by Monica Murphy
Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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.
Crave is the first novel in the Billionaire Bachelors Club series by Monica Murphy, and it offered up a delightful romance, an interesting bet and some swoon-worthy men. While the tale delivers familiar tropes, it was filled with wicked banter and heat that left me smiling. Mini review: Romantic, sweet and downright sexy, Crave delivered the perfect afternoon escape.
The tale opens at a wedding where three best friends are bemoaning their friends fall. Declaring he will never marry, Archer Bancroft accepts a million dollar bet with his friends. The bachelor standing takes the prize. Archer has no doubt he will win. The only woman who ever tempted him is off limits. He has known Ivy Emerson since she was a child and as his best friend’s sister he can look but not touch. Besides every time, Ivy and Archer spend time together they argue and tease each other. Ivy has had a crush on Archer forever, but he is broken and she knows it. The tale that unfolds is delicious as the sparks fly and the heat rises.
From the moment, I met Archer, Gage and Matthew I smiled. These boys are modern day Dukes, Rogues and Scoundrels. They are each flawed, strong, opinionated and so poised to fall for the right woman. Archer is gorgeous from his crooked smile to his touchable locks. The man is destine to lose and lose big.. His childhood has him running from anything that looks like commitment, and it was fascinating learning about him from his driven need to succeed to his unraveling. Ivy is successful and confident but has had boyfriend issues. She is by nature a fixer and tends to be drawn to men who have issues.
The romance in Crave addresses several tropes, forbidden romance, lovers to haters and friends to lovers. Murphy’s twist on this was scintillating from the heat to the banter, and I couldn’t get enough. The bet as the overall arc to this series is a fun trope, and I cannot help but be overjoyed and seeing so many of the elements I love in historical romances brought into a modern day story. From their careers to their issues I found Archer and Ivy to be genuine and interesting. The pace was well done with moments of heat and a few twists to complicate things. Of course, Archer makes mistakes but nothing was overdone or drawn out keeping the angst low. This allowed me to completely escape and enjoy the adventure.
Crave was a fun, wicked and romantic ride. I am looking forward to continuing the series with Torn and Savor. Each book can be read as a standalone and features one couple. This novel was relatively short and can easily be devoured on a rainy afternoon. Both Torn and Savor are available.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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