A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5)
A seductive thiefLady’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 heartFor 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 stolenWhen 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.

A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5) Details

TitleA Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 6th, 2019
PublisherAvon Impulse
ISBN-139780062951038
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Novella, LGBT, Historical Romance

A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series, #3.5) Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I've definitely burned myself out on historical romances, I still rather enjoyed this one! If you're a fan of the genre and want to read something fast and fun and also really, really gay, I highly recommend!
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Historical romance is a genre I rarely read but with the recent surge of f/f historical romance I find myself more and more interested in the genre. Or maybe it's just that I'm so starved of f/f that I'll read it no matter the genre.This was my first book by Cat Sebastian and after hearing great things by my friends I was maybe slightly disappointed that I couldn't give t I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Historical romance is a genre I rarely read but with the recent surge of f/f historical romance I find myself more and more interested in the genre. Or maybe it's just that I'm so starved of f/f that I'll read it no matter the genre.This was my first book by Cat Sebastian and after hearing great things by my friends I was maybe slightly disappointed that I couldn't give this novella a full 5 stars, but I still enjoyed it a lot, and it did made me curious to try her full length novels.The story follows Alice, a disowned woman, and Molly, lady's maid and former thief. The book is quite short so things move quickly in terms of both characters realizing their attraction to each other, and what worked well is their difference in experience when it comes to attraction to other women. It was still "slow burn" enough if you keep in mind that this is a novella that has to start and end in less than 100 pages, and I really enjoyed it. There also was no relationship drama or misunderstanding/miscommunication, which I always appreciate. The main social theme was how Alice, who comes from an abusive home, has been wrongfully disowned by her father because of, you guessed it, misogyny. And like in all the best fiction, the revenge is so, so sweet. I am personally all for f/f histrom being about badass women getting revenge on the shitty men in their lives, and this is the third f/f histrom I've read that follows this pattern and I have to say I don't mind it one bit if all the other historical sapphic fiction sees not only women getting together but also overthrowing the patriarchy in small but significant ways.In terms of what didn't make this a 5 stars, it's a mix of things but I feel like most of it is just this not being my comfort genre. I also felt like I could have done with a little more relationship development. I'm all for women liking each other and it not being complicated or too angsty, even in historical times. And I really did love the romance, I just think it was a little forgettable for my taste. But there was so much I loved, and it's refreshing to see a relationship between two women where they're certainly aware of the world they live in but they also never face homophobia on the page. Also, did I mention one of the main characters has a little daughter? I've never an f/f where one of them is a mom of a small kid that gets to be part of their eventual happy ending.For those who haven't read the rest of this series: I haven't either and I still enjoyed it. I do feel like maybe I lacked a bit of context (both in-the-series and historical), but the book one cameo had me intrigued and curious to eventually read that book and properly meet those characters.So overall I would say this is an excellent read both if you're not a historical romance reader but want to read more f/f no matter the genre and if you're used to historical fiction and are looking to read more diverse and get into some sapphic reading.
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  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    dnf @ 49%arc provided by publisher through EdelweissA classic it's not you it's me. I don't know how many histfic romances I've tried to read but I haven't finished a single one. I thought I'd give this a shot because a) sapphics and b) it's short (even though I dnf'd the seconds book of this series). This was just... boring. And the ratio of prose to dialogue was too much for my personal taste. People who like histfic would probably like it but it wasn't for me.
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  • Julia Rutledge
    January 1, 1970
    That cover?? Yes! Finally a Cat Sebastian F/F! Yes! Thank god! Finally! Jesus! Oh man!
  • Acqua
    January 1, 1970
    A Little Light Mischief is an f/f historical romance novella set in London in 1818. It follows two women as they fall in love and get revenge against the man who wronged one of them.It is part of a series, but I can tell you that you don't need to have read the previous books to understand it - I haven't, I don't know what they're about, and I had no problems with understanding the context. What I struggled more with was the writing style: English is my second language, and I often struggle with A Little Light Mischief is an f/f historical romance novella set in London in 1818. It follows two women as they fall in love and get revenge against the man who wronged one of them.It is part of a series, but I can tell you that you don't need to have read the previous books to understand it - I haven't, I don't know what they're about, and I had no problems with understanding the context. What I struggled more with was the writing style: English is my second language, and I often struggle with books that sometimes go out of their way to sound "older". It is an added wall, when this already isn't my language to begin with, so I connected with the story less.I've recently read another historical romance set around the same time that didn't make me feel this way while not sounding "modern" either, so this is something I noticed.Apart from that, I loved A Little Light Mischief. It's exactly what the title and the cover promise it is: a fun, romantic read about two women in love who also get into some mischief, and I love this small, recent trend of f/f historical romance that comment on misogyny and a little also on homophobia while not being about queer pain at all. It's escapism, as it should be.Also, I will always think that novellas are the best format for romance, at least for me. A Little Light Mischief is long enough to develop the romance but too short to need relationship drama or much more conflict, and there's still space for a sex scene, which is the perfect combination. All the fun without any of the boredom, drawn-out miscommunication or pacing problems.
