There's nothing like a near death experience to make a guy reassess his life. And that's exactly what nightclub owner Logan McCabe decides to do, starting with looking up the girl he spent one wild night with eleven years ago, right before his life turned to crap. He spent a year fantasizing about her. Now he's ready to see how reality matches up.
Abigail Parker is a perfectionist. She's only strayed from the straight and narrow once in her life, on her eighteenth birthday. It was supposed to be one wild night with a totally unsuitable man before she settled into her sensible future. Instead it changed her life forever.
Logan might still be the sexiest man Abigail has ever seen, but a dirty-talking, tattooed, ex-con is the last thing she needs in her perfect life. He claims she's his fantasy girl, but what he doesn't know is she's also the mother of his ten-year old daughter...
Each book in the Things to do Before You Die series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 His Fantasy Girl
Book #2 Her Fantasy Husband
Book #3 His Fantasy Bride
About the Author
Nina Croft was born in the north of England but headed south at the age of 18. She studied marine biology at London University before training to be a chartered accountant.
Having worked a number of years in London, the urge to head south hit again. This time it took her to Zambia, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kariba, where she spent four years working as a volunteer. It left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of regular employment. Since then, Nina has a spent a number of years mixing travel, whenever possible, with work, whenever necessary.
After travelling extensively, Nina has now settled down to a life of writing and almond picking on a remote farm in southern Spain, between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. She shares the farm with her husband, four dogs, a horse, two goats, three cats, a three-legged Vietnamese potbellied pig, and a handful of chickens.
Nina has loved reading all her life and fell in love with vampires after discovering Anne Rice at an early age. She likes to write all types of romance often 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.
Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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His Fantasy Girl
A Thing To Do Before You Die Novel
By Nina Croft, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Nina Croft
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Abigail Parker smoothed down the skirt of her gray suit and slipped into her black, low-heeled pumps. A quick glance in the mirror showed she was ready to go. She didn't need to leave for work for an hour yet, but Jenny was due home from school any second and Abby wanted to spend some time with her before she had to go.
These moments were precious, and she always made sure they had some quality time together, whatever shift she was working. The last ten years had been difficult, but Abby was finally getting to where she wanted to be.
The doorbell rang and she headed out of the kitchen and down the hallway.
She opened the door and took an automatic step back. The man standing on the doorstep was tall, nearly a foot taller than her five-foot-four, so she had to crick her neck to look into his face.
She didn't know him ... did she?
Surely she'd have remembered.
He was the most stunning man she had ever set eyes on, his midnight black hair pulled back into a ponytail, revealing sharp cheekbones and silver-gray eyes. The black and red ink of a tattoo edged out of the neckline of his T-shirt, and more snaked down the length of his right arm. He wore black jeans that clung to his long legs and he looked lean and mean and ... vaguely familiar. Something about him tweaked at her memory, but she couldn't work out what. She returned her attention to his face. He still hadn't spoken, but was returning her scrutiny, a small frown pulling his brows together as though she wasn't who or what he'd expected.
Then he smiled; a tilt of his sensual lips, and flutters started in her belly. Most unexpected.
"Abigail Parker?" His voice was low and husky, the words a question.
Where had she seen him before? London was a big city, and she met lots of people through her work, but if she could concentrate for a moment it would come to her. At the same time, a little niggle of foreboding suggested perhaps she was better off not remembering. A smile like that could mean nothing but trouble. And she did not do trouble. She never did trouble. She was practical, sensible, and the few dates she did have were with nice men, not tattooed bad boys who only had to smile to melt the panties right off a good girl.
And why was she even thinking about panties melting?
No man had affected her like this. Not ever.
Well, okay once. But that was a long time ago and best not thought about.
She returned her attention to his face and found him watching her, one eyebrow raised, and she realized she hadn't answered his question. She licked her lips and wiped her palms down her sides. "I'm Abigail Parker."
Midnight black hair. Silver eyes. The dark slash of his brows. Where had she seen him before?
"You don't remember me, do you?"
His question dragged her from her thoughts. He sounded a little ... pissed off, as though the meeting was not going as planned and he wasn't quite sure how to proceed.
"Should I remember you? Mr. ...?"
He gave a slightly rueful smile. "I guess not." Faint amusement twinkled in his eyes, and he gave a slight shake of his head. He looked past her into the hallway. "Can I come in?"
