Blackmailing the Bad Girl

Blackmailing the Bad Girl

by Nina Croft

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Cynical CEO, Nik Masterton, believes he's finally met a woman who isn't interested in his money

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ISBN-13: 9781546821038
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2017
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Blackmailing the Bad Girl

Cutting Loose Series


By Nina Croft, Brenda Chin

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2017 Nina Croft
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-64063-104-5


CHAPTER 1

Without a warning knock, the door opened, and Harry strode in. He came to a halt in front of Nik, punched the air with his fist, and slammed a file down on the desk. "I've found her."

"Who?" But even as Nik spoke the word, an image filled his mind. Blond hair and guileless blue eyes. Lips that had felt so soft and tasted so — He cut off the thought as the memories flooded his senses and his body tightened.

"Don't pretend you don't know exactly who I'm talking about." Harry's voice jolted him from the past.

Harry knew him too well. Still, Nik stared at the plain beige file for several seconds. He couldn't make himself pick it up. "I didn't even know you were still looking."

"Liar. Aren't you at least going to take a peek? You're going to love what's in there." He grinned. "Actually, that's probably not true. But it's interesting reading."

"Found who?" Nik's father spoke from where he sat on the opposite side of Nik's desk. He'd come in for his usual Monday morning I don't work here anymore but I'm going to try to tell you what to do meeting.

"Oh, hi, Mr. M," Harry said. "How are you? And how's the lovely Mrs. M?"

"She's driving me goddamn crazy."

"Well, it is an important milestone."

His father turned to Nik. "See, Harry remembered your mother's birthday. Harry's a good boy. I always thought the two of you might have been swapped at birth."

Harry appeared the perfect executive in his silver-gray suit. He also looked more like his father than Nik did: tall, his short black hair immaculately cut, and freshly shaven.

The "swapped at birth" comment had been an ongoing joke throughout Nik's life. They were the same age; Harry had actually been born on the same day, in the same hospital. His mother had been their housekeeper at the time — was still his father's housekeeper — and they'd grown up together. He'd trust Harry with his life, and more to the point, with his money.

Nik ran a hand over the stubble on his chin and glanced down at his faded jeans and white shirt. Unlike Harry, Nik didn't do suits. And he'd gotten his looks from his Russian mother. She was honey blond, with olive skin and eyes like bitter chocolate. Luckily, he got his head for business from his father.

Nik tuned out the conversation. At least the interaction between the other two gave him a chance to get his head around what was in that file ...and the implications. After nearly three years, he'd given up on the idea that he would ever find Sarah.

He'd thought she was his friend. Christ, he'd even believed there might be more than friendship between them. He'd opened up to her as he never had before. And considering the number his ex-wife had done on him, that had been a huge leap of faith. A misguided leap, as it turned out. Because Sarah had kissed him and then promptly vanished, taking a hefty chunk of his money with her, along with the last of his belief in the female sex. He was an idiot.

"Are you still with us?" his father asked, breaking into the memories.

"Sorry." His father was seventy-five but could pass for fifty, and had the mind of a thirty-year-old. Only a heart attack three years ago had convinced him to hand over the reins to Nik. "What were you saying?" "I was saying that your mother is driving me crazy."

"So what's new?"

His parents had always had a somewhat tempestuous relationship. Nik had spent most of his childhood terrified they would split up and he'd be a statistic. But they'd stuck it out — probably because his mother was too worried about losing her social standing to walk away. He loved her dearly, but she'd never hidden her appreciation for the finer things in life.

"This birthday is messing with her head. What the hell does it matter?"

For a woman who believed she had gotten everything because of her looks, turning fifty must be a painful milestone. "It doesn't matter. Just tell her that."

His gaze strayed back to the file. Sarah Daniels. An image flashed in his mind. Small, slender, pale blond hair silky about her shoulders, and blue eyes that had stared up at him with wonder. How had Harry found her? Where was she?

"Why do I get the impression you're not with me?" His father shook his head. "I hope you pay more attention to the business side of things. Otherwise we're going to go bankrupt. And then who'll keep your mother in the manner to which she's become accustomed?"

