Review: Beautiful Criminal (McCoy’s Boys #1) by Shady Grace

June 6, 2015 Review 0

Review: Beautiful Criminal (McCoy’s Boys #1) by Shady Grace

Long days, precious nights…

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.

Title: Beautiful Criminal
Author: Shady Grace
Series: McCoy's Boys #1
Published by Lyrical Press
Source: Publisher
Published: June 9th 2015
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 86 pages
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Stars: two-half-stars
Flames: two-flames

Beautiful Criminal has an interesting plotline. Independent woman, Mima, living in the mountains rescues a pilot from a crashed plane, while out on a supply run. He faced certain death being in the cold wilderness so her friend helps her get him back to her cabin.

Gabe is a self-proclaimed bad man. He smuggles for a living. Now his cargo is still out there and competitors that want to snuff him out, have the perfect opportunity. He knows he has unfortunately, put Mima and her friend in danger.

I really was hoping this book would have held my interest more. The blurb sounded interesting. Yes it is a short novella length book, but there was just so many leaps taken that were a stretch for me to believe. We learn very little about both Mima and Gabe. Yes they seem to have a connection, yes they have some family similarities, but neither were fleshed out so we know little about each of them. What makes them tick. Mima is billed as a tough mountain woman, but then is cast as a naïve young girl at times. I also struggled with Gabe’s attempt to just change his stripes. Yes facing death can make you re-evaluate your life but it was a real leap given his occupation.

Beautiful Criminal had the potential to be a quick read that packed a punch but it didn’t deliver for me. All the themes that were touched upon were superficially glossed over opposed to detailing just a couple of them. It also left me asking more questions then were answered. When it came to the ending, it was rushed and felt like it was an afterthought. Maybe if it was longer, it could be fleshed out. I guess I was just left with wanting more. Throughout the story you are asked to accept things as is with no questions and I couldn’t really do that. I never felt any connection to the characters. I couldn’t tell you much about them at all. So asking either to feel or act a certain way comes as no struggle since we don’t know what they were all about to begin with. I had no vested interest in them. Mima does come across as being desperate which turned me off and the sexy scenes didn’t really gel for me. That being said, for you hopeless romantics you will probably like the setting and story. I am sorry it wasn’t for me.

 

Deb

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