Crave (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy launches her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a lavish bet, a night of carnal desires, and a forever that never seemed possible.

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...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy launches her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a lavish bet, a night of carnal desires, and a forever that never seemed possible.

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. An Avon Romance

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Editorial Reviews

FreshFiction.com
“...a fun, sexy story that will make readers CRAVE more!”
Laura Kaye
Monica Murphy writes sexual tension that will leave you breathless!
#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Forbidden romance, a million-dollar bet, and steamy-fan-yourself-romance, CRAVE is Monica Murphy’s sexiest and sweetest romance to date.”
SmexyBooks.com
“Murphy has a gift for dialogue and creating engaging three dimensional characters.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062289353
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 163,950
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Mel

    I wish you all would stop saying how short a book is and start saying how many pages it actually is! Why is there no page count??!!

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers here ruining the book all the while bragging how they got their book for free for their 'honest' review which is not honest...it is a bought review. Please ppl, stop giving away the entire story. It is rude and inconsiderate to other readers. We would like to read the book for ourselves and not know every little detail beforehand. And before some smartaleck says dont read them...i dont. But when you have to scroll past miles of posts to get pasts these spoilers you usually see something that spoils the book. So please stop.

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    Okay, I really, really liked this book. Although it was short, i

    Okay, I really, really liked this book. Although it was short, it had a lot of character depth and chemistry!

    I really like how this story was told from two POVs: the hero, Archer and the heroine, Ivy.

    I know the blurb said that Archer wanted to be the last man standing but we find out that he wasn’t really sure that he would be the last one standing because he has always had a thing for Ivy.

    I loved how open minded he was to himself about his feelings for this girl. And I thought it was truly amazing a how Monica wrote about it from Archer’s POV. I felt like it was true and honest and come on, the girl’s the sister of his best friend Gage. You know that is off limits and forbidden! Drama drama drama~

    But then at the same time Archer can’t help but lose himself in her presence and the feelings grow higher and higher to uncontrolled heat! You can’t turn a blind’s eye on the feelings of the heart you know. And Archer’s not one to take No as an answer lightly.

    I liked Ivy. She had crushed on Archer years ago as a child but learn that he was no good for her, especially when he’s best friends with her brother! But years had gone by without a hitch or more than a fleeting glance and now he wants to be closer, as in adult relations: acquaintances!

    I liked that Ivy knew what kind of person her brother and his friends were and knew to not mess with their thing. But I also adored how she fitted in somewhere with them and how they all got along nicely like a family.

    I really liked how she would turn the tables on Archer and make him…weak, in awe, just…dumbfounded. She obliviously know how to work around Archer and get him off guard. But then I also didn’t like how she went too easily when she had told herself time an time again the total opposite of what she was going to do, want or need.

    Example: Ivy didn’t want to sleep with Archer and told him straight up that she didn’t want to sleep with him. And then she goes and asked him to do her a favor and they end up sleeping with each other! Come on~argh. At least I was all well and in with Archer and his intentions. Ivy just….tsk tsk tsk

    I really do adore Ivy and her wit. And Archer is just adorable but rough and a jerk, at times, but they really do work together and compliment one another fabulously!

    one other thing, I did want to go more into depth with Archer’s family because that was one thing that really stuck out from him. Even though we got to know his family background through little thoughts and stuff from both POVs i really wanted him, Archer, to explore it more for us and maybe to Ivy too just so that we as readers (or just me) can get to know that side of him more that what we’re shown to know.

    But anyways, like I said wrote, I really enjoyed or even loved this story! So if you want a quick fast romance with steamy scenes, this book is for you! Or just a quick read is also fine.

    This eARc was provided by Avon via Edelweiss.

    ratings: 4.5

    10 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Not too Impressed

    I feel as if this book is a less explicit wannabe "Fifty Shades of Gray," It is quite well written and the characters are fairly believable and sympathetic.

    The story itself is pretty contrived and silly. This is something I would have enjoyed reading in high school. But in my opinion the story doesn't have enough depth to satisfy a critical reader.

