[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life—even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …
When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down—as she steadily steals his heart.
Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage—or everything she holds dear?[/quote]
Torn is the second book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club series by Monica Murphy, and in my very humble opinion, more of the same. This short novel is jam packed with steamy, white hot sex scenes, but leaves you craving more in the plot department. It’s a basic plot with very little mystery. That being said, the fluidity of Monica Murphy’s writing style will keep me coming back for more.
Much like in Crave, the first book in the series, Torn features an extremely wealthy man who is NOT looking for love and commitment. In fact, he’s made a bet with two of his closest friends regarding love/commitment/marriage. The last man standing gets a whopping million dollar prize for his ability to avoid love like the plague. We know from Crave, that we’re down to two stubborn men, Matt and Gage. Archer is already head over heels for Ivy. He’s lost the bet and is out of the running. It looks like Gage may be next to fall victim to loves sweet embrace.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]We were at a friend’s wedding when the three of us declared we never wanted to get married. We must’ve been drunk when we did it, but we all bet each other we’d never let ourselves get tied down to a woman. And the last single man wins one million dollars.
Here’s the basic idea of the book…
Gage is in real estate. He wants to buy up some land in Napa Valley that is owned by a prestigious family, which has been hit hard by the economic downfall. A tiny bakery sits in the middle of a slew of store fronts that Gage wants to purchase. This bakery just so happens to be run by Marina Knight, daughter of the man he’s looking to swindle said property from. Marina also happens to be drop dead gorgeous; so much so, that Gage can’t seem to stay away from her.
Naturally, having the man you’re interested in attempt to snatch up your family’s legacy, kinda sucks. Marina wants to hate Gage. Unfortunately her body has other ideas on what to do with him. In the beginning, they both seem to think they can use one another to achieve their goals. Marina wants to get her bakery’s cakes into Archer’s resorts, and Gage, well, we know what he wants. Eventually the two fall for one another and things get interesting…
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]This man is insane. Gorgeous and confident with a surprisingly good sense of humor, considering how deftly he handled crazy Gina, but he’s also a complete pain in my ass.[/quote]
When it came down to the fate of the bakery, it’s easy to see how Marina would hop on her ‘jump to conclusions’ mat. I’d do the same. We’re talking about Gage here. The man’s been after her father for months. He wants to scoop up some prime real estate and sell it for profit. Sure, they’ve been seeing each other for a while, but maybe he really was intent on using her for personal gain. Maybe his heart wasn’t in the right place. I get it. As for the “secret” that Gage gets pissed about – Grow up, man. Maybe I’m just a hay, hay, hoo, hoo, hoochie momma, but come on! Most men would be thrilled if they walked in on what he walks in on. It was a flimsy excuse for him to get so riled up. Automatically thinking that Marina was up to no good after all they shared, kind of ticked me off. How could they both really invest themselves in a relationship when they second guessed each other so easily? Communication people. Communication is key!
Was I blown away by Torn? No. Was it a fun, entertaining read? Absolutely. Will I read the next book in this series? You can bet your balls on it. Savor looks like it’s gonna be a winner. We finally get to see what will happen with Matt and his assistant. Monica flirts with the topic during Torn, but woman, I. Need. More! You can’t just tell me that Matt’s assistant has googly-eyes for him while he seems oblivious, and nothing more. I love unrequited love stories. I think the final installment will wrap up this whole bet nonsense perfectly. January can’t come soon enough!
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.