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When novelists Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand first met in a Houston critique group, they never expected where friendship would take them. She wrote romance; he wrote crime novels. But growing respect for each other's work culminated in the decision to try blending their talents into this wonderfully engaging story merging romance and mystery. Rylee Monroe walks dogs in When novelists Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand first met in a Houston critique group, they never expected where friendship would take them. She wrote romance; he wrote crime novels. But growing respect for each other's work culminated in the decision to try blending their talents into this wonderfully engaging story merging romance and mystery. 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. But pursuing the truth means ignoring that he seems to be falling for her. And what is she hiding in her past that could crack the story wide open?


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When novelists Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand first met in a Houston critique group, they never expected where friendship would take them. She wrote romance; he wrote crime novels. But growing respect for each other's work culminated in the decision to try blending their talents into this wonderfully engaging story merging romance and mystery. Rylee Monroe walks dogs in When novelists Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand first met in a Houston critique group, they never expected where friendship would take them. She wrote romance; he wrote crime novels. But growing respect for each other's work culminated in the decision to try blending their talents into this wonderfully engaging story merging romance and mystery. 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. But pursuing the truth means ignoring that he seems to be falling for her. And what is she hiding in her past that could crack the story wide open?

30 review for Beguiled

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    Suspense is a genre I wish more Christian authors would undertake to perfect. Though difficult to master, this category holds us captive from page one and only very reluctantly releases us at the end of the story . . . unless it sneaks under our skin and invades our dreams. It's one of those genres we love to hate. It sets our nerves pleasantly on edge and we jump at shadows for days or weeks afterwards. If written well, suspense novels allow us to feel as though we live, breathe and solve the Suspense is a genre I wish more Christian authors would undertake to perfect. Though difficult to master, this category holds us captive from page one and only very reluctantly releases us at the end of the story . . . unless it sneaks under our skin and invades our dreams. It's one of those genres we love to hate. It sets our nerves pleasantly on edge and we jump at shadows for days or weeks afterwards. If written well, suspense novels allow us to feel as though we live, breathe and solve the mystery right along with the hero or heroine. Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is a thrilling example of a brilliantly written romantic suspense novel. It contains numerous twists and turns destined to keep you guessing until the very last page. The character depth and creativity add to the mystery, which grows with each fresh incident. This tale and its fascinating characters will swiftly capture your interest. It will not easily be forgotten once finished and reshelved. Taking place in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, Beguiled is the suspenseful story about dogwalker Rylee Monroe who finds herself mixed up and targeted in a series of unusual thefts. Logan Woods, a reporter with hopes that the Robin Hood Burglar will be the key to getting his true-crime book published, must decide to chase the story, the girl or the villain, all while avoiding the one thing he's most afraid of: dogs. Will Rylee and Logan risk trusting each other in order to uncover the truth of the Robin Hood Burglar's identity? Authors Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand apparently brought out the best in each other. Many a night I found it nearly impossible to put down Beguiled as I wanted to know all the secrets at once. As the story unfolded, my heart was more and more invested . . . and I was less and less eager to flick off my light at night. I look forward to reading more novels by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand in the very near future. What do you consider a must-have for a suspense novel to keep you riveted?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia

    I loved the book. The characters are so fleshed out and interesting. The heroine is a strong independent woman and an incredibly hard worker she not only takes care of herself she takes care of her elderly grandmother in a nursing home. Her grandmother raised her when her father left and her mother committed suicide when she was young. As the suspense builds and the mystery of her past unfolds we find out that neither are true and she uncovers what really happened to her parents and who was resp I loved the book. The characters are so fleshed out and interesting. The heroine is a strong independent woman and an incredibly hard worker she not only takes care of herself she takes care of her elderly grandmother in a nursing home. Her grandmother raised her when her father left and her mother committed suicide when she was young. As the suspense builds and the mystery of her past unfolds we find out that neither are true and she uncovers what really happened to her parents and who was responsible. The hero is a charming reporter who is also working on a nonfiction true crime book. The book comes alive from the first page, you see the characters and their surroundings to the tiny detail, you hear all the sounds smell all the scents, taste everything, you are pulled into the story, completely. This writer works so hard on her research and characterizations and her dialogue tags are magic.When I read Deeanne Gist's books I see all the characters and in this case, also heir pets so clearly. I look at them as they speak. I highly recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I really enjoyed this novel; however, it was rather slower. The way that I would describe this book was to be a decent show that you would get into if it was on, but you wouldn't seek it out to just watch it for the pleasure of it. The characters were very developed and the story line well thought out. I enjoyed the complexity of the overall plot, I just wish that the climatic ending would have been more throughout the story except for just at the very end. I really enjoyed this novel; however, it was rather slower. The way that I would describe this book was to be a decent show that you would get into if it was on, but you wouldn't seek it out to just watch it for the pleasure of it. The characters were very developed and the story line well thought out. I enjoyed the complexity of the overall plot, I just wish that the climatic ending would have been more throughout the story except for just at the very end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Beguiled" is a Christian romance with a strong suspense element. The romance started out as "Oh, he is sooo handsome, and look at his BMW!" and "Wow, her legs go from here to there in that miniskirt!"--as in, solely physical attraction, but they did eventually get around to appreciating the kindness and other personality traits of each other. The main characters were very earnest, and they dealt with realistic issues. The suspense was well-written and was mainly created by the threat of physical "Beguiled" is a Christian romance with a strong suspense element. The romance started out as "Oh, he is sooo handsome, and look at his BMW!" and "Wow, her legs go from here to there in that miniskirt!"--as in, solely physical attraction, but they did eventually get around to appreciating the kindness and other personality traits of each other. The main characters were very earnest, and they dealt with realistic issues. The suspense was well-written and was mainly created by the threat of physical harm to Rylee from a stalker, false accusations threatening to ruin her business, and wondering who was behind the robberies. The vivid details of the setting brought the area alive in my imagination. The Christian element mainly was a few reminders to the main characters that they needed to read the Bible, attend church, and pray more. I will say, though, that Logan and his friends did a very nice job of showing Christian love toward Rylee near the end. There was no bad language or sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    Not that great. I thought the story was disjointed and the characters misplaced. The last two chapters were better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    As a previous reviewer mentioned, this Early Reviewer book had no mention in its description that it is a Christian mystery/fiction. In fact there's nothing in the book's description itself that implied it might have any Christian references or go in any direction other than a romance/suspense. Since I wasn't expecting it, I was surprised when out of the blue there was a mention of Christ and devotional praying suddenly on page 44. It confused me b/c there wasn't another mention for that many mo As a previous reviewer mentioned, this Early Reviewer book had no mention in its description that it is a Christian mystery/fiction. In fact there's nothing in the book's description itself that implied it might have any Christian references or go in any direction other than a romance/suspense. Since I wasn't expecting it, I was surprised when out of the blue there was a mention of Christ and devotional praying suddenly on page 44. It confused me b/c there wasn't another mention for that many more pages. If anything that angle of the book felt forced and like it was stuck in there to meet a publishing requirement. It didn't naturally flow with the storyline or characters. I will admit that Christian fiction isn't my taste, but I recently read Susan May Warren's first book of the PJ Sugar series for an early review and actually enjoyed it. [return][return]All that being said, I did enjoy this story and I enjoyed the characters. The writing was very good, interesting plot and good characterization. I've never read either author before, but want to warn others not to go into this thinking it's primarily a romantic novel. The mystery is at the heart of this book. [return][return]My only two problems were what I felt were random/forced Christian references and what they have chosen as the cover picture (at least for the advanced reading copy). The cover seems misleading - almost like it's a dated and historical romance. Although it is lovely, I feel that it doesn't characterize the whimsicalness and mystery of the book which is so predominant. Overall, I would recommend this book - it's a light and fun read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Ugh. I’m just going to say it right up front: I did not enjoy this book. Imagine this scenario. Take Christian aspiring romantic fiction novelist. Combine her with an “acclaimed, yet has only written one book” Christian suspense writer. Now have them write a book combining both of their interests: suspense and describing attractive people. Yeah. It didn’t work. Not only was the descriptions of both Rylee and Logan cringingly awkward, but their entire romance was just…ehh. They were cute together a Ugh. I’m just going to say it right up front: I did not enjoy this book. Imagine this scenario. Take Christian aspiring romantic fiction novelist. Combine her with an “acclaimed, yet has only written one book” Christian suspense writer. Now have them write a book combining both of their interests: suspense and describing attractive people. Yeah. It didn’t work. Not only was the descriptions of both Rylee and Logan cringingly awkward, but their entire romance was just…ehh. They were cute together and I appreciated his concern for her safety, but they went from zero to ninety in a week or two. Annoyingly, unbelievably fast. Obviously they were attracted to each other. I had to spend half the book listening to them moon on about each other’s stunning muscles, long legs, attractive figures, tempting lips, etc, etc, etc. It was like a trashy romance novel turned Christian. The underlying message was not particularly compelling and the final moment of tension (like all intense novels have) was rather lame. The only reason I kept reading was to get closure about the mystery. With so many options for the culprit, I could not even begin to assume my guess was correct. Honestly, once I found out who it was…it was just disappointing. But if you like an interesting suspense/mystery novel that’s Christian, and can cringe past the terrible descriptions like I did, read it. The portions that Mr. Bertrand contributed do work, while Ms. Gist needs to work on her writing. Content Warnings: Kissing More Book Reviews on my Blog! Hyperman's Book Blog