    I would recommend this to a young woman in her teens or twenties.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    Forbidden Romance, Million Dollar Bet, and Hot Sex and all of i


    Forbidden Romance, Million Dollar Bet, and Hot Sex and all of it with your best friends little sister. Crave by Monica Murphy is a very sexy read. Archer who is a diehard bachelor makes a bet with his best friends that he will never marry. He forgot about Ivy whom he has been attracted to since they were kids. The now all grown up Ivy finds Archer beautiful and sexy and is not afraid to tell him that. Once Archer and Ivy come together they find that they were meant to be together, if they can just push through the doubts that they have about each other.




    This book was great and well written with some very sexy parts, I loved that the sex scenes were not over the top and so very sexy. You will definitely need a towel and a glass of cold water to cool yourself down while reading Crave. Watching Archer and Ivy fall in love will make you never want to put this book down and it will keep you waiting for the next book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club Series.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Mixed review

    ## This book was pretty good. I liked the premise of the story. But Archer was a bit of a lying jerk and Ivy was very wishy-washy. She kept telling the hero, "I'm not sleeping with you", then 30 minutes later she asks for his help obtaining orgasms. I am looking forward to reading Gage's story and hope that I like his character better.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Wonderful

    A wonder fast romantic read Hoping the other two in the series will be just as great

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    This was a great find

    I found this book after reading another one of Monica Murphy's books. Boy am I glad. The way the characters changed and grerw threw the book was great. I can't wait for book 2

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2013

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    Ivy Emerson has been tormented by Archer Bancroft, one of her br

    Ivy Emerson has been tormented by Archer Bancroft, one of her brother's best friends, for years...but Archer has been living with his own tourment ever since Ivy has become a woman. He's had a secret obsession with the beautiful person Ivy has become.

    When his friends bet him a million dollars that Archer will be the next friend to bite the love/marriage bullet, Archer knows he'll win...he can never have the woman of his dream, Ivy.

    Wedding blues leads to a stolen night of passion between Ivy and Archer...causing Archer to realize he doesn't want to live without Ivy. Archer manipulates Ivy into designing his next hotel giving him more up close and personal time with Ivy. 

    But when the secret bet is revealed will he lose Ivy forever?

    What a marvelously steamy story! I enjoyed watching two strong, successful characters finding happiness and love in eachother. The story does switch between Archer and Ivy's view point giving us insight into both characters inner thoughts pulling you deeper into their journey. A perfect sexy read for the happily ever after book lover in us all!

    I received this ARC copy of Crave from HarperCollin - Avon Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 13, 2013.

    Written by: Monica Murphy
    Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club
    Sequence in Series: 1
    Publisher: Avon Impulse 
    Publication Date: August 13, 2013
    ISBN-10: 0062289357
    ISBN-13: 978-0062289353
    Rating: 4
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Age Recommendation: Adult/New Adult

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy's. So whe



    It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Monica Murphy's. So when she announced she would be writing the Billionaire Bachelor's Club for Avon, which also happens to be a favorite publisher of mine, I was more than a little excited. Let me break Crave down for you: Sexy, Fun, Romantic, Damn Sexy. Yes, I know I said sexy twice. Crave earned it.


    Here's where I make an admission: I was a teeny bit worried about Crave. Like I said, I love Murphy's books, but there are a ton of "Billionaire" books out there, and I wondered how this one would stand out from the rest. No worries here, because just as she put a unique and beautiful spin on her New Adult series, Drew + Fable, Murphy created a billionaire story that felt fresh to me.


    I think what made Crave so enjoyable for me was that Archer and Ivy were so likeable. Yes, Archer is a billionaire, but he's not a rude, bossy man who is defined by it. Yes, he's be known as a womanizer, but he's not mean, and you don't really see that part of him in Crave.


    What you do see is a man who has always been above love and romance, but has been hopelessly smitten with his best friend's younger sister for years. When you meet Ivy, you can see why she stands out from the rest. I adored Ivy Emerson. Since Ivy has known Archer for so long and grew up in the same affluence, she wasn't a intimidated by Archer or his money. I loved that though Ivy finds Archer to be beyond attractive, she isn't willing just to give in to him. She is stubborn and snarky, but also a really passionate woman who knows what she wants. She doesn't shrink away or bow down to Archer, she matches him toe-to-toe. These two are quite the perfect match.


