Monday, June 12, 2017

Blackmailing the Bad Girl by Nina Croft

Title: Blackmailing the Bad Girl
Author: Nina Croft
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Cutting Loose #1
Main Characters: Nik and Summer
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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...

My Review:
This book was so much fun and so unexpected. 

Nik and Summer met three years before, but neither was completely honest about who they were. Summer thought Nik was a night janitor. Nik thought Summer was Sarah, an accountant at his company. Instead Nik was the CEO of the company Summer was in the process of stealing one million pounds from. She disappeared the night she found out that the guy she'd been falling for had lied and that she'd just stolen a whole heck of a lot of money from him. 

That was enough to completely throw her off her game, so the next time she tried to con someone, she got caught and went to prison. In the three years since that happened, Nik has been searching for her. As luck would have it, he found her just a few days before she was released on parole. Nik plans to rehabilitate her. What he doesn't realize is that she really isn't a bad girl in the true sense of the word. Circumstances...

Like I said this story is not the norm, but I loved it all so much. It was completely engaging. Neither one of these characters trusts the other despite their sizzling chemistry. They've both been desperately hurt and don't plan to trust again, but as they work together they begin to form a friendship. 

The entire premise was really well-done. It's far-fetched, but still manages to stay plausible. I loved Summer and her small, tight circle of friends. She's not someone who connects easily, but when she does, she's loyal to a fault. 

I also really loved Nik and his best friend, Harry. There was a slow evolution of the relationship between Harry and Summer which was epic. He hates what she did to Nik, but she slowly wins him over, even though she's not even trying. I also really liked the small role that Nik's family played in the story. It was all truly good and seamlessly written. I love it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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