Monday, August 5, 2019

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian

A seductive thief

Lady’s maid Molly Wilkins is done with thieving—and cheating and stabbing and all the rest of it. She’s determined to keep her hands to herself, so she really shouldn’t be tempted to seduce her employer’s prim and proper companion, Alice. But how can she resist when Alice can’t seem to keep her eyes off Molly?

Finds her own heart

For the first time in her life, Alice Stapleton has absolutely nothing to do. The only thing that seems to occupy her thoughts is a lady’s maid with a sharp tongue and a beautiful mouth. Her determination to know Molly’s secrets has her behaving in ways she never imagined as she begins to fall for the impertinent woman.

Has been stolen

When an unwelcome specter from Alice’s past shows up unexpectedly at a house party, Molly volunteers to help the only way she knows how: with a little bit of mischief.

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Book 3.5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

A Little Light Mischief is a novella placed between the third and fourth installments in the Turner series, and can easily be read as a standalone or skipped if F/F is not your cup of tea.

Seeing as F/F is my cup of tea, I was intrigued to read Cat Sebastian's historical romance take on the genre. The ladies may have been up to a little light mischief, but the novella itself was heavy on evocative emotions, with a complete story from start to finish.

Molly and Alice meet due to the former being a lady's maid and the latter being the lady's companion. With the social rules of the times, Alice and Molly keep their distance from one another, sharing nothing but light conversation. But the lady of the house is far more perceptive, forcing the pair into close quarters where sexual tension frays what little is left of their self-control.

As the pages flew by, the reader learns what placed Alice in the role of companion, when she herself should have been primped and put out on a silver platter for the bachelors. Molly is trying to escape the misdeeds of her past, by being a responsible adult with proper employment.

Together, Molly and Alice complement one another, drawing out both caution and bravery within each other, while testing the bounds of their trust and loyalty. They're up to a Little Light Mischief in the revenge department, which could cost them both dearly, but the reward is far greater than monetary in nature. It's their empowered future as independent women in a male-dominated society that sees them as second-class citizens.

With so few pages, there was a hefty story tucked in between, fully told from start to finish, offering large doses of a myriad of emotions, from gut-punches to chuckles. It was the perfect escape for a few hours, one I enjoyed immensely. I look forward to the next in the series, as well as I hope Sebastian continues to give us little stories featuring women who enjoy each other's company.

I don't often read historical romance but this novella just caught my attention, and I am so happy that I took a chance, as this is a really well-rounded story, with two very likeable characters and a very happy ending.

Alice has been seriously wronged, but good fortune has her as a lady's companion, a role that she finds very lacking in busyness, as she had previously been used as a housekeeper and, really, general slave by her father. She finds an unexpected friend in servant Molly; someone whose bosom has been the subject of many of Alice's illicit thoughts.

As we follow the women to the country and their time at much closer quarters, we also see them become real friends and develop a dream of their possible future together – something which most women would never be able to achieve, but good planning and determination mean they succeed.

I really enjoyed the story, the setting, and the romance – thank you, Cat Sebastian, for proving my hunch that I should read this to be absolutely correct!

Cat Sebastian lives in a swampy part of the South with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. Before her kids were born, she practiced law and taught high school and college writing. When she isn't reading or writing, she's doing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and wondering where she put her coffee cup.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Little Light Mischief (Turner #3.5) by Cat Sebastian to read and review.

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