    When I was getting ready to start reading Crave, I miiiiight have warned my guy that I was going to be reading a Monica Murphy book, and I miiiiight have given him the side eye. By might, I mean that I out-and-out warned him that I would be getting steamed up. And by side eye, I mean that I winked a few times and probably made an obscene gesture. (It should be noted that I'm basically as mature as a 15yo) Let's just say that Ms. Monica Murphy knows her way around the sexy scenes and there were several times I needed an ice bath.


    Crave was a complete WIN for me. The story was sweet, fun, and sexy. I enjoyed Archer and Ivy and rooted for their happy ending (in more ways than one). Once again, Monica Murphy has delivered a book that I can wholeheartedly recommend. So go read it, I'll just be sitting here waiting on book two, Torn.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Okay read

    Read the first two in the series and preordered the third, but not a big fan of back and forth in character point of views. The men are supposed to be so business savvy and mature (late 20's) and yet the author has them sounding like immature 18 year olds. Might read future books by this author but will be very careful in reading reviews first.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

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    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Ok

    It just didnt catch me. The characters seemed to flaky. To much back and forth.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

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    One of my favorite tropes! I love a good hero falls for best fri

    One of my favorite tropes! I love a good hero falls for best friends little sister, I cannot explain it but these types of books always turn out to be my favorites. Archer Bancroft starts out as a cocky, arrogant jerk and I could not wait to watch him fall hard. Then there is Ivy who is a hellcat when it comes to Archer, she wants the man that she knows he is, not the man he portrays to the rest of the world. The banter between the two is hot and feisty, and the romance is even hotter! I will give Archer this, he his a sneaky little bastard the way he ropes Ivy into his world so he doesn't lose her. He offers her an opportunity that is too good to turn down and she definitely reciprocates. The bet Matt, Gage and Archer made was going to be trouble from the very beginning and Archer ends of playing right into Matt's hand. The camaraderie between the three is typical playboy "We Rule the World!", and in the end I was looking forward to Matt and Gage following suit behind Archer. Monica Murphy is very subtle when she lets out hints about Matt and Gage and it left me want to know more about the bachelors and who the women would be that brought them down. Make sure to check out Crave, it is a wonderfully spun world and you will fall in love with these characters!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

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    In Crave (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #1) by Monica Murphy

    In Crave (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #1) by Monica Murphy, Archer Bancroft has made a huge success out of his father's old hotel, turning it into an exclusive couples-only spa, which in turn, made him into a billionaire. He loved proving his father wrong when he was set up for failure on the project. Now he has the opportunity to create an even more exclusive couples retreat but he is on a major time crunch. He needs to hire an interior designer right away and knows just the person for the job: his best friend Gabe's little sister Ivy Emerson. So what if he may have a thing for her. He can keep it professional. Or so Archer tells himself when he and his two best friends, passing time at a wedding, make a bet over which will be the final man left not in a relationship. Unfortunately Ivy is there that night and down in the dumps after breaking up with her boyfriend. She and Archer have a love/hate relationship which mostly consists of them arguing and antagonizing one another. He stops by to make sure she's alright and they share an intimate dance together until he lets his arrogant mouth get the better of him. Archer tracks her down outside, determined to apologize. He gets more than he bargained for when he sees how beautiful she looks out in the moonlight and they have several wildly passionate moments together. They are almost caught when Gabe shows up, ready to take Ivy home, and Archer talks them into just staying the night at his house nearby. He knows it's not a smart idea as he doesn't want to anger his best friend, but he has to be close to Ivy.

    Archer shows up at Ivy's bedroom door that night, having no idea what he expects to happen. He's not a relationship guy but he doesn't want to just have a fling with her either. When she responds to him by being bold and making the first move, he can't believe how incredibly lucky he is to be with her. Their connection is so deep emotionally that it scares him to his core. He's shocked yet again when she tries to be nonchalant and treat their time together as a one night stand. Archer takes Ivy and Gabe on a tour of his spa the next day as promised, after a night of no sleep, spent yearning for more time with her. She seems impressed with the atmosphere at the retreat but yet again his mouth gets in the way and Archer ends up pushing her away by confusing her with his intentions. During their time apart, a plan starts to formulate how he can hire her as the interior designer for his new spa. She's obviously reluctant at first but he finally gets her to concede. Due to the time constrictions, he talks her into staying with him locally so they will have ample time to complete the job. Ivy openly discusses their previous time together and they come to an agreement on how they will handle their intimate relationship, knowing there is a set time limit on it. But when their work together is done, will Archer be able to give up the woman who has changed his life in so many wonderful ways?

