Beguiled

by Deeanne Gist

Paperback, 2010

Status

Available

Call number

813.6

Publication

Bethany House Publishers (2010), Edition: Reprinted, 332 pages

Description

Rylee Monroe walks dogs in old-money Charleston, a part of the city recently targeted by a daring thief. Logan Woods works the crime beat for the local paper but dreams of a life as a nonfiction writer. When the string of robberies takes a strange twist, Logan sees the making of a once-in-a-lifetime book that seems to circle around this charming, eye-catching dogwalker.

Awards

Desert Rose Golden Quill Award (Finalist — 2011)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

332 p.; 8.38 inches

ISBN

0764206281 / 9780764206283

User reviews

LibraryThing member kayceel
This was a good, fast read about a young woman, caught up in thefts affecting her dogwalking clients. When a journalist assigned to the case finds himself drawn to her, he starts digging into her past and discovers she's a lot closer to the case than either of them suspected.

The spark between
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Riley, the dogwalker, and Logan, the journalist, is intriguing, and the mystery is suspenseful. I was admittedly caught by surprise at the mention of prayer and God, until I noticed the book is published by Bethany House... I've always avoided Christian fiction because I guess I've assumed God would be heavily shoved down my throat, but that wasn't the case here.

The only drawback? I like my love stories to include a bit more than a lovely kiss. : ) This was a good one anyway!

Recommended
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LibraryThing member judyg54
Rylee Monroe is a dogwalker for the wealthy people in Charleston. Logan Woods in a reporter/want-to-be-book writer who is following the break-ins in the Charleston neighborhood. The one similarity to these break-ins seems to be that Rylee Monroe is a dog walker for each of the houses being robbed.
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When Logan decides to help Rylee out by finding out who the real villian is he learns alot more about Rylee than he bargained for. Rylee has a hard time letting herself trust Logan and relying upon him, since her father supposedly left her and her mother when she was very young.

This was a good mystery story with some romance thrown in to make it even better. I always enjoy a book that keeps me guessing up until the very end, and this book accomplished that. I really enjoyed the character of Rylee and her love of animals. When she ends up in a jail cell for a night I was appreciative of the prayer and realization she came to in her life. I liked the chemistry between Rylee and Logan too. A book well worth reading!
Thanks to Bethany House for sending me the book and letting me review it.
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LibraryThing member willowsmom
The Good: For a book with two distinct authors, I thought that Gist and Bertrand did a commendable job of blending their voices to create a cohesive story. The main character, Rylee, was quite likeable and believable (I drooled a little over the freedom of her job!), and I was definitely rooting
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for her by the end of the novel.

The Bad: As previously mentioned, this book definitely has a Christian slant which I wasn't expecting, and which I found fairly off-putting. This book (the Early Reviewers copy, at least) definitely wasn't marketed as such, and it got in the way of my enjoyment of the story. I also found the romance between Rylee and Logan a little cookie cutterish for me, and had a hard time with the fairly sparse development of their relationship. It was basically a boy meets girl, sparks fly, the end situation...not too fleshed out or interesting.

The Gist: Overall, this is a well written and quick read...but be ready for the Christian tone, and don't expect much icing on your romance cookie. :)
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LibraryThing member elsi
Rylee Monroe has a thriving business as a dog walker and pet sitter, her clientele living in one of the wealthiest parts of Charleston, SC. When returning one of her charges to his home, she surprises a burglar and immediately calls 9-1-1 to summon the police. Dubbed the "Robin Hood burglar"
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because he always donates the stolen items to a charity, the thief seems to only strike homes where Rylee is employed. Fearing that the police consider her a suspect, she sets out to try and find the real thief.

Rylee partners with crime reporter Logan Woods and the inevitable romance springs up between them. Logan, an aspiring novelist, struggles to balance his current newspaper job, demands from his literary agent, his growing affection for Rylee, and the search for Charleston's Robin Hood burglar.

I snagged a copy of this book as an Early Reviewer. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I was aware before I started reading that the publisher, Bethany House, is well known for their publication of Christian fiction.

As a mystery, the novel has a good and well-developed plot. Although it took me a little while to "get into" the story, I enjoyed this book and will be sharing it with other readers. I did, however, find that the "Christian" aspects were awkwardly inserted into the storyline rather than flowing naturally. If the authors could improve this aspect of the book, then the prayers and references to church and faith would just become part of the characters rather than standing out as if to say, "Hey, look! Over here! This is a Christian novel."

