Feb 24, 2010

Book Review: Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand

"The hair on the back of her neck tingled, but she kept moving. Ready to shine her light on any noise too pronounced to write off as just the wind or a stray cat.

I'm being followed.

The thought seemed crazy. But this wasn't her imagination. She'd seen the silhouette. She'd heard the movement, in spite of his effort to go unnoticed.

They reached Meeting Street and headed toward Broad, where even at this hour they were bound to encounter a stray tourist, some late-night partygoers, or even a couple out walking the dog.

She glance behind, and there he was.

Just the crest of a head eclipsing the light of a streetlamp. Lurking at the alley entrance. She was too far away to make out any features. I could be anyone.

Then he was gone." Beguiled, pg 61.

Rylee Monroe has worked hard to earn her reputation as a trustworthy dogwalker for Charleston's elite. In her bag, she has the keys to the wealthiest homes south of Broad. Unfortunately, a string of thefts has touched her clients, causing the police to speculate her involvement in the robberies. It doesn't help that she has made and enemy of the chief detective on the case. Circumstantial evidence seems to be pointing her way, but Rylee continues in her claims of innocence. Will the Robin Hood Robber be found? Could the answer to the present be found in the past? And why does everything seem to revolve around, Rylee Monroe?

Beguiled is a story that continues with you after you finish the story. I liked the feel and voice of the narrative. The characters were well fleshed out, and the storyline captured my imagination, and still hasn't let me go.

If you couldn't tell already, I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect combination of suspense and romance. Talk about a page turner. I couldn't put it down! This is the first I've read of Gist and Bertrand's work, and I can't wait to read more!

I highly recommend Beguiled.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)


  1. Thanks for this review! Love Deeanne's work.

  2. I love Deeanne Gist's novels! Thanks for posting this!


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