The company was actually doing better than ever since Nik had taken over as CEO. Not that it would make much of a difference. The family had wealth spread out across the globe, with investments in everything from property to gold mines.

"I think Nik's mind is elsewhere," Harry said.

There was something in his tone that made Nik look at his assistant through narrowed eyes. Harry grinned back. But Nik didn't really want his old man present for this conversation; he could guess what his reaction would be. "Don't you have somewhere you need to be, Dad?" He rolled his shoulders, trying to ease the tension. "Haven't you got a birthday party to organize? A present to buy?"

His father's brows drew together in a frown. Nik should have known suggesting he leave would only increase his dad's interest. But he wasn't thinking straight right now. He had other things on his mind.

"I think I'll stay."

He gave a mental shrug and waved at the seat next to his father. Harry sat down. Nik's hands twitched with the need to flip the file open — to see if it was really her — but he kept them firmly by his side. He didn't want to appear too pathetic.

Why did it matter so much? After his disastrous marriage, he'd finally accepted that the only thing women wanted from him was his money. Then Sarah had made him think that just maybe, he'd been wrong, that there were women out there who weren't gold diggers. Nice women, sweet women. Sarah had been like no one he'd ever met. She'd appeared totally uninterested in his financial status ... right up to the moment she'd hacked into his financial systems, stolen his money, and run.

And he needed to know why.

He was a fool who should have learned his lesson. But deep down, he still believed there was a rational explanation for her actions. He wanted her to be good. The muscles of his gut tightened. Fear? "Tell me."

"Well, for a start, her name isn't Sarah Daniels."

That wasn't anything he was expecting. Though perhaps he should have — she'd vanished so completely. "It's not?" Maybe she was in more trouble than he'd anticipated.

"No, it's Summer Delaney."

Summer Delaney — it suited her. "Where is she?"

"Right now, she's residing in Her Majesty's Prison Holloway."

"What?"

Hell, she was a thief — she'd stolen his money — so why was he so surprised?

"Who is this woman?" his father asked. When Nik didn't answer — he was still trying to process the information — he turned to Harry. "Well?"

Harry looked at Nik, raising an eyebrow seeking permission. Nik shrugged.

"She worked in the accounts department around the time Nik took over," Harry said. "Embezzled a tidy sum from the company and did a vanishing act. We've been looking for her ever since."

"Police?"

"We didn't involve them," Harry replied.

One eyebrow rose. Nik's father glanced between the two of them. "Why not?"

"None of your business," Nik said. "You don't work here anymore." Yeah, like that was going to have any effect.

"Humph," his father said, then turned to Harry. "Do you have a picture?"

Harry slid a photo out of the file and handed it to his dad. Nik balled his hands into fists to stop himself from snatching it from him.

"Pretty girl. Considering it's a mug shot." He waved the picture in Nik's direction. "I'm guessing that was one of the reasons you didn't go to the police. You always were a sucker for a pretty face. Look at that wife of yours."

"Do not bring up Jocelyn," he snarled. His marriage and subsequent — very expensive — divorce had not been one of his finer moments. He'd loved Jocelyn and believed she loved him, when in fact, all she'd loved was his bank account. He should have learned his lesson back then. Instead, history was repeating itself.

His father shrugged and handed the picture to Nik. He had to force himself to look down. Maybe it was a different girl. But he recognized her straightaway. A head-and-shoulder shot, probably taken just after her arrest. Her face showed a mixture of terror and resignation as she stared straight at the camera.

"Give me the details," he said to Harry. "What's she in for?"

Harry cast him a look as if to say "what the fuck do you think she's in for?" "Attempted embezzlement."

"From someone else?" He could hear the outrage in his voice. It poured through him like an icy deluge. He'd presumed he was a one-off. Special. Not one in a long line of tawdry thefts.

"Shipping company in Glasgow. Same MO — fake identity, got a job as an accounts clerk, hacked into the system, overrode the protocols. But she got careless. Someone picked up on the activity, and they got her before she made the final transfer."

