Torn by Monica Murphy

April 10th, 2014 Kimberly Review 63 Comments

10th Apr
Torn by Monica Murphy
by Monica Murphy
Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchase
Purchase*: Amazon *affiliate
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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?

Torn is the second book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club. In the first book, Crave three friends make a bet that the last guy to remain single takes a million dollar prize. Each book deals with one of the friends and can be read as a standalone. Mini review: Fun, seriously hot and sweet.

My date with Torn:

First date: We meet Marina Knight, who is struggling to keep her bakery Autumn Harvest above water. She is attending a local event when she meets the irresistible Gage Emerson. He is an outsider who has been buying up local real estate. Marina knows he has been trying to contact her father to buy the property he owns, and she hates him for it. Ooo but there are sparks and Marina’s panties are wet just from looking at him…that is till he opens his mouth and inserts his foot. Men.

Second date: flowers, banter, an apology and some wickedly hot scenes that had the pages curling from the heat. I like Marina and Gage and both claim they are using the other to obtain career goals but the sexual tension and heated banter had me saying, “Liar, liar, pants on fire” Had an interesting adventure in a sports car that left me a tad breathless. *evil grins*

Third date: Hot cars, secret deals, tears, and angst have me flipping the pages. Will Gage and Marina get their happy? What the heck is wrong with Marina’s mother? Worst parental advice ever! Someone give that woman some wine.  Surprises and tender moments had me smiling by the end of this date.

Torn was a fun addition to this series with a romance that was very steamy, fun and kept me engaged. The romance went from zero-to sixty, but the characters were likable making me swallow the little blue pill and enjoy the ride. Torn offers a fast paced tale that will offer you the perfect afternoon escape. The final book is Savor and is currently available.


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63 Responses to “Torn by Monica Murphy”

  1. Siiri

    Bakery! I love books about cooks and people who love food lol. I’m glad you liked the characters so much. And tender moments? Surprises? That sounds like fun! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed even though it wasn’t a perfect book in your eyes. Great review, Kimba! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am a foodie book lover too Sirri, add in a bakery, coffee shop, little restaurant and I one-click!

  2. tonyalee

    Ah, this one sounds fun! I’ve noticed a lot lately that the romance has went WHOA! FAST, but if it works, it works. haha

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It all depends on the genre and the author’s ability to make me believe and want the romance. This series was fun 🙂

  3. Trish

    ‘Till he opens his mouth” lol. I would have walked right by this one but it sounds steamy and funny. Good combo.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are sheer pleasure reads Trish, and I have giggled and swooned through the series. They are perfect reads between heavier ones.

  4. Christy

    I totally love the idea about the last single friend collecting a million dollars! And sports cars … oh yeah.

  5. Braine Talk Supe

    In general, I’m over billionaire books because these rich dudes are so domineering and entitled I’m over it BUT a lot of romance readers love this series. I feel like I’m missing something….

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think because all of these men are self-made and driven that they are easy to connect too.

  6. Andrea

    I liked Torn. I think I gave it a 3 1/2 rating too. Matt and Marina did move fast! Archer and Ivy are still my favorite, but I need to read Savor. Thanks for sharing!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Loved book one and I enjoyed the final book as well 🙂

  7. Lindy

    Great Review Kim! I loved the steamy, sweet, and tender moments in this story as well! I really like the characters in this series, and I can’t wait to see what you think of Savor 🙂

  8. kimbacaffeinate

    It was a fun battle between them, and both could be stubborn.:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun and I enjoyed the short escapes this series offered 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hahaha…sometimes uncomplicated romances are perfect between books to all that woo woo and fantasy!

  9. Candace

    I remember hearing good things about this author! I’m not sure if it’s something I would enjoy or not, but it might be worth finding out!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She writes fun stuff and they are quick and easy reads 🙂

  10. Carmel

    I’ve come to accept that insta-love is the norm in romance so I’ve adopted a “just go with it” attitude, and it’s working for me so far. The rest of this book sounds fabulous, and I love that each installment can be read as a stand alone. I like your new “date” review format BTW. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Most of the time if the chemistry is there I can go with it too:)

  11. Heidi

    I am not sure about the fast moving zero to sixty romance, but still it sounds way sexy.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was fun and sometimes ya just got to let go and enjoy 🙂

  12. Sharlene Wegner

    I have all 3 books & was actually going to start this series today! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was fun Debbie and easily consumed in a single evening 🙂

  13. aurian

    Great review, sounds like a cute series, and I deal with insta lust a lot better than insta love.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, the whole I would stop breathing if I lost you mentality never excited me..but attraction that then leads to something..i can deal 🙂

  14. Silvia

    You had me at Fun, seriously hot and sweet. I think I may have to pick up a Murphy’s book at some point…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was such fun to read as were the other books in this series 🙂

  15. Michelle

    This does sound like an instant gratification escape type book. I really enjoy those for quick and cute romance fixes. Do you need to read the first book before this one, or does it stand alone well?

    Great review Kimba

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No Michelle, but I read all three and they were all yummy. They are short too 🙂

  16. Jenny

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series Kim, so I’m excited to hear you had fun reading this one! I sometimes don’t mind a romance that goes zero to sixty, like you, with certain books I can just sit back and enjoy the ride. This seems like it would be one of those books. Can’t wait!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ah, so glad you enjoyed Crave, I have read them all now and enjoyed them immensely. Have fun Jenny 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Ali, lots of peeps do dates with a book or speed dates 🙂 I am loving mixing things up here at Caffeinated

  17. Nick

    I liked Gage, but Marina was a little frustrating for me. But man, they sure did have a ton of sexual tension and that chemistry was off the charts! The car scene? *Phew*
    So glad you enjoyed this, Kim! I need to read the last book in the series. They are definitely a lot of fun! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Marina just took longer to trust I think, but are sexy!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was fun Jenea and had elements I adore from setting to heat 🙂

  18. Melliane

    it’s interesting, now I want the answers to your questions!!!! I’m curious to see what happens. A new book again for me. Thank you!