Her reaction must have shown in her face because he gave a short laugh. "I take it that's a no." He rubbed a hand over his jawline, faintly shadowed with a day's growth of beard. Something in the movement tweaked a chord in her memory, but the answer stayed just out of reach. "Shit, this is difficult." He took a deep breath. "Okay, so the thing is ... we used to know each other."
"We did?" She was getting a really bad feeling, was in fact having to fight the urge to slam the door in his face and run and hide under the bed.
"Well, maybe 'know' isn't the right word." His lips quirked. "Unless we're talking in the biblical sense."
Her mouth dropped open and her eyes stretched wide. "What? No way. I think I would have remembered." But that bad feeling was getting bigger, swelling, and any second now she was guessing it was going to burst all over her.
"It was a long time ago," he said.
No. Freaking. Way.
She wanted to squeeze her eyes tightly shut and put her hands over her ears. Because she knew what was coming next and she didn't want to hear it. And she was suddenly quite aware of why he looked so familiar. Finally, she managed to croak out a question. "How long?"
"Eleven years." He studied her, his head cocked to one side. "I'm guessing it's coming back."
She stared at him — well, at his chest, where his T-shirt strained tight over the swell of muscles. Why? Why was he here after so long? What could he possibly want? Whatever it was, she couldn't deal with it right now.
"Logan McCabe." The name came out as a whisper.
She'd had sex with this man. And multiple orgasms. She was tied to him by tethers he knew nothing about. Did he?
It was weird that she'd been thinking about him lately, but in abstract; she'd never expected him to turn up on her doorstep.
She had to get rid of him.
Right now. Before disaster struck.
"Look, I'm sorry, but I have no clue what you want after all this time."
He gave a casual shrug. "Just to talk."
"What can we possibly have to talk about?" Actually a whole load of stuff, but she needed preparation for that, a clear head, advice from a lawyer, and maybe a couple of hundred years to think about it. "I can't. I really can't. I have to leave for work. Right now."
When he just stood there, staring down at her, she gritted her teeth and resisted the urge to push him off the doorstep.
His eyes narrowed. Then he pulled a card from his back pocket and handed it to her. She took it automatically, her eyes straying to the road, expecting to see the car pull up any moment.
"Call me," he said. "Or come by the club. When this has sunk in, I would like to ... talk to you."
When she didn't answer, his nostrils flared and something flashed in his eyes. "You remember the club? The place where you picked me up and fucked my brains out."
He turned and strolled away, hands shoved in his pockets.
"Ouch." The tension oozed out of her, and she leaned against the doorway, closed her eyes, and released a ragged breath.
When she opened them, he was gone.
By the following afternoon, Logan still hadn't gotten over his feeling of ... What? Maybe that was the problem. He had no clue how he felt. The meeting certainly hadn't gone as he'd imagined, but then again, what had he expected? He realized, obviously too late, that he hadn't given any thought to his fantasy girl's feelings in all this. Hey, she was his fantasy girl. She was supposed to act in an appropriate fantasy-like manner.
She wasn't supposed to look at him as though he was all her nightmares rolled up into one big pile of dog crap that she couldn't wait to scrape off her sensible shoes. And that was only after she'd finally recognized him — which had taken far longer than it should have done considering they'd had hot, mind-blowing sex every night for a year.
In his dreams.
He'd spent last night lying awake, going over the meeting, trying to decide what his next move should be, if any. But Josh and Vito would have a field day if he gave in this easily. And he was one hundred and ten percent convinced she wouldn't be calling, or turning up at the club, any time soon.
She was nothing like he remembered, and certainly nothing like the sort of woman to indulge in his kinkier fantasies, which was a pity and a dash to his hopes. For a moment, he'd thought he'd gotten the wrong Abigail Parker. Josh's security company had found her for him. Logan had only had the name Abigail and her date of birth — she'd told him she'd been celebrating her eighteenth birthday that night — but Josh had said that was enough. Logan had asked for a name and address. Perhaps he should have asked for more. But when he'd examined her closely, the basics were all there. The dark mahogany hair, though it was caught up tight in some sort of bun thing, and the big blue eyes. Her mouth ...
But he somehow remembered her as bigger. She was medium height, about five-five in her low heels, and she had a trim figure in a gray skirt that reached past her knees and a white shirt, buttoned up tight. Prim and proper. Especially when she'd pursed her lips and looked him over as if trying to work out what a tattooed, ex-con like him was doing on her pristine doorstep.
