The Criminal and the Beautiful by Rose Fallen

The Criminal and the Beautiful by Rose Fallen
River Kings Book 1
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (230 Pages)
Other: M/F, Exhibitionism, Anal Sex, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

He’s every mother’s worst nightmare…and every woman’s secret fantasy.

A Brazilian-Romany gypsy and a paroled ex-con, formerly part of a vicious street gang, Hanzi wants a new life but he can’t escape his past. His old gang’s leader and his friends don’t understand why he wants to distance himself from them. The more he does, the less they trust him–and living with his sister and her cop husband doesn’t help. The last thing he needs is some jumped-up snot of a rich college girl with a hard-on for literature hanging around the coffee hop where he works, tempting him with her pretty eyes and hot little body.

Usually a good student, Riley flunks a research project when family problems distract her. She has no choice but to stay on campus during spring break to redo the work. With her own family’s criminal past, she has no patience with the hot tattooed ex-con who works at the coffee shop where she likes to study–and less for her own attraction to him.

They can’t stand each other, but they can’t fight the pull, either. Despite a disastrous first date, Hanzi finds himself wanting more than smoking hot sex from the pretty little rich girl. Riley just wants him. Too bad her dad’s dead set against Hanzi and keeps asking him to do some pretty shady favors. Is he trying to trick Hanzi back into his criminal life or just take advantage of his skills? Then his old friends come after him, and being a good man starts to seem like more trouble that it’s worth, especially if it won’t help him protect Riley.

An ex-con falls for an innocent young college student. He wants out of the con business but her daddy has other ideas.

Hanzi has, over the years, become the main go-to guy for a vicious gang but he really wants nothing to do with the gang anymore and is willing to completely to turn his life around for good. However, one look at Riley, and he wants her. What he didn’t know, or maybe didn’t want to know, was how important she would become for him.

Hanzi is a guy with an ego. That was my first impression within the first couple of pages. But he also loves his elder sister a lot. Hanzi is two sides of conflicted coin. He has a sweet side and a hard one, which Riley comes to know extremely well.

Riley on the other hand is simply a sweet girl with a father who is probably as dangerous as any criminal Hanzi has dealt with, seeing as he may be doing some illegal stuff. Riley, though she loves her father, would rather stay as far away from him as possible. When Riley first sees Hanzi, her womanly parts wake up. I’m not sure it’s love at first sight or lust at first sight but, in the end they do fall in love.

This was an up and down book. Meaning there were parts that was interesting while other parts that totally put me off. Like he is sweet and caring towards her at times and then he intentionally or unintentionally hurts her. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I can owe that to the fact that Hanzi has always had one night stands, not real girlfriends.

I do think Hanzi could have been characterized a little bit better. He needed a little more depth to be true hero material. Otherwise it has a good plot and flows well. Ms. Fallen is a very descriptive writer and helped bring the story to life.

Readers who like bad-boy redemption stories should give this one a try.

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