Rylee Monroe could safely say she is content with her life. Sure, things haven't been easy, but she has a great job, with even better clients, and their owners aren't too bad either. Even though a string of mysterious burglaries have been occurring, she still feels relatively safe in historic Charleston. That is until she encounters two mysterious men lurking in the shadows of her favorite walking spot. Logan Woods is the local crime reporter, with his sights set to loftier goals, and the Robin Hood Burglar is just the edge his book needs to solidify his lucrative publishing deal. But when his path crosses with Rylee's, and her involvement in the Robin Hood burglaries becomes undeniable, Logan must decide where his loyalties lie, even if he must decide against himself. This story was completely engaging from beginning to end. I was halfway through before I knew it, and pages from the end desperate for more. Gist and Bertrand's collaboration was brilliant and seamless, with a nearly perfect blend feminine driven romance with masculine commentary, and the excitement of a great mystery that will keep you guessing until the final chapters. The characters and plot were consistent, the mystery and story constantly build, never becoming completely predictable, and interestingly draws small circles, often coming back to a significant idea or place. More importantly than the added mystery, Rylee is a full character, no one is perfectly nice all the time. This roundness goes for all the characters, including the ones you love to hate. No one is who they seem, not in an over the top way, but simple human nature, making the characters more realistic with every page. The Christian discussion is also presented in a much more natural way than you will sometime see in such novels. Like most of characteristics of nuance in the novel, it is subtle and merely a suggestion in conversation or a source of comfort for the characters.
I have all of Deeanne Gist books which I would finish in two days at the most, but Beguiled was a struggle for me to get through. I just did not relate to this book at all which is disappointing, because I wanted to like it so much.
I didn't read Bertrand before, but I read Gist's other books. This one is different than Deeanne's other books, but I liked the story. I also enjoy mysteries, so I wasn't disappointed because of that, like some other readers were.It's a nice story, a bit predictable, but it wasn't annoying.
Rylee Monroe is a dog walker on rollerblades that never fears the streets at night. But now that a thief seems to be targeting all the houses of her dog walking clients, she wonders if someone is targeting her.Reporter Logan Woods is following the break-ins and seems to be following Rylee as well.. but does he have more of a reason than simply publishing articles?This is a cute crime mystery story with a dog walker who fears nothing and a reporter who fears dogs.yet is falling in love with a dog walker. It was a little different to read a modern day book by Deanne Gist as I am used to her excellent historical fiction. She did a good job, but it was just different than what I expect from her. Since her and J. Mark Bertrand worked together on blending their genres, I think they did a good job. This book is not really spine tingling, but it is something that will keep you on your toes and want to solve the mystery and the romance.
Rylee is a dog walker living a quiet, peaceful existence until she finds herself walking into a home robbery in progress. The robber is deemed the robin hood thief because he steals seemingly random items and drops them at charities to be sold to benefit the poor. Rylee is the main suspect because she has a connection to the majority of the homes that are robbed. Logan is a reporter who is also writing a novel on the side. He is determined to find the robin hood thief to complete his book. This book is mystery with lots of twists and turns, just when you think you figured it out you have not. Although Rylee own apartment is ransacked, she is determined to find the real robber and clean her name. She discovers many secrets about parents and her past. The pieces all fall together to solve the case. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers.