Falling For the Bad Girl (The Cutting Loose Series) By Nina Croft
Overview by Publisher:
As a second generation detective, Nathan Carter is a cop, through and through, one who definitely sees things in black and white. But his work ethic—and libido—are thrown off balance when he heads up the case against jewel thief, Regan Malloy. Because with one sizzling look, she’s got him hot and hard. And he’s been that way, ever since.
Growing up, Regan’s favorite hobby was learning to crack safes, and she was very, very good at it. Still, she’d always tried to keep to the straight and narrow, and only strayed when she believed a friend was in desperate straits. Now she’s out of prison and starting over. If only she could forget that she’d spent the last three years fantasizing about the stunningly gorgeous detective who locked her away.
It’s inevitable that they meet up again—in bars, hotels…and hotel beds. Despite their differences, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Still, it’s just desire. If they give it enough time, it’ll burn itself out. Because a good boy and a bad girl can’t possibly make it work. Can they?
It’s interesting what our preconceived notions are. When I read the blurb on this book and began reading it, it tool me by surprise that the story is set in London, England. I was expected Boston or New York. It was a good jolt to remind me as the reader not to make assumptions.
In this case, I was wise not to jump to any conclusions. This story could have been so trite and surface level, but thankfully it wasn’t. Instead what I found was a complex and layered story that had two really interesting characters at the heart of it.
Nathan and Regan should have been enemies. He is a detective and she’s from a criminal family. In fact, he put her in jail. But something simmers between them. It’s so strong that Nathan waits the three years until Regan is released to find her again.
What starts out as strange and somewhat revenge sex, turns into more. We get to know Regan and the hopes and dreams she had. The author doesn’t dwell more than necessary on her time in jail, but rather focuses on Regan’s future. Nathan is a complex man. He is full of contradictions, yet is focused on his goals.
I found myself really enjoying this story and desperate to know if the thief and the cop can make it work!