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    A Little Light Mischief is a really wholesome sapphic Historical Romance that I would definitely recommend if this is something you're craving more of. “You've made me feel like I deserve good things. And you're the best thing of all.” While this is technically part of a series, you can definitely read this without having read anything else in this series. I was definitely a little bit confused in the beginning, simply because there were so many names that I didn't know and I was just missing A Little Light Mischief is a really wholesome sapphic Historical Romance that I would definitely recommend if this is something you're craving more of. “You've made me feel like I deserve good things. And you're the best thing of all.” While this is technically part of a series, you can definitely read this without having read anything else in this series. I was definitely a little bit confused in the beginning, simply because there were so many names that I didn't know and I was just missing general context but this ended up not being an issue after the first couple of pages.This is a sapphic Historical Romance exactly like I love it. It is so very wholesome and has no homophobia in it. I loved the development between the two characters and it was as slow burn as a Romance novella could be.I also loved that there was a storyline included about women coming together to go against the shitty men in their life. There is nothing better than two ladies falling in love and ON TOP OF THAT have a tiny revenge storyline against shitty men. THE BLESSINGS 👌🏻There was a surprising amount of character development in this novella that really surprised me. Alice really learns to come out of her shell and use the skills she already has through being with Molly and I loved that. It is a story where Alice doesn't become an entirely different person because of her love interest but just really understands herself and how brave she can be! “At first, she reassured herself that everyone must have this difficulty: women's bodies were just good and one did enjoy looking at good things.” Overall I just really enjoyed this novella and think it is a great addition to the otherwise quite empty vast space of sapphic Historical Romance. But at the end of the day it is still just a novella that will probably not really stay with me for long, which is why I gave it 3.5 stars.♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦I received an ARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
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  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    ★★★★☆ | Sexy and important! "You've made me feel like I deserve good things. And you're the best thing of all." ➽ SUMMARYA reformed thief and a penniless lady. What those two could possibly want from each other? They don't know either but they can't stop wanting it. And after some secrets are revealed and a certain unwanted man makes an appearance — there will be time for a little light mischief!➽ CHARACTERSAlice Stapleton — Alice had a busy life and now she has nothing but time for herself. An ★★★★☆ | Sexy and important! "You've made me feel like I deserve good things. And you're the best thing of all." ➽ SUMMARYA reformed thief and a penniless lady. What those two could possibly want from each other? They don't know either but they can't stop wanting it. And after some secrets are revealed and a certain unwanted man makes an appearance — there will be time for a little light mischief!➽ CHARACTERSAlice Stapleton — Alice had a busy life and now she has nothing but time for herself. And sometimes time to humour the Lady who took care of her and accompany her to parties. So, she spends her time trying to embodier tissues and not gawking at a certain maid, thank you very much. But what will happen if she is forced into her proximity? Molly Wilkins — Molly is not ashamed of her past of thieving and sleeping around for some nice bracelet that would keep her fed for weeks. However, now she's got a good job and wishes to live an honest life. She has a reason to. And this reason is why she must remember that seducing a proper Lady who is under the care of her employer is a bad idea. Well, bollocks.➽ RELATIONSHIPSDespite the differences in social position and character, Molly and Alice have enough in common to develop a deeper understanding and comradery so the undeniable sexual tension is not the only thing that brings them together. They have to work on their trust issues and share some of their secrets but in the end, they just seem to work together and work together. There is both: passion and understanding between them.➽ WHY IS THIS BOOK IMPORTANT??Both Molly and Alice experienced certain things that made their lives very difficult. Molly came from low and everything she owns she earned herself. She also has a person to provide for but she works so hard she barely sees them. Alice, turned away from her home, relies on the goodness of the Lady who took her in but has no perspectives of gaining any independence so she is constantly wary not to lose the roof over her head again. Seeing them learn to trust each other and stand on their feet, while under the care of another strong but complicated woman, is truly a wonderful experience. ___________________________blog | insta | twitter | booksirens | duolingo
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  • c,
    January 1, 1970
