Title: Out of Control
Series: Babysitting a Billionaire, Book 2
Author: Nina Croft
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: April 28, 2014 by Entangled Brazen
She’s a challenge he can’t resist.
Hollywood heartthrob Zachary Hunter loves women—as long as they don’t want more than a little fun in the bedroom. When his most recent movie stirs up the wrong kind of attention, the kind that includes an attempt on his life, he hires a friend’s company to locate the threat. The pint-sized redhead assigned to protect him isn’t what he expects—or wants. Worse, he can’t take his eyes off of her.
After ten years in the army, Danielle Sinclair knows how to handle men. With a new security gig to pass the time until she’s cleared to return to the military, she’s figures her sexy new client will be easy to manage. And then he opens his gorgeous mouth, and she can’t decide whether to kiss him or kill him. His sex appeal may tempt her into his bed, but his sexist attitude is unbearable, and she’s going to make him eat every single word…
Why I Read this Book: I’m a sucker for a celebrity/commoner romance. I also like a tough-as-nails heroine, which Danielle definitely is.
What I Liked: I liked both lead characters. Nothing but true emotions from Zach, and it felt genuine. He’s a commitment-phobe and doesn’t change overnight. He continually questions their relationship – how long will it last, how will it last, how can they both make it work? Dani’s got strong character and self-control. Even under anger-inducing times, she reacted reasonably and didn’t let pent up emotions hinder take over.
What I Didn’t Like: Their relationship was a bit on the insta-love side, which is not my favorite trope. And Zach and Dani’s first time together didn’t seem realistic in a certain aspect. I don’t want to give the details away but I will say that it wasn’t entirely believable.
I’m okay with the story being more focused on the romance, however I wish there would have been more information about the person(s) making the threats on Zach’s life.
“You don’t think I’m strong enough? You don’t think I could take you?” She took a step toward him and poked him in the chest. Hard.
He unfolded his arms and straightened away from the desk. She wanted a fight? Maybe he should give her one. “No. I don’t think a woman can take a man. The size is too different.” He cast his eyes down her tiny figure and drawled, “You’re too small.”
Her eyes narrowed to slits. Then she spun around and high-kicked him in the chest. He went to the floor with a crash and lay staring up at the ceiling. Shit. That hurt, and not just his male pride.
Overall Impression: Out of Control was an enjoyable read, though I found myself wanting more information about the people threatening Zach’s life. I definitely want to read Losing Control, the first book in this series, since it’s Jake and Kim’s story and theirs is a friends-to-lovers romance, which I love to read.