At first he'd been amused when she so obviously had no clue who he was. Then he'd been pissed off. Once she had finally recognized him, she had gotten rid of him so fast it should have been funny.
Except he wasn't laughing.
People had always looked at him and made assumptions about the sort of man he was — most of them bad and many of them correct — and it had never bothered him before.
And it shouldn't bother him now. So why the hell —
"Are we boring you, boss?"
The question dragged him from his thoughts, and he frowned. He realized he'd been staring at the toes of his boots where they rested on the chair opposite, when he should have been watching the woman on the stage. But it had taken him all of about five seconds to decide she wasn't suitable. They were a classy nightclub not a seedy strip joint. The dancers were there to provide a little glamour not a service for the customers.
He glanced at Jerry, his artistic manager, who sat beside him, in a crisp business suit. "No, not bored, just a little preoccupied." With Ms. Prim and Proper.
Still the question made him think. This had once been one of his favorite jobs — interviewing dancers for the clubs. Christ, what man wouldn't enjoy the show?
He studied the woman gyrating on the stage. She had impossibly red hair and impossibly huge tits only marginally covered by a sequined bikini top. Classy she was not. Nor was she prim and proper. She saw she had his attention and increased her efforts, gyrating to the low throb of the music. Reaching behind her, she tugged at the ties of her bikini top. Normally, at this stage he'd stop her and point out the whole classy nightclub thing, but he was worried.
What the hell was wrong with him?
Shouldn't he be feeling something right now? Something other than pissed off at a woman he hadn't seen in eleven years, and who wasn't even here, and probably never would be.
The dancer was doing this clever move, which made her nipples sort of rotate. Very impressive. But somehow he wasn't impressed. He looked down and contemplated the bulge in his jeans — not even a twitch. Once he would have taken the dancer up on the very clear invitation in her big brown eyes, just because he could, and because he loved women, all sorts of women, the more variety the better. And they would have both had a good time. Women liked him.
But the thought made him want to yawn.
Shit, he was only thirty-two. Wasn't that too young for a midlife crisis?
He loved running the nightclubs and had been doing it for ten years, ever since he'd gotten out of prison. His father, Rory, had believed he needed to keep busy to stay out of trouble. Though it wasn't needed; Logan had already decided he was never getting into trouble again. No way. But he'd loved the nightclub business from the start — the challenge, always something different going on, and an inexhaustible supply of gorgeous women to fuck. When had that lost its appeal? He couldn't remember the last woman he'd —
"I take it this one is a no," Jerry said, interrupting his thoughts. "Pity. I like her. Looks like a nice girl."
Logan snorted, watching as Jerry got to his feet and crossed the room. He spoke quietly with the woman, who flashed Logan a look of abject disappointment, as though he'd broken her heart or something. She picked up her top, clutching it to her bosom, and spoke again. Jerry flashed him a look of amusement but nodded and helped the woman down from the stage. She tottered over to Logan, hovered in front of him. Actually, she did look like a nice girl; there was a hint of sweetness beneath the heavy makeup.
Across the room, the door opened and a woman slipped inside. Logan glanced over and did a double take. Abigail Parker. He almost laughed out loud, and suddenly he had an urge to high five.
Still, he couldn't keep the grin from his face.
The nearly-naked dancer must have thought the smile was for her. She took a step closer. "I thought we might go for a drink," she said, halting in front of him.
"Sorry, sweetheart, no can do." She'd probably heard he was a sure thing. And maybe once he would have been.
He peered past her to make sure Abigail was still there. She stood inside the door, looking around as if unsure of her next move.
The dancer shuffled her feet. "I really need this job. I have a baby and a dog and ..."
There was a hint of desperation in her voice and he glanced back at her. He hated that. He looked from her to Jerry, who shrugged. "Okay," Logan muttered. "Take her on. But a week's trial only."
"Oh, thank you." She leaned down, dropped the top and kissed him on the lips, squashing her breasts against him. Nope, still no reaction from his dick. He glanced over her shoulder to where Abigail stood. She'd finally spotted him, and an expression of ... He couldn't really define it. Pained horror, maybe, was stamped on her face. She caught him watching her and the expression was wiped clean. Then her tongue came out, swiping across her lips in a nervous gesture, and he felt a definite twitch.
