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Beguiled

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  203 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Lady Lillian Walford had the Look of Perfection.
Yet a fateful flaw doomed her to a life of silence. And although Anthony Harbreas, the gallant Earl of Graydon, had showered her with his attention, Lillian knew she was fit to be no man's wife. So why had the much-sought-after earl asked her to be his true-bound bride?

Tricked by her brother into marriage with the lovely Lil
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Harlequin Books (first published March 1st 1998)
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Julianna
Sep 11, 2015 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweeter Historical Romance; Disabled Heroines
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"4.5 stars" Beguiled has been on my TBR list for a very long time. I'm quite glad I finally picked it up, because it turned out to be a great read. It's a sweet story of a young woman in Regency England who is all but mute. She's given up on ever marrying and having a normal life, but she still longs for just one season in London to experience what the city has to offer before settling into the rest of her life alone. She just didn't count on her older brother interfering
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Crista
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, historical
There is NO doubt that this is a wonderful book, but how does a person rate a book when the main couple has the WORST and most BORING relationship of the 4 relationships that this book contains.

The other three relationships are intensely great. My favorite is the romance between Aunt Margaret and Aaron the Earl of Cardemore. Now they are what romance is all about. An unrequited, long denied love that is so intense and passionate that the heat between them is "felt" coming right off the pages. T
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Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. I must say though, that for me, it was the heroine and her plight that kept me glued to the pages. I actually read it quite quickly, I was very interested right to the end and in every single page.

I think the hero was a bit tame, I suppose, looking back there wasn't much in him to keep me interested. He was good looking, had a good title, was well-enough off money-wise, but had everything come to him easily. Such as it is for go
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Etty
May 26, 2012 Etty rated it it was amazing
Sukaaaaaaaa banget!!! Ampe ngulang bacanya hehehe!!! Salah satu cerita favorit gw! Baru kali ini baca tokoh heroinenya adalah seorang wanita yang tidak bisa berbicara seperti orang normal, tunawicara yang rendah diri dan selalu memakai bahasa isyarat. Terharu saat membacanaya, situasi yang membuat Lily bersedih karena cibiran orang yang mengira dia tidak normal alias gangguan mental saat make bahasa isyarat maupun saat sang hero yang tega hati menjauhinya hanya karena tahu dia tunawicara!!! Moti ...more
Linda C
Feb 25, 2013 Linda C rated it really liked it
Anthony Harbreas, Earl of Graydon, is blackmailed by Aaron, the Earl of Cardemore, to introduce his sister into society and make sure she has a Season that she will remember. When Anthony meets Lily he finds out she can’t speak, but is not deaf and can understand everything people are saying about her. As he spends time with her he becomes fascinated and eager to smooth her way. Her voice was damaged in childhood and she can speak in a low, faulty voice that is a terrible strain on her vocal cho ...more
Kitty Unpretty
If I had bothered to read the dustflap before buying this thing, I wouldn't have. I have a general rule against books where the lead female says things like "Ah'm sorree" and "Ah'm stup-hid." Fortunately, it turned out that she was not actually mentally handicapped - she just has some messed up vocal cords. That raises the question of why the hell they would pick that particular passage for the dustflap, but that is a question for editors, not authors. The book was much better than I expected, t ...more
Alexa
May 02, 2015 Alexa rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this historical immensely, it satisfied so many of my favourite tropes, how could I not like it?
My only criticism is that at times the romance between the MC's became quite lengthy and dull, but definitely picked up and made up for it with the ending.
It's the first Susan Spencer Paul book that I have read and certainly won't be the last.
NTE
Enjoyed it - although the Deaf heroine is described on the back cover as knowing "she was fit to be no man's wife", it seemed a pretty realistic portrayal of how deafness was perceived in that time period (not just as a burden, but as proof of idiocy and/or moral weakness) and therefore felt more true. The hero, of course, has to be blackmailed into courting her, but there's a plot, at least... the story isn't all about this Girl Who Is Deaf, which is a nice change from some of the other crap I' ...more
Kristy Halseth
Apr 27, 2016 Kristy Halseth rated it really liked it
I have had this book for many many years. I don't know how many times I've read it now. Not every year, maybe not even every other year, but at least every third year. (I have a lot of books.) I just love this book and I can't even pinpoint just why. Perhaps it is because all the couples are dealt with and settled, one way or another, in one book. In some ways, I would have liked some parts to have been explored more in depth. But at the same time, those parts don't feel like huge holes as happe ...more
Leah
This was one of those books that took me by surprise.

The book opens up with Anthony, the Earl of Graydon being manipulated (rather neatly) by Aaron, the Earl of Cardemore into entertaining and escorting his young sister, Lillian around London, as she's coming out into society for the first time. The book mentions nothing about the girl other than that she's to be kept happy and content and that the only reason Anthony was picked was because of his flawless reputation. Lillian ends up being one
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Imaginereader
I don't know what I could rate it, seeing the ending was not a complete end and left the question of what happen to Lily and her brother's relationship, including other's ending. It was very incomplete and I wish there was an overall final epilogue.
Alisha
Sep 18, 2013 Alisha rated it it was amazing
love this book, so much that I bought it 3 times. I read it, then found in used bookstore forgetting I had read it and bought it again :-)
Rhapsody
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it liked it
Recommends it for: regency readers/people who like heroines with physical disabilities
Shelves: romance, fiction
Well-written, but it just didn't hit the spot for me. Graydon, the hero, was a little too perfect and tame. He is currently the most sought after bachelor in the ton; a good title, very handsome, perfect manners, and rich (supposedly). Actually, all his debts have just been bought up by the devilish Earl of Cardemore, who has a job for him; Graydon is to escort the earl's younger sister Lily around London for her first season there and make sure she has a marvelous time, or the earl will ruin hi ...more
Cherise
Aug 17, 2013 Cherise rated it liked it
Shelves: regency, challenged
Like another reader had mentioned I actually enjoy the other pairs' going ons than the main one. It just feels like the h is pretty immature and insecure. The H's actions speak louder than words and I just find it unbelivable that she couldn't tell how he felt, also weird that he didn't say anything about his feelings. The reason for his staying away is just stupid and his inaction made him weak; one would think he would want to do more with such a untenable situation than to wait and wait for n ...more
Tricia
May 22, 2015 Tricia rated it really liked it
Unusual storyline, interesting characters (not just the main protagonists, but the secondary ones also) Covered a topic I'd not come across before in this genre and interested me enough to want to undertake further research on attitudes to physical handicaps in this period. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
garnetyuna
May 24, 2016 garnetyuna rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-f, historical
Was I supposed to like this... book? Please. There weren't a character I could like, except maybe for the heroine... a small bit.

(view spoiler)

NOPE.
Christine
Mar 29, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
I found this book in a bargain bin one day and decided to take a chance on it. It was much better than I thought it would be. I remember hating the lead girl's family and loving the male lead, but not much beyond that.
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This author also writes under the name Mary Spencer

When I was a senior in high school, everyone in my graduating class was asked to fill out a questionnaire supposing where we'd be in ten years' time, what we'd be doing and what our accomplishments would be. I put down that I would be a published author and have written the Great American Novel. I was joking, of course, but I really did want to be
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