Title: Beautiful Criminal
Author: Shady Grace
My Rating: B-
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: McCoy's Boys #1
Main Characters: Mima and Gabriel
Release Date: June 2015
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Sexual Intensity: spicy
Mima Etu lives a quiet life with her sled dogs in the stunning Canadian Rockies. But that all changes when she stumbles upon a plane crash while out on a supply run. She’s shocked to discover the pilot is still alive—though barely. With the sun setting and the temperatures quickly dropping, Mima knows he’d never survive the trip to the nearest hospital. So she takes the stranger back to her cabin. As he heals, his vague answers to Mima’s questions about the flight tell her he has secrets. But more disturbing is the consuming, immediate attraction she senses between them.
Before he lost control of his Cessna and plunged into a pilot’s hell, Gabriel Miller was on a deadly mission with precious cargo. Now he’s awakened in the comfort of a log cabin with a gorgeous woman tending to his every need. Her soft-spoken beauty sparks his longing for a different kind of life….and it isn’t long before they surrender to a blazing passion. But their blissful days are numbered. For the owners of the cargo are bent on finding Gabriel—and once they do, they don’t intend to leave any witnesses behind.
While I enjoyed reading this book overall, I never felt like I really connected with the characters or their emotional state. Everything is beautifully written and the story line is interesting, but it never went deep enough. I think part of the problem is that it's fast story with an insta-love story line. The two never get a chance to really know one another. But there's several days off the page where as a reader I assumed they connected. BUT that kept me from connecting with them. Tie into that...I really had an issue with Mima's plans to fix Gabriel. I understand...he's a criminal, but it just seemed like she was looking at him through rose-colored glasses of "oh, but he can change because I love him." And as I type that, it's bugging me.
This is one of those books that you can read, escape for a couple of hours, but don't plan on being swept away by the beautiful story. It was a really original story line. I love that Mina is a native basically living on her own in the wilderness and her whole back story. Gabriel has a pretty intriguing back story too and there could have been some real depth added in to both of their characters because the story lines were there. It just lacked a bit in execution. But the writing is clean and like I said, it was an entertaining diversion. I never thought about not finishing the book. I just wanted more to it overall.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.