"How much?"

"A million."

The same amount. He closed his eyes for a moment. His brain wasn't functioning, and he had to force himself to concentrate. "How did you find her?" he asked. "We've been looking for over two years."

"Just chance," Harry replied. "We have a new guy working security. An ex-copper. He was going through the old files and recognized her."

He looked down at the photo still clutched in his hand. Yeah, she was memorable. Her face was a perfect oval, her skin flawless, her mouth small and full. He'd kissed those lips, and all the time she'd been lying to him. That night, they would have made love if they hadn't been interrupted. Right there on the desk in his CFO's office, where he'd come upon her up to no good, though he hadn't known it at the time. Even now, he could remember the feel of her traitorous body pressed against him.

The next day, she was gone.

He'd thought something had happened. Something to make her run. Instead, she'd been on a job, and he'd no doubt been one of many men she'd duped with her wide-eyed looks of innocence.

"So, shall I hand over the file to the police?" Harry asked.

Nik shot his assistant a sharp look. Harry sounded way too amused. Was he so fucking predictable? Part of him wanted to say yes. Give it to the cops. Just to see the look on Harry's face. Besides, she deserved to pay for what she had done.

He should. Really, he should. But somehow, he couldn't do it. "No."

Harry's lips twitched. Yeah, he was so funny.

Nik picked up the typed sheet below the picture and scanned it quickly. She'd been twenty-three at the time of her arrest. No mention of any other crimes. But that didn't mean they didn't exist. Nik hardly believed he'd been her first. And the fact was, he couldn't just let her go on her merry way, no doubt changing her name again and duping some other poor bastard. "How much time does she have left?"

"She's two years into a four-year sentence. But she's out on parole next week."

"Does someone want to tell me what's going on?" his father asked.

"No."

"So, what do you want me to do?" Harry asked.

"Nothing."

"Come on. She's clearly a habitual criminal. She'll just go back and do it again. People like her never change."

Again, Harry's voice held a hint of challenge, almost as if he were trying to goad him. All the same, he was probably right. Christ, maybe this was what he'd needed. He'd been drifting since then. Before then really, since the breakup of his marriage. Time to get his life on track and accept once and for all that he knew exactly what women want — money. He hadn't been able to eradicate Sarah, or rather Summer, from his mind. This was his chance to see her as she really was — a double-dealing, money-hungry thief.

Whom he'd never been able to get out of his head.

Because while Sarah Daniels had been a lie, he would swear that one thing had been real between them. Desire. And that night, she'd wanted him as much as he'd wanted her. There had been an edge of desperation in the almost frantic way she had kissed him, held him ... urged him on. Well, this time she could have him. He'd make sure there would be no interruptions.

He sat back in his seat and stared out the window at the blue sky — the exact color of Summer's eyes. She'd be out next week. And he'd be waiting for her. It was time for a little payback. Time to make her see the error of her ways and ensure that she didn't fall back into bad habits. It was his duty. And finally, time to get the inconvenient attraction out of his system and move on.

Would she be pleased to see him?

Somehow, he doubted it.


* * *

"To freedom." Regan raised her plastic beaker.

"To staying on the straight and narrow," Darcy added.

"To putting the past behind us." Summer tapped her beaker against the other two, and they all downed their tap water with as much enthusiasm as if they'd been drinking vintage champagne.

Summer put her beaker on the small table and hugged Darcy, who was closest. Pulling away, she sniffed. "I'm going to miss you so much."

"Hey, I'm getting out in a few days," Darcy said. "You won't have a chance to miss me."

Regan stepped forward for her hug, wrapping her arms around Summer. "And I'll be out in two weeks," she said. "It will go so fast. For you, anyway. You have a lot to keep you busy."

It was true. She had a whole new life to set up. She was putting the old one behind her, moving on. For the first time in years, she felt optimistic about the future.