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    First of all, you need to know that this is not your typical Deeanne Gist novel. It's not Historical; it does not have her trademark "edgy" romance vibe; nor is it really a Romance. I would have to classify it as Mystery/Suspense with a light romantic vein. To me, it felt like this story showed more of J. Mark Bertrand's writing style, since he "comes from a hard-boiled crime thriller background" (as stated on the back cover), than Deeanne's. I kept waiting for her "edgy" romance to shine throug First of all, you need to know that this is not your typical Deeanne Gist novel. It's not Historical; it does not have her trademark "edgy" romance vibe; nor is it really a Romance. I would have to classify it as Mystery/Suspense with a light romantic vein. To me, it felt like this story showed more of J. Mark Bertrand's writing style, since he "comes from a hard-boiled crime thriller background" (as stated on the back cover), than Deeanne's. I kept waiting for her "edgy" romance to shine through, but was really disappointed. A few romantic parts I thought had the potential to turn "edgy", but they stayed low-key. Taking all of this into consideration, it was a pretty good read...if you enjoy a good mystery, which I do on occasion. You will most likely be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who the bad guy(s) is/are. I stuck with my gut feeling, and turned out to be partially right! I guess that was thanks to my fascination with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys when I was growing up, before I became enamored with romance novels. :) Since the excerpt from the back cover pretty much covers the gist of the story, there's not much more I can add, without giving away any vital parts. Although I do want to mention that I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of Rylee's "clients"...they were a great addition to the story. Romeo and Toro were my favorites. ** I would like to thank Jim @ Bethany House, and Cindy @ Princess Bookie for providing me with this ARC/Unedited Galley Proof. I won this book on Cindy's blog. **

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    3 1/2 stars I received this book from LIbraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Rylee Monroe is a dogwalker for the elite in Charleston. When he clients find themselves being robbed by a thief nicknamed "Robin Hood," she finds herself becoming more and more involved as she is the link between the victims. Logan Woods is the reporter on the story for the paper. He finds himself intrigued by not only the story, but also Rylee. I found myself liking most of the book, but Rylee's character was a bit of a 3 1/2 stars I received this book from LIbraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Rylee Monroe is a dogwalker for the elite in Charleston. When he clients find themselves being robbed by a thief nicknamed "Robin Hood," she finds herself becoming more and more involved as she is the link between the victims. Logan Woods is the reporter on the story for the paper. He finds himself intrigued by not only the story, but also Rylee. I found myself liking most of the book, but Rylee's character was a bit of a disappointment. She did a number of very stupid things and it irritated me quite a bit. I just didn't find myself really liking her very much. Logan on the other hand, was a much better developed character. He was likable. The romance between the 2 was enjoyable and during the romantic developments were the only times I found myself liking Rylee even a little bit. The mystery surrounding the robberies was well done and keep me reading. It wasn't overly complicated, but it unfolded nicely. Overall, I liked this book. It was a little rough around the edges, but still very much worth the read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pastoralmusings