And there was that urge to high five again.
He'd almost forgotten the nearly-naked woman clinging to him, but was grateful when Jerry took pity on him and tugged her free. "Go get dressed and I'll go through the terms and conditions of the job."
She smiled and hurried away.
Jerry crossed the room and flicked on the main lights. In the sudden brightness, Logan got his first good look at Abigail, a complete contrast from the dancer.
While she held herself with a certain confidence, as though used to difficult situations, there was an uneasiness in her face, a little line between her eyes. But she was here. That was all that mattered. Logan relaxed in his seat, put his feet back on the chair opposite, took a sip of scotch, and studied her some more.
"You want me to deal with her?" Jerry nodded in Abigail's direction.
"No, you go sort out our new dancer." He gave Jerry a sharp look. "Did you tell her to try the 'I'm desperate' and the puppy dog look?"
"I might have mentioned you're a sucker for a sob story. But don't worry. I'll make sure she fits in."
Logan shook his head. But Jerry was good at his job, so he put it from his mind and turned his attention back to more important matters.
When Abigail saw he was alone, she straightened her shoulders and headed his way. Logan took another sip of scotch and watched her lazily. She looked out of place. If he wasn't mistaken, she was wearing the same gray skirt from yesterday, topped with a black sweater this time. Her dark hair was pulled into the same bun thing at the back of her head, showing off the perfect heart-shaped face, large blue eyes, and wide mouth he remembered. He had a sudden image of her on her knees in that immaculate outfit, her mouth wrapped around his dick, and he shifted in his seat.
Yes, everything was definitely in working order.
She came to a standstill in front of him, her gaze sliding over him, lingering on the tattoos that snaked down his arm, revealed by the short-sleeved T-shirt. Something flickered in her eyes. No doubt she was confirming her judgments of yesterday. But it didn't matter, she was here.
Her gaze darted away then back, and she blinked a couple of times, shook her head, swallowed ... He almost grinned and was about to put her out of her misery and offer her a drink, tell her he was really pleased to see her, when she spoke. "Mr. McCabe?"
Her voice was soft and low and sent a shiver down his spine that settled in his balls, flooding his groin with heat. And this time he did grin. The day was looking up.
"Call me Logan." He allowed his gaze to wander over her slowly, taking in the thrust of her breasts beneath the black sweater. They were full above a slender waist and rounded hips. And he was betting they were real. They'd feel soft in his hands.
And his dick jerked again. He put his feet on the floor and shifted his chair so she wouldn't see the reaction — he wasn't a complete boor.
Her eyes narrowed. Up close, they were as beautiful as he remembered, a mixture of blue and turquoise like the Caribbean Sea.
She cleared her throat. "Can we talk?"
We can do a hell of a lot more than that. But he kept those words to himself. He didn't want to scare her off. "We can do anything you like, sweetheart."
She frowned at the endearment. Her lips tightened and her fingers gripped the handle of her extremely large handbag. "I need to speak to you about something. Something important."
"You didn't seem to want to speak to me yesterday."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Good example of two people hiding behind a facade until meeting each other and true personalities come to life. I really enjoyed this story!
Sexy hot book. Damn Logan was one hot guy.
Good bad boy meets good girl love story.
3.5 stars-- HIS FANTASY GIRL is the first installment in Nina Croft’s THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE contemporary, adult, erotic, romance series focusing on three friends-Vito, Josh and Logan. Six weeks earlier, a cruise ship fire left the three friends struggling to survive; each made a commitment to go after the one that got away. This is security nightclub owner Logan McCabe, and Abigail Parker’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Logan and Abigail) HIS FANTASY GIRL is a second chance, of sorts, for two people whose lives changed forever following a one-night stand. Fast forward eleven years, when Logan comes face to face with the woman who has starred in all of his fantasies but a woman who barely acknowledges their one night together. Logan disappeared following their night of passion, and in the ensuing time Abigail’s life had to be put on hold. Abigail is a single mother, to Logan’s ten year old daughter, and a woman determined to keep her distance until her daughter begins to ask questions about the man she has never met. Enter Logan McCabe, who wants to rekindle his relationship with Abigail Parker, but Abigail knows that to begin something with Logan could be the downfall of her future plans. HIS FANTASY GIRL reveals a little bit of the history between Abigail and Logan –their introduction and one night stand but reveals very little about the ensuing years. Logan spent one year in prison following an assault on a police officer, but the information is limited as to the who, what and why. The background about the cruise ship fire is also limited although we know that the three friends have sworn to do something about their one big regret while floating out to sea, waiting to be rescued. The rekindling of the relationship is immediate. Logan is a man who goes after what he wants, and he wants Abigail Parker. Now that she has revealed the existence of their daughter, Logan is more than determined to keep Abigail in his life. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and erotic. The world building focuses on Logan’s relationship with Abigail and his daughter; as well as his heated romance with the woman who continues to star in his real-life fantasies. HIS FANTASY GIRL is a story about heartbreak and loss; the emotional journey about two people whose lives went in different directions; and about first impressions, judgmental attitudes, and a double standard in the work place. The premise is enjoyable; the characters are fated; the romance is sexy and energetic. Abigail has no problems starting back up where it all began.
