Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published on: June 12, 2017
POV: Third person POV
Rating: 3.5 STARS
Buy on Amazon
Blackmailing The Bad Girl is a standalone book following the story of Summer Delaney and Nik Masterton. Before being charged for embezzlement and sent to prison for two years, Summer worked in Nik’s company. Despite her determination to focus on her plan, she couldn’t deny the attraction she had with Nik, the guy she thought a regular staff in the company. When she found out that he was, in fact, the CEO of the company it was too late, she couldn’t back off of her original plan. It forced her to leave the company without a word. When she worked in the next company, she got careless and got caught in the act.
Nik Summerton is the owner and the CEO of one of the biggest company in the country. For the first time since his divorce, he started to believe in love again and open his heart to a girl. Her name was Sarah and she worked in his company. They hit it off and became friends. When things started to get serious, she ran away with his money (the company’s money). It made him lose trust in women. However, two years later, despite his efforts, he still couldn’t forget the girl and was determined to find her. When he found out she was in prison for the last two years and would get out in a few week, he made a plan to meet her and get some answers he always wanted.
What did I think about it?
I found the writing too simple for my liking. The dialogs were too straightforward and lacked the depth I was longing for. It made me unable to connect with the main characters and their relationship. I couldn’t see the reasons behind the main characters’ actions and found their decisions hard to believe at times. Some scenes even didn’t make sense and felt too childish for their ages. More explanations on their thought processing would have made a huge impact on me. Overall, I would have liked to see more details and creativity in the writing.
The story, in general, was too predictable for my taste. There are the elements that I love in this story–the female characters who can stand up for themselves and did not let men rule their lives, arrogant billionaires who fall in love with bad girls, and second chances–, however, the characters, the dialogs, and the plot fell flat. All of them ended up too predictable for my taste and I found myself have no desire to keep turning the pages. It didn’t live up to my expectation.
Sometimes the side characters outshine the main ones and end up becoming the factor that makes me fall in love with the story, however, I couldn’t connect with any of them in this story. They were not memorable enough for me to enjoy the story in general mostly because the writing did not highlight their characters. There were no enough background stories about them.
The only character that I kind of liked was Nik. I liked that he never gave up on her despite what she had done to him and what he thought she wanted from him. His determination to get to know everything about her and chose to be with her at the end even though she didn’t make things easy was what fascinated me the most. Even though sometimes I didn’t understand why he was so attracted to her, he was definitely the only winning factor in this story that kept me reading.
Overall, Blackmailing The Bad Girl is a standalone book by Nina Croft with so much potential had it written better in my opinion. It has the elements I love even though it didn’t move me emotionally as much as I hoped. If you’re planning to read this book, please don’t make my review dissuade you. This book would be perfect for those who love billionaire heroes, badass heroines, second chances, and a simple, straight-forward writing.
“I’m rich enough that if you stay with me, you’ll never need to steal again.”