    What do you get when you combine Old South charm, romance, and suspense? BEGUILED by Deeanne Gist and Mark Bertrand. Rylee Monroe is a young lady whose past haunts her. She's not quite sure about it, and has some memories that lurk just below the surface. In spite of it all she's relatively happy, enjoys her work as a dog walker, and loves taking care of her elderly grandmother. All of this changes when a series of petty burglaries put her in the spotlight. As a result of this she finds danger and What do you get when you combine Old South charm, romance, and suspense? BEGUILED by Deeanne Gist and Mark Bertrand. Rylee Monroe is a young lady whose past haunts her. She's not quite sure about it, and has some memories that lurk just below the surface. In spite of it all she's relatively happy, enjoys her work as a dog walker, and loves taking care of her elderly grandmother. All of this changes when a series of petty burglaries put her in the spotlight. As a result of this she finds danger and romance. More importantly, she finds answers to her past. Logan Woods is a reporter who is working on the burglary case as well as seeking to solve it so that he can write a book about it. He finds himself drawn to Rylee in ways that may compromise his ability to report of find an answer to who is committing the crimes. In the end, they both find more than they searched for. An excellent book that was a pleasure to read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendi

    Beguiled: A Novel By Deeanne Gist, J.Mark Bertrand Suspenseful and fast-paced, this first collaboration between Gist and Bertrand, is an action-packed mystery romance. Set in a richly detailed Charlotte, South Carolina, struggling heroine Kylee Monroe is a dog walker with a puzzling past and shackled heart who unwittingly lands smack in the middle of a baffling crime spree. Local journalist and aspiring book author Logan Woods is covering the story; soon finding himself entangled in more than he Beguiled: A Novel By Deeanne Gist, J.Mark Bertrand Suspenseful and fast-paced, this first collaboration between Gist and Bertrand, is an action-packed mystery romance. Set in a richly detailed Charlotte, South Carolina, struggling heroine Kylee Monroe is a dog walker with a puzzling past and shackled heart who unwittingly lands smack in the middle of a baffling crime spree. Local journalist and aspiring book author Logan Woods is covering the story; soon finding himself entangled in more than he bargained for. As past secrets emerge and an all but forgotten history reveals itself, both Kylee and Logan must learn to trust in, and put faith in, not only God and each other, but the people surrounding them as well. A riveting read with a fulfilling conclusion, Beguiled is hopefully the first in many more collaborations between these two very talented authors.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    This was an author combo book. Deanne usually writes her own historical/romantic fiction. This time there is an element of an unsolved crime. The story has Rylee, dog-walker to the rich in historic Charleston, getting involved with a series of burglaries that just seem to cross her path. She needs this job as she has her only grandmother in a nursing home to take care of. She's trying to make ends meet. Logan Woods is a reporter who is also writing a book based on the burglaries, but can't finis This was an author combo book. Deanne usually writes her own historical/romantic fiction. This time there is an element of an unsolved crime. The story has Rylee, dog-walker to the rich in historic Charleston, getting involved with a series of burglaries that just seem to cross her path. She needs this job as she has her only grandmother in a nursing home to take care of. She's trying to make ends meet. Logan Woods is a reporter who is also writing a book based on the burglaries, but can't finish his book until the crime is solved. He starts to investigate Rylee as the crimes all seem to happen to clients of hers. Solve the crime- finish the book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    A mystery with some great romance intertwined, it is the story of Rylee, a dog walker in Charlston, SC, who gets entangled in a series of robberies by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is also at this time that some men get introduced to her life - Logan, the reporter who is searching for a great story, and Karl, the lawyer and old family friend. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in one day even. It was an easy and entertaining read, and was VERY clean. The characters were grea A mystery with some great romance intertwined, it is the story of Rylee, a dog walker in Charlston, SC, who gets entangled in a series of robberies by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is also at this time that some men get introduced to her life - Logan, the reporter who is searching for a great story, and Karl, the lawyer and old family friend. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in one day even. It was an easy and entertaining read, and was VERY clean. The characters were great and I got really involved in solving the mystery.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carman

    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 an 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Candi Criddle

    Like all Deeanne Gist books this was well researched, well written, and fun to read. The difference with this book is that it is not historical. I still felt immersed in historic Charleston so it was expanding as well as entertaining. There is a crime spree through the book the the heroine had to figure out while not getting blamed, along with an excellent romance. Pick this up if you want something fun and engrossing to read, doesn't make you feel like you are wasting your brain, and has a clea Like all Deeanne Gist books this was well researched, well written, and fun to read. The difference with this book is that it is not historical. I still felt immersed in historic Charleston so it was expanding as well as entertaining. There is a crime spree through the book the the heroine had to figure out while not getting blamed, along with an excellent romance. Pick this up if you want something fun and engrossing to read, doesn't make you feel like you are wasting your brain, and has a clean romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I loved this book! It is an awesome mix of romance, mystery, and great characters. I love the name of the main character-Rylee. This story is set in Charleston and is about a lady dog walker who works for people that keep getting robbed. The police consider her the prime suspect but a news reporter named Logan is sure she's innocent and someone worth getting to know. The mystery keeps you guessing and the romance is sweet with outgoing corny. Perfect book for me! I loved this book! It is an awesome mix of romance, mystery, and great characters. I love the name of the main character-Rylee. This story is set in Charleston and is about a lady dog walker who works for people that keep getting robbed. The police consider her the prime suspect but a news reporter named Logan is sure she's innocent and someone worth getting to know. The mystery keeps you guessing and the romance is sweet with outgoing corny. Perfect book for me!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think that I have discovered that my favorite genre of book is murder mystery/romance. I just love the suspense of the murder mystery and of course a great love story. Deanne Gist is a Christian author but I love that her entire books aren't religious she just includes enough for her characters to learn a valuable lesson. These colaboration of these two authors was great.Once I picked this book up I could not put it down. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I think that I have discovered that my favorite genre of book is murder mystery/romance. I just love the suspense of the murder mystery and of course a great love story. Deanne Gist is a Christian author but I love that her entire books aren't religious she just includes enough for her characters to learn a valuable lesson. These colaboration of these two authors was great.Once I picked this book up I could not put it down.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Super great read! Finished this book in less than a day! I think the title and cover of this book are a bit deceiving. The two (especially combined) made me reluctant to read the book. In fact, I only went ahead and read it because a friend bought it for me. Just goes to show that it's true that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. Super great read! Finished this book in less than a day! I think the title and cover of this book are a bit deceiving. The two (especially combined) made me reluctant to read the book. In fact, I only went ahead and read it because a friend bought it for me. Just goes to show that it's true that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mikkayla

