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Peek Inside Handle with Care

What if all you want is the one thing you can’t have?

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What if all you want is the one thing you can’t have?

First grade teacher Emily Towson always does the right thing. The sensible thing. In her dreams, though, she does bad, bad things with the town’s baddest boy: Tanner O’Connor. But when he sells her grandmother a Harley, fantasy is about to meet a dose of reality.

And then he goes and calls her “sensible”...

Tanner can’t believe sweet Emily is standing in his shop. Yelling and waving her hands and looking so god damn sexy he’s having trouble focusing. He’d spent two hard years in prison, with only the thought of this “good girl” to keep him sane.

He really should send her away...

Before either one thinks though, they’re naked and making memories on his tool bench with apparently the oldest condom in history. Now Tanner’s managed to knock-up the town’s “good girl” and she’s going to lose her job over some stupid “morality clause” if he doesn’t step up.

But can this bad boy teach his good girl they’re perfect for each other in time?


“I’m sad that this is my first time reading Nina Croft's words, because she is too good not to have been on my TBR before now. Handle with Care is somewhat emotional –I cried— romantic and just utterly splendid.” –Up All night With Books Blog

“I absolutely loved this book and was honored to have been able to read and review. It was such a phenomenal read and had amazing characters as well as an amazing story line. I just couldn't get enough of it and once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend that you read it.” –Anne C., Goodreads

“ about Hot ! Hot! Hot! Who doesn't love a bad boy and the girl next door type of character. I fell in love with Tanner and Emily from the first chapter and all I can say is 'Thank you" Nina for getting me out of my reading rut. I devoured this book in 8 straight hours and one sleepless night...” – Tamara W., NetGAlley

“What a beautiful heartbreaking story. It's well written and keeps you on your toes. With twists and secrets that you won't see coming that will have you wanting more. I cannot wait to see what happens next.” –Heather D., Goodreads 

A heartbreakingly beautiful romance that left me swooning.” –Erika C., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640636392
Series: Saddler Cove, Book 1
Release Date: Jul 30, 2018
Page Count: 250
Imprint: amara
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, across the tracks, one night stand, opposites attract, redemption, second chance

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By Bibliophile July 16, 2018

Saddler Cove Series

Well, it happened again! I found another new to me author to stalk! 

Handle with Care is the first book in a hopefully new series.  This book is a fantastic introduction to the people of Saddler Cove. Small town drama and small town living.

This story i...

By .Under the pages July 26, 2018

Coming out soon! Review available at Under the Pages.

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By Marta July 02, 2018

Ok cards on the table and I admit I only picked this as I’ve previously enjoyed the authors paranormal offerings. In fact I’m not really a contemporary romance fan but my curiosity got the better of me so these are my thoughts.
Goody two shoes heroine Emily who has always had a thing for bad... ...more

By Irene August 03, 2018

4 stars

Handle with Care by Nina Croft is a sweet and heartwarming read and I really enjoyed it.
Both Tanner and Emily were likable characters, I enjoyed reading their love story.
They both had issues that kept coming up but together they were able to overcome them to be together. I also enjoyed the side characters and how the... ...more

By Nerdy Dirty & Flirty August 06, 2018

-Kacie, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is one of those books where you think the blurb sounds interesting but there’s no way it will live up to the hype. I was wrong! This book/story was so much more than I imagined it would be. I was intrigued and sucked in from the very first page.

Growing up, Tanner O’ Connor was... ...more

By Susan (susayq ~) July 29, 2018

I really, really liked this!

Emily and Tanner have crushed on each other for years, each thinking they didn't stand a chance. Emily was the good girl, Tanner, the town bad boy. Things happen and they end up dating and getting to know one another and I LOVED watching them fall in love. There were... ...more

By Omg.kacie.reads July 30, 2018

I loved this book!!! I love the falling for the bad boy type books. Tanner  is the bad boy who works at the motorcycle shop and Emily is the good girl who is a teacher. But you find out Emily has thought about Tanner her whole life. She has a wild side! I seriously love these types of books becau... ...more

By Ayekah July 17, 2018

Emily and Tanner. Miss perfect school teacher and the town ex-con bad boy. Set up by her Gran Mimi, when she wants Emily to stop playing safe and start living life, Mimi goes to town to buy and Harley from Tanner. Tanner and his two brothers own a shop in town, selling and restoring old hogs....more

By Bette July 29, 2018

I LOVED this book! It was one of those books that I had no expectations when I started but before long the awesome characters and the intriguing storyline had me fully invested and unable to put it down. Tanner is known as the town bad boy. He's one of the sons of the town drunk and after a car a... ...more

By Natalia February 10, 2019

3,5 ★

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By Tasha and Megan July 30, 2018

Handle With Care starts out smoking hot. Tanner is the stuff that women’s dreams are made of and Emily Towson is no exception to that rule. Gorgeous, guarded, seriously hot with his good looks, moody persona and bad boy reputation. Is it any wonder that he turns heads.

Tanner’s family... ...more

By Ramblings of a Bookworm July 31, 2018

"How did I look at him?" She wasn't sure she wanted to know the answer to that one.
"Like you looked at Beauty that day at the pony auction. When you were six years old. Like he was all you wanted, and you would die happy if you could just have him for your own."

It took me a little while to tr...

By Syndi May 07, 2019

This is my first book by Miss Croft and it wont be my last! Handle with Care took me by surprise. Form the blurp I am expecting a typical cheesy romance between a good girl and bad boy. And boy I was in for a ride. A wonderful ride it is. This book has so many wonderful characters and moral story... ...more

By Claire July 30, 2018

4 - "Show me how wild you can be…" Stars!

Handle With Care takes us to the town of Saddler Cove and its residents. In particular the Tanner family, teacher Emily Towson and her grandmother Mimi Delaney. We are basically talking about your A-typical small American town, particularly when it comes to it's small-minded, jud...

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Nina Croft

About the author

Nina Croft

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 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 writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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