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Review Tour: Torn by Monica Murphy {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Torn review tour hosted by InkSlingerPR!
I am so excited to share my review and a giveaway with you today!



Torn (Billionaire Bachelor's Club #2)
   by: Monica Murphy

Publication Date: Nov. 19, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Source: e-ARC received from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 100 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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?

 
My Review:
 
Oh, how I love this series! It's steamy, sexy, sweet, and has relatively low angst- just my kind of romance! I really enjoyed Crave, the first book in the series, and I have been waiting for Gage's story ever since its release! The premise of these books revolves around three young, wealthy men who make a bet to see which guy can hold out the longest and refrain from falling in love, thus winning himself a million dollars from the other two. In Crave, we watch Archer Bancroft fall for Ivy Emerson, his best friend's younger sister. (Sigh- I do love that theme in books!) We are introduced to his best friend, Gage, who is all about work and can't believe his best friend would be the first to fall.
 
Gage Emerson. Hot, sexy, wealthy, and driven. He is not looking for romance- he is interested in acquiring some real estate from the well-known Molina family in CA. Yet one meeting with Marina Knight and Gage finds himself overly curious about the beautiful woman he manages to piss off. Her family bakery is one of the places that he wants to acquire and she is not happy about it. She is in love with that bakery and as owner, wants to save it.
 
Marina Knight finds herself at war with her feelings for Gage. He intimidates her, but she also finds him sexy and alluring. But as soon as she lets herself swoon over him, he goes and says something that completely ruins the moment and usually pisses her the hell off. Their interactions made me chuckle, yet the sexual tension between them was so palpable you just wanted to keep turning the pages to find out whether they'd give in or kill each other!
 
I was wary of Gage for quite awhile. Were his feelings real or just a product of the fact that he's trying to get her dad to talk him in regards to buying that strip of businesses? I didn't want him to hurt Marina. Her family has made her a bit self-conscious about the fact that she's 23 and unmarried. Marina is smart enough to know that she has to guard her heart around Gage. The more time she spends with him, she finds herself falling for him, despite their initial animosity towards one another. I did feel the shift in their relationship to be a bit abrupt. They had passion and couldn't keep their hands off each other, but there was still that underlying tension knowing what Gage's real purpose was in regards to meeting with her dad and her motivations to get to know Archer to help her bakery.  
Monica Murphy knows how to write sexy scenes. Oh my. Their chemistry sizzles and watching these two realize their feelings for one another was deliciously hot and so much fun at the same time. And we got quite a bit of Archer and Ivy, which made me really happy. I love seeing past characters play a bigger role than just cameo appearances.
 
Overall, if you're looking for a good, steamy romance- this will definitely get the job done for you!
 
 
 
About Monica Murphy:
 
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.   
 
 
 
Giveaway:
 
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16 comments

  1. Great review! I have Crave and need to read it. I loved OWG and SCB so I'm sure I will love this series.

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    1. Thanks chica! I loved Crave! I think you'll enjoy this series too! It's just steamy goodness!

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  2. What a great review! I read Torn this weekend, and really enjoyed it too. I adored Gage and Marina, and was so happy to have tons of Archer and Ivy!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! I'm glad you also enjoyed it! I was surprised by how much Archer and Ivy we got! I loved that of course!

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  3. Gage Emerson -- that name alone conjures up the sexy times! This series sounds great, Jessica! Wonderful review -- thanks so much for sharing and for the giveaway. I think we've all felt torn about one thing or another at some point in our lives.

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    1. Right? I think that's a very sexy name! :) And I agree- I know I've felt torn on multiple occasions!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your review. I think we've all felt torn. I know I have over a variety of situations and decisions over the years :)
    Lori

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    1. I have too Lori! It's not easy being torn between two things, but you can always just hope it works out for the best.

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  5. Awesome review. I can't wait to start this now.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  6. Years ago, I was torn between doing the "right" thing and marring my best friend and high school sweetheart or pursuing a relationship with a co-worker who asked me out. I went with the co-worker who stirred things I never new needed stirring and now we have been married for over 12 years!!!

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    1. Oh, wow Suzanne! That is an awesome story!!! I'm glad things ended up working out the way they did!

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  7. Great Review Jess! I just reviewed this one and wanted to see your thoughts on it. I agree with everything that you said, and also gave it 4 Stars! I'm really excited for the next story:)

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    1. Thanks Lindy! I really like this series. There's something about it- that just pulls me in! I think Monica is just that good of a storyteller!

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  8. Yes, of course! I've been torn about so many decisions in life..what I want to do with my future, family, and relationship issues. I believe we all have at some point in our life.

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    1. Agreed Aly! I know I have been torn about all of those things you mentioned.

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