Out of Control

Out of Control

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by Nina Croft
     
 

Out of Control (A Babysitting a Billionaire Novel) by Nina Croft

She's a challenge he can't resist.

Hollywood heartthrob Zachary Hunter loves women—as long as they don't want more than a little fun in the bedroom. When his most recent movie stirs up the wrong kind of attention, the kind that includes an attempt on his life, he hires a

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Out of Control (A Babysitting a Billionaire Novel) by Nina Croft

She's a challenge he can't resist.

Hollywood heartthrob Zachary Hunter loves women—as long as they don't want more than a little fun in the bedroom. When his most recent movie stirs up the wrong kind of attention, the kind that includes an attempt on his life, he hires a friend's company to locate the threat. The pint-sized redhead assigned to protect him isn't what he expects—or wants. Worse, he can't take his eyes off of her.

After ten years in the army, Danielle Sinclair knows how to handle men. With a new security gig to pass the time until she's cleared to return to the military, she's figures her sexy new client will be easy to manage. And then he opens his gorgeous mouth, and she can't decide whether to kiss him or kill him. His sex appeal may tempt her into his bed, but his sexist attitude is unbearable, and she's going to make him eat every single word…

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ISBN-13:
9781622665433
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Series:
Babysitting a Billionaire , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
59,560
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Out of Control

A Babysitting a Billionaire Novel


By Nina Croft, Liz Pelletier

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Nicola Cleasby
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-543-3


CHAPTER 1

"Holy crap," Dani muttered.

They'd come to an abrupt halt at the edge of the gardens where the lush green lawns gave way to terracotta tiles surrounding a vast swimming pool. The reason for their sudden stop lay facedown on a large pink inflatable bed that floated languidly in the center of the water.

"Hmm, maybe we'll put off introducing you to the boss until ..." Gary paused, obviously at a loss for words.

"Until he's got some clothes on?" Dani suggested. "And maybe when he doesn't appear quite so ..." It was Dani's turn to stall.

"Busy?"

"Not the word I was thinking of."

The man certainly didn't look busy. What he did look was naked. He was also not alone — a bottle of champagne dangled limply from one hand, an equally naked blonde was clutched in the other.

So that, Dani reflected grimly, was the man she was employed to protect for the foreseeable future. This was what she was reduced to — protecting a naked playboy. Hardly a meaningful existence.

She'd already heard of him; it was hard not to with his reputation. He was self-indulgent, lazy, caring for nothing but his own pleasure. Everything she didn't like in a person.

Now, seeing him in the flesh, she wasn't impressed. Or so she tried to tell herself. But if that was the case, why was she finding it impossible to drag her gaze away?

"You're staring," Gary murmured from beside her.

Amusement laced his voice, and she clamped her eyes shut to cut out the view. Perhaps he'd get a puncture and sink. But no, when she blinked he was still there. She heaved a huge sigh. "That is Zachary Hunter, isn't it?" Maybe she'd get lucky for once and find out she was wrong.

But Gary nodded. She sighed again and wiped the sheen of sweat from her forehead, then glanced up at the sun high overhead. "I hope they've got plenty of sunblock on."

"So, what do you think of your new boss?" Gary asked slyly.

"You really don't want to know."

While Dani refused to rise to the bait, she couldn't help but admit — to herself at least — that from the limited parts she could see, Zachary Hunter was every bit as gorgeous as his reputation suggested. Better. His supposedly hedonistic lifestyle certainly wasn't reflected in his physique; not an ounce of fat marred his long, lean frame. He lay with his head turned away so she couldn't see his face, just the dark blond hair, overly long and reaching to his broad shoulders. His skin was golden, and he resembled nothing so much as a large cat basking in the sunlight.

She'd thought the couple was sleeping or unconscious, but as she stared, the woman's fingers slowly glided down the long, flawless line of his golden back to come to rest on one equally golden buttock. No tan lines there.

Dani shook her head. "Let's get the hell out of here."

"Good idea. I think we can leave the introductions until tomorrow."

They turned to go, but she had an uncomfortable feeling something wasn't quite right. Having spent the last ten years in an almost exclusively male environment, she prided herself on her ability to be completely unaffected by some of the most physically fit specimens to ever grace the Earth. It was second nature to her. Which was why she couldn't understand her almost undeniable urge to turn around for one last peek. She scowled and forced herself to stare straight ahead.