Summer glanced around at the small cell that had been her home for the last two years. Her first night inside, she'd been so terrified, and lonely, and just plain freaked out. Regan and Darcy had both seemed cool and distant. Never in a million years would Summer have thought she'd end up becoming friends with them. She'd been a loner as a teenager; somehow, she'd never learned how to make friends. And her lifestyle after that had hardly encouraged close relationships. All she had was Danny, her partner in crime. And really, Danny was more family than friend — they'd known each other since they'd been in the same foster home when Summer was fourteen. She'd missed him but had made him promise not to visit while she was inside. The absolute last thing she wanted was anyone connecting the two of them and maybe linking Danny to her crimes.

But somehow, she'd clicked with Regan and Darcy. She wasn't sure she would have gotten through this with her sanity intact if not for these two women. And now they were going to look out for one another. All of them had decided they were never coming back, which meant new lives, new careers. She was looking forward to it.

"Don't sit moping tonight," Darcy said. "Go out, pick up some cute guy. Have some fun."

"I don't think so." She wasn't a virgin, but she certainly wouldn't feel comfortable going into a bar and picking up some stranger.

Anyway, men were the last thing on Summer's agenda. She wasn't putting her future in anyone's hands but her own. All the same, an image flashed in her head. A man she hadn't seen in years, but she'd dreamed about him so many times. Dreams that had left her hot and frustrated and kept his memory burning in her mind. A man with sun-streaked blond hair, dark eyes, olive skin. A long, lean frame dressed in faded jeans. Beautiful lips that had kissed her and lied to her. Okay, he hadn't actually lied, but he also hadn't told the truth. During their nightly conversations after the rest of the accounts department had gone home for the night, he must have known she thought he was one of the maintenance staff. He'd hardly looked like a typical CEO. And she'd only ever seen him after hours. He must have been laughing at her the whole time. A wave of residual rage washed through her at the memory. At least she told herself the choked-up feeling inside her was rage.

"Earth to Summer." Darcy pulled her out of her thoughts.

"Sorry, I was miles away."

A knock sounded on the door. It was time to go. And suddenly, she didn't want to. She looked at the beige walls, the dark green covers on the beds. It was so familiar and safe and ... "I'm scared," she said.

A whole new life. What if she failed?

"Don't be." Darcy smiled, then studied her, head cocked to one side. "You know what your problem is?" "Which one? I'm sure I've more than one."

"Hah. The one where you're a total introvert with an attitude problem. So you let everything bottle up inside until you burst. And then bad things happen."

Never again.


(Continues...)