## Didn't like this hero. An ex-con running night clubs/strip clubs, sleeping with all his dancers....bleh, no way could this guy be faithful to one woman.
Warning, have a cold shower nearby for this one. The intimate scenes were very steamy, exciting, frequent and intense. I loved the way Logan and Abby connected physically. They seriously could not be near each other without touching one another, so freaking hot. Then he met his daughter, and Logan totally made me swoon. His immediate acceptance and unconditional love for Jenny was golden. He wanted to give her all the love and importance he missed out on. So sweet. I enjoyed Nina's storytelling in this book. Although some may think it is a story to good to be true, it is filled with hope, love, a sense of wanting to belong and be loved, and family. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Wicked, Dark Fantasy.. Nightclub owner Logan McCabe had a near death experience and he decided he needed to go back and find that girl that he left behind, the one that he really left his heart behind with. They had one magical night together and he split on her. After almost dying, it realizes its time to go back and see if they have a chance together after all this time apart. Thing is—about 11 years ago he ended up going to prison and that set his life straight. Imogen Parker is police officer who lives her life on the straight and narrow. She has a 10 year old daughter who is her world. She made one mistake almost 11 years ago-she thought she met Mister Right but he left her and well she has her beautiful daughter and since then she has lived her life on the straight and narrow. Imagine her surprise when said ex shows back up wanting to start back over or pick back up and she is afraid to mention that they have a daughter together. The attraction, the chemistry is still there and still burns so hot. So they start seeing each other again. They start to indulge in some serious sexual liaisons. There is some emotional twists and turns and it even gets further deep when Logan finds out he is a father. There is pain and there is regret - - Does he forgive Imogen for not telling him about his daughter? Does she forgive him for not seeking her out after their one night together? His Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft had so many things going on that I love from this line that Entangled: Brazen puts out everything month. I loved this story and I cannot wait for the next story from this author. The ending was fantastic and the MC were authentic and believable. This was a good story and I do recommend this story . My Rating: 4.25 stars **** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****
I loved this story! The combination of second chances/opposites/secret child tropes is done very well and written wonderfully. The characters are likable and well developed. This is one of those stories that will bring tears to your eyes and have you hoping they can find a way to work things out. Very steamy and touching, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend! ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
After having a near death experience Logan decides to find the girl he had an amazing one stand with years ago and wants to know if there is a possibility of something more between them. Abigail is the good girl who decided to have a wild night on her 18th birthday and it changed her life forever. I really liked the chemistry between Logan and Abigail. I enjoyed the story and the sex is hot! Looking forward to more in the series.
*I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* He's hot and she's cool, the bad boy and the cop. She is his fantasy girl and he is the only one that ever set her on fire. When they are reunited eleven years after their one memorable night, Abby knows she has to tell him about their daughter. Once he gets over the shock of learning he is a father, he sets out to be the best he can be but that doesn't mean he will give up on his fantasy girl. This is a very sexy but sweet second chance romance. Logan and Abby have great chemistry and there are a lot of interesting characters that might need their stories told, in particular, Logan's brother, Declan. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Holy HOTTNESS....this book is steamy and I absolutely loved it!!! Logan McCabe has a near death experience and realizes his life is missing the girl he let get away, his fantasy girl. This time he is not going to let her go so easily. Abigail Parker is not excited to see Logan when he appears on her doorstep after eleven years apart. There are many things Logan does not know about that might concern him considering he is an exconvict and she is now a police officer, among other things. He has been dreaming about for years and now he is ready to act on them. The reality maybe harder than he thinks. There is attraction between them but can an excon and an police officer make it work?
