BE GAY, DO CRIMES!
A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian
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!