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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 Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾ December 17, 2017


So what do you want?”
“I want a bad girl. I want a bad girl who’s as desperate for me as I am for her. Who wants this as much as I do.”

The Bad Girl And The Baby was my most anticipated book in this series and turned out to be one of my favorites, too! I love me a kick-ass heroine, ...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 her ...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 pro ...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 ba ...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 her. ...more

By Irene December 23, 2017

4.5 stars

The Bad Girl and the Baby by Nina Croft is such a good read.

The storyline drew me in from the first page and held my attention until the last. The story was fast paced, engaging, well written and I really connected with Matt and Darcy. They had amazing chemistry and loved watching them fall ...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 hi ...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 se ...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 of ...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 wh ...more

By Cheryl February 22, 2018

This is book 3 in the Cutting Loose series and it features Darcy, Matt and who could ever forget the little tornado, Lulu. I love strong female leads. Darcy is tough on the outside but soft and insecure on the inside. Matt is perfect on the outside but a little scared on the inside. Both are this wa ...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 choic ...more

By Ofelia November 13, 2017

I️ just loved this series. I️ 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 principle ...more

By ~Mandi~ January 21, 2018

The Bad Girl and the Baby
Nina Croft
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Such a great story and easy read. I felt so sorry for all the shit Darcy has been through. After loosing her parents, wasting 3 years of her life in jail just for protecting her sister from an abusive husband, and then her sister getting killed in a horr ...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 gre ...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

By Bec December 31, 2017

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, the ...more

By Critterbee❇ January 07, 2018

I read this for the SBTB reading challenge’s 'least liked subgenre' category, which for me is exactly ‘military hero romance with ex-con heroine forced proximity because of plot moppet orphan in the family.’ To clarify, no disrespect to men and women in the military. Only, I dislike the use of the ‘ ...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 let ...more

By Valeen April 23, 2018

Whew, Matt and Darcy, staid Army captain and asskicking MMA champ, are hot! I love opposites attract, and Nina Croft has done the trope well here in The Bad Girl and the Baby.

Darcy is finally out of prison, where she served time for beating up her sister's abusive husband. Unfortunately, that husban ...more

By Lynn January 10, 2018

Turmoil, compassion and lust are just a few of the exciting things Nina Croft stirs up in the latest book from her Cutting Loose Series! The characters we've met previously in this series have been really fun with intriguing back stories, and this one is no different! She understandably has a major ...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 spendin ...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) an ...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. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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