BLOODY GOOD (Bryetwood #1)
by Georgia Evans

PUBLISHER: Kensington Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 1st 2009
FORMAT: Paperback, 320 pages
GENRE: Paranormal Romance

While the sounds of battle echo through the sky, a lady doctor has more than enough trouble to keep her busy, even in a sleepy hamlet outside London. But the threat is nearer home than Alice knows. German agents have infiltrated her beloved countryside – Nazis who can fly, read minds, and live forever. They’re not just fascists. They’re vampires.

Alice has no time for fantasy, but when the corpses start appearing sucked dry, she’ll have to accept help where she can get it. If that includes a lowly Conscientious Objector who says he’s no coward though he refuses to fight, and her very own grandmother, a sane, sensible woman who insists she’s a Devonshire Pixie, so be it. Indeed, whatever it takes to defend home and country from an evil both ancient and terrifyingly modern…

REVIEWER: Carolyn

This is the first book in Georgia Evans’ World War 2 paranormal series. I found this book really easy to get into from the first page and I was taken to a place that is quintessentially English, with lots of tea drinking and gossiping. This is quite true of English culture, we do like to drink lots of tea, and we do like to sit around and have a good gossip while drinking it: it’s just what we do!

There’s great atmosphere to this book and you really get an essence of English country life during the war. The characters are well rounded, interesting and likable. There is Alice, the very attractive village doctor; Helena, her grandmother and Devonshire Pixie; the village bobby, Sgt Howell Pendragon, the resident shapeshifting dragon; Gloria, the district nurse and werefox; Samuel, the local grocer and elf; and Peter, Alice’s love interest, who is just plain human and can’t believe these people exist. And, of course not forgetting, the German, vampire nazis…

Although this story is set around the time of WW2, it’s emphasis is more on the characters in the village and the vampires. The war is merely a backdrop and doesn’t get too bogged down with lots of historical data. This isn’t a frightening, scary or gory read, it’s light, fun and easy reading. A bit like Agatha Christie but with vampires, and without the mystery, and Miss Marple… but you get the idea – the feeling of an old fashioned story with old fashioned values.

The dialogue flows easily and is quite humorous at times with no swearing. So, that’s why when I got to the loves scenes, I was shocked! After many chapters of innocent Alice, dear old grandma Helena and lots of old fashioned tea drinking – WHAM! Sex! Using words that made me blush! Now, I’m no prude but this was so out of context that it made me cringe rather than feel all hot and bothered. Sometimes I think certain explicit words are used that really don’t have to be. If certain words that were used were toned down a touch, it would have been much more successful, but instead I winced and squirmed in discomfort. Saying that, I did enjoy reading about the relationship between Alice and Peter, most of the time it was sweet and innocent and much needed in a time of war.

VERDICT:

However, overall this book is very entertaining, light-hearted and fun and I would definitely recommend it, (as long as you can cope with the explicit sex scenes!).

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GEORGIA EVANS ONLINE
Website | Goodreads

BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Bloody Good
  2. Bloody Awful
  3. Bloody Right

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Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

8 Comments


April October 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Bloody Good sounds like my cup of tea, I mean — beverage drinking, vampire nazis, and explicit sex. Sign me up!

-scurries off to goodreads to add this to the tbr-

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Beth F October 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I've seen a couple of reviews of this series and I think I might have to give them a try. Thanks for the trailers.

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bermudaonion October 12, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I just read a book that sounds similar to this, Undead and Unreliable by MaryJanice Davidson, and it's got several sex scenes in it too.

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gapyeargirl123 October 12, 2009 at 10:28 pm

This looks like fun, I used to love books with one of the wars as a backdrop.

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Literary Feline October 13, 2009 at 1:40 am

I've been really wanting to read this one–vampires, WWII–my kind of book! Thank you for the warning about the explicit sex scenes. That's something I like to be prepared for as it can sometimes be too much.

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Mishel October 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I think I added this to my TBR list a while ago but never really got close to getting it…not yet at least. I think it's the covers that kinda drive me away. I do like the sound of the books though.

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Serena October 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I really liked Bloody Good too, but those sex scenes and word choices were a bit out of character

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Anna October 15, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I liked this one a lot (enough that I bought Bloody Awful, though I haven't read it yet), but I agree that those sex scenes seemed to come out of nowhere. I definitely wasn't expecting the words she used!

Would it be okay to link to your review on War Through the Generations?

–Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

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