[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge—last bachelor standing takes all—Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.
Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: Infuriating, arrogant…and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.
But in the light of day, everything seems clearer and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet…and win the jackpot instead.[/quote]
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]A million dollars rides on the idea that I won’t let any woman trap me.
The crazy thing? I know Ivy Emerson is worth a million dollars.
But am I?[/quote]
The idea of reading about spoiled rich men who think they can have any woman or anything they want out of life, rarely appeals to me. I much rather prefer a man who has to get his hands dirty. One who covers his arms in tattoos and pierces places most people don’t. One who’s had a hard lot in life and is struggling to find himself. I guess I’m a sucker for a broken man. Archer may not have tattoos or piercings, but he is definitely broken, and Ivy, his best friend’s little sister, has a Humpty Dumpty complex. She wants to put broken men back together again. Sadly, it never seems to work and she’s left to pick up the pieces of her heart instead.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Archer Bancroft is my ultimate failure. That Humpty Dumpty of a man can never, ever be put back together again. I won’t even bother trying.[/quote]
Archer Bancroft is a playboy, a ladies man… a man-whore. He’s everything Ivy Emerson should stay away from, and until recently she’s only thought of him as her big brother’s best friend; the man who tortured he throughout her teen years and even into adulthood. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s also closed off emotionally and goes through women like he changes his underwear. After a night of amazing sex, which they both deemed a mistake (lies…all lies); Ivy is determined to protect her heart at all costs. Archer, on the other hand, has his own agenda. A month after their dance under the sheets, he comes to her with a business proposal she can’t refuse. Two weeks with Archer might seem easy to some, but for Ivy it could mean crushing her heart beyond repair.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]I wish he hadn’t called. Just hearing his voice works me up. Archer Bancroft is dangerous for my well-being and I know it. Delicious. Wicked. Appealing. Wrong. At least, he’s wrong for me.[/quote]
After devouring the Drew & Fable series, reading Crave was a no brainer. I absolutely love how Monica writes and always find myself getting lost in her stories. My only real gripe with Crave is that it felt so rushed at the end. One minute Ivy is agreeing to Archer’s proposition with a little counter offer of her own, and the next it’s eleven days later and their time is almost up. It isn’t until way over ½ way though the book Ivy and Archer actually “get together.” That’s not counting the one night of passion they had which began this whole love affair… I just wish there was more time spent on their budding relationship. I want drama! I mean, this man is supposed to be a ladies man, where are all the women trying to sabotage their relationship? I’m always waiting for some skank to come into the picture and wreak havoc. What does that say about me? This story had none of that. It was pretty cut and dry. Boy realizes he’s a moron and wants more than one night of bumping uglies. He comes up with a way to trap girl into spending time with him. Girl gives counter offer. Boy does something stupid to mess things up and must now figure out how to fix said problem.
I will say that the steaminess factor was on point. Ivy and Archer obviously have a ton of chemistry. And while most of their sexy time was pretty vanilla, it was definitely entertaining. To be honest with you, when I first found out that Archer had a resort that catered to couples called Crave, I thought there might be some kinky business going on. I mean come on, right? Wrong…
I’m not entirely sure what I expected when I started Crave. I try to go into reading anything with an open mind. Crave is pure entertainment. I just wanted more – more drama, more excitement. More something. The first 60% of the book was fabulous and then it slowly began to decline from there. It came to a head so quickly and then ‘poof’ it was over.
This is definitely a quick read; good for a car trip or while you wait in line at the DMV. It will keep you occupied and engrossed. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for something without a whole lot of depth. There are no extreme plot twists or moments of physiological manipulation. It’s just an enjoyable, light summer read.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.