    I decided to pick this book up without reading the back description. I couldn’t decide which of Deeane Gist’s novels to pick up next so I thought a random pick was just as good. Looking at the cover of Beguiled, my first thought was it would be set in the late 1800’s. My first thought when I read the very first sentence of this book was, did they have dog walkers in the 1800’s? And as I kept reading, I discovered the last thing I was expecting! It’s a crime novel! This book was full of so many su I decided to pick this book up without reading the back description. I couldn’t decide which of Deeane Gist’s novels to pick up next so I thought a random pick was just as good. Looking at the cover of Beguiled, my first thought was it would be set in the late 1800’s. My first thought when I read the very first sentence of this book was, did they have dog walkers in the 1800’s? And as I kept reading, I discovered the last thing I was expecting! It’s a crime novel! This book was full of so many surprises, some of them I thought I had a good prediction of, but there were so many twists and turns throughout that I found I was left guessing more times than not. The mystery element of this book was great! I loved it! Especially because I wasn’t expecting it lol. But not to worry, there’s also a romance element. And their relationship was really sweet despite all of the crimes happening around them. I think there is something to be said about a relationship, a new relationship at that, that can endure despite many many hardships being thrown their way. To trust someone you barely know is a hard thing to do, and watching that trust and loyalty build between these two was beautiful to watch. The only thing so wasn’t crazy about was the book format in itself. The POV changes from one paragraph to the next without any indications, so if you’re not paying attention you won’t realize it’s switched people. I’m definitely going to pick up another book by Deeanne Gist, and not read the description. It’s quite fun!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Rylee, a dog walker, seems to be surrounded by mysterious circumstances. And when her clients things start to disappear, and her being the common denominator, things become extra fuzzy. Logan, a crime reporter, meets Rylee after being chased by a dog and then is attracted to her and what she holds in answers for the mysterious Robin Hood burglar. Logan and Rylee try to solve a crime, even when the police destroy Rylee's name in the process. The answers uncovered go far back into Rylee's past and Rylee, a dog walker, seems to be surrounded by mysterious circumstances. And when her clients things start to disappear, and her being the common denominator, things become extra fuzzy. Logan, a crime reporter, meets Rylee after being chased by a dog and then is attracted to her and what she holds in answers for the mysterious Robin Hood burglar. Logan and Rylee try to solve a crime, even when the police destroy Rylee's name in the process. The answers uncovered go far back into Rylee's past and get twisted in the end that Logan has a hard time making sense of it all. This was a interesting mystery. It kept me guessing but I felt the explanation was hurried in the end. I would have loved more back story about Rylee's past and why certain people did what they did. The reason given seemed kinda humdrum.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This is a good mystery with romance. Set in Charleston, the main character is Rylee Monroe, a young dogwalker for residents in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods. When she was five, her father disappeared and her mother died of an overdose of pills shortly after. Rylee was raised by her grandmother, who is in a nursing home. Walking one of her dog clients late one night, Rylee suspects she is being followed. The dog chases one of the men up a memorial in the park. This is her introduction to Lo This is a good mystery with romance. Set in Charleston, the main character is Rylee Monroe, a young dogwalker for residents in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods. When she was five, her father disappeared and her mother died of an overdose of pills shortly after. Rylee was raised by her grandmother, who is in a nursing home. Walking one of her dog clients late one night, Rylee suspects she is being followed. The dog chases one of the men up a memorial in the park. This is her introduction to Logan Woods, a newspaper reporter. There have been some strange break-ins in the homes of some of Rylee's clients. A police detective friend of Logan's is sure Rylee is a prime suspect. As Logan and Rylee work together to find out who is the burglar, they also draw closer together romantically. This story has some twists and turns and a quite satisfactory conclusion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    michele

    I really wanted this story to be better. Sadly, it never quite hit the right spot of being a very good book. It was fun, enjoyable, but not great. I had a hard time with the development of a lot of the relationships in the book. Spoilers on those relationships below: There was no real background for Rylee and Karl to build off of so from the beginning I didn't trust him and his reasons. Then the relationship with Logan and Rylee seemed to develop out of nowhere that it was also hard for me to tak I really wanted this story to be better. Sadly, it never quite hit the right spot of being a very good book. It was fun, enjoyable, but not great. I had a hard time with the development of a lot of the relationships in the book. Spoilers on those relationships below: There was no real background for Rylee and Karl to build off of so from the beginning I didn't trust him and his reasons. Then the relationship with Logan and Rylee seemed to develop out of nowhere that it was also hard for me to take seriously. And finally, Logan's boss's reasoning for taking him off the beat never really made any sense. If Logan was slacking on the work area, it was never commented on so his being removed from covering the story just seemed weird. I did love the fact that two authors got together to write a story, but I wonder if that was the root of the lack of depth I felt throughout the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    What can I say about this author? I love Deeanne Gist. I believe I have read everything she has written, given her mostly 5's and just a couple of 4's. I love her writing and I did not think she could improve. Way to go Deanne and Mr. Bertrand. What a brilliant idea to collaborate on a story. When is your next work of art? I loved the characters and thought they were well developed. The story line kept me guessing until the very end. But then left me for wanting more. Some of the book was a littl What can I say about this author? I love Deeanne Gist. I believe I have read everything she has written, given her mostly 5's and just a couple of 4's. I love her writing and I did not think she could improve. Way to go Deanne and Mr. Bertrand. What a brilliant idea to collaborate on a story. When is your next work of art? I loved the characters and thought they were well developed. The story line kept me guessing until the very end. But then left me for wanting more. Some of the book was a little slow, but it never lost my interest. I may have felt that way because other parts had me biting my nails. In case I have not made my point, I thought this book was terrific. I would recommend reading it, you will enjoy it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Enjaian