I really enjoyed His Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft. I will say that I’ve read almost all if not all of her entangled books and I have really enjoyed them. Some I like better than others. But I’ve never hated one so far. I really liked the blurb for this book. It’s what got me wanting to read it. I did enjoy it. I didn’t think it was one of her better books. It seemed that all they done together in this book was have sex. I really wished we would have had more interaction between them outside the sheets. I wanted to see them interact with each other after eleven years of not seeing each other. It just seems like they didn’t really get to know each other at all. And you didn’t really see any character development either. I did like the scene were Logan was with Jenny (the daughter) but there wasn’t a lot of those either. **SPOILER ALERT** Something that I really did like was what Abby’s mom done. I really did like her. I mean I still do, I just don’t; agree the choices she made at the end of the book. And that that was going back to Abby’s father. When Abby was pregnant he wanted her to get an abortion but she wouldn’t. Her mom finally stood up to him and was on Abby’s side. But in the book she decides to go back to him. Maybe if we would have gotten a scene with him in it to explain his reasons then maybe I would have felt different about his choices, but we didn’t. So it still stands that I don’t like him. **END OF SPOILER** Overall, I did like it. But I also felt it had too many sexy scenes. I wish it would have focused more on the couple and daughter than what it did. I will be reading the next book in the series because I am curious as to who it’ll be.
4 star The story has laughs, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Abigail and Logan’s story. After a near death experience Logan and his friends make a pact to see if they already had the “one”. Logan’s one was Abigail. So now 11 years after a one-night stand Logan is going to knock on Abigail’s door and see if she is the one that got away. The chemistry between these two is off the charts. Logan is determined to get Abigail back into his bed and will do anything to get her there. What he does not know is Abigail is keeping a secret that could destroy the trust they have. Can Logan ever forgive her for what she is hiding? Can they make a relationship work? I recommend this book.
It's been awhile since I read a Brazen book, but with all the great-sounding new releases coming in the next couple months, I have a feeling I'll be reading my fair share (and probably then some) until the end of the year. I can always count on Brazen books to give me steamy heat and sexy romance. His Fantasy Girl was the first of Nina Croft's books that I've read, but it won't be my last. I knew as soon as I read the synopsis for His Fantasy Girl that I'd have to read it. I loved the idea of the perfect, clean cut woman (who just happens to be a police officer) being reunited with her ex-con one night stand (who happens to be the father of her child). I do enjoy a good opposites attract story. Add in a secret baby (well, ten year old) and I'm hooked. I'm just a little sad to say the romance didn't work for me as well as I hoped. Logan burned so hot and cold that I had a difficult time believing he was interested in more than just sex with Abby. His back and forth between "this is no more than sex" and "well I guess I'm just not good enough for more" gave ME whiplash. I can only imagine how Abby felt. Now, there's no denying the level of passion between Logan and Abby. Their sparks had sparks. The sexy times were hot as hell. I did end up warming to this pairing later on in the book, but it did take me some time. All in all, His Fantasy Girl was a good, sexy romance. It was a quick read and I look forward to seeing where this new series heads next. I have my eye on it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
His Fantasy Girl is a great read. After a near death experience, Logan goes off to find his long ago one-night stand, his fantasy girl. Only she has a big surprise for him. Logan looks like a bad boy, has the rap sheet of a bad boy and tattoos to match, but in reality he is a really decent guy making an honest living despite his and his father's past. I really like watching as he develops in the story. Abby after one night of not being herself is a pretty straight laced woman who needs to let go a bit. I think Logan is perfect for her. The story moves along great as the two work through what they mean to each other and how they fit in each other's lives.
