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pail Lady Lillian Walford had the Look of Perfection. Yet a fateful flaw doomed her to a life of silence.

And although Anthony Harbreas, the gallant Earl of Graydon, had showered her with his attention, Lillian knew she was fit to be no man’s wife. So why had the much-sought-after earl asked her to be his true-bound bride?

Tricked by her brother into marriage with the lovely Lillian, Anthony was quick to realize his incredible luck. For he knew that beneath the surface of her quiet beauty, Lillian was a priceless jewel. And he was determined to convince his innocent wife of her true worth and their golden future Paperbackpages. London, EnglandUnited Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Beguiledplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Nov 22, Julianna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Reviewed for THC Reviews “4. I’m quite glad I finally picked it up, because spncer turned out to sppencer a great read. It’s a sweet story of a young woman in Regency England who is all but mute. She’s given up on ever marrying and having a normal life, but she still longs for just one season in London to experience what the city has to offer before settling into the rest of her life alone.

She just didn’t beeguiled on her older brother interfering or a handsome earl falling in love with her. Things did get a bit convoluted at times, making me wish that the characters were being a little more honest and forthright.

The lack of this led to a lot of misunderstandings, an element which I typically don’t care for, but I think I was able to mostly forgive because the story is deeply emotional and I understood why the characters weren’t being more candid. Even though they might have saved themselves a lot of grief in the long-run, their hearts were always in the right place in the moment.

Lily is a heroine who is both sweet and spunky. After being poisoned by a distraught servant when she was very young, she suffered damaged vocal cords which make it extremely difficult for her to speak. She hates the s;encer of her own voice and generally chooses not to use it, leaving most to mistakenly assume that she’s mute and sometimes deaf as well. She’s proficient in sign language and also writes notes to communicate.

Because of her affliction, Lily was largely ignored and many even believed her to be demon-possessed and amoral apparently common misperceptions in that era about deaf and mute people. Luckily for her, her rebel older brother rather unexpectedly came into the title and became her guardian. He has always treated her like a precious jewel and got her the best help and teachers money could buy.

Despite this, Lily feels invisible and knows that she’ll not make eusan fit wife for any man, but she wants to experience a London season just once. Little does she know though that her doting brother has chosen a man he thinks epencer make a perfect match for her and has blackmailed him into showing her about town with the intention of also engineering circumstances to force a marriage between them. Of course, having a man dance attendance upon her, especially one as handsome as Anthony, makes her feel special in a way she never has.


The only thing about Lily that could beguilef been better is if she’d believed in Anthony’s love for her a little sooner than the final pages of the book. If I had a man doing the things for me that he was doing for her, I’d have had a hard time not feeling his love for me, but I suppose given Lily’s background and her lack of self-esteem, as well as the fact that Anthony was keeping a lot of secrets in an attempt to protect her, it made sense that she might have doubts, especially when she discovered the truth.

Anthony is a kind and honorable gentleman. With Lily’s brother blackmailing him into courting her, it would have been easy for him to treat her badly or even use her to get revenge, but instead, he fell in love with her almost instantly. He’s immediately taken with her ethereal beauty, and it doesn’t matter to him in the least that she can’t speak.

In fact, the first time she actually speaks his name, he thinks her voice is beautiful. He also gets extremely angry with her brother for not telling him about her disability before susaj, not because he was embarrassed to be seen with her, but because in his surprise, he very nearly humiliated her.

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Anthony’s protectiveness of Lily started in that very moment and only grew each time he was around her. He just couldn’t bear to see anyone cause her any sort of emotional pain and he almost hates himself for having to do it on occasion by keeping the truth of how their relationship started from her. I love how patient Anthony is while trying to decipher Lily’s unique brand of sign language. In fact, he’s utterly charmed right from the start by her animation while she’s talking with her hands.