    On my blog. Rep: wlw mcsGalley provided by publisherTo be honest, I was put off this book on the first page when there was the following line: Alice didn’t know how she was supposed to concentrate on her sewing – or whatever it was she was meant to be doing – when there was an ample bosom or a pert backside within reach at all moments. That would be sexual harassment, Alice.The book then goes on to establish Alice as meek and not at all likely to be the kind of person who does that, so why that On my blog. Rep: wlw mcsGalley provided by publisherTo be honest, I was put off this book on the first page when there was the following line: Alice didn’t know how she was supposed to concentrate on her sewing – or whatever it was she was meant to be doing – when there was an ample bosom or a pert backside within reach at all moments. That would be sexual harassment, Alice.The book then goes on to establish Alice as meek and not at all likely to be the kind of person who does that, so why that line was in there, I don’t know. All it really served to do was put me off the characters and the book.Because, although this book was less than 100 pages long, I still really needed to at least like the characters from the first page. And I didn’t. So I got bored. (Charlotte, you are so easily bored, you say. And yes, true, but it also doesn’t take that much for me not to be bored. Just some characters I actually like and a decent plot.)The major sticking point between me and this novella, besides the boredom, was how off the pacing felt. The first chapter skips around a lot and it just felt like I’d been dumped into the middle of a longer story. And then when that finally settles, the book is over before it’s even properly started. I went from “I’ve read three chapters” to “wait, that’s the end??”.There’s also not a whole lot of reason to actually want the characters to get together. One of the first things Alice does in the book is follow Molly home and imply she’s either stealing from her employer or sleeping around. And then proceeds to stutter a bit when Molly looks disapproving but never really apologises for her assumptions. So maybe it’s a little harsh to say I couldn’t really want them together, because by this point I’d already been put off, but ultimately, I never felt anything between them.And also I really couldn’t stop thinking about how one of the characters is described as smelling like a person who had a job and a child and a purpose in life, not merely a vague infinity of breasts and hips and crooked grins. So they smell of baby vomit?
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Alice and Molly were great. I always think novellas are lacking in character development but it wasn’t too bad in this book. Alice and Molly were perfect for each other and I was glad they found there happy ending!
  • Racheal
    January 1, 1970
    This was really sweet, with a great sense of attraction between the leads. I do wish it had been longer than a novella, though, as it could have been a bit more developed. But overall a nice little nugget!
  • aarya
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars Link to bookstagrams: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0z9I4hgx...https://www.instagram.com/p/BzTooLpgJ...Love, love, love this adorable f/f novella between a lady’s maid/former thief and a disowned daughter of a vicar. You will love this if you enjoy any of the following:⚔🔥Revenge on despicable men (aka tearing down the patriarchy)🔥⚔🛌Bed sharing in a house party. Swoon🛌 👗One heroine constantly helping out the other heroine in and out of her clothes. Why the hell don’t we have more f/f lad 4.5 stars Link to bookstagrams: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0z9I4hgx...https://www.instagram.com/p/BzTooLpgJ...Love, love, love this adorable f/f novella between a lady’s maid/former thief and a disowned daughter of a vicar. You will love this if you enjoy any of the following:⚔️🔥Revenge on despicable men (aka tearing down the patriarchy)🔥⚔️‬‪🛌Bed sharing in a house party. Swoon🛌‬ ‪👗One heroine constantly helping out the other heroine in and out of her clothes. Why the hell don’t we have more f/f lady’s maid romances?👗‬🔓Unrepentant thievery and heist plotting 🔓‪💖Absolute zero external or internal homophobia (there’s no angst about the couple or “we can’t be together because it’s wrong!” Hallelujah)💖‪👩‍👩‍👧Single mom heroines! This was unexpected but I liked the subplot very much! And you can just tell they’re going to be such good parents to the little girl👩‍👩‍👧‬***Honestly, all my criticisms stem from the desire that this was a novel instead. This isn’t exactly fair criticism because, well, it is a novella. I wish we had seen the daughter more (especially more interaction with Alice and Katie) and I wish there was more relationship development (e.g., that we had seen more of their relationship progress after their first intimate encounter). But these are very small negatives when I think about how much I adored Alice and Molly together.Disclaimer: I’ve interacted with the author on a personal basis, but these are my honest thoughts about the book
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely but short even for a novella. Cat’s first historical f/f for Avon contains the story of Molly the streetwise housemaid (we’ve met her before) and Alice the cast-off vicar’s daughter. While on the way to an HEA without relationship miscommunication or reluctance to acknowledge love the two ladies show a couple of awful dudes where to get off. Love the cover.