"So," she asked, "why does someone like Zachary Hunter need our protection?"

"Try and sound as though you care, and I might tell you."

"Come on, Gary, he's some rich playboy asshole, who as far as I can see has never done anything worthwhile in his entire life. What's there to care about?"

"Have you actually read his file?"

She shrugged. "Jess read it to me."

"But I'm guessing you weren't paying attention." Gary frowned. "Zach's not actually a playboy. He's a writer — a good one, high-action thrillers. He's made a ton of money from them, invested that, and made a whole lot more — you don't get this sort of lifestyle from just writing." He waved a hand at their surroundings. "He's also a great guy to work for — ultra laid back."

"Doesn't care about anything, you mean?"

"Maybe, but then that hasn't really got anything to do with us, has it?"

Dani exhaled. "Look, you chose to do this job. I didn't. I'm just waiting for the all clear and then I'm heading back where I belong."

"And if you don't get the all clear?"

Dani didn't even want to consider that possibility. Wouldn't consider it. Even so, a shiver of fear ran through her. "I'll get it."

"Sure you will. Anyway, back to why we're here. Apparently, the last screenplay Zach produced annoyed a number of people."

"Like who?"

"The movie linked particular motorcycle gangs with organized crime. Apparently, Zach did a lot of research with one of the New York gangs and they had no problem with the film — thought it was a hoot. Unfortunately, a few of their associates lacked a sense of humor, and some of them have decided to make an example of him."

"He's received threats?"

"Yup."

"Are they serious?"

"Totally. There's already been one attempt on his life — in New York. A letter bomb — these guys aren't playing around. You know Zach and Jake are friends, right? Climbing buddies. They did the Eiger last year." Jake was their mutual boss and no, she hadn't known he and Zachary Hunter were close. But that explained the physique — the Eiger took strength and stamina. She nodded for Gary to continue. "Well, Zach refused police protection, but Jake persuaded him to hire us while they track down whoever it is. He also suggested this place. Zach's got houses in LA and New York as well, but Jake reckoned this would be easier to guard, and even you have to admit that staying here will be no hardship."

Looking around, Dani had to agree. Maybe Jake strong-arming her into this job wasn't such a bad thing after all. They'd served in the army together for many years, and Jake knew her better than just about anyone. He seemed to think that Dani needed something to occupy her time. "Something to prevent her from wallowing in self-pity" was actually the way he had put it.

Now, she was glad. London had been cold and gray, not conducive to convalescence. Especially in contrast to the hot, dry heat of Afghanistan, and she had been listless, unable to feel optimistic about her uncertain future.

But with the heat of the Spanish sun warming her, she experienced a first, faint lifting of her spirits. The villa nestled in the hills between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. The views were spectacular and the grounds enormous, running rampant with glorious pink and orange bougainvillea and hibiscus that scented the warm air with tropical flowers. Taking a deep breath, she let the atmosphere soothe her. It had been a hard six months, and on top of that, she felt drained from the flight and then the long car ride. Her leg ached, and she rubbed at it absently.

"Are you okay?" Gary asked.

She tried not to be irked by the concern in his voice. "I'm fine."

"You don't seem fine. You seem tense."

Dani rolled her shoulders, easing the tightness, and forced a smile. Though she knew Gary wouldn't be fooled — she looked a mess. She'd always been slight, but now she was positively scrawny. "Maybe a little tense," she admitted. "I just want to get back and do some real work. Not protecting some playboy."

He cast her a glance of disapproval.

"Sorry," she muttered. "Some writer."

But Gary was right to disapprove; she'd accepted this job, so now she had a duty to give it her all, whatever her opinion of Zachary Hunter. She needed to pull herself together. And it was probably only jealousy. She had a tendency to go for everything full-steam-ahead, and she kind of envied people like him who could laze away a day in a pool ... naked. Anyway, she'd probably hardly even see the man — it wasn't as though she'd be protecting him personally.

"Come on," Gary said. "We'll get you to the guesthouse and off that leg. Jake's given strict instructions that you don't put any strain on it yet."

"Jake's not my doctor, and it's no problem," she said, making an effort not to limp.

Thankfully, Gary knew better than to offer a helping hand. She hated feeling weak.

Instead, without saying anything else on the subject, he slowed his pace to allow her shorter legs to keep up, and she fell into step beside him.

* * *

Zach woke to a soft hand stroking down the length of his bare back. He groaned and burrowed his head deeper into the pillows.

