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In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her...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, someone seems to be targeting her. Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them 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?

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers


by Deanne Gist

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Who knew that walking dogs and feeding cats could be so dangerous?  Rylee just wants to make ends meet and really enjoys her job with the animals of the ‘Upper Crust’.  Until she walks in during a robbery!  From that point on, she’s scared, accused, acquitted, accused again, and finds out some truths along the way that completely turn her life upside down.  Her path crosses early on with a reporter/novelist/crime fighter/baseball player, Logan Woods, who mostly just wants a chance to show the world that he can cut it as a writer.  From their first meeting, the sparks fly!  They seesaw between respect, distrust, friendship and love as they dig their way through the history of Rylee’s life, and the town itself, to find some answers!  It was quite fun to read a book written by two different authors.  You can almost hear the individual voices of both authors, but the writing meshed very well to make a really fabulous Christian romantic suspense novel.  You always know when it’s Ms. Gist’s turn to describe something, as it will somehow contain her trademark romance lines (which can be a little cheesy at times): Lots of ‘muscles’ and ‘smooth lines’ involved.  ‘Beguiled’ is a page turner!  You want to strangle the Detective, hug the next door neighbor, and get a job walking dogs (or maybe raising crickets for a tree frog)!  If you like suspense with romance in the mix, you can’t go wrong with ‘Beguiled’.

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For being a romance and a suspense thriller, it was VERY clean indeed!  Only twice are there any profanities used, and even then I don’t know that I would even consider it really profanity (two different characters say, “Thank…” in relief that things were ok, and considering there was a Christian undertone to the novel, it may very well be considered a prayer). 


There was hardly any sexual content—a few slight innuendoes here and there; two characters kiss a few times; but really, beyond that, there was nothing questionable. 


There was violence, but it was low-key and played down from what it could have been.  There are robberies, but no one is hurt.  One character is evil, and admits to killing people/animals and watching them being killed and keeping momentos—but that isn’t until the very end, and is also handled well.  Two characters are cut with a knife while taking down a third.  

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There are themes of false accusations/circumstantial evidence, dealing with loss—physically, mentally and spiritually, and being afraid.

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Reviewed By Emily
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