Friday, March 2, 2012

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand

book cover

by Deeanne Gist &
J. Mark Bertrand

ISBN-13: 9780764206283
Trade Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: February 1, 2010

Source: Bought through

Book Description from Back Cover:
Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area, and worse, he seems to be setting her up to take the fall.

Reporter Logan Woods is following the break-ins with the hope of publishing his coverage as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything.

As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

My Review:
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.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt using Google Preview.


Marianne said...

Thanks for your great review.

Genre Reviewer said...

You're welcome. Glad you liked it.