Rebel Rose by Debra Glass
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Violet
They say she’s a Rebel spy…
Rosalie O’Kelley is not above using her feminine wiles to secure much-needed supplies for her fellow townspeople. But when Union Colonel Eric Skaarsberg is put in charge, Rose’s usual tactics fail miserably. In exchange for supplies, she comes to a scandalous arrangement with him. She agrees to become his willing plaything—to fulfill his every physical need, eagerly and without hesitation.
Eric is duty-bound to ferret out the spy who has been leaking information to the Confederates. All evidence points to the passionate belle who readily responds to every touch and taste he metes out. One by one, he strips away Rose’s secrets, but Eric is not satisfied with owning the she-Rebel’s luscious body. He must uncover the truth of her past at any cost—even if it means the destruction of them both.
"Part of her wanted to go in his room and finish what he’d started. Another part wanted to retrieve the pistol he’d left on the dresser and blow his damn head off."
I absolutely fell in love with spirited Southern Belle Rose the moment she thought this about the Yankee Colonel who was boarding in her house.
Widow Rosalie O’Kelley is tormented by too many losses from the Civil War. She sees no future, only what she can do to make life survivable for those around her now. Yet her flirting to gain supplies, has brought suspicion upon her. Union Colonel Eric Skaarsberg is ordered to Florence, Alabama to gain the evidence to prove that Rose is spying. Already haunted by trusting the wrong women, Eric is determined not to fall for Rose’s wiles. But despite their innate distrust of each other, they are instantly attracted to each other. Although they appear to reach an unholy bargain, their relationship is mutually desired and consummated. And despite their consuming passion for each other and the hot sex, they continue to fight their feelings for each other. Rose tries to continually remind herself that he’s the devil, and in one of the lines that made me laugh out loud her trusted servant reminds her “Bible says the devil was God’s purtiest angel,”.
Both Eric and Rose must grow beyond their horrible doubts; trust each other, their own feelings, and believe in a future together.
Ms. Glass does a beautiful job of bringing the harshness of the Civil War to life in Florence, Alabama. I found this especially interesting since Alabama is seldom used as a plot setting for a civil war romance. The history did not overshadow the romance, merely illustrated the awful external and internal conflicts Rose and Eric were facing.
I did have trouble bonding with the hero and heroine. When you first meet them, they’ve put on masks to accomplish their goals. But keep reading, as the masks come off you can’t help but fall in love with all the multiple facets of these two.
If you love civil war romances with two strong characters fighting past demons to fall in love, go no further. This one’s utterly beautiful.