Beautiful Criminal (McCoy's Boys #1)
by Shady Grace
Coming June 9, 2015
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.
After reading the blurb for Beautiful Criminal I knew I had to give it a go. Add a sexy, bad boy hero, smoking hot chemistry, and suspense and I was intrigued. Had it not been for the ending I would given this one a solid 4 stars but unfortunately the ending just didn't work for me.
When Mima and her friend, Mary, are out on a run with their dog sleds they come across a plane crash and take the unconscious pilot back to Mima's to nurse him back to health. After spending days caring for him, Mima feels connected to Gabe even though she knows that as soon as he's able to he'll be leaving.
When Gabe wakes up after his plane crash and realizes that he's not in a hospital or jail he's instantly wary... Until he comes face to face with Mima. He knows he needs to get back to his plane to check on his cargo but ends up having to stay with Mima because of the weather.
The connection between these two is immediate, and even though they know that nothing will come from it, when they give in to their attraction it's pretty explosive. And of course, it leaves them both wanting more. Gabe knows that Mima is too good for him and Mima knows that Gabe is keeping secrets that she probably doesn't want to know about, but that doesn't stop them from falling in love.
There's some decent suspense towards the end when Gabe's people show up looking for him and the missing cargo but because this one was so short it played out rather quickly. My real issue though was the ending... Not only did it feel rushed but I wish we would have gotten more explanation from Gabe as to why he stayed away for so long.
Overall, Beautiful Criminal was a unique, easy read that kept me interested until the end. I'm definitely excited to see what's up next in this series.