my favorite of her series'!! If you enjoyed this book, read the rest of the series then read the silver dragons series. You will never be disappointed by a Katie Macalister novel; she always provides romance, laughter, and sexy men :)

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

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    I. Am. In. Love.  It is so hard to describe, what I love about t

    I. Am. In. Love. 
    It is so hard to describe, what I love about this book, it is not like I can pick a specific thing, it's EVERYTHING from Aisling, the sassy, funny, smart-mouthed, sometimes ditzy girl, to Drake the overbearing, overprotective, endearing, smexy dragon. Then there is that the stroyline will seriously crack you up, until you weep from comic relief! There are so many "Oh My Gosh!! moments. Then there is the fact it is so amazingly written. It is one of my favourite books, that I reread a couple times a year. 
    From their first meeting, everything between Aisling and Drake (sigh just saying his name is sexy) becomes complicated. It becomes a compettion on who can outsmart the other. 

    Their realtionship is complex, it goes hot and cold, one moment they are all over each other and next Aisling is stealing from Drake, and then Drake leaving Aisling to be arrested by the french police. Yeah, like I said complex.
    But not a moment goes by where you doubt that when they two of them are in the same room, sparks will be flying, igniting a forest fire! 

    Once you begin reading this book, there is no turning back! It's an instant addiction, and I will gurantee that you will love and devour this serie in no time! 

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    I love this book. I have read earlier books by this author, but

    I love this book. I have read earlier books by this author, but this is my favorite series so far. I can't wait to read Time Thief!!

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    big fun

    big fun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Really liked this one!

    I read and loved the Noble series,this is starting out just as good. Love the characters,the story interesting, and can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Nessa

    Huh?

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    hard to get through

    Aisling Grey is a down on her luck 30-something working for her uncle as a courier. Unfortunately while on a job delivering a prized artifact in Paris, Aisling finds her client murdered and herself as the main suspect. She also loses the artifact to a mysterious and sexy stranger who claims that she is a Guardian (more on that later). Suddenly thrust into a new and frightening world filled with witches, demons, dragons, and talking dogs, she must prove her innocence and get the heck out of Dodge (or Paris as the case may be) and hopefully not lose her job or get killed in the process.

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    I knew I was going to have a problem with this book when, a few pages in, an airline clerk read the contents of Aisling’s passport back to her and we conveniently get her physical description. This book is definitely a case of telling, not showing, the reader what is happening. Instead of letting events unfold naturally, there are long passages where characters are explaining things to each other. Aisling also talks to herself in long, rambling monologues to explain either what’s happening in front of her or what she’s thinking. And I know this isn’t the author’s fault but my copy of the book was also riddled with typos, which made for a distracting read.

    My biggest problem with the book is the main character. Aisling Grey is a Guardian. Don’t know what that is? Don’t worry - Aisling doesn’t either. In fact, she doesn’t know much of anything. She’s a total ditz who has no clue what’s going on most of the time. I don’t love dumb characters but I don’t mind them as long as they have some redeeming qualities. Unfortunately, there’s nothing endearing about Aisling and she’s more annoying that anything. As I mentioned before, she has a habit of babbling incoherently to herself and others. She is always asking questions but then either doesn’t believe or doesn’t understand the answers. She’s totally clueless most of the time and does and says many dumb things. It’s really a miracle that she manages to survive at all.

    There is also a lot of very awkward dialogue in the book. I think the author was trying to go for funny and clever, but it comes across as forced and unnatural. Not everything has to be a joke, but if it is, it should at least be a good one. I also found the author’s depiction of France to be cliche and outdated. Do Americans still think that all French people are rude and snobby? Judging by this book that still seems to be the popular opinion. And the ones who weren’t cliche tourist haters were unrealistically friendly, offering to chauffeur Aisling around for cheap while telling her about Paris’ underground occult scene, and helping her with dangerous breaking and entering missions.

    There were a couple of bright spots in the book. I liked Aisling’s demon dog, Jim. He probably had the funniest lines in the whole book. It was weird that everyone kept referring to Jim as “it” though. He’s clearly a male but everyone refers to him as “it” instead of “him.” Maybe all demons are supposed to be referred to as “it” but it just sounded wrong. My favorite part of the book, though, was Drake. Dark, mysterious and predatory, Drake is a real live dragon housed in a gorgeous male body. I was really intrigued by the idea of a dragon that also has a human body. I wish we could have learned a little bit more about the history of the dragon clans. Drake’s also very attracted to Aisling, for reasons I cannot fathom, and they have gr

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Addictive, Adventures, & Fun

    I was drawn in and could not put the book down. The characters are so much fun! Aisling Grey is a strong funny female lead, Drake is a hottie dragon, but Jim is the most fun with his hummers antic-tics & comments.
    The rest of the series is just as amazing, adventures, and pull you into a fun world. A must read for anyone who loves paranormal romances.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Now i need the next one