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review A Little Light Mischief is a novella placed between the 3rd and 4th installment in the Turner series, and can easily be read as a standalone or skipped if FF is not your cup of tea. Seeing as FF 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 emotion I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads5 Stars Spoiler-Free Review A Little Light Mischief is a novella placed between the 3rd and 4th installment in the Turner series, and can easily be read as a standalone or skipped if FF is not your cup of tea. Seeing as FF 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 enjoy immensely. I look forward to the next in the series, as well as I hope Ms. Sebastian continues to give us little stories featuring women who enjoy each other's company.
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  • Kaa
    January 1, 1970
    Is this my new favorite Cat Sebastian? Yes, yes it is.
  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    London, January 1818Molly Wilkins is happy to be a lady's maid, it's so much better than the life she led before. Alice Stapleton is bored; she's grateful that Mrs Wraxall took her in as a companion, but Alice is not used to being decorative and embroidering handkerchiefs. This leaves her ample time to ogle Molly, and wonder if Molly is on the up-and-up. One evening Alice follows Molly on one of her mysterious errands. And it was the beginning of a very beautiful friendship.A LITTLE LIGHT MISCHI London, January 1818Molly Wilkins is happy to be a lady's maid, it's so much better than the life she led before. Alice Stapleton is bored; she's grateful that Mrs Wraxall took her in as a companion, but Alice is not used to being decorative and embroidering handkerchiefs. This leaves her ample time to ogle Molly, and wonder if Molly is on the up-and-up. One evening Alice follows Molly on one of her mysterious errands. And it was the beginning of a very beautiful friendship.A LITTLE LIGHT MISCHIEF is a lovely F/F romance, lovingly written with just a touch of steam. It was nice that the aristocracy was in the background, it gives us a look at how the other half lives. I absolutely adored Molly, so straightforward, no-nonsense, and very clever. Alice, as a vicar's daughter never had a chance to assert herself, but getting closer to Molly emboldens her, and she finally fights for what's hers. It was interesting to see that both women were much more alike than they had assumed. And what terrific banter they shared!Of course, I would have loved for this novella to be longer; I can't get enough of Cat Sebastian. But I was a little disappointed as the book is even shorter than I expected, because it contains a lengthy excerpt of A Duke in Disguise. Still, we get the necessary backstories, a solid plot, justice at last for Alice, and several sweet and touching moments. The ending and the (too short) epilogues are wonderful, even though I wanted more. Given the length of this book, I would not have expected any typos. There is only one, but seeing "annunciating" instead of "enunciating" was a bit of a shock, particularly in the finished product from a major publisher. I must comment on the luscious cover; isn't it something to behold? This charming story, although part of the Turner series, stands entirely on its own. Now, I have to wait for Cat Sebastian's next book!
