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?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Beguiled is a novel that I could not put down until the end. 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.*
Tomorrow look for the CFBA tour post with a link to read the first chapter of this book. Or you can read an excerpt now from Deeanne’s site.
Deeanne Gist – Courting Trouble Series
Deep in the Heart of Trouble
– Stand alone novels A Bride Most BegrudgingThe Measure of a Lady
A Bride in the Bargain
Maid to Match* — Look forward to this one later this year.
Deeanne Gist’s website — Historical Romance
J. Mark Bertrand’s website — Suspense
2010 novels from Dee and Mark: