Out of Control (Babysitting a Billionaire)
Author: Nina Croft
Date of Publication: April 28, 2014
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…
This was a great book. I loved the reverse trope: the heroine is the bodyguard and military/ex-military, while the man is the one being protected (and not overly thrilled about it). Another awesome thing: Dani is like 5 foot nothing and can kick butt with the best of the urban-fantasy heroines, even though this is not a paranormal/urban fantasy book. I just feel she could hold her own against pretty much anything.
Zach – Ahhh, gotta love authors. They’re great for reading about. He’s not too thrilled about having bodyguards and then add in a short redhead and he’s pretty much annoyed. But majorly turned on by her because she’s gorgeous.
It doesn’t take these two long to get past the whole guard/guardee issue, though they do try to keep it on the down-low. That doesn’t succeed very well, especially when all of Dani’s fellow body-guards feel it necessary to warn Zach off of her, thinking of her like their own little sister.
I found the secondary characters amusing with their protective bent toward Dani, despite Dani’s blatant ability to take care of herself. I also really enjoyed Dani’s backstory and how she dealt with the nightmare of her past (there’s a big tragedy there and my heart hurt for her and what she has to live with).
Zach has the typical bone-head moment in his need to “protect the little woman” despite the fact that she’s supposed to be his guard (well, technically she’s in charge of the dogs that are meant to protect him, not him directly), but he has a lovely grovel in response to Dani’s righteous peeved-offness. Dani holds her own in a traditionally male field and that’s completely admirable.
So, not really a big shock considering I now consider myself a rabid Nina Croft fan, 5 stars for this book and wahoo to another fabulous Nina book!
Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.