    Ivy Emerson has had a crush on Archer Bancroft since he moved into her neighborhood when she was in her early teens. He befriended her big brother and spent time at their house picking on her and generally creating havoc. Now he's grown into a powerful businessman who has a playboy image. He's damaged, he's a bad boy...and he embraces it. She's still getting over a breakup when he approaches her at a friend's wedding, asking her for a dance. Ivy is pleasantly surprised at his behavior until his arrogance inevitably begins to come out. But when Archer actually apologizes and then kisses her, she knows she can't hide her attraction to him any longer. She somehow ends up spending the night in his guest room, directly across from her big brother's guest room that night. Archer knocks on her door and all thoughts of staying away from him fly out the window. Their stolen time together is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to her and it more than freaks her out. Ivy basically pushes Archer out the door, knowing she needs to break things off before she can get hurt. But then after a confusing conversation the next day, she doesn't hear from him for a month. She pines over him, not sleeping, immersing herself in her work. When he suddenly reappears in her life, offering her an opportunity to do the interior design for his new spa, she thinks he's crazy. But she wonders if she's really the crazy one for not only taking him up on the offer, but for falling even further in love with him during their two weeks together.

    Monica Murphy's first book in the Billionaire Bachelor series is a great way to begin. The story switches back and forth from Archer's to Ivy's points of view, giving us a glimpse into both of their heads, which was very interesting. There's a good bit of self-deprecating humor mixed in with the passion, plus a sarcastic undertone. I definitely enjoyed that. ;) Archer and Ivy heated up the pages with their intense romance. They seemed to bring out both the best and worst in each other until they gave in to their feelings. Then things clicked perfectly. Until Archer stuck his foot in his mouth again, that is. I think you'll enjoy this contemporary romance if you like powerful, sexy businessmen and smart, sassy women who know exactly what they want.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Billionaire Archer Bancroft and two best friends make a bet on w

    Billionaire Archer Bancroft and two best friends make a bet on who will be the last bachelor standing. His parents were not the best role models for marriage and it has left Archer thinking he never wants to get married. But Ivy has drawn his attention and because she is his best friends sister she is forbidden. But he can't seem to help himself.

    Ivy Emerson always seems to be drawn to the wrong type of man. Her mother calls it the "Humpty Dumpty" syndrome! Always trying to fix the broken ones. And while at a wedding Archer Bancroft, the notorious playboy, suddenly takes an interest in her and shows her how great sex can be. But can they get past the ideas that they would be terrible together and give in to their passion.

    I enjoyed the story - hot sex scenes and the jumble of feelings both have to go through. At some points Ivy gets a little irritating - but don't all the heroines in romance novels LOL (at least to me). This is the first book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club series. Can't wait to read Gabe's story!

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  • Posted June 4, 2014

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    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 Licks

    First let me explain my rating for this one. I know without a shadow of a doubt that had I read this via paperback or ebook I would have rated it higher. The narrators were so damn annoying that I could hardly focus on the book. They slipped in and out of weird accents and read really fast compared to other audio books I’ve listened to. They just completely ruined the listening experience for me. This is the first time I’ve had an audio book where I flat out couldn’t stand the narrators and sadly it continued for the next three books in the series, as you’ll see in those reviews. Ok enough about the horrendous narration let’s move on to the book.

    Archer and Ivy were likable enough but sometimes it was hard to differentiate the voices of the narrators from the ones I think the author intended. There were times when the tone didn’t feel genuine and I think it wasn’t what the author was going for. Ivy came across a little annoying at times and Archer was a bit of a jerk, but overall the story was entertaining enough to keep my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Good read.

    Good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Not what was expected

    After reading the 'one week girlfriend' series, i had high hopes for her other series but this book was a let down. Wont be reading the others

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    Monica Murphy seems to write a lot of winners, and Crave is defi

    Monica Murphy seems to write a lot of winners, and Crave is definitely in that list. After making an adolescent bet with two of his best
    friends,  Archer finds out just how fast Ivy can cause him to lose said bet.

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