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Friday, January 21, 2011

Beguiled by Paisley Smith

Beguiled by Paisley Smith
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (119 pages)
Other: F/F, anal play, spanking, toys
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by: Honeysuckle

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’Malley awakens a passion in Belle she never knew existed. Alice dominates Belle’s lonely existence with taboo pleasures and erotic escape. Soon Belle realizes she is more than willing to submit her body and her heart to the woman whose strength and compassion she admires -- until those very attributes prove to be the catalyst that could destroy their newfound love.

With the world she’s known falling apart all around her, freedom to feel alive and cherished comes from a most unexpected source for Belle Holloway.

Step back in time with author Paisley Smith as she recreates the old South during it’s most turbulent and desperate years. The Civil War has been raging for over a year and Georgia has seen some of the worst fighting and decimation. What can be stolen is taken, what can’t, is burnt. Belle Holloway and the residents of The Rattle and Snap plantation have had their fair share of looting, killing and disease. Her father has been hung, her brother ran off to fight, her husband is missing and she’s been saddled with two seriously injured Yankee soldiers. And that’s just in the first chapter!

Belle is an incredible character. Her life prior to war consisted of being a wife and planning a future with her husband, Dalton. She certainly never figured on fighting for her life and that of her family, including a faithful house servant. You get the feeling that Belle has had to mature into an adult beyond her twenty-three years in short period of time. She’s had to shoulder responsibilities that are normally left to the men-folk or leave her home and what’s left of her family be destroyed by the Yankees. At the same time, Belle is a Southern lady born and bred. Ms. Smith pours Belle’s love for her family and ancestral home into her words and her actions. Just when Belle thought she had no one, other than Uncle Hewlett, to help protect her home and remaining possessions a wounded soldier is left in her care that would change her life forever.

If you like an alpha hero, you will love the feisty alpha heroine in Beguiled, Alice O’Mally. Alice is an Irish immigrant to the United States and an abolitionist. She joined the Yankee Zouaves army to “help right an injustice”. She is such a passionate individual and tries so hard to prove that she is as good, or better, than any man. Her attraction to Belle is almost instant but she fights to deny the attraction thinking there was no future for her with a married Southern woman.

Be prepared to sigh and to cry along with Belle and Alice as they struggle with their mutual attraction and the sexual chemistry that sizzles off the pages. Ms. Smith has penned a heartwarming novella. The breathtakingly vivid language will leave you feeling like you were a part of the lives of these women and praying that love will find a way for them to be together. You don’t want to miss this one!

1 comment:

Paisley Smith said...

Thank you so much for the 5 Cherry Review! I'm happy you liked Beguiled. I really enjoyed researching and writing this story.:-)