Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review – Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this book… it’s written as a collaboration between two authors, I’ve never read anything by either of them, and I tend to think co-authored fiction sometimes ends up feeling too forced, with characters that have no depth.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with this book.
Rylee is a dog-walker for elite homeowners in Charleston.  (I love reading books set in Charleston, and this is what drew me to this book in the first place).  A mystery surrounds the area she works in – a “Robin Hood” type thief is stealing items from the homes of Rylee’s clients.  Eventually she becomes the prime suspect. 
However, there’s more to the robberies than meets the eye, and there’s more to Rylee’s past than she’s aware of.   The robberies and her childhood memories are intriguingly intertwined.
And there’s a little chemistry going on between Rylee and Logan, the lead investigative reporter for the case.  (Really, with names like Rylee and Logan you just know something’s going to happen, right?)  They aren’t sure  they can trust one another, yet they are drawn to each other and eventually work together to find the answers they are looking for.
I have to say, I guessed the antagonist extremely early on in the book, but this didn’t keep me from enjoying the chase and how Rylee and Logan solved the mystery.  The book was well written, and definitely kept me turning the pages with it’s fast-paced action scenes. 
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for giving me a free copy of this book to review.


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