"Darling, I have to leave for the airport."

He squinted up at the woman hovering above him and sighed with relief when he saw Lauren was fully dressed; he didn't like to disappoint, but he really didn't think he could manage any more right now.

At thirty-two, he was obviously getting old. Or drinking too much. Or both.

Rolling onto his back, he stretched. "What time is it?"

"Nearly seven."

"Really?" He scrubbed a hand through his hair. "I thought the new security guy was coming in this afternoon. Gary was supposed to bring him over."

"Another babysitter?"

"Yeah and thanks for the sympathy." At least someone found this amusing.

"Aw, poor darling. I know you hate being cooped up here, but at least you're safe." She leaned over and kissed him lingeringly on the mouth. "Look, I've really got to go. I'll send you those accounts to sign as soon as I've put through the changes. Or should I bring them?"

"Whatever's easiest."

Lauren pursed her lips, and he realized he might have been less than diplomatic. He pulled himself up, grabbing the sheet. "I'm sorry, Lauren. Of course bring them yourself."

She smiled and patted him on the head. "Don't fret, Zach. You know, you're a fantastic client, a great friend, and a fabulous lover, but I went into this" — she waved at the rumpled bed — "with my eyes open, and long-term-relationship material you are not. Not for me anyway."

"Not for anyone," he muttered.

She grinned. "Now, I really have to go." At the door, she paused and turned back. "But one day, you're going to meet a woman and you're going to fall in love — and I'm betting there are a few of us out there who hope she gives you a real hard time."

"Never going to happen," he said to himself as the door closed behind her.

Zach got out of bed, pulled on a pair of drawstring trousers and a T-shirt, thrust his feet into leather flip-flops, and headed out across the gardens to the guesthouse.

A woman stood on the terrace. He'd been expecting one of his security guards, Gary or Simon, and he paused to study her. She was tiny — certainly no threat. Her slight form was wrapped in a white robe, her head wrapped in a towel. Her lips were compressed into a tight line as she struggled with the tray she carried. She appeared pale and curiously helpless, and he had an urge to rush to her assistance. The strangeness of the feeling made him hesitate, then he shrugged it away and strode toward her.

"Here, let me help you with that."

At the sound of his voice, she jumped then stumbled. "Shit." Righting herself, she glanced up as Zach hurried forward and held out his hands for the tray.

"I can manage." She stared at him, and he was caught in the gaze of a pair of enormous eyes the color of fresh green grass. They dominated a small, elfin face and glared at him with something less than appreciation — not an expression he tended to receive from women. He'd never seen her before, but maybe she was someone Gary or Simon had picked up. He'd told them to make themselves at home, after all.

While she was outwardly composed, a pulse beat rapidly at her throat — not as unruffled as she wanted to appear. He glanced down to check out the rest of her, just as her belt unraveled and the front of her robe parted.

Jackpot!

Beneath it, she was naked, and his eyes honed in on two of the most gorgeous breasts he had ever seen. Full — considering she was so slight — and up-tilted with dusky pink nipples. His dick jerked to attention at the sight — maybe he wasn't too old after all.

He forced himself to look up and caught her gaze. Her eyes narrowed, and she peered down.

"Double shit."

* * *

Dani took the last step to the table and slammed the tray onto the marble surface. She snatched the edges of her robe together, wrenched the belt tight, and tried to control the wave of heat washing over her face. It wasn't as though he hadn't seen breasts before.

She was aware she was being cranky — after all, it was hardly his fault she'd flashed her tits at him — but she couldn't seem to help it. The warm water of the shower had washed away much of her earlier tension, but her leg still ached. The sensation of weakness rubbed her emotions raw and sapped her ability to play nice. Plus, she was hardly dressed for meeting her new boss. She'd presumed he'd be too busy with his ... friend from the pool to bother with introductions tonight.

She sank into the deep cushions of one of the wicker sofas and fiddled with the contents of the tray while she studied him through her lashes. At least he had some clothes on now, and while she wouldn't exactly say it improved his appearance, it did make her feel a lot more comfortable. The only problem was, her brain refused to stop flashing up images of him in his former naked glory. All that sleek golden skin, rippling with muscles. Most unnerving. The images were bad enough. The effect on her normally rock-steady equilibrium was much worse, leaving her hot and twitchy and totally aware that she was naked beneath the robe.

