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Peek Inside Taking Control

Jessica Bauer has a chance to take over Knight Securities if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it's too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself. So she makes a plan. She'll protect Declan. She'll have unbelievably hot sex with him. And when the job is finished, she'll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn't so willing to walk away...

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Why play nice when you can be naughty?

Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security, but the PR side? Not so much. Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities―if she plays nice with the next client. Unfortunately, that client happens to be Declan McCabe. And it’s too bad someone wants him dead, because after he broke her heart ten years ago, Jessica would have cheerfully murdered him herself.

Declan has taken his dad’s not-so-reputable company and turned it around, and in the process, he’s attracted the attention of some vicious killers. The only perk is being reunited with Jessica, who Declan still wants so much he can barely see straight. But Jessica has a plan of her own. She’ll protect Declan. She’ll have unbelievably hot sex with him. And when the job is finished, she’ll move on. Except that this time, Declan isn’t so willing to walk away…


"This is one read you definitely want on your kindle this Christmas to warm you up..." --Kiwi Book Nerd

"I always enjoy Nina Croft's novels, and TAKING CONTROL is no exception." --Lisa Annsley, Goodreads

"Wow what a rollercoaster filled with love, passion , longing and lots of forgiveness." --Sandra, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751637
Series: Babysitting a Billionaire, Book 3
Release Date: Dec 15, 2014
Page Count: 227
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, law enforcement/firemen
Tropes: enemies to lovers, second chance

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By Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ July 15, 2015

4.25 Badass Heroine Stars

You know I hate you, Declan. I've hated you for a long time. Too long."
He swiped his tongue across his lower lip. "Baby girl, I love the way you hate."

Oh man, there is nothing I love more than a lovers reunited trope....unless you make them jilted lovers. Then, I ...more

By Claire December 12, 2014

4.5 - "I love the way you hate." Stars!

Taking Control is the third installment in the Babysitting the Billionaire series. Not quite as good as book one, but just as enjoyable as book two. I like that each one has focused on one particular couple whose relevance to Knight Security varies.

She was a b ...more

By Janey December 13, 2014

ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review..

4 Declan is a.. stars

The third book in this Babysitting the Billionaire series introduces us to Jessica Bauer, the potential future head of Knight Securities.

We had met Jake in the first story, the founder of the firm ...more

By Nicola December 12, 2014

Nina Croft

“You know I hate you, Declan. I’ve hated you for a long time. Too long.”
“Baby girl, I love the way you hate.”

Taking Control is another good addition to Nina Crofts Babysitting a Billionaire. I love how she has turned this series on its head with the heroine being the protector and Jess ...more

By Blessie (Mischievous Reads) February 12, 2015

*ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing in exchange for honest review

By far, this is my favorite of the Babysitting A Billionaire series, and it's got way more feminine badassery than the first two books, and it's much intense and much
sexier, and it features one of the best friends in the previous se ...more

By Jackie December 02, 2014

Advanced Readers Copy of this book Courtesy of Entangled Publishing...:)

I absolutely adored the story of Jessica and Declan. This is really shaping up to be a great series with both strong and likeable characters....

We have met Jess in the previous books as she is best friend with the leading heroin ...more

By Claudia February 10, 2017

Full review will be up tomorrow at

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book, didn't realise it was the third book in a series when I started it but everything still made sense. It's one of those serie ...more

By CL August 11, 2015

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ARC received from: Publisher

Rating: 4*

Cover: Yay

Trope: Reconciliation romance

Chemistry: Simmering

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: Two lovers are reunited after 10 years when Jess is employed to be Declan's bodyguard

Positives: Past lovers reunited, decent plot to accompany the romance, ...more

By Bette December 13, 2014

This is a great, hot, sexy read!! Jessica Bauer can't believe after ten years and one broken heart, she is staring at Declan McCabe again. He needs a bodyguard and is demanding she is the only one that can do it. A huge promotion rides on this job so Jessica decides to play nice while extracting her ...more

