Review: Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame (Meet the Funny Sidekick from Imperfect Chemistry)

Posted March 15, 2017 by Sophia

Review: Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame (Meet the Funny Sidekick from Imperfect Chemistry)

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Review: Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame (Meet the Funny Sidekick from Imperfect Chemistry)Imperfectly Criminal by Mary Frame
Imperfect #2
Other Books: Imperfect Chemistry
Published by Self-Published on November 11th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Freya Morgan thought it was a great idea to hire the bad boy on campus to beat up her douchebag ex-boyfriend after he cheated and treated her like crap. Fast forward a few months, and nothing she’s done has helped her get over the scars left behind by her ex. Not the paid beating, not the string of sucky dates, nothing.

Dean Collins is in trouble, and it’s all Freya’s fault. After all, she started the trend of all the ladies on campus paying him to do their dirty work. But now, two of the boys he was hired to beat up are dead, and he’s the only connection.

When Freya agrees to help him find the real killer, she discovers that this bad boy isn’t so bad, after all. And getting involved with him means more than finding a killer, it means potentially losing her life…and her heart.

I am a huge fan of Mary Frame’s Imperfect Chemistry. I love the book to pieces and praise/recommend it while running left and right and kindly shoving it down everyone’s throats while humbly reminding them that this is indeed New Adult.

Imperfectly Criminal is the sequel to Imperfect Chemistry and the second book in Mary Frame’s Imperfect series. The best part is? It’s a stand alone! With the kicker being ending spoilers from Imperfect Chemistry (of course, my English teachers are cringing because saying imperfect a million times in a paragraph is very… repetitve). This book features Freya, who Frame first introduces us back in the first novel as one of Lucy’s newest friends.

In terms of favorite character in the series Lucy still takes the crown, but Freya is a close second now that I’ve gotten the chance to know her as a character. (She’s not as cute as Lucy! Plus the family dynamic in the first novel is like the Weasleys…) She adores food, Lucy’s quirks, and she’s hilarious. Have a quote about how unstereotypical cliches get in this adorable series.

…he’s got me all flabbergasted with the skin and the muscle and the… a mini George Takei is oh mying in my head.

Or two.

This is where I should probably wax on and on about how sweet and handsome he looks while he’s sleeping, but really he looks like a slack-jawed yokel.

Hilarious character aside though, Imperfectly Criminal deals with a much more serious problem its predecessor. For those who’ve read Imperfect Chemistry and met Freya in the first book, Frame mentions a bad relationship Freya gets out of but doesn’t go into much detail (after all, Lucy is the main character). We get more intel on what happened to Freya in book two as she helps the guy she originally hired to beat up her ex prove he was innocent when two of the boys he beat up end up dead. While she’s doing all of that, she’s also struggling with her attraction to Dean and the after effects of her relationship with her ex.

Imperfectly Criminal has laugh out loud moments for a light read while also dealing with serious, darker issues, and I can’t wait to see how Frame will take the rest of the series.


Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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