What was wrong with her? She never thought of men, well, as men, and she certainly never thought about them naked. A decision she'd made early in her career and one she'd never had to question or found the least bit difficult — until now.

He was dressed casually, his feet bare, and she couldn't help but notice that he had long toes. Wasn't that supposed to mean he had a long ...? Dani cut off the thought and shook her head, unable to believe she was contemplating the length of his dick.

She allowed her eyes to drift upward to his face. He had lean, tanned features; high cheekbones; a bony nose; and dark, heavy-lidded amber eyes, which observed her with more than a hint of lazy amusement.

So he found her funny, did he?

She opened her mouth and clamped it closed again. He was her employer. She had to be polite. Didn't she? But as his laidback golden stare loitered on her breasts, her blood pressure rose. Screw polite. Besides, he obviously had no clue who she was, and she could always plead ignorance.

"Can I help you?" she asked, examining her fingernails.

"I was looking for Gary."

His voice was rich and smooth and sent the most unusual ripples of sensation sliding down her spine. Ignoring her unwelcome reaction, she glanced around then lifted one shoulder in answer.

Obviously, he was undeterred by her lack of response, the smile still in place, his gaze still warm. "So I'm guessing you must be a friend of Gary's."

"Really?"

"Or is it Simon you're with? And are you just friends or more?"

"More?"

"I'm merely trying to find out whose toes I might be treading on."

It took Dani a moment to realize what he was saying and longer for the meaning of his words to sink in. Was he flirting with her? She shook her head — unbelievable. And what about the naked blonde from the pool earlier? She peered over his shoulder just in case the woman was loitering somewhere close. The last thing Dani wanted on her first day on the job was to get into a catfight with her playboy boss's blond-Barbie-doll-girlfriend. But all was clear, and she turned her attention back to the man in front of her.

She had no experience with handling men — they tended to keep their distance. Probably because she had something of a scary reputation. Plus, she was usually accompanied by a very large dog. She picked up her sandwich for something to do, then put it down again.

"Would it make any difference?" she asked.

He grinned. "Well, I'm hoping there's nothing serious, because I don't intrude on other people's relationships."

"You don't? How noble of you."

His grin faded as though she wasn't behaving in the expected manner. No doubt, he was used to women being a little more appreciative of his attentions. Hard luck — Dani didn't do appreciative.

Gary emerged through the patio doors, rubbing a towel over his damp hair. "Hi, Zach. Have you two introduced yourselves?"

"I was about to do that very thing," Dani murmured.

Gary gave her a look of reproach, a look that clearly said, This is our employer. Behave yourself.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina's writing mixes romance with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.


Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She's since then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary), and has settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. She is the author of Death Defying.