So, I give this book 3 and 1/2 stars. It's better than average, but not outstanding.
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LibraryThing member WendyK
BEGUILED BY DEEANNE GIST & J. MARK BERTRAND is a romantic suspense with twists and turns. It has romance, mystery, intrigue and is wonderfully written. The characters are very engaging, the story is well written with depth. The secondary characters give the story more depth and insight. I would
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recommend this book. The story started out a little small for me but by the 2nd chapter you where craving more. Ms. Gist has done it again in the suspense world.
4.5
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LibraryThing member princesspeep
Suprisingly wonderful read. A real page turner that has suspence and romance. These two arthors need to team up again. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
LibraryThing member JenniWindsor
Beguiled was very intriguing. The plot kept me captivated and made me not want to put it down - always the sign of a good book. The characters of Rylee & Logan were easy to relate to. It did not contain as much of the romance aspect that I normally like but I would recommend it to others.
LibraryThing member gypsywether
I am a big fan of Deeanne Gist. So when I saw this new book by her I was quick to request it. I read it as Soon as I recieved it and could not put it down. I coulda sworn I reviewed it in depth already, but since it is not showing up I will review it again.

After reading this book I would not
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hesitate to pick up another collaboration between these authors even without reading the back of the book. They had a great cast of characters and the twists in the book were great. I look forward to seeing if they work on another book together and seeing what I can read by Bertrand alone.
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LibraryThing member bgknighton
This is a cozy of a mystery. I truly liked the characters of Rylee and Logan. The mystery was not too complicated -- I figured it out and I don't usually -- so don't expect a brain twister. It was nice to read a book that was romantic but let the characters develop a relationship before falling
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into bed. Their Christian beliefs were presented, but were not heavy-handed. Overall, a very nicely balanced and enjoyable read. I would be glad to read another collaboration between these two authors.
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LibraryThing member saltypepper
I received this as part of the early reviewers program. I probably wouldn't have picked it up otherwise, but I sat down with it with as open a mind as possible.

Beguiled is a mix of genres. At heart it's a crime novel. Someone is stealing things from the homes of Charleston's wealthy and Rylee, a
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rollerblading dogwalker, is the prime suspect. Rylee and Logan, the investigative journalist who's covering the story, are likeable and fun, so add to the mystery of whodunnit a romantic sub-plot. Logan's family is religious. His father says at one point that he didn't raise his son to be a once-a-week christian, so add to the mystery and the romance a generous dash of christianity, and you get Beguiled. The authors are careful not to overwhelm the mystery with either of the other two, because the mystery is pretty much the entire plot, and that's as it should be. The romance and the spirituality don't feel tacked on, and they are more entwined, but given these characters and who they are, that made sense to me. Some readers may not care for either romance or religion in their fiction. To which I can only say real life has love, religious people, and even religious people who fall in love in it. Personally, it's not something I'd actively seek out at the bookstore, but I thought it worked okay here.

This is the authors' debut, and it shows a bit in places. They have a good foundation, though, and I suspect that they will only improve. They certainly know how to keep a story moving.
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LibraryThing member love2readnovels
Rylee Monroe walks dogs for very wealthy people in Charleston. When break-ins begin occurring in her clients' homes and unusual items are taken and given as donations they soon suspect that the "Robin Hood burgler" might just be Rylee.

Logan Woods is a reporter for the paper. He's covering the
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"Robin Hood" story and wants to be the one who solves the case. He meets Rylee while trying to get some photos and the dog she's walking chases him through the park. They are both drawn to each other but she has trust issues and he's just not sure what he thinks of Rylee. As he continues to dig up facts about the story the pieces all seem to center around her. Is she trying to hide something from him? And is getting the story more important than his feelings for Rylee?

I really enjoyed Beguiled. It was what I would call a "cozy mystery". The story kept me turning pages from the beginning until the end. I wasn't really sure who the guilty party was until near the end. The characters were interesting and fun. Logan was a true-to-life hero. I liked his interaction with Rylee. Rylee was a very genuine person. She had lots of things from her past that she was dealing with but was still a kind and loving person. I would recommend this to those who like a cozy mystery with a dash of romance. Thank you Bethany house for providing me with a complimentary review copy.
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LibraryThing member cln1812
Rylee Monroe is a dogwalker to the elite of Charlestown who live South of Broad St. A rash of thefts have been occurring South of Broad, by a criminal dubbed "The Robin Hood Burglar" since the stolen articles end up at churches or charities with notes to sell the piece and give the profits to the
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needy. Ever since Rylee nearly caught the Robin Hood Burglar in the act, she's been a bundle of nerves.

Investigative newspaper reporter Logan Woods dubbed the Robin Hood Burglar in the papers first and has been hot on the trail of the story. He has contacts with the police, and he is eager to publish a book about crimes in Charlestown. The publisher only wants to accept the book if the Robin Hood Burglar story is included, but since the story is still ongoing, Logan needs it to end before his book is completed.