Logan McCabe comes close to dying in a boat wreck, so he and his friends decide on things to do before they die. Logan's goal is to look up his Fantasy Girl, a girl he had a wild night with 11 years ago before he went to prison for a year. He spent that year fantasizing about her. When he got out of prison he straightened up, but he's still a tattooed, long-haired, club-owning bad boy. And he's leery of cops. Logan's Fantasy Girl is Abigail Parker, now a prim and proper police sergeant who is working hard to become a detective. She must be circumspect in her personal life. She is surprised and terrified to find Logan on her doorstep, because she has a secret. Logan is the father of her 10-year-old daughter, and she never told him. Logan is angry that he didn't know about his daughter, and feels that Abby thinks he isn't good enough for her or their daughter. And yet the sparks fly between Abby and Logan. But Logan isn't a relationship kind of guy, and Abby is. No matter how attracted they are to each other, they can't seem to get beyond that. ... Abby was a bit too prim and proper and hurtful to Logan for me, which is why this book earned only 4*s. But I loved bad-boy Logan and his hot fantasies. And this book is HOT! There's a dash of humor to the story which I also loved. The book is a quick read and I couldn't put it down. I almost read it in one sitting. The last scene before the epilogue is heart-warming and perfect. HIS FANTASY GIRL is closely tied to the characters of Croft's TAKING CONTROL. Logan is Declan's half brother and Rory's son. I recommend both HIS FANTASY GIRL and TAKING CONTROL. In fact, I recommend just about anything from Nina Croft if the premise interests you. I haven't read a bad book from her yet. Enjoy! ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 stars His Fantasy Girl was a hot, steamy read. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were both passionate and watching them come together made for good reading. Nina Croft is a talented author who knows how to capture your interest with interesting characters and a well written plot.
Logan can't forget the one night at his club with his "fantasy girl", an exciting hookup with a beautiful girl, who ran away the next morning before he could let her know he wanted to see her again. Unfortunately, past bad behavior caught up to him at the same time, and Logan was arrested and incarcerated, leaving him unable to make contact. Abby Parker was a good girl out for a wild night on her 18th birthday when she sees Logan across the room. After the best night of her life, she's embarrassed when Logan's father finds them in the club office the next morning. As she runs out, she figures she'll never need to see him again. That works out great until she discovers she's pregnant. Abby tries to do the right thing and track Logan down, only to find out he's in prison. She then decides to stick with the clean break and raise her daughter on her own. Ten years later, Logan has turned his life around after his stint in prison. He's the owner of many businesses, which have made him wealthy, but he's never settled down, as no other woman has ever matched up to his fantasy girl. A near death experience has him vowing to finally track down her down. When he does, his life, as well as Abby's and their daughter's, is turned upside down. Their attraction remains as hot as it was that one night long ago, but can Logan and Abby get past their perceptions and fears to make a real go of it together? I felt the author did a nice job of balancing Logan and Abby's sexual attraction with the reality of their situation. Their chemistry was believable, as well as their hurt, anxiety, and indecision. Abby is dedicated to her career and her daughter, and the blending of Logan into their lives is both exciting and confusing. After some understandable initial shock, Logan is excited to be a father, but also upset with Abby for the years lost with his daughter. They are both different people than when they first met, and their re-discovery of each other as a potential couple, and as parents, drives the story. Set in London, the writing contains some British terms and slang, but easily readable and understood by this Yankee reader. The ending felt a little rushed, although I did like the epilogue. Overall, His Fantasy Girl was an enjoyable and sexy read that perfectly fits the Brazen imprint from Entangled. I would read more from this author. ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
ARC from Entangled Publishing! His Fantasy Girl begins when Logan has a near death experience and realizes he wants to find the girl he left behind eleven years ago. But the problem is, Abby isn't at all what he thought she was, and worse, she's hiding a secret from him that will shatter his whole world when he finds out. Abby has lived the last eleven years, and the years before that trying to be perfect. She feels she has a lot to prove, and when Logan comes back into her life things getting shaken up, and she's unsure if she's doing the right thing anymore. His Fantasy Girl has a very interesting story line. But I felt the main issues of the story were overshadowed with certain aspects of sexy times during most of the book. It got rather annoying as well. Other than that I did like the book, but I hated that that happened. And I also really didn't like Abby half the time. I felt like she was a stuck up brat, and she bugged me. But I enjoyed Jenny, and I really liked Logan as well. It was also cool to see some of Logan's family, they were all really interesting.
