Beguiled (Beguiled #1)
Genre: Lesbian Historical
The Civil War has torn Belle Holloway's world apart. Left to manage her Georgia plantation with little help, she is exasperated when the Union Army adds to her burden by leaving a wounded soldier behind. But upon closer examination, Belle is shocked to discover the soldier is actually a beguiling woman.
Clad in male attire, stubborn, brash Alice O...more
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I can only speak from my experiences in life and the knowledge I have gained from those experiences. Throw my education in there, and I would like to thin ...more
This story started strong but then the plot took a turn and I didn't enjoy it as much. Being tagged as historical I was looking forward to reading more about The Civil War and the MC's fight for survival BUT it seemed that was more used as a means to get the two MC's together.
One thing that didn't sit right with me was her new love interest wearing her missing (view spoiler)[later revealed dead (hide spoiler)] husbands clothes. This had nothing to do with gender but more a respect iss ...more
Most importantly, Belle and Alice are a beautiful couple who made my heart ache. Each physical encounter between them upped the ante so much that it hurt to read, and yet I couldn't stop and read the whole thing in two sittings.
My biggest issues came from the telegraphing in the writing style, but either it stopped after the first two ...more
Alice O'Malley makes no apologies for her male garb or her sexuality. Belle finds herself filled ...more
I thought this was a really interesting, erotic and enjoyable book.
I read the revised version which is in novel form vs its original format as a short story. From what I understand, there are several changes so I'll get those out of the way. The story is no longer straight up porn. There are non-sexual scenes between each erotic encounter where you see Alice and Isabelle growing in affection and respect for each other. I didn't find the language to be crass. I'm no expert but nothing ...more
NOTE: This is the original novella I am reviewing here. I just found out that Paisley Smith has totally re-written the story and turned it into a +200 page book. I'll read that one and review later.
Beguiled is a short novella written in first person. I really like turn of the century novels; this one is set during the Civil War. It was a fast, enjoyable read.
I cared about the characters and wanted to know what happened to them. Paisley always puts sexy bits into her writ ...more
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