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Blackmailing the Bad Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Absolutely love this series! This is the second in the Cutting Loose series by Nina Croft. It can be read as a stand alone. This book was Summer's story & I loved her from the very first page. And Nic was so interesting. Great couple & it was fun to root for their HEA. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. This was a cute story. So we have Summer who was getting out of jail for embezzlement, she is ready to start her new life. Waiting for her is Nik, who claims that he wants to reform her, so that she does not start stealing again, he was upset that she stole from him, after he felt that they had a connection, three years ago. Summer does not want anything to do with him, but he does not give her a choice, that is where the blackmail comes in, if she does not work for him, he can turn over the information to the police and she can go back to prison, and she is petrified. They are both really attracted to each other, and trying to fight, not really, they claim they are, the same day, they attack each other, but they do go back and forth. And when she finally thinks she might have a chance at happiness, her past catches up with her, and what is going to happen? Well my friends you have to read, and while she was in jail she ends up making friends with two other woman, one has a story, falling for the bad girl, I don't think Darcy's is out yet. we shall see. Enjoy.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
I love the premise of the Cutting Loose series. It’s about three women who meet in prison, become cellmate/ 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 Masteron. The two initially meet almost three years ago, when Summer worked for Masteron 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, Nike 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
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
book 2 in the cutting loose series does not disappoint, blackmailing the bad girl's summer delaney thinks she's done her time. unfortunately, one of her earlier marks, nik masterton begs to differ. three years ago she intrigued him and then took him for a fool, stealing money he thought she wasn't interested in. now that she's out, he wants payback. except she has nothing to offer him. she's hidden the money away in a trust for her mother. and she won't risk that being exposed and her mother suffering any more than she has already. even though summer knows that what she did to nik was wrong, she believes he deserves it. not in the least because he never told her who he was. she thought he was the maintenance man, not the ceo. and she hates big business. she's been let down by it one too many times. of course, he's totally autocratic when he decides that she's just going to work off her debt as his assistant. except he's paying her a salary. and he's really concerned about her welfare. and he can't stop himself from staying close to her. and the embers of that spark that burned between them all those years ago come alight. because the truth is she got under his skin then and she's burrowed deeper into his heart now. and she feels the same way about him. he's everything she's supposed to resent and hate. but all those assumptions she's made about him, they fall apart the more time they spend together. but how can their lives ever mesh with her past, her crimes, coming between them? it's not that he holds them against her, in fact, he's so ready to forgive her that he knows instinctively that she did this for a noble reason. the truth is, she holds her past against her own future, she knows that she didn't fully pay for the crimes she committed. and going back to prison is something she doesn't think she can survive. in the end, they will need to trust each other. its a big ask for a former thief and a cynical ceo, but how they come to terms works out so beautifully. i loved summer and nik together. nik is seriously a dreamboat. summer doesn't make things easy on him, but the truth of his feelings is so apparent early on. if his heart hadn't been involved at the outset there is no way he does what he does. **blackmailing the bad girl will publish on june 12, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (brazen) in exchange for my honest review.
KaliMcQuillen More than 1 year ago
3.5* Nik hasn't forgiven Summer for making him feel things that he hadn't really ever felt and then stealing from him. So after finding her, he was waiting for her when she got out of prison. Gave her an ultimatum, well technically you could call it blackmailing her. The attraction hadn't died down, if anything the flames had just gotten hotter. What started out as an itch basically became a raging inferno. When he finds out why she stole from him and what she did with the money what will he do? Will he be able to forgive her? Do they really have an honest chance to see if a relationship will work for them, are the differences too much? I wanted Nik to be more alpha than he was, I do love my alphas. He tried to come off as one but just missed the mark for me. Then Summer just didn't quite hit the mark for a great heroine for me either BUT I will definitely be looking for the next book in this series.
OpheliaOA More than 1 year ago
A was given this ARC by NetGalley for an honest review. Summer comes out of prison as a changed woman. One that has learned from her mistakes but Nik had a different plan for her. At first all it was suppose to be was a little blackmail to get closure but as Nik spends more time with Summer he realizes that there is more to Summer then he realized. After facing Summer's obstacles together, Nik and Summer were finally able to have their HEA that they deserve. A must read!