Best of all, Spencee adored that he saved every little note she wrote him and sometimes takes them out to look at them, remembering each moment with complete clarity. Wpencer deep and abiding love for Lily snuck up on Anthony when he least expected it. Beguled their inauspicious beginning, she stole his heart until he couldn’t imagine life without her. In addition to Anthony and Lily’s romance, we get three other secondary romances. Lily’s brother, Aaron, has a reputation as a devil, which is evidenced in his high-handed approach to finding Lily s;encer husband.

I never doubted, however, that his heart was in the right place. He’s been in love with Margaret, his brother’s widow, ever since he came home to take over the title, but he’s a great hulking man who’s scarred inside and out.

As a pau son, he left home young and lived a rough life as a pirate until duty called. As such, he pul think she could ever love someone like him and that she deserves bguiled better. He gets several of his own POV scenes as their romance develops. In the background their antics were pretty amusing, but if they’d been more in the foreground, they probably would have driven me batty with their sheer stubbornness. Last but not least, Lily’s former tutor, Charles, pzul Frances, the woman Anthony probably would have married if Lily hadn’t come along, make a match made in heaven too.

So readers get four romances for the price of one, although the latter two were only seen through the eyes of the main hero and heroine.

Overall, Beguiled was a deeply emotional and romantic read that I very much enjoyed. Spencrr things had been a tad less convoluted, if Anthony and Aaron had been a little more forthcoming about their well-meaning but less than honest actions, and if Lily had had a little more faith in Anthony’s love for her, it would have been a perfect read.


As is, I still found it quite well-written spenfer engaging. This was the first of Susan Spencer Paul’s books I’ve read, but after such a pleasant reading experience, I’ll definitely be checking out her backlist. May 19, Crista rated it really liked it Shelves: Spencsr other three relationships are intensely great. Now they are what romance is all about. An unrequited, long denied love that is so intense and passionate that the heat between them is “felt” coming right off the pages. The scenes with them in the ballroom, and then in the Earl’s bedroom are alone worth reading this book.

Lord Daltry and Isobel have a turbulant and conflict based relationship, but it’s fun. I would’ve liked to see them get more time. I also like the characters of Anthony’s ex-girlfriend Francis and Lily’s tutor, but we are told of their romance instead of “experiencing” it.

I realize that a romance novel usually focuses on 1, maybe 2, but never 4 different romances. I applaud SSP’s talent, that she attempts and succeeds at fitting it all in. The only problem is that the main couple paled in comparison to the other 3. Apul and Lily had way to many misunderstandings, insecurities, spencerr fights, and an unbelievable courtship to really buy into them as a strong and spemcer couple. My love for Aunt Margaret and the Earl give this 4 stars. To bad they didn’t get their own book!

This book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. I must say though, that for me, it was the heroine and her plight that kept me glued to the pages.

I actually read it quite quickly, I was very interested right to the end and in every single page. I think the hero was a bit tame, I suppose, looking back there wasn’t much in him to keep me interested. He was good looking, had a good title, was well-enough off money-wise, but had everything come to him easily.

Such as it is for go This book turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. Such as it is for good looking people in books and in real life. No tortured past to make him interesting and apart from being good-looking, I couldn’t really think why the heroine would fall in love with him. But I suppose if he was in real life why wouldn’t you, but in a novel, he seemed a bit bland. Maybe I needed a book cover of some hunk to get me interest in him! In any event, I had a bit of pain in my chest for most of the book reading about the way the heroine was treated – like she didn’t exist, like she was some sort of idiot just because her vocal cords didn’t work – and I couldn’t help but want to jump into the book to be her friend.

I really fell for her myself, I just loved her! I must admit, I don’t think I’ve loved a heroine as much as this one in a really long time. She really jumped right out of the pages for me. She was such a sweetheart and didn’t deserve the disrespect she received all through the book. I wanted to jump into the book and punch a bunch of people!

I just loved the way her speech was written in the book, I felt like I could almost hear her voice.