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Peek Inside The Bad Girl and the Baby

Finding himself the guardian of a baby is the last thing Captain Matt Peterson planned. Then he meets his niece’s tough, sexy, irresistible aunt and all bets are off....

The Bad Girl and the Baby

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Captain Matt Peterson prides himself on being able to handle anything...until he winds up as the guardian of his baby niece, Lulu. Two years and six nannies later, his well-ordered existence is in chaos. Still, he’s all Lulu has. Except, well...there is an aunt...

Darcy Butler has spent the last three years in prison for beating up her abusive brother-in-law. Her only regret is that she didn’t hurt him worse and stop him from killing her sister in a drunken car crash six months later. But now, Darcy just wants to rebuild her life. Starting with finding her sister’s child.

But Matt doesn't want an ex-con with a record for violence anywhere near Lulu. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to keep away from Darcy, himself. Despite their differences, their chemistry is combustible...and the sex is incredible! Still, it can’t possibly last. Can it?

Each book in the Cutting Loose series is STANDALONE:
* Falling for the Bad Girl
* Blackmailing the Bad Girl
* The Bad Girl and the Baby


“Opposites attract, redemption and revelations all play their part in Darcy and Matt’s journey and whilst there’s some build up to the sexy-time, it’s worth it as in Croft-style it’s hot and heartfelt with a nice splash of humour.” –Nocola A., Goodreads

The Bad Girl and the Baby was a sexy, funny and emotional read and had me rooting for Darcy and Matt from the beginning.” –Urvashi H., Goodreads

I loved this story. It is a great written story with two great characters. I loved how Darcy was a tough strong woman but also has a soft side which she doesn't show very often. The plot is great and it is all combined together in a great book that I truly enjoyed reading.” –Lili B., Goodreads

“Loved this one!!  It's a wonderfully written story with some pretty amazing characters and a story that will break your heart and give you hope at the same time.” –Bette H., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633933
Series: Cutting Loose, Book 3
Release Date: Dec 4, 2017
Page Count: 260
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, military/men in uniform
Tropes: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, redemption, secret baby

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By Nicola December 04, 2017

The last in Nina Croft’s Cutting Loose series is the one I’ve been anticipating the most and, having spent time at her majesty’s pleasure thanks to her potential suitor’s brother, I was intrigued how Darcy’s path to a HEA would play out.

“You like the rules. I like breaking them.”

As I’ve come to... ...more

By Claire December 04, 2017

4 - "I'll never regret this..." Stars!

We return to the Cutting Loose series for the third and final book; The Bad Girl and the Baby.

Matt and Darcy are basically opposites in pretty much every way, he is in the military and enjoys a well-planned and regimented lifestyle, she’s still trying to get... ...more

By Kodie November 19, 2017

Nina crofts latest installment to her Cutting Loose series and upcoming release The Bad Girl And The Baby did not disappoint.

I do love me a fiesty heroine and Darcy Butler was that in spades. She most definitely was a force to be reckoned with and has proved she's willing to do what it takes to... ...more

By Sofia December 04, 2017

The Bad Girl and the Baby is probably the last book in the cutting loose series by Nina Croft. All the gals have found their men and happiness after their years in prison. Darcy's book was interesting and since it had Lulu I couldn't help but like it. I disliked the Diana part, but it wasn't that... ...more

By JoRead December 08, 2017

Darcy has a painful past. She thinks she failed her sister and now she’s trying to make it up by making sure her sister’s daughter, Lulu is living a happy and safe life. The only problem is that Lulu’s guardian, uptight, ultra-organized, ex-SAS, Capt. Matt Peterson won’t allow her to even visit h... ...more

By Irene December 07, 2017

4.5 stars ...more

By Tami December 04, 2017


Alpha male vs feisty MMA woman. Enemies to lovers contemporary romance. Nice book.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. ...more

By Elizabeth December 11, 2017

Matt, due to his natural personality and former job, has always known he can handle any situation. And, up to a point, he'd been right. What changed? He suddenly became a guardian to his niece, Lulu, two years ago, and his carefully structured world has been turned upside down. He loves Lulu with... ...more

By Becky December 06, 2017

The Bad Girl and the Baby is a sweet (and sexy!) story about family, redemption, and finding love. It's the last in the Cutting Loose series, but definitely works as a standalone (how did I not know of this series before? I must go back and read Regan and Summer's stories!)