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Out of Control (A Babysitting a Billionaire Novel) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
 This was a great book. I loved the reverse trope: the heroine is the bodyguard and military/ex-military, while the man is the one being protected (and not overly thrilled about it). Another awesome thing: Dani is like 5 foot nothing and can kick butt with the best of the urban-fantasy heroines, even though this is not a paranormal/urban fantasy book. I just feel she could hold her own against pretty much anything. Zach - Ahhh, gotta love authors. They're great for reading about. He's not too thrilled about having bodyguards and then add in a short redhead and he's pretty much annoyed. But majorly turned on by her because she's gorgeous.  It doesn't take these two long to get past the whole guard/guardee issue, though they do try to keep it on the down-low. That doesn't succeed very well, especially when all of Dani's fellow body-guards feel it necessary to warn Zach off of her, thinking of her like their own little sister. I found the secondary characters amusing with their protective bent toward Dani, despite Dani's blatant ability to take care of herself. I also really enjoyed Dani's backstory and how she dealt with the nightmare of her past (there's a big tragedy there and my heart hurt for her and what she has to live with). Zach has the typical bone-head moment in his need to "protect the little woman" despite the fact that she's supposed to be his guard (well, technically she's in charge of the dogs that are meant to protect him, not him directly), but he has a lovely grovel in response to Dani's righteous peeved-offness. Dani holds her own in a traditionally male field and that's completely admirable. So, not really a big shock considering I now consider myself a rabid Nina Croft fan, 5 stars for this book and wahoo to another fabulous Nina book! Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, characters & steam- only ending is too predictable, short & blah.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
What lovely characters you met between the pages of a book, some you will love straight away and others will grow on you as you often see them growing up. Especially with romance books so often the hero is not entirely loveable at the beginning but by the end you are cheering him on. Well that's what Zach like after being smothered growing up all he wants is fun and no commitment and all the girls know this, at least he is very honest and upfront about it which is probably the reason that so many have remained friends, but then he meets someone who turns all his ideas upside down and he is left gasping like a fish out of water not knowing what to do or how to act one thing he'd better move carefully because she carries a gun. Dani an injured Sergeant who is pulling guard duty because of an injury and to help out a friend, after being in the army you tend to get used to having men all around but there's something about Zach that moves her and causes feelings that she has never felt before. Zach and Dani are a perfect match and it was great to see them becoming friends as well as lovers there was a real a quality between them as they were both very strong characters but each with their own weaknesses but together they became even more. I must admit it was a while before I realised this was the second in the series but this didn't interfere with my enjoyment at all though I will go back and read the first simply because I think I'll enjoy it. I received a free copy for an honest review. 
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
I knew going into this book that it had a lot going for it. It had so many of the things I love: one character is a writer, one character is in the army, and there’s dogs. Add to that a fun twist: the hero’s the author (hello, Castle?) and the heroine’s the soldier—and you know it’s going to be a fun ride. (Plus, when we first see the hero he’s lying naked in his pool. That’s always a good sign, IMHO. ;)) Out of Control definitely did not disappoint. It’s the second in Croft’s Babysitting a Billionaire series, but it can be read as a standalone. The hero and heroine of book one make just enough of an appearance here to make sure you want to read their book as well (sigh…Losing Control’s already in my TBR. Naturally). The banter between the hero and heroine—even when they don’t get along (or maybe especially when they don’t get along!) was fantastic. “Jake said he was sending out some specialist. An ex–army sergeant. This is my specialist?” He waved a hand in Dani’s direction. “Are you telling me Jake sent goddamn Tinker Bell to protect me?” Tinker Bell? Dani gritted her teeth under the incredulous stare. Taking a deep breath, she clamped her mouth shut and counted to ten. It wasn’t nearly enough. Gary grinned. “Dani’s not actually out here to protect you personally.” “Well, that’s a relief,” Zach replied. “Not that I couldn’t,” Dani muttered, her fists clenching at her side, “if I actually wanted to.” “So what is it she’s here to do?” he asked Gary, almost as if she wasn’t there and wasn’t quite capable of telling him herself. Jerk. She should be cool and drop it, but she couldn’t leave it alone. “Is it because you don’t think a woman can protect you? Or because you don’t like the idea?” She kept her voice reasonable, but it was an effort. “No, it’s because you look like I could push you over with one finger.” She leaned toward him, eyes narrowed. “Just try it.” His gaze had dropped to where her robe gaped open at the front, revealing the curve of her breasts, and she straightened abruptly. What was is about this man that put her back up? After ten years in the army, she’d thought herself immune to any sexist comments that came her way, but for some reason he was needling her. She caught the glint in his eyes and had a horrible suspicion that he knew exactly how much he was pissing her off. Gary peered from her to their boss. Obviously he considered it time to put a stop to whatever was going on. He cleared his throat to get their attention. “Dani’s a dog handler,” he said. “The best there is,” he added for good measure as Zach continued to look skeptical. “Well that would be really nice…” Zach paused, lounging back against the balustrade behind him, arms