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  • Kara Jorgensen
    January 1, 1970
    Alice Stapleton is newly cast out and newly a lady's companion, but now that she no longer has her father's vicarage to run, she's itching to something, which is apparently something the ton don't do. To occupy herself, she sews, writes, and studies the assets of her companion's lady's maid. Molly knows Alice is watching, but she's sworn off the sins of her past unless absolutely necessary, but there's something about the quiet woman that intrigues her. As they grow closer, Alice and Molly find Alice Stapleton is newly cast out and newly a lady's companion, but now that she no longer has her father's vicarage to run, she's itching to something, which is apparently something the ton don't do. To occupy herself, she sews, writes, and studies the assets of her companion's lady's maid. Molly knows Alice is watching, but she's sworn off the sins of her past unless absolutely necessary, but there's something about the quiet woman that intrigues her. As they grow closer, Alice and Molly find they have far more in common than they thought and embark on a revenge mission to get Alice back what she lost.I received a copy of A Little Light Mischief in exchange for an honest review, and keep in mind, I really like Cat Sebastian's books, so I'm a tad biased. If you like your romance on the low stress side, this novella is for you. Plus, it's f/f, which is even better!What I love about this story is both main characters are women with jobs. We tend to think of Regency period women as wandering aimlessly through the grounds or a mother, but both Molly and Alice are take-charge in their own ways and very capable people. There is discussion of women's work in terms of value and the unseen toll of being a woman, especially under the control of a man. I love seeing this power dynamic being discussed in a context that isn't centering on a marriage. Both Molly and Alice harbor secrets from their past, but neither dominates their lives and they aren't the fallen angels some authors would happily portray them as.Molly is what I wished other "strong" historical women were like. She's loud, she's take-charge, she's cunning, but she isn't a caricature. She's multifaceted and willing to quiet down and meet Alice in the middle. Meanwhile, Alice is drawn out of her shell by Molly and uses her new-found moxie to help them both. Women helping women is my jam and needs to be in more f/f fiction (looking at you, Sarah Waters).Overall, A Little Light Mischief is a wonderful f/f romance novella that has characters you cheer for and villains you are more than happy to see get their come-up-ins.
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  • Celine
    January 1, 1970
    A Little Light Mischief is a sweet sapphic novella by Cat Sebastian. Alice is only just respectable - penniless, she seeks sanctuary by acting as a lady's companion. She meets Molly, a direct and brutally honest lady's maid who has had enough of Alice's wallflower tendencies. They learn from each other, growing closer throughout the obstacles in their path. Sebastian has written a solid novella, though its limited length cramped the storytelling, leading to a rather rushed narrative in places. T A Little Light Mischief is a sweet sapphic novella by Cat Sebastian. Alice is only just respectable - penniless, she seeks sanctuary by acting as a lady's companion. She meets Molly, a direct and brutally honest lady's maid who has had enough of Alice's wallflower tendencies. They learn from each other, growing closer throughout the obstacles in their path. Sebastian has written a solid novella, though its limited length cramped the storytelling, leading to a rather rushed narrative in places. The pairing is sweet, with just a little bit of sexy thrown in. From time to time, Alice found herself looking a little too closely, too warmly, at a woman. At home it had been the curate's sister, then the landlady at the inn. At first, she reassured herself that everyone must have this difficult: women's bodies were just good and one did enjoy looking at good things. One didn't want to ogle, but it was like admiring a particularly well-iced cake, that was all. Perfectly natural. Later, she had to acknowledge that her thoughts about women did not much resemble her thoughts about cake, however well-iced.---Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[domestic abuse, alcoholism, sexual assault, poverty. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ 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 slav ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ 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 who's 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!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I love fluffy books about queer people, so this was right up my alley. This is a low angst novella with a bit of thievery at a house party and lots of longing glances. Molly (who I read as bi) is more comfortable in her sexuality, whereas Alice is just realizing that she likes women. But there's no violence or queerphobia or anything like that and it's just so refreshing to read a fun historical romp about two women falling in love.CW: mention of previous attempted sexual assault / man exposing I love fluffy books about queer people, so this was right up my alley. This is a low angst novella with a bit of thievery at a house party and lots of longing glances. Molly (who I read as bi) is more comfortable in her sexuality, whereas Alice is just realizing that she likes women. But there's no violence or queerphobia or anything like that and it's just so refreshing to read a fun historical romp about two women falling in love.CW: mention of previous attempted sexual assault / man exposing himself to a Alice against her will, some forced advances in one scene in the present, and mention of parental neglect and child abuse off-page while Alice was growing up.(Note: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.)
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss+ to read in exchange for a fair review. A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian is an F/F novella that is part of her Turner Series. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the entire series as I enjoyed it very much. Alice Stapleton became a companion when her father the vicar tossed her out with nothing when she was accused of trying to seduce a male visitor. Feeling isolated and unsure she struggles with her attraction to her em I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss+ to read in exchange for a fair review. A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian is an F/F novella that is part of her Turner Series. It can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the entire series as I enjoyed it very much. Alice Stapleton became a companion when her father the vicar tossed her out with nothing when she was accused of trying to seduce a male visitor. Feeling isolated and unsure she struggles with her attraction to her employers lady’s maid Molly Wilkins. I loved how she was able to find her feet and take her own back from both her father and the man who tried to molest her and find a HEA that works for her. Light to Medium Steam. Publishing Date August 6, 2019 #Edelweissplus #CatSebastian #ALittleLightMischief #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonRomance #AvonBooks #HistoricalRomance #Bookstagram
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  • Sarah Meerkat
    January 1, 1970
    This was absolutely everything my little queer heart wanted. Two women getting what they want and empowering themselves and each and having no shame in their desires or that one of them has a child. And becoming a family together and telling the me who hurt them to fuck off. Also special appearance of Jack Turner and Oliver being the best boys
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  • Tori
    January 1, 1970
    More historical f/f always! This is very fun, sexy novella. I liked seeing Molly again, and she and Alice were wonderful. There was a lot going on, and this is a very short novella (it finishes before 84%) so I would have liked to see it developed a little more, but I enjoyed it very much!