Even though this is the... ...more

By Jennifer December 06, 2017

The Bad Girl and the Baby by Nina Croft finishes off the Cutting Loose series and gives readers Darcy’s story. I will say that I loved this series and how completely different it was from others that I have read. I completely enjoyed the heroines being ex-cons and the friendship between the three... ...more

By Maranda November 17, 2017

Just released from Prison, Darcy Butler has one goal in mind; to seek out her niece Lulu to insure she is well taken care of and happy. Railroaded and incarcerated for three years for trying to protect her sister from an abusive husband has left her broken. Guilt shadows every day for her because... ...more

By Isha December 04, 2017

The Bad Girl and the Baby (Cutting Loose) Nina Croft struck gold with her Cutting Loose series. The message behind the series is a powerful one. We all make mistakes, but it's not the mistake that shapes us but the lessons we learn from them. Out of desperation, these women have made some hard ch... ...more

By Ofelia November 13, 2017

I just loved this series. I was hooked from the very beginning and I couldn’t put this book down. Darcy and Matt might have been suspicious and had wrong assumptions of each other but when they get to know each other they realize how wrong the were. Darcy might have tried to hate Matt on principl... ...more

By BookWormAli November 16, 2017

OOOH I love me a kick ass girl! Add the fact that she is MMA fighter and went to prison for breaking an abusive arsehole's arm...Yeah I'm girl crushing!

Nina Croft has created a pair of characters where opposites attract and watching them develop and see how they make a relationship out of it was... ...more

By Sandy S December 15, 2017

3.75 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 4, 2017

Captain Matt Peterson prides himself on being able to handle anything...until he winds up as the guardian of his baby niece, Lulu. Two years and six nannies later, his well-ordered existence is in chaos. Still, he’s all Lulu has. Except, well... ...more

Darcy Butler is ready to get on with her life now that she's been released from prison, and her first order of business is to convince Captain Matt Peterson to allow her to see her niece. However, getting him to see her isn't easy, so she decides to get creative in her attempts to meet him. Yet,... ...more

By Monique December 02, 2017

Now that she’s finally out of prison after three years, Darcy Butler is ready to look for her niece Lulu. An MMA fighter, Darcy now works in a gym until she decides what the future will hold; she looks every inch the bad girl, but she must act the proper lady to convince Captain Matt Peterson to... ...more

By Jennifer December 08, 2017

This is the first book that I've read by the uber talented Nina Croft, so I'm a bit miffed at myself for coming so fashionably late to the Cutting Loose party! Especially since I devoured The Bad Girl and the Baby cover to cover. Darcy Butler has a lot of demons that plague, especially after spen... ...more

By MJ December 05, 2017

Great little book about two people who don't think they deserve love. My first from Nina Croft and I have to say I it will not be my last. Matt and Darcy are brought together by the sometimes incorrigible but always adorable Lulu. Their niece is now living with Matt since his brother (her father)... ...more

By Paula December 04, 2017

This Cutting Loose Series has been without a doubt one of my favorite by Nina Croft. Each of the heroine had extenuating circumstances that led to their jail time. I like how they do not blame others but take responsibility for their actions. Then each woman works toward a better and different fu... ...more

By Heather December 04, 2017

I got hooked on Nina Croft’s writing when I picked up the first book in her paranormal series The Order, “Bittersweet Blood”. (Warning: Do NOT buy the box set featuring the first three books plus a novella unless you don’t want to get a single thing done until you’ve read them all — they are that... ...more

By E. November 28, 2017

This is the first book of this particular series by Ms. Croft that I read, so given that there are two books before this one, it didn't deter me from enjoying the book. There is enough background information from the two previous books provided in the book to enjoy the story without reading them.... ...more

By Jo (Mixed Book Bag) November 23, 2017

I have not read the first two books in this series but that did not matter. The Bad Girl and the Baby had no problem as a stand-alone. I loved Darcy Butler. She knew who and what she was and understood that people had a very different picture because of the three years she spent in prison. Her on... ...more

By Bette December 02, 2017

Loved this one!! It's a wonderfully written story with some pretty amazing characters and a story that will break your heart and give you hope at the same time.

Matt Peterson never expected to find himself caring for a small child on his own. Add in the fact that the child can be more than a hand... ...more

By Lin December 05, 2017

This is the final one of the Cutting Loose, Bad Girl books & it doesn’t disappoint. You don’t have to have read the previous two books as it is a standalone but you will want to read them all.
Darcy is the MMA fighter who has served 3 years for beating up her abusive brother in law. Her sister... ...more

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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. www.ninacroft.com And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/rZ5rz

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