folded across his chest, gaze still fixed firmly on her. “If I had a dog.” “You will tomorrow,” Gary said. “Two, in fact. They’re arriving by plane in the morning.” “I don’t like dogs.” “No problem.” Dani gave a careless lift of one shoulder. “I’ll phone up and cancel the dogs, and I’ll get out of here. I’m sure Jake’s got somebody else I can babysit.” She put as much scorn as she could into the word and Gary winced. “Or maybe I’ll stay out here and take a vacation. Move to the coast, find a hotel, lay on the beach somewhere.” Oh, and bonus—those two dogs? Yeah, they’re named Spike and Angel. Even Mini Moe #2 was impressed by that one. ;) Overall this was a light and quick read, and very enjoyable. (There's just something about the reformed playboy, isn't there? Everybody wants one.) The writing was fun, the romance was steamy, and there were dogs—the well-behaved fictional kind, of course. My favorite. Rating: 3 ½ stars/ B I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## bleh Hero = man-whore Heroine = ugly duckling
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
In this follow up, Zach a somewhat sexist author is protected by Dani, a wounded soldier from the army. She is working for her friends security service and is get ready for a re-enstatement physical. They meet and instantly are attracted to each other. They both have strong personality and they are true to themselves. It was a good book with an enjoyable plot.
IreneC More than 1 year ago
3 stars Out of Control was a quick and steamy read. While I enjoyed seeing Danielle and Zach get together I found it a little off putting having the author repeating how small/little Dani was.  I found it took away from my enjoyment of the story as it was mentioned all the time.  The author needs to trust her readers with the picture she paints when she first introduces her characters to us.  I still would recommend Out of Control as the storyline was good and it kept me interested in seeing how Dani and Zach who were total opposites would find their HEA.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure why, but I’m a little surprised by how much I liked these two. Dani’s kinda prickly and very much a woman working overly hard to fit in to a man’s world. It could easily have made her off-putting but she’s totally fun. And Zach, while a bit debauched, is smooth and charming and, because he’s honest about it, totally likeable in his womanizing ways. Dani had a devastating event in her childhood that has affected her for a very long time. It’s very understandable why she’s hesitant to get involved. But I’m not sure I totally understand Zach’s aversion to commitment, other than the fact that he can. And though he’s spent his time being footloose and fancy free, like any good rake, it just takes the love of a good woman to change his mind. The story might seem a little clichéd, but it is extremely well-written, with engaging characters, and a smooth flowing plot. (It’s part of a series but it definitely can stand on its own and totally one I’d recommend.) If you are looking for some humor and heart and just a touch suspense, then Out of Control is for you. It’s not an adventure romance and the threat to Zach’s life plays only a small part except to get the two together. Instead it is all about two people who are afraid to give their hearts away, only to find out that they don’t have a choice. I loved watching them get to know each other and fight their feelings, only to realize that it is definitely out of their control, and the ending was one of my favorites for its simplicity and honesty. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
megpie93 More than 1 year ago
* I was gifted a copy from Publisher for honest review* When I first started reading the book I thought it was kinda slow. But as the book progresses so does the story. I have read a lot of book where guy is always the protector and not the female. But, I did like Nina's take for the female to be the Protector. It was defiantly a welcome change. I also like how they are not set just in United States either. When You first meet Zach, he does sound like a ass, but later on you can actually see that see is a sweetheart. Dani, i really enjoyed her character, not at first but later on. She proves herself and that she has kick butt skills. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy the authors writing to. Can't wait to see whats next.
Lynn53 More than 1 year ago
A Must Read Series! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way. Danielle “Dani” Sinclair has come to meet Zachary Hunter and it’s an interesting introduction – an interesting way to start a book. Zach is a man who thinks he’s all that but that was before Dani came on the scene. Right from the beginning this author has written something that will grab your attention rather quickly. Something that caught my attention was that the characters didn’t appear to be perfect. And that just seems to make this story seem more realistic. This story will also feed the boss/employee fantasy. It also has European locations but the way this story is written, you really wouldn’t know it. Our author has also made this a military romance but this time it’s the female that’s the soldier – and why not. The character is a kick-ass female who is also unsure about her own sexuality. Nina knows how to come up with the right mix and keep the reader guessing as to what’s going on. As you read Dani’s story, you may start to question your life choices and would you do anything different if you could go back in time. It also shows how our choices affect our current lifestyle. It’s a story that is part of a series but you could read this as a stand-alone. A great incentive is that as of this writing the book is on sale for only $0.99. And if you like this book and haven’t read the first, hopefully you will want to change that. The ending will have you smiling but I have to warn you I could not find any hint as to a book three so you may want to follow the author.
56babs More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Nina Croft and enjoyed it thoroughly. Read it in several days. This is the second in a series but definitely can be read as a stand-alone. Army Sergeant Danielle Sinclair, while recuperating from an injury, is hired to help with security of a playboy novelist Zachary Hunter. She is drawn to him and finally decides to give in to the urges and have an affair with him, with no strings attached. Slowly, their relationships becomes deeper and deeper and before they realize it, they don't want it to end when the assignment is over. A very good read