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  • Cori
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing I wanted that this book didn't give me was more of this book
  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely readThis will be joining all of Cat Sebastian's other books on my Read Over and Over Again list. The kindness in her MC's always leaves me feeling good.
  • Didi
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, when I heard Sebastian planned an FF Romance as part of “The Turners” series, I thought it would be starring one of the sisters from the earlier book. Instead, one of the lead character here, Molly Wilkins, was first appeared on”The Soldier’s Scoundrel” (along with her employer) and acquaintance of the Turners. While taking place in the same world as the series, this novella can be read as a standalone. Of course, having read (at least) the first installment of the series would give cl Honestly, when I heard Sebastian planned an FF Romance as part of “The Turners” series, I thought it would be starring one of the sisters from the earlier book. Instead, one of the lead character here, Molly Wilkins, was first appeared on”The Soldier’s Scoundrel” (along with her employer) and acquaintance of the Turners. While taking place in the same world as the series, this novella can be read as a standalone. Of course, having read (at least) the first installment of the series would give clearer picture of Molly and her bond with her employee (ergo, better understanding on their off-page dynamics). Despite the seemingly easy vibe, A LITTLE LIGHT MISCHIEF is a rather fast-paced and plain sailing read. It brought together two opposites characters; a former thief/street urchin and a vicar’s daughter. I granted that this novella was quite sweet and empowering. Yet I wasn’t that moved by the character’s plight. There’s something about Alice that I couldn’t fully take in, and she also seemed rather volatile. Also, as sweet the liaison between Alice and Molly might be, the developing feeling between them felt way too swift. The same is also applied to Alice’s abrupt shift of manner. Not that I’m not glad for her - heck, I love how a heroine solving her own problems - but she actually changed in such a short span of time and without much fight from her opponents too (considering her backstory, it made that change rather suspicious). The upsides for me are mostly on Molly’s sides (I’m not gonna mention them as not to be spoilery) but one of them was her connection to the Turners and the scene with member of the family. To summarize, I guess overall this is not a bad reading. Call me nit-picky reader, but personally I wish for a bit of tweak to lend more substantial bite to the story.Copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rike @ RikeRandom
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty much exactly what the title said: A Little Light Mischief. Just a couple pages full of fluffy historical f/f romance. Short and sweet, without much depth or character development, but some nice drama and a few fun moments.
