Leah Courtney

I've long been a fan of Deanna Gist's historical romance novels.  In Beguiled, she teams up with J. Mark Bertrand, a suspense writer, to write their debut romantic suspense novel.

Rylee is a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthy South of Broad neighborhood.  When a Robin Hood style thief begins to strike the houses of her clients, Rylee quickly turns into a suspect.  Reporter Logan Woods is covering the Robin Hood crimes and finds himself developing a relationship with Rylee.  He believes she is is innocent but for some reason the Robin Hood villain is after her.  Their relationship develops even as the suspicions surrounding Rylee grow and she finds herself in great danger.

This was a great book for me for many reasons.  First of all, I LOVE the Charleston area and have been their many times.  Gist and Bertrand are very true to the surroundings and history of Charleston citing several well-known spots in the book.  Having visited the city many times, I could picture where the events were taking place.  Secondly, I really like a good romance.  I know I've said it before in my book reviews, but I'm a sucker for a sweet knight in shining armor story.  This truly was a good one.  And lastly, next to romance, I enjoy a good suspense story, a good "Who done it?" mystery.  This one kept me guessing for quite a while, and even in the end it didn't all go down the way I thought I had figured out.

It was a good story and a very good read!

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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