Review: Beautiful Criminal by B. L. Bonita

Thursday, January 12

Title: Beautiful Criminal*
Author: B.L. Bonita
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
Format: E Book
Date/Year: September 2011
Reviewed by: DD

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review

Summary from the publisher:

A mountain woman's peace is about to be disturbed.

Mima Etu lives a quiet life with her sled dogs in the Canadian Rockies. During a routine run with her best friend, she comes across a recent plane crash and a pilot on the brink of death. With the sun setting and the temperature dropping, taking him to the nearest hospital isn't an option. She brings the mystery man back to her cabin and nurses him back to health.

On a deadly mission with precious cargo, Gabriel Miller loses control of his Cessna and plunges into pilot's hell. He awakens in the comfort of a log cabin with a gorgeous native woman tending his every need. Her soft-spoken beauty sparks his longing for a different kind of life--and a torrid love affair. But their liaison is about to end. The owners of the cargo are out to find him, and they don’t plan on leaving any witnesses behind.

My Musings:

Frankly, after reading several of them, I’m not the biggest fan of novellas. I never feel like they are enough, and sometimes they don’t do anything but make me want more. Kind of like today, when I ate sushi for lunch. It was yummy, but I was still hungry.  I didn’t feel this way about Beautiful Criminal, however.. It was just enough, a tasty little morsel yes, but instead of being a sub-par lunch it was more like.....dessert.

Mima Etu is a native wilderness gal living in the remote Canadian Rockies alone after her family is killed in an avalanche.. She and her best friend Mary run and raise sled dogs, and lead an existence that is usually not penetrated by outsiders. One day, they are sledding with the team of canines and they come upon a small Cessna covered in snow. Mary is the queasy one of the two, so Mima braces herself and peers inside-She sees a beautiful man that is not moving and bloody. Since the hospital is miles away and she fears he may not be of this world much longer, the two ladies drag the stranger to Mima’s house (Mary is married). There is some interesting cargo in Gabe’s plane, and the women aren’t sure what it is or what reason he would have for flying in the remote area anyway. Against her intellect, Mima nurses him back *wink wink*. Does this sound familiar?? (Teeheehee). It has been done, but honestly, do we EVER get tired of that story line? I think not.

Mima is exotic and beautiful and sexy. She is also strong as can be, raises dogs, keeps fires going better than any boy scout, and shoots her own food. Through all of this, she manages to stay feminine-at least in Gabe’s eyes.  She is a heroine that is just that-you can really look up to her and she is amazing. I don’t know if women like her exist, but if they do, there are some happy men in the Canadian Rockies.

Gabe is a huge super hot guy (except apparently he has a missing pinky toe and several hoop earrings. I find the earrings strange). He is good at his core, but a misguided father figure has courted him into a world that is not safe and not legal and damn the consequences. Since Gabe needed a hero after the devastating loss of his own father, he has done everything for this man. Not until his plane crashes does he enter a world where he understands what peace and contentment in your soul is really like, and that sometimes the agendas of those you love aren’t always genuine.

There is a bad guy in this story, and I really like that with the limited story line the villian was not over-explored. Really, we care that he is after the good guys, but we don’t really care what his thought processes are too terribly much. At least I wasn’t and I was glad I didn’t have to be bogged down with too much psycho-who-feels-he-is-wronged info. The love scenes were a little forced to me, but hey, when you wanna go at it, why wait?

All in all, I would be willing to read more from B.L. Bonita. She is refreshing, and I need more dessert. I’m hungry.


Overall: 4.75 Stars. There are a few things I would have changed but it was much better than the standard novella.

Sensuality level: 4.00. It is classified as an erotic romance. It is erotic, but there aren’t too many pages, so if we want to know anything about the characters they can’t have a boink fest on every page.

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BL Bonita/Bonnie North January 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM  

Wow, thank you for this awesome review, DD! I'm glad you enjoyed my story. :-)


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