Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release date: August 6, 2013
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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.
I’ve been meaning to read some Monica Murphy for a while now, and as it turned out, Crave was my very first. I didn’t know what to expect, not really, but I loved what Crave delivered because it most certainly left me craving more Monica Murphy. And Gage Emerson and Matt DeLuca. ;p
From the get-go, Crave wasted no time getting right into the nitty-gritty—that’s one thing that I loved the most. As I said, I didn’t quite know what to expect, so the fact that I couldn’t tear my eyes away for a big chunk of the book definitely meant a lot. As your eyes land on the first page, you’re introduced to Archer Bancroft—one very smart, sexy, and determined billionaire in all of Napa Valley. He and his two best friends are talking about marriage and the points they were making were so… intriguing to read about. Before you know it, there’s a huge bet set in place and the game is on.
Enter Ivy Emerson. She was the perfect counter-part for Archer because he was so cocky and confident yet she said and did things that tilted him on his axis, left him reeling because he could never figure her out. I loved that she didn’t just give in even though, at times, that’s all she wanted to do. She made him work for it, she questioned (the heck out of) him and she left him wanting more and more. When he said jump, she didn’t ask how high. She asked why, what for, when, where… basically, the five W’s. She was a strong-willed heroine with a very feisty and independent personality that complimented Archer’s I-don’t-take-no-for-an-answer persona.
It was so thrilling to see the two come together and the chemistry between them was insane; I loved seeing Archer come undone at the hands of Ivy. Everything he thought he knew about relationships was blown to smithereens as he and Ivy’s relationship became more and more serious. I love Murphy’s concept of this series that I so cannot wait for the next two books. I can’t wait to see these billionaires’ world come apart as everything they thought they knew changed in the blink of a bet.
Crave was an excellent intro to the Billionaire Bachelors Club; it had sexy men, humor, hot and smexy times… did I mention sexy men? Monica Murphy has left me craving and jonessing for more from these billionaires; I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them!