By Josephine January 14, 2017

I enjoyed every chapter especially the last 2-3 chapters. When the truth of what really happened that night 10 years ago broke my heart and I felt Jessica's pain. Love and sacrifice are really a couple. ...more

By Erth October 19, 2018

Bravo! A good fast read! now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters acti ...more

By Casey March 23, 2016

Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Taking Control is the third book in the Babysitting a Billionaire series by Nina Croft. Each book can be read as a standalone with interconnected characters. I was really excited to read this one because not only is it a second chance love story, ...more

By Rachel December 14, 2014

What would you do if your first love walked into your office and was meant to be your bodyguard? And what would you change to get a second chance with that person?

With these two simple questions and a touch of danger you get a fantastic read from Nina Croft in this babysitting the billionaire novel. ...more

Taking Control by Nina Croft is the third book in the Babysitting the Billionaire series. It can be read as a stand alone, but it would be great if you read the first two books in the series. I enjoyed this installment, but not as much as I did the previous installments. This is a hot and sizzling ...more

By Book Drunk Blog January 06, 2015

I have a thing for guys named Declan. I don't know why but they always do it for me, and this one is no exception. This book has a little bit for everyone. Our Declancomes from a shady family with even shadier business dealings, and his attempt to clean up that business has left him in danger. Thank ...more

By April December 17, 2014

****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review****

Jessica Bauer wants to prove to her boss, Jake, that she has what it took to get the job done; Now she has a chance to take over Knight Securities sadly for her, that means protecting the man who broke her heart years ago, Decla ...more

By Eva December 14, 2014

A badass who hates to play nice, Jessica Bauer is aces when it comes to security but she’s been ordered to make nice on her newest assignment to protect Declan McCabe…the man she could cheerfully murder in this explosive contemporary romance.

There is never a dull moment in this fast paced and smooth ...more

By Linda November 29, 2014

Declan McCabe is a twenty-nine year old CEO of McCabe Industries and had worked hard to make it legit since dad's heart attack. Rory McCabe had built the company on drug dealers, prostitution, and stepping on anyone that got in his way. Six months ago, Declan discovered that one of the subsidiaries ...more

By Evelyn December 20, 2014

I've loved this series since the first book and have since read everything Nina Croft has put out. One thing that I really like about Nina Croft is that she writes strong heroines. I would definitely call Jessica strong. She was a wild child who when she decided to change her ways she really changed ...more

By Denise December 15, 2014

This is the first time I can remember reading this author when it wasn't a paranormal genre. When the author is able to write in several genres and keep a reader interested that shows a gift to me. I also like these kind of novels where they is lots of action and danger. In this one there is a agenc ...more

By All December 17, 2014

I love this series from Nina Croft. Two books in a row have now given us bad ass females. Like:

In this case we have Jess- the badass bodyguard. When she finds out that the case that will determine if she takes over the company involves protecting the man who broke her heart a decade ...more

By Lisa Annesley December 16, 2014

Declan and Jess fell in hot and heavy love as teenagers. But Jess was a little too wild for Declan, who was being groomed to take over the family business. Unknowingly, he left Jess when she needed him the most. She never forgave him.

Zoom forward 10 years, and Declan is a bored, corporate CEO. But s ...more

By She December 21, 2014

Declan has had several attempts on his life after shutting down illegal activity happening at one of his affiliates. His father decides to hire security and specifically asks for Jessica. Jessica wants the top spot at the agency, but has some serious attitude issues. Her boss tells her that if she c ...more

By Paula December 26, 2014

Taking Control is the second book I have read in this series. Young love gone wrong or maybe learning from the past so as not to make the same mistake a second time is at the heart of this story. I like the time lapse which gives these two characters time to have grown and reflected on their lives. ...more

By Rosemary December 21, 2014

Jessica Bauer works security and is very good at her job. Her problem is that she's not a people person. She needs to impress their new client, Declan McCabe. This is going to be hard. He walked out on her ten years ago and she's still not over it. When they meet, their attraction is off the charts. ...more

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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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