Thursday, June 22, 2017


Blackmailing the Bad Girl (Cutting Loose, #2)
by: Nina Croft
Series: Cutting Loose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Releases: June 12, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing ~ Brazen

Paybacks can be hell....

Cynical CEO, Nik Masterton, believes he’s finally met a woman who isn’t interested in his money…until she vanishes with a hefty amount of it. He’s been searching for her ever since and has finally found her doing a stint in Holloway prison for stealing...from someone else. Clearly, he’s just one of many. Now she’s coming out, and it’s time for a little payback.

After two years in prison, Summer Delaney is determined she’s never going back. While she had good reasons for doing what she did, it’s time to move on to a new life and earn an honest living. Unfortunately, there’s a glitch in her plan, and he’s waiting at the gate as she comes out.

Nik isn’t above using blackmail to make Summer work for him until he decides just how he’ll get his revenge. But this time they’re both determined to keep their distance. Right until the inconvenient attraction explodes between them...

I love the premise of the Cutting Loose series.  It’s about three women who meet in prison, become cellmates/best friends, and promise to always have each other’s backs.  Plus, make sure that when they are all out that they stay on the up and up.

Nina Croft is a relatively new to me author.  I read the first book in her Cutting Loose series, Falling for the Bad Girl and liked the book.  From reading the first book, I was sure that I wasn’t going to like Blackmailing the Bad Girl.  The books are standalone reads, but Falling for the Bad Girl didn’t leave me chomping at the bit to read Summer’s story.  She was a secondary character who was a forgotten mystery to me.

I could not have been more wrong about Blackmailing the Bad Girl.  From the beginning, I was loving Summer Delaney and Nik Masterton.  The two initially meet almost three years ago, when Summer worked for Masterton Industries and thought Nik was a maintenance man.  The two hit it off and spent after work hours hanging out together at the company. While Summer was plotting to steal money from the company, Nik was doing something else. “Three years ago, I was on the verge of falling in love with you.”  Thus, when Summer disappeared with a million pounds of company money he didn’t notify the police. That’s not to say that he hasn’t been looking for her, because he has.  And he has just found her, doing a four year stint in Holloway prison for attempting to steal from another company. With Summer up for parole, Nik plans to implement “The Rehabilitation of Summer Delaney”.  Nik wants Summer to be his personal assistant, in exchange for him not turning her over to the police.  And if in the process there is some boss/assistant hanky panky, all the better.

There are definitely sparks and then some with Nik and Summer, but even with the blackmail there’s still friendship and understanding.  “I can feel your heart.”  “I bet you didn’t believe I had one.”  Nik definitely has one of the biggest hearts there is.  “I want to know you’re okay, not going to get in trouble again. I guess I want to be your friend.”

While it’s easy to figure out what’s going to happen, Blackmailing the Bad Girl was a really good read.  The story had my attention from the beginning and never once had me wanting to put it down.  I loved the secondary characters.  The next and final book in the series is one I REALLY want to read.  It should feature Darcy, a MMA fighter and third bad girl, and the uncle of her niece.  But I would REALLY love if Nik’s best friend and right hand man Harry had a story.

**Received a copy from Entangled Publishing and reviewed voluntarily.**

Rating: 4.5

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Falling for the Bad Girl ~ Review

Growing up in the cold, wet, north of England, Nina Croft spent a lot of time dreaming of faraway sunnier places and ponies. When she discovered both, along with a whole load of other things, could be found between the covers of a book, her life changed forever.

Later, she headed south, picked up the perfect husband along the way, and together they volunteered to work in Africa. There they discovered a love of exotic places and a dislike of 9-5 work. Afterward they spent a number of years travelling (whenever possible) intermingled with working (whenever necessary.) Eventually they stumbled upon a remote area in the mountains of southern Spain and the small almond farm they now call home.

Nina spends her days reading, writing and riding her mare, Gencianna, under the blue Spanish skies—sunshine and ponies. She reckons this is proof that dreams really can come true if you want them enough.

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