Monday, April 19, 2010

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand ~ 4 stars

Beguiled
Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand
Bethany House Publishers
About the book:
In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her...

Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her.

Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything.

As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

My review:
This book definitely has a style that is different from Dee’s normal writing, but that is to be expected since it was co-written. The suspense element was good and the plot ended in a way that I never saw coming. I had guessed one part of the “Robin Hood” thief very early on, but was surprised at how the whole story intertwined with other character’s personal stories. I didn’t connect with this book as well as with Dee’s other books, but I still really liked it. And if Dee and Mark ever write another book together then I will definitely be reading that one too.

Thanks to Bethany House for the reviewer copy of this book.

9 comments:

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I liked this one too! I hope Deeanne and Mark collaborate again! :-)

XOXO~ Renee

Carole said...

I'm a southerner, so I enjoyed the Charleston setting which seemed very real. I also enjoyed the mystery and romance, and think this writing team will only get better if they continue.

Angie said...

I'm reading this now...If I didn't have to go to work I would have stayed up late to finish it. I think I might know who the Robin Hood burglar is but I have no idea why.

Great review. :)

Carman said...

Renee~ That would be cool. :)

Carole~ I agree.

Angie~ Thanks. I wanted to say when I guessed who it was, but if I say when, I will give away who it was. ;)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Awesome review. I love the cover.

Carman said...

Juju~ Thanks! I do too! It is awesome.

Katie G. said...

Great review! I believe I will be reading this one!

Anonymous said...

great review...looking forward to reading this one :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Carman said...

Katie and Karen~ Thanks for the comments!