Title : Beguiled
Author: Paisley Smith
Publisher: Loose Id
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Rating : You Want To Read
Reviewed By : Jodie Pierce
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.
Belle Holloway lost almost everything she had to the Yankee Army and war. Her husband and brother went off to fight in the war; the Yankees looted her house, took her livestock and killed her Pa. So when they came back through, Belle was willing to take in their two wounded to save her plantation house from being burned down. The first was a man with a horrible stomach injury who cried out and was delirious. They left him with no pain or sedative medications, only bandages. The second was a young man with a bad thigh wound who could no longer keep up with the group and had become feverish. Upon further investigation, this second man turned out to be a feisty woman who had cut her hair short and liked to wear "breeches". She was fighting to punish the Confederates who owned slaves and make sure they get set free. After calling in Atlanta's local herbologist, Granny, Alice started to feel better but couldn't take the constant wailing of the first soldier so she put him out of his misery by shooting him in the head. Belle was appalled by this woman in her home but had vowed to keep her alive and curiosity was running through her at the type of woman that would put herself through this. As time passed, Belle started feeling things, both sexually and emotionally (though she denied the emotions) for Alice but was beguiled about having a relationship with another woman. It was clear that Alice had fallen in love with Belle but could Belle bring herself to reveal her true feelings to Alice? During future Yankee raids, would Alice be forced to leave Belle and go back to serving in the war? Would Belle lose another person she loved?
Paisley Smith did a wonderful job making the reader feel like you were really there, living through the war. She gave you strong emotions for each character and left you rooting for Belle in the end. The sexual scenes were very well created and formed a vivid picture in my mind. It was like I was right there in the scenes with the characters as they unfolded around me.