    I usually love Deeanne Gist's work. I remember being less than impressed the firs time around but holding onto it due to my compulsion to "own ever book" which thankfully I am working on. :) Parts of this book grabbed my attention. However, ultimately, the partnership between Gist and the other author (whose name I forget at the moment and is not listed above) failed. So much of the book, hyped as if it was a suspense novel, fell into tired clichés which even the most ingenue of readers could fi I usually love Deeanne Gist's work. I remember being less than impressed the firs time around but holding onto it due to my compulsion to "own ever book" which thankfully I am working on. :) Parts of this book grabbed my attention. However, ultimately, the partnership between Gist and the other author (whose name I forget at the moment and is not listed above) failed. So much of the book, hyped as if it was a suspense novel, fell into tired clichés which even the most ingenue of readers could figure out by the second or third chapter. This book did not survive round two of the purge from my personal collection.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Again, an interesting book that was cruising toward the coveted 4 or 5 star review. And then the last 15 pages happened, with the crappiest execution and.....motive? explanation? That's the biggest gripe about this book. There is no explanation of very large key events in this book, you're led to an open ended predicament of did this happen? or did it happen this way? you're presented with two situations. And I guess you pick whichever you want ( sound cool? it's not ) so I give it 3 and I'm a s Again, an interesting book that was cruising toward the coveted 4 or 5 star review. And then the last 15 pages happened, with the crappiest execution and.....motive? explanation? That's the biggest gripe about this book. There is no explanation of very large key events in this book, you're led to an open ended predicament of did this happen? or did it happen this way? you're presented with two situations. And I guess you pick whichever you want ( sound cool? it's not ) so I give it 3 and I'm a saint for giving it that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal

    Excellent book all the way through; I would definitely read again! The plot kept my interest piqued from beginning to the end without any down time. I felt connected to the characters and rooted for them to come out on top. The conclusion to the mystery was somewhat a surprise and yet there were hints to it as well. But the epilogue —- Oh how sweet!!! If you like mysteries, have any interest in animals (the main character is a dog walker), & are up for a romance, you need to read this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This book moved slower than I would have liked at the beginning. I was also disappointed by the lack of romance seeing as it was in that section of the library. I did appreciate the character development and plot line, though. The story was easy to follow and the heroine wasn't a total damsel in distress. This book moved slower than I would have liked at the beginning. I was also disappointed by the lack of romance seeing as it was in that section of the library. I did appreciate the character development and plot line, though. The story was easy to follow and the heroine wasn't a total damsel in distress.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    It is an interesting book about a dog walker, Rylee Monroe, and her ancestry past, which lead to trouble and a reporter, Logan Woods, who is trying to write a best selling book, while trying to find the Robin Hood burglar, which will finish his book. In the mean time he finds himself in the middle with perhaps the #1 suspect.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Renee Jo H

    I was looking for the book that the recent movie was based upon when I checked this out. I almost returned it when I realized that it was not the one, but read it instead. It was a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed, especially since I have such a difficult time finding books that hold my attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I guess I wanted more from this story. I had a good idea how it would play out and wasn't too happy that I was correct. I won't say more as it would contain spoilers. Some elements of the book were worth reading so it was okay. I guess I wanted more from this story. I had a good idea how it would play out and wasn't too happy that I was correct. I won't say more as it would contain spoilers. Some elements of the book were worth reading so it was okay.

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