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…
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.
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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