3.5 Come on, sarge stars Following a brush with death, Logan McCabe agrees with his fellow dodgers to revisit a past regret. His was to look up the girl that got away, which meant searching out the nameless siren that had totally captivated him that night eleven years ago. She may be nameless, but he had revisited her in his constant fantasies, that had got him through a difficult time in his life. Abigail Parker wrote the book on sensible, excluding her eighteenth birthday, when she took a little duck courage, and a lot of pluck, and spent the night with the least sensible man she could possibly find. What Abby didn’t expect was to have an everlasting reminder of that night, in her daughter, Jennifer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the immediate chemistry between these two, to the smart mouth tussles. Logan had been mislabelled, and Abby struggled with the alignment of that against her ordered life. Any story with an injection of kid, has me on side immediately. And although Jenny was ten, she still had that wonderful innocence that melted Logan’s heart. This author writes an enjoyable, steamy story, having previously enjoyed her Babysitting a Billionaire series. I look forward to more from Nina for sure. ARC gratefully received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
A near death experience shook McCabe to his core, it had him reevaluating his life and also maybe some golden opportunities that he let slip through his fingers. One of those being a beautiful girl he shared one night of passion with eleven years ago, he has dreamed of this girl many times and often wondered if she was just a figment of his imagination. Being with her that night and the memories that he has taken from it have been the one thing to keep him going. He decides he has to see her, and let's his desire for her lead the way... Imogen Parker lives her life down to the letter, never straying from her overly planned path, well except once, when she was young. When she was eighteen she decided to walk on the wild side, and have a wild night of passion with a handsome stranger, never expecting to see him again. But she gets the surprise of her life when he shows up on her doorstep eleven years later wanting a second chance... This was my first book by this author and I must say I really enjoyed it, so much so, I plan to read more of her books. This one was a refreshing change of pace for me and unlike anything I have read in a while. Definitely a engaging and entertaining first read for me!! Highly recommend it!! ARC requested through NetGalley and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
I really liked this story! I thought that it was well written and flowed very smoothly. I think that there is a lesson in this story for all of us to learn, we don't have to have near death experiences though, learn to enjoy life and maybe go to our past to see those that made an impact on us to reconnect with them. Logan was on a cruise with his friends when their ship went down and they were left with a near death experience on a life raft. The guys made a pact with each other to go back to their past and connect with the women that had left an impact on them. For Logan this was Abigail. Abigail was a young lady and celebrating her birthday one night when she ran into Logan. Abby wanted a night to where she could have a relationship with no stings attached, just a one night fling. What Abby didn't know was that it would leave her with a gift that would be with her forever. When Abby came up pregnant from the one night stand with Logan, she decided that she did not need to worry Logan with their daughter. Eleven years later though when Logan comes back to fulfill his dreams with his fantasy girl, she decides that she needs to tell him. After a few nights of fulfilling Logan's fantasies and dreams, Abby decides that it is time for him to know about their daughter. When she tells Logan at first, he doesn't believe her and has a hard time believing that he has been a dad for 10 years and not know about it. There are lots of choices to be made now. When Logan and Abby decide that it is time for them to move on and quit with this fantasy relationship, they decide that they need to stay in touch for their daughter's sake. Although Abby and Logan both have developed feelings for each other, they don't know how things can work out if it is not in their fantasy role playing. Will Abby and Logan find their way back to each other and become the family that they have been meant to be all these years or will they go their separate ways? You need to read this story to find out. I was so glad about how this story ended. Nina Croft did an awesome job with keeping you guessing until the very, very end. Thanks for a great read and can't wait for more from you Nina!
I found this story completely entertaining. Two very different people with a shared past come together again for two very different reasons. Logan McCabe comes from a family with a very shady past but he's worked hard to make something of himself and stay on the right side of the law. If there is anything he learned from his past mistakes is that he never wants to go to prison again. When a near death experience has him looking at his life, he decides he wants to find his "fantasy girl". The one who got away, but stayed in his mind and in his heart. Abigail Parker has always been the good girl. Living her life according to others expectations. She knows Logan McCabe isn't right for her. She knew it 11 years ago and she knows it now. Yet the pull between them is intense. And there is the matter of her 10 year old daughter who desperately wants to know her father. How will Logan react to news of his fatherhood all these years later?? A great sexy read. I definitely recommend it.
Life can turn on a dime. The companions chosen and the choices made play a huge part in the direction our lives take. His Fantasy Girl and Nina Croft brought that point to the forefront with this story. Two complete strangers actions and decisions have repercussions that touch not just their lives but others as well. Logan is a good person but has allowed the influences of others and thoughtless actions to dictate his life. Imogen has allowed her life to be chosen for her instead of following her heart. Out of a spontaneous act comes a beautiful gift. His Fantasy Girl is the journey every person takes to become the individual they were meant to be. Nina Croft has created a story full of deep emotion but is well worth the read. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.