by Deeane Gist, J. Mark Bertrand

February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0628-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Bethany House Publishers
Trade Paperback

Rylee Monroe is a professional dog walker to Charlestonís wealthy; the ones who canít be bothered to care for their own pets. But a thief known only as ďRobin HoodĒ is terrorizing the rich, stealing only one thing, something with sentimental value, and giving it to a non-profit organization.

Since most of the victims are Ryleeís clients, Rylee is considered a suspect in the case. A local reporter, Logan Woods, wants to solve this crime for two reasons. He wants to be a top reporter, and he is writing a book about this event. A publisher is interested ó as soon as the crime is solved. But the police donít seem to be making any effort.

Logan decides to try to solve this on his own. He realizes that someone is targeting Rylee but the more he digs the more the evidence points to Rylee. She seems to be at the center of everything. Now, Logan is left with a choice. Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens it all?

Beguiled is a collaborated effort between prize-winning Gist, and debut author, Bertrand. I canít say I am impressed with the writing. The passion, fun, and unexpected surprises of Gistís voice are gone, and in its place is something flat, lifeless, and basic. I donít like this duo writing together. I hope that Bertrand will do better individually, he does have a book releasing in July of this year.

If there was a faith message, it was rather weak. And as a suspense, this wasnít terribly imaginative. It was fairly easy to discover who did it. The characters are rather flat, but the careers and motives of the two main characters are well-planned out. They both have conflict, internal and external, that they must work through in order for them to find happiness. So, the basics are there. If you are looking for a Deeanne Gist book, or a suspense, then maybe Beguiled is a book to consider. If you are looking for a fantastic, page-turning read, then maybe you should look further.

Reviewed in July 2010 by Laura.