Rylee Monroe is a dog walker in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in town. She comes under suspicion of theft when her clients suddenly find their homes broken into and something seemingly insignificant is taken. As the mystery unfolds, Rylee is becoming afraid that this is personal and someone is trying to frame her. One terrifying night, she is walking Toro and runs into reporter Logan Woods, whom she and her dog mistakes for a stalker. Logan is following the break-ins and is writing a book about the story, He is attracted to Rylee but the more he discovers about the thefts, the more evidence points to Rylee. He finds himself torn between his newspaper job, his agent is badgering him about his partially written novel and Rylee.
This first book by the team of Deanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is a keeper on the level of Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock (which is saying a lot by someone who has read every book by both authors!).Even though I received the book free through Bethany House to review, Beguiled is exactly my kind of readingsuspense, intrigue, romance, believable characters in the strong yet vulnerable heroine and heroBeguiled has it all. My only concern was the lack of spirituality. There was small mention of God and talk of prayer, but it's not a devoutly Christian book. However, it's clean with no foul language and that's a HUGE thing in today's market. Still the kind of book I search for when I purchase a new book (which is often).Until this team effort, I had never read anything by Gist, who has two books in print, or Bertrand, who's first book is due out soon, but I will be searching for both in the future. I hope the team of Gist and Bertrand become as prolific in their writing as Henderson and Blackstock, and I can assure you, I'll be buying every one they write.
Reading Beguiled is like taking a walking tour of Charleston. The writing team of Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertram take the reader on a journey through some of the most luscious parts of the city with dogwalker Rylee Monroe as the guide. A former member of Charlestons upper class, Rylee is now the friendly girl who takes care of the pets for the upper crust. When the wealthy need someone to take care of Fido, they give Rylee full reign. Unfortunately, a cat burgler is on the loose, hitting the houses that Rylee has keys to. Jewelry and small pieces of art are taken while the owners are away and Rylee becomes the main suspect in the police investigation. Reporter Logan Woods is on the beat but soon becomes anything but objective as he gets to know Rylee. The stakes get higher when Rylee becomes a target of the police and a mysterious stalker. I liked the pace of the book. There were times when I thought Rylee was a little dense but overall the character is believable. The police arent flat characters and neither is Logan. The writing is tight and once again, Bethany House has published a book that youll want to pick up and pass along to your girlfriends. Bertrand keeps the pace suspenseful while Gist adds believable elements of romance. Im looking forward to the next title Gist and Bertrand work on. Disclaimer: Bethany House gives me free books in exchange for my honest opinion on their books. I dont have to write nice things about their books. I dont get paid for it. I just do it for the free books.
Beguiled is a romantic suspense set in the heart of Charleston. Rylee Monroe is a dog walker/pet sitter for the wealthy society of Charleston, the area of the city where she was born. Due to tragic circumstances she now lives on the other side of the city; however the area remains in her heart. When her clients' homes start being burglarized and vandalized, Rylee finds herself in many precarious situations. Meanwhile, Logan Woods is writing a book about the cities' crimes, featuring this latest series of break-ins. He is introduced to Rylee early in an amusing way and the adventure continues through the end of the book.This was a truly enjoyable read. The descriptions were vivid and beautiful, especially those of the city. The characters were engaging, and the storyline moved quickly, although slightly predictable. There was really no strong theme. The Christian message was minimal and almost seemed to be an afterthought, but it was a clean novel with Christian characters. I liked it and look forward to reading more by these authors, whether written together or separately.Thank you to Bethany House, who sent me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.