In the Blood of the Greeks by Mary D. Brooks is a sapphic ‘romance’ novel set in WWII Greece — a compelling setting. The book was extremely well-reviewed, and I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up the book for free on a promo. Unfortunately, it ought to have come with a content warning instead of high reviews, as contains a ‘romance’ between an underage person and an adult: the romance arc begins when the protagonist meets her love interest when she is a young teenage girl and the love interest is an adult.
I cannot recommend this book because of the pedophilia/ephebophilia themes, obviously. If the ages of the main characters were appropriate, I would have continued reading, as I do acknowledge that the author has a compelling writing style. I started reading it because WWII stories set in Greece are relatively rare, and it was so highly reviewed.
I’m honestly kind of stunned that it was so highly reviewed and that more reviewers didn’t realize that a relationship between an adult woman and a young teenager wasn’t appropriate, even if that relationship didn’t become physical until the girl was older. It was very clear from the introduction of the adult woman that she was interested in the child. I had to stop reading once I realized that this was the ‘romance.’
This review was originally posted on Amazon & Goodreads; I am currently compiling my reviews here.