Let's just say I'm now a super fan of Ilona Andrews. :-)
This story was intriguing from the start, and it had all the elements of a good story. Stubborn and strong heroine, determined and handsome male but not too arrogant, awesome and funny side characters in the form of children, and a hateable evil villain.
The children make the hero likeable because it just painst a goofy picture. The hero trying to be standoffish or trying to talk to the kids, with the kids being all innocent is just such an endearing scene.
That's all I got to say ;-)