blackcrys More than 1 year ago
I received this book exchange for an honest review. I really liked this book, the relationship between Danielle and Zachary is a fast one but can definitely be the best kind. I like the fact that she is a tough, strong woman and that she is also a little vulnerable too. It has a nice pace and read quickly and I read it in one setting.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I liked it! Out of Control by Nina Croft is an enjoyable contemporary romance. It is about the relationship between petite army sergeant Danielle Sinclair and Zachary Hunter, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and producer. Both Danielle and Zachary experience an unbelievable attraction from the moment they first meet and despite all their hang-ups, fall in love. Due to an injury while deployed, Danielle is recuperating. She is almost at 100 percent and is looking forward to reenlisting once she passes her physical in a few weeks. In order to pass the time and stay focused, she accepts a short-term job as Zach's bodyguard. Zach's last production angered some dangerous people, who are now out to kill him. So he is hiding out in Spain, while a top-notch security company is protecting him and investigating the death threats he has received. Danielle and Zach are good together. They are complete, total opposites that find each other irresistible. Their inability to communicate could have been their demise, but luckily true love prevailed and they were able to share their feelings for each other. This was just an okay read for me. I found Zach's character to be one-dimensional and uninspiring. However, I liked him a lot more by the end of the book. Danielle is a strong heroine and her feisty attitude is contagious. Her childhood was an emotional hell and I teared up on more than one occasion as the details of her upbringing unfolded. Ms. Croft did an excellent job creating Danielle's character. The ending was predictable but left a smile on my face.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, so here it is. Dani is a soldier and recovering from an injury and is working for a friends security company in the mean time. When she is given a job with fellow protectors, she skims over the file and sees that the man they are protecting is a playboy a**hole. Good thing she is there to keep the dogs and not protect him. She might just shoot him as look at him. But he is gorgeous and she seems to be drawn to him. She has never felt this way before. But what does Zach see in her? She is nothing like the ladies he usually is seen with. She is short, only 5'1" and red hair and all spitfire. She is a soldier after all. Zach is drawn to her too. Can he have her for the time they are stuck together? Will Dani be able to move on after Zach and return to active duty? What happens when he makes a decision about his life and not tell Dani about it? This is a first for me by Nina Croft and I loved it. Can wait to read more from her.
nadzNR More than 1 year ago
I had read Losing Control and loved it so you can imagine how enthused I was to receive a complimentary copy of Out of Control to read in exchange for an honest review. This enthusiasm was further compounded by the fact that I happen to enjoy reading Nina Croft’s work. Out of Control, part 2 of The Babysitting the Billionaire series is just as good as its predecessor. I found it to be funny and entertaining. It tells the story of Sergeant Danielle Sinclaire aka Dani who is on medical leave recovering from an injury she had received while on assignment in Afghanistan. During this time to occupy herself she took an assignment which led to her being a bodyguard for Zachary Hunter. The moment these two met the sparks literally flew. The sexual tension between was just jumping off pages, however, for a while it was becoming tiresome. However, when these two finally decided to throw caution to the wind and give into their feelings, it was quite explosive. The title, Out of Control is quite fitting, as it was clear that for these two who were not interested in a committed relationship their feelings for each other had certainly gone out of control. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. If you are a fan of Nina Croft (and even if you are not) and you are looking for a light read that’s steamy, funny and entertaining then you need to get a copy of Out of Control. DISCLOSURE: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Kiwibooknerd More than 1 year ago
*ARC Courtesy of Brazen/Entangled Publishing* This is the second book in this wicked awesome series and it is Dani's story. We met "Sargent Danielle Sincliar" in the first book as she is friends with Kim and her fiance Jake. Dani was injured by a bomb in Afghanistan and is home recuperating before she re-enlists to go back. Jake urges her to take on one of his cases, "babysitting" a writer who is being targeted by someone who did not like one of his previous movies which ended up causing quite a stir. The assignment takes Dani to Spain along with 2 other bodyguards where she meets the illustrious playboy Zachary Hunter, sunning himself in the pool naked with a equally naked blonde. Zach's playboy status is widely known and as long as no-one expects anything from him in the line of a commitment then he is happy to keep his encounters strictly to the bedroom. Dani is immediately attracted to Zach, but she learned along time ago, not to get attached to anyone, so she is doing her hardest to ensure that she does not spend to much time around him - quite a hard feat when she is meant to be "looking" out for him. Not to mention his "sexist" attitude with regards to her protecting him. Zach is none to happy himself with his attraction to the feisty little redhead, but he cant quite keep his hands to himself, not to mention his strong desire to protect a women, who is more than capable of protecting herself. This is a fun, lighthearted story of 2 people that are going to have to overcome lots of obstacles with regards to each other in order to attain their HEA....