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Beguiled (Beguiled #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  183 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews

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

Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Paisley Smith
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Mar 25, 2011 Mommamaeve rated it it was amazing
I first must say, this book was recommended to me. Now you can imagine my hesitance at first. I approached this book with the mentality-- I might be 60-something, but I am not dead. I like what I call “smut,” or what I also refer to as my “dessert.” Beguiled was my first lesbian encounter with smut. With that in mind, I truly enjoyed the book.

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
3 1/2 stars

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) husbands clothes. This had nothing to do with gender but more a respect iss
Jun 11, 2012 Saritza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been searching for strong lesbian erotic romance that read like the many m/m books I read and love without either heroine ending up dead or alone. After sending an email off to a few folks in the industry whose reading tastes are similar to mine and who I know read lesbian romance, I was recommended this author and book to read. Loved this quick, historical romance and am so grateful to the several people who recommended this book to me. Am picking up more of Paisley's books for sure!
Nov 18, 2010 MT is currently reading it
I haven't read the entire book, just bits and pieces while I was formatting it, but what I read I liked very much. Lesbian erotica isn't necessarily a huge seller for us, which is a shame. I'm sort of an equal opportunity reader; I'll read m/f, m/m, and f/f, as well as menage in whatever combination. If the book is good, the gender really shouldn't matter. IMHO. :)
Jan 31, 2011 M A rated it really liked it
Alice and Belle make a memorable, sweet, and erotic couple. What I particularly like about "Beguiled" is Smith's ease in creating a solid relationship between the two heroines prior to their sexual involvement. I think sometimes authors writing erotic romance have it so rough because if they invest too much time in developing emotional intimacy and sexual tension, readers seeking erotic titillation feel their time is wasted. I enjoy the tension leading to consummation and this book doesn't disap ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Very well written historical f/f romance. Set towards the end of the Civil War, Belle must do the best she can to ensure that she and her mother have a roof over their heads and food. When the Yankees come she makes a bargain to house two of their wounded. One man is mortally wounded, the other is not a man but a woman. Belle is fascinated by Alice. At first neither trusts the other but their feelings build. Together they fight off bushwackers and more Yankees who want to destroy Belle's home. A ...more
KV Taylor
Nov 01, 2011 KV Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, lgbtq
This might be a 3.5 star read, but it gets 4 stars for avoiding a lot of Civil War fiction cliches -- after making me think it was totally about to succumb to them.

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
Sep 03, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
"Beguiled" by Paisley Smith is a book that combines a fascinating story with two strong lead characters set during the Civil War. Belle Holloway awaits for news on her husband who joined the war while trying to keep their plantation in Georgia up and running. When a Union soldier is left for her to care for, she is shocked to find out that, underneath the uniform is not a young man but a young woman!

Alice O'Malley makes no apologies for her male garb or her sexuality. Belle finds herself filled
3.75 stars.

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
Nov 20, 2011 Pricelessfem rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian-romance
This was so sexy!!!!! I had to put it down once or twice to cool off!
Original Novella Review

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
Rachel Storey
I surely do enjoy a good historical fiction love story. And if you enjoy lots of f/f sex scenes then this is a great book for you. For me, there was too much sex and not enough of the slow burn. I did feel that Alice (the tomboy Yankee) and Belle (the Southern lady) were fully fleshed out and relatable; as were the supporting cast.
Aug 03, 2015 Ezra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Star Read
Apr 12, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Apr 22, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it
3.5 stars -- enjoyable lesbian romance. Overall I felt it was too rushed and there needed to be more UST and build-up of Belle and Alice's relationship. The sex is hot, though, and I did enjoy the characters and setting. Did find it a bit odd that the first half of the book is in first person (Belle's POV) and then Alice's third person POV is suddenly added. It was a bit jarring. But it's definitely worth a read.
Aidee Ladnier
Jan 12, 2014 Aidee Ladnier rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved Belle and Alice. I was rooting for their happily ever after from the start.
Apr 08, 2012 cain rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt
i was expecting a historical romance, but that was problem on my part, given the length of the book. there were more sex scenes than anything else and they werent even great.
Jul 28, 2013 Kent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, kindle-books
Excellent book!
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I’m Paisley Smith! I am a full time freelance writer and can usually be found in front of my computer either writing, chatting, promoting or plotting. It’s a glamorous life…working in one’s pajamas.

I attended college in the Deep South where I obtained a slew of totally useless degrees and developed an unrelenting sense of humor.

My books can be found at Ellora’s Cave , Loose Id, and Cleis Press!

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