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!).
(I gave this book 7/10 on my blog)