  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Alice is the daughter of a vicar who wasn’t a model of propriety, and has taken a position as a companion to a woman who not only treats her well, but is more than happy to have her about. Another in service is Molly, the lady’s maid with a history of thieving, and a big secret. Alice has never quite been “like the others”, but she’s convinced herself that her lot in life is to be of service, and away from her father’s influence and tempers. Here Sebastian uses the character of Molly – born on t Alice is the daughter of a vicar who wasn’t a model of propriety, and has taken a position as a companion to a woman who not only treats her well, but is more than happy to have her about. Another in service is Molly, the lady’s maid with a history of thieving, and a big secret. Alice has never quite been “like the others”, but she’s convinced herself that her lot in life is to be of service, and away from her father’s influence and tempers. Here Sebastian uses the character of Molly – born on the rough side of London, struggling to do the best for the moment, and intrigued by the quiet, retiring and not particularly open Alice. Oh this was fun – from Molly’s flirtation to Alice’s curiosity and discovery of Molly’s secrets, all leading to a discovery of her own power and beauty as Molly seeks to bring her good points forward: adjusting her clothing, hair and attitude with a mixture of tough talk and gentle caresses. A full on romance between the two occurs, but the test of both trustworthiness and dedication comes with a brooch, a great sum of money and some separation. As in all of her stories, Sebastian does more than create electric chemistry and longing: these two are well-matched and find strength in one another: particularly with Alice’s rather unusual (for a woman of her class) acceptance of Molly, her child and her determination to start a business and manage her own life. Throughout the story we see Alice claiming back some of what she lost, and make peace with the fact that her father was unjust and unfair in his disavowing of her – and her ability to both correct that slight and set the two of them on a path of new opportunity. I love these books for their ‘rightness’ in seeing love as simply that – no matter who the couple is. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Mfred
    January 1, 1970
    BE GAY, DO CRIMES!Queer women breaking the law in the name of justice and retribution! Cat Sebastian has written a lovely, sweet little novella featuring two women falling in love and getting even while they are at it.Molly is a former lightskirt and thief, now a proper and mostly law-abiding lady’s maid. Alice is her employer’s newest addition to the household, a prim and staid lady’s companion. Drawn to the sharp-tongued and even downright rude woman, Alice can’t help her sidelong glances and BE GAY, DO CRIMES!Queer women breaking the law in the name of justice and retribution! Cat Sebastian has written a lovely, sweet little novella featuring two women falling in love and getting even while they are at it.Molly is a former lightskirt and thief, now a proper and mostly law-abiding lady’s maid. Alice is her employer’s newest addition to the household, a prim and staid lady’s companion. Drawn to the sharp-tongued and even downright rude woman, Alice can’t help her sidelong glances and yearning looks at Molly. And Molly can’t help but notice Alice looking her way again and again. When Alice uncovers Molly’s secret, they begin to form a bond of friendship and maybe something more? But then! A dark figure from Alice’s past arrives at a house party and Molly and Alice realize this is their chance to even the score a little bit. A short, quick read, the plot really hums along in this book. I might have appreciated a little more relationship development between the women. Molly’s abrasive truthfulness shocks Alice, forcing her to open up and figure herself out, figure out what she really wants out of her life. She realizes, through Molly, that she has options that were never available to her before, if only she can reach out and grasp them. Molly, on the other hand, doesn’t have as dramatic a change as Alice. Maybe she lets down her walls a little bit, learns to put some faith in things like love and trust– life has burned her in the past, but Molly has to try and embrace hope again.The justice achieved in the this book is small but significant to the lives of these two women. And the happily ever after is even sweeter for knowing that Alice and Molly beat down their little corner of the patriarchal and misogynistic oppression in the world, by having faith in themselves and each other. And also by blackmail, extortion and thievery!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    “She pulled Molly a bit closer so the brims of their bonnets were nearly touching. “You’ve made me feel like I deserve good things. And you’re the best thing of all.”This quote really stuck with me, because of Alice’s feels inducing words yes, but also just the imagery of their heads bent together nearly touching but not quite because they were in public and appearances must be maintained and yet you still felt every single raw emotion that the women felt in that moment. Brava, Cat Sebastian.3.5 “She pulled Molly a bit closer so the brims of their bonnets were nearly touching. “You’ve made me feel like I deserve good things. And you’re the best thing of all.”This quote really stuck with me, because of Alice’s feels inducing words yes, but also just the imagery of their heads bent together nearly touching but not quite because they were in public and appearances must be maintained and yet you still felt every single raw emotion that the women felt in that moment. Brava, Cat Sebastian.3.5 starsWhat starts as an inconvenient attraction between former thief turned lady’s maid Molly and timid vicar’s daughter Alice soon transforms into a true meeting of the hearts and souls. What I enjoyed most of this romance was the way the two heroines (gosh, you have no idea how much I love being able to write that) really saw each other for who they truly were and that meant everything. Molly for example was used to stealing and selling whatever she could (even herself) in order to survive, though her true value was never recognized. Alice’s life was likewise dictated by the whims of cruel men who only saw her as an object to be used and abused. If either Alice or Molly had felt like they had been lacking before they’d met, that they were less than or somehow undeserving or love or happiness, that all changed as they became better and whole after knowing and falling for each other. Being seen and loved for exactly who you are; is there anything better? And let me tell you, my heart felt so light and free after reading this novella that I wish it had been longer if only to prolong that feeling.P.S. Molly’s potty mouth, Alice taking back her power from the men who robbed her of it in the first place, the love scene and all the little things leading up to the love scene, that gorgeous cover = ALL OF THE AWARDS.
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