As more and more Robin Hood thefts occur, the police find that nearly every victim is or had been a former client of Rylee's. The police focus their attention on her since her name keeps cropping up in the case. The more Logan digs, the more he realizes Rylee and her family are somehow involved in the Robin Hood burglaries though he can't see Rylee as a criminal. Indeed, he is beginning to fall in love with the beautiful dogwalker. Together, Logan & Rylee join forces to hunt down the real Robin Hood Burglar. As the thefts increase in anger & property damage, they realize they are trying to catch a very real criminal.

Beguiled is a romantic suspense novel by two authors, Deeanne Gist, who writes romance, and J. Mark Bertrand, a suspense writer. I don't think this book had a seamless flow, and at times, it definitely seemed like a book written by two authors. I also didn't get how Rylee could always rollerblade so easily over bumpy cobblestones or scale a brick wall while wearing rollerblades (that part especially seemed unbelievable to me). I found the ending of the book somewhat forced and wasn't satisfied with the conclusion and *spoiler alert* I had long realized Rylee's father must have been killed & didn't desert his family, eons before the big reveal in the book, and the last 1/3 of the book seemed to move very slow, whereas the first 2/3 of the work seemed to have a better pace and flow. I'd give these authors another shot, especially in their own genres and maybe even if they collaborate again. I did very much enjoy the Charlestown setting and the descriptions of various parks, monuments, and restaurants.
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LibraryThing member alexann
Rylee Monroe's fortunes have changed since both her parents died within days of each other when she was about eight years old. She had been part of Charleston's elite, but now she and her grandmother, who raised her, have spent most of the small bequest they were left. To earn a living, and to keep
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a connection with the old Charleston she loves so well, Rylee works as a dogwalker for many of the city's wealthiest residents. Unhappily, several thefts have occurred, affecting some of her favorite clients. She meets a young journalist who is working the story, and becomes reacquainted with a handsome and wealthy young man, the son of her father's business partner.

The mystery is real, and quite a puzzle. Early on there is tension between the two young men, as they vie for Rylee's affection, and in Rylee's mind as she struggles with her attraction to each. The dogs she walks are so beloved that the reader can't help but know their personalities, and love them, too. The city itself has a featured role in the story because as Rylee walks the dogs, often while on roller blades, she points out the famous streets and parks. And, it's a nice gentle Christian romance, with the "Christian" part of it not too overbearing.

All in all, Beguiled is a light, entertaining read, perfectly suited for a teen or older woman who is looking for a romantic mystery that's none too graphic--as far as ether the romance or the crime.
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LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
Truly I do love Deeanne Gist's historical romances. This however is not historical, yet I still love it. The collaborative novel from Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is fabulous. Edge of your seat suspense with the incapability of turning the pages fast enough. As well as heart palpitating terror
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in some pages that is reminiscent of a Mary Higgins Clark novel. Yet filled through out that pages in all of the plot is a thrilling romance that brings smiles and tears almost to my eyes with it's be ...more Truly I do love Deeanne Gist's historical romances. This however is not historical, yet I still love it. The collaborative novel from Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is fabulous. Edge of your seat suspense with the incapability of turning the pages fast enough. As well as heart palpitating terror in some pages that is reminiscent of a Mary Higgins Clark novel. Yet filled through out that pages in all of the plot is a thrilling romance that brings smiles and tears almost to my eyes with it's beauty. This is a novel that has just about all of it. I could not be more excited by this relationship of writing between two such authors (even though this is my first experience with Mark) and I look forward to more.

*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review.*
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LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
Truly I do love Deeanne Gist's historical romances. This however is not historical, yet I still love it. The collaborative novel from Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is fabulous. Edge of your seat suspense with the incapability of turning the pages fast enough. As well as heart palpitating terror
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in some pages that is reminiscent of a Mary Higgins Clark novel. Yet filled through out that pages in all of the plot is a thrilling romance that brings smiles and tears almost to my eyes with it's beauty. This is a novel that has just about all of it. I could not be more excited by this relationship of writing between two such authors (even though this is my first experience with Mark) and I look forward to more.


*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review.*
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
This is a cute part romance, part mystery, part suspense book that has some sexual tension but nothing more explicit than a barely described kiss. I like that the authors didn't go for the usual are they interested in each other or aren't they conflict that's so common to the romance genre.

I kind
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of had an inkling about who the criminal was and why he was doing it to Rylee before it was revealed which is rare for me when I read mysteries. I'm usually clueless up until the reveal, but I still kept turning the pages.

Logan is the kind of guy most women would love to have in their life. Maybe just a bit too good to be true.
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LibraryThing member kenagurl
A delightful mystery with just the right amount of God, romance, and suspense to satisfy the christian fiction reader. Finished in a day - didn't really want it to end :) Fell in love with the main character and enjoyed the plausibility of the whole scenario. Didn't predict the villain!

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