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?


Veteran romance writer Gist teams with tyro crime writer Bertrand to create a mix of their specialties. Their hybrid is a crime mystery with an irresistibly attractive and oh-so-naïve dog walker named Rylee Monroe ... Fans of Gist will appreciate her characteristic genteel manner of presenting the male/female courtship dance. Bertrand’s deftness at adding in the crime dimension lends depth to this likable yet predictable story.
Publisher’s Weekly

Gist and Bertrand’s collaboration has widespread appeal. The blend of romance and suspense is heartwarming and intriguing, and the Charleston locale is described so vividly that readers will feel as if they are right there. Humor and a touching spiritual message round out this entertaining tale.
Romantic Times, Melissa Parcel
Full of fleshed-out characters and plenty of romance and suspense, this novel is a terrific marriage of the talents of Bertrand and Gist.
Scrambled Dregs, Kelly Klepfer
Beguiled is one of those ‘don’t interrupt me while I’m reading’ and ‘I don’t care if the house is burning down - I’m finishing this chapter’ kind of books.
— Ramblings-n-Writings, Kara S.
Several new fiction books have been released in 2010 that would be great adapted into movies ... Here are ten great options for movie adaptation so far this year ... BEGUILED ...This volume set in Charlestown, SC would be a great ... The characters are good, and the book contains a decent mystery. The slight inspirational element would add a little something extra.
— Associated Content, Ashley Mott
An awe-inspiring story of mystery, theft, trust and love that keeps you turning the pages right up to the end.
— CBA Retailers, Kelsey Shade
Beguiled is a suspense/thriller that will keep you turning pages until you are finished.
— Robin's Nest, Robin Prater
Beguiled is a sassy, flirty, sexy romantic suspense.
— --, Michelle Pendergrass
With romance, suspense, and a great mystery, this book is a definite must-read.
— Real Heart Prints, Mel
[Gist’s] collaboration with J. Mark Bertrand in writing raises the bar to a whole ‘nother level!
Mocha with Linda, Linda
Beguiled combines an absorbing crime puzzle, sly humor, scenes set in historic Low Country locales, and two likeable young Christian protagonists with a strong mutual attraction.
— Congregational Libraries Today
The impressive debut of this new writing partnership has just the right balance of interesting characters, action, mystery and, of course, love.
— Booklist, Shelley Mosley
What a perfectly paired duo to produce the finest Christian romantic suspense that I have come across in a long time. This is a fast paced story that is steeped in intrigue and has a walk-in-closet full of family secrets that have come back to haunt with a vengeance.
The Overweight Bookshelf, Lydia
I stayed up until 2:00 in the morning reading. It was just that good!
Deanna's Corner, Deanna
Romance, humor, and false leads keep you guessing right up to the end! Deeanne and J. Mark make a great team.
New Every Morning, Susan Stitch
This is definitely the kind of book that once you start reading you won’t want to put it down.
Count It All Joy, Elizabeth