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--BLACKMAILING THE BAD GIRL is the second installment in Nina Croft’s contemporary, adult CUTTING LOOSE erotic, romance series focusing on three friends-Summer, Regan and Darcy – three women who met in prison while serving sentences for crimes of passion. This is billionaire CEO Nik Masterton, and Summer Delaney’s story line. BLACKMAILING THE BAD GIRL can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Nik and Summer) BLACKMAILING THE BAD GIRL follows the building relationship between CEO Nik Masterton, and the woman who stole one million dollars from the company Nik controls. Enter Summer Delany, Nik’s former employee, and recent inmate at a correctional facility. What ensues are Nik’s attempts to blackmail the woman that stole more than his money, but the woman the stole his heart years before. Summer Delaney had just been released on early parole when part of her past, a past she was hoping to forget, made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Summer’s time served did not include time for the embezzled funds from one of Nik Masterton’s companies, and Nik was determined to make Summer pay for sin of the past. Nik had no idea what he was going to do but seeing Summer brought back old feelings, and in order to keep her close, our hero devised a scheme to keep the woman with whom he would fall in love, but in doing so inadvertently revealed more of her past. The relationship between Summer and Nik is a second chance / enemies to friends / forbidden office romance wherein Nik forces Summer to work off her debt as his personal assistant but the heart wants more than a one-night stand, and Summer will fall for the man that could all but destroy her life. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic, and intense. We are re-introduced to Summer’s former cell mates: Regan and Darcy, as well as Summer’s mother Elizabeth Delaney; Nik’s friend and business partner Harry Brent, and Nik’s parents David and Elena Masterton. The world building focuses on the relationship between Nik and Summer, and Summer’s battle to stay one step ahead of her past. BLACKMAILING THE BAD GIRL is a fast paced, engaging tale of second chances both in life and love. The premise is uplifting; the romance is passionate and sensual; the characters are charismatic and inspiring. BLACKMAILING THE BAD GIRL is a provocative and idealistic look at one woman’s chance at a happily ever after.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Nik plans to get revenge on the girl that stole his money. After finding out she has been in prison for the last two years and is getting out he is waiting at the gates for her. The attraction between the two is undeniable will Nik get the payback he is looking for? This is read is fun and sexy, I really liked both characters. An entertaining read.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Blackmailing the Bad Girl' by Nina Croft is the story of Nik Masterton and Summer Delaney. Summer went to prison after being charged with embezzlement and she was just getting out when Nik was parked outside to pick her up. Summer had worked for Nik once at his company and they both started to have feelings for one another. But Summer, who at the time was going by Sarah, up and left Nik and the company. It appears she also took some of the companies money but Nik wasn't able to find her until now. Nik thinks to get some revenge against Summer for taking the money and also for how his ex-wife just wanted money from him too. Nik now thinks that is what all women want. Summer has had a hard time growing up in and out of foster care with just Danny as a friend. But Summer as sworn to change her life and now Nik is trying to settle this thing between them. This book had some ups and downs but overall I enjoyed it! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
xstitchnut More than 1 year ago
When I received the opportunity to review one of Nina Croft's books, I jumped at the chance. While familiar with her writing, I was new to the Cutting Loose series. One of my quirks is hating not starting a series from the beginning. So, I bought the first book, Falling for the Bad Girl, and read it first. Wow! The first book was so good, I couldn't wait to start Blackmailing the Bad Girl! This series is all about second chances and love conquers all. The books have everything I love in a read: romance, hot sex, humor, intrigue, hot guys, snarky girls...I could go on and on. The best thing about the books is the happy ever after. The worst thing is having to wait for the next story. Write faster Nina, I can't wait!
SimplySarahReviews More than 1 year ago
I was given an Advanced Review Copy, by the author, in return for a honest review. This is the second novel in the Cutting Loose series. I was really draw into this story. The plot is edgy, the writing is well written. Loved the characters too. If you are looking for a great summer beach read then this book is for you! - Sarah
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this one. I found the storyline fun, fresh, and unique and while it had it's fair share of steamy sexy times there was much more to the story. Two years ago Nik Masterton thought he had found a girl that wanted more from him than his money. Was he ever wrong. That was evident when he woke up one morning and Summer Delaney was not only gone but so was a substantial amount of his money. After two years of looking he's found her and sets up his plan of revenge. A book not to be missed. I highly recommend it.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Summer is a bad girl who did two years in prison for her crime and was released with good intentions and a plan. Instead of her friend greeting her at the gate, she sees Nik, the CEO that misrepresented himself and that she stole from. He coerces her into leaving with him, then presents her with his plan and threatens her with what he'll do if she doesn't comply. Based on the blackmail alone, I really wanted to hate Nik, but I just couldn't. He's just too great a character to hate and has compelling reasons for his actions. Then Summer, a bad girl, has even more compelling reasons for her actions. Put the two of them together and they have lots of interesting interactions with both assuming they understand the other. Add in the sizzling chemistry, and you have a novel that I just couldn't put down. This is a must read for fans of the genre. The author is on my must read authors' list.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Blackmail, revenge and lust collide in Nina Croft's, Blackmailing the Bad Girl. Nina Croft is well - versed at writing equal opportunity stories. She's so good at it, it's difficult to identify the protagonist from the antagonist at times. Summer is looking for redemption, Nik wants revenge, who will be the one left standing at the end of this battle of wills? Summer and Nik generate an abundance of fire, while freeing their hearts along the way. Smart, sexy, sensational read.