    Katie is my new favorite author. Aisling Grey is a hilarious character that reminds me of my best friend & not just because "poop!" is her choice of explative. As much as i like Aisling & while Drake may be a hottie dragon, Jim is probably my favorite character. Im very glad to know hes in the next book.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Paranormal takes a turn

    MacAlister paints a vivid picture that captures you from page one. I adored the creative original characters that keep you laughing throughout the book. I enjoyed the characters even through the book you are learning the ropes just like the main character who at times is a bit too clueless.
    The world building was pretty well done with her learning about the Otherworld in bits and pieces as the story progressed. Aisling didn't stray all the way into one of those 'too stupid to live' heroines, but she did make some unfortunate decisions that had me questioning her smarts.
    I was just really getting into this novel when it ended and now find myself waiting for the next installation "Fire Me Up" due out next year to see what happens with the misadventures of Aisling and Drake as the two of them have me sizzling in anticipation.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    HIGHLY recommended!!!

    I absolutely LOVE Katie MacAlister. I first started reading her YA books ("Got Fangs?" and "Circus of the Darned"). Soon, I found her adult books, and had to catch 'em all! Her characters her witty, hilarious, and lovable. Her Dragon books are the BEST, in my opinion. Her Vampire books come in second.

    You have seriously got to begin "You Slap Me". I can promise you that you'll read this book in one-fell-swoop. It has romance (steamy sex scenes), mystery, paranormal, and humor. You will fall in love with Aishling and Drake just as much as the rest of us have.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    DO YOU WANT TO LAUGH??

    The story is very enjoyable. Grabs your interest with humor. I loved laughing a Aisling Grey's expense. This book is not meant to be taken serious...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    Greatly enjoyed!

    I really like this series so far. I can't wait to read the last 2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

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    Great book

    I love Katie McAlisters books i have always thought she is a great author and this book proved it. This book is great for just curling up in a chair and sitting back on a rainy day. Drake is a bad boy kind of guy who just wants the girl and Aisling is i think what a women should be like make the guy work for it. Be yourself don't let anyone get you down which she might be sad but picks herself up. It is just a great read and one i recommend to everyone that enjoys her other books. I can't wait to read the second one in the series.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Candy

    Light, fun read

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  • Posted December 18, 2009

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    Recommended

    I'm usually a vamp kind of girl but someone recommended this series on the forum. I was looking for a funny paranormal series but I was unsure about the whole dragon thing. As it turned out, I really liked this series. Aisling Grey is a very interesting character and her demon is hilarious. Drake the dragon is hot and sexy leaving you wanting to read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

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    fair to middling

    Weak characters, transparent plot. Some good dialogue but overall more of a twinkie kind of book. Nothing that will keep you up turning pages.

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  • Posted November 19, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    I've been wanting to read YOU SLAY ME, the first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian Series, for quite awhile, and was supremely happy when it reared it's head in my never-ending "to-be-read" pile. And I'm so glad I did! <BR/><BR/>Aisling, on her first outing as a courier for her uncle's business, has traveled to Paris to deliver an aquamanile-- unfortunately, the Madame who was supposed to be purchasing it ends up being dead, in the same apartment Aisling has just entered. And merde! if that wasn't bad enough, there's another visitor to the deceased's apartment--a very handsome, sexy, irritating man who introduces himself as Drake Vireo. <BR/><BR/>Questioned by the local authorities and then released, Aisling is dismayed to find facts being thrown at her fast and furiously--demons, which she had always been interested in studying and reading about, are real; there is an entire Otherworld filled with mages, a Venediger, Wiccans, imps, dragons, and all sorts of other characters; some practicing in dark magic, others in white. <BR/><BR/>Oh, and the fact that she's a Guardian? Everyone keeps telling her she is, although she has no clue as to what they're talking about. They tell her she's a Keeper of the Gates of Hell, but instead Aisling is pretty sure she's walked into a version of Hell right there in Paris. Oh, and Drake, that handsome, sexy stranger in the dead woman's apartment? He's a dragon--a green dragon, wyvern leader of his sept, and Aisling is his mate. And that demon, Effrijim, that she summoned in a moment of need? He's a displaced demon whose been outcast by his Lord, has taken the form of a black Newfoundland, and likes to eat horse meat, pee on bushes, suck on the ears of a Corgi, and sing "Elvira". <BR/><BR/>This is by far one of the most interesting paranormal romance series I've read lately. Hilarious dialogue, sizzling passion between Aisling and Drake, and the way Aisling comes into her own with regards to her powers makes this book a definite winner. <BR/><BR/>What steals the show, though, is Jim. The demon-dog has the best lines in the book, and had me laughing out loud so many times that I finally lost count. I sincerely hope that Ms. MacAlister continues to make use of this awesome original character in the upcoming books. <BR/><BR/>**I have to note (yes, probably sarcastically, but I can't help myself!) that if anyone chewed on their bottom lip as much as Aisling does, they'd have nothing for lips but bloody strips of skin. If you can put that aside, however, you'll do just fine.

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