Torn (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #2)

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New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …

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...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Kristen Proby
“Gage Emerson will make you weak in the knees! TORN is every bit as sexy as CRAVE! This series is brilliantly seductive!”
Laura Kaye
Monica Murphy writes sexual tension that will leave you breathless!
SmexyBooks.com
“Murphy has a gift for dialogue and creating engaging three dimensional characters.”
#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.”
FreshFiction.com
“...a fun, sexy story that will make readers CRAVE more!”
Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
Murphy continues the Billionaire Bachelors Club series (after Crave), about three men who make a million-dollar bet on who will remain single the longest, with a brief and unsatisfying second installment. Gage Emerson, a 28-year-old real estate hustler, alternates narrative duties with love interest Marina Knight, but the characters’ voices are indistinguishable, down to identical slang and grammatical errors. Marina is the 23-year-old manager of a bakery, one of many businesses owned by her prominent “land-rich and cash-poor” Napa Valley clan. Both have ulterior motives: Gage wants to buy property from Marina’s father, and Marina wants a posh hotel run by Gage’s best friend, Archer, to sell her family’s desserts. Though each expresses periodic guilt about these conflicts of interest, they continue to pursue them and each other, which renders the characters unsympathetic and their romance questionable. A few explicit encounters ramp up the steam, but Gage and Marina’s connection never convinces. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062289377
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 270,907
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (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. She also writes as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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  • Posted November 24, 2013

    I just didn't work for me. I like this author, and will probably

    I just didn't work for me. I like this author, and will probably keep reading most of the stuff she writes.. but this one was not great. I just wanted more story. The characters start off fighting and hating each other, then 2 seconds later they tumble into sex? Then the book glosses over a whole bunch of time, and they are living together? Where is the story? The conflict? The road they travel? Come on. I like the characters and the story line. I just expected more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    SEXY, FAST, FUN - If you like quick reads, super sexy stories, a

    SEXY, FAST, FUN - If you like quick reads, super sexy stories, and guys worth drooling over, you should definitely check this series out. I loved CRAVE and TORN was no exception. This is definitely different from Monica's New Adult series, but in the best way. It gets down and dirty - for real! I won't give anything away, but watching Marina and Gage spar (and then make up!!) is a whole lot of fun and a great way to spend your weekend. Give it a try!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

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

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly

    3 out of 5 Licks

    Even though we have different narrators than book one in this series, they were still just as bad. Same weird accents that come and go and speaking very fast. Tone was off for several of the passages too. I’m really disappointed in the selection of narrators for this series. They definitely had a negative effect on the book for me.

    Pushing the narration aside this was my least favorite of the series. Even’s Gage’s thoughts were too ass hole-ish for me. Lol He just didn’t have enough redeeming qualities for me to offset the jerkiness. Marina was just ok for me. She tended to come across as weak and whiny. In the end I felt better about the two of them being together in the end, but they both have some work to do.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    Torn is a really good book. Monica Murphy did a great job bringi

    Torn is a really good book. Monica Murphy did a great job bringing Marina and Gage to life and together. Although they both acted pretty
    immature about some things, they still made for a good romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Loved

    Great series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Sweet and sexy

    Once you start, you will not be able to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Book 2

    Picked right up where book 1 left off. It was a good book full of growth, trials, fights and finally love. I am looking forward to book 3 and continuing to read about them. That is the good thing about the series the characters all know each other. Another great job Monica Murphy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

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    Posted January 26, 2014

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    So much fun to read! Gage is a self assured alpha male and Marin

    So much fun to read! Gage is a self assured alpha male and Marina is a girl trying to survive and keep her family bakery alive. Great sex scenes. Gage falls hard and has to convince marina to give him a chance. The first book in this series called Crave is better. But this is still a quick, sexy and fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Loved it!!!!

    Cant wait for the last book.....

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    This was a light, breezy read. The perfect book to curl up with

    This was a light, breezy read. The perfect book to curl up with when you are looking for something fun and romantic to lift your spirits.

    I instantly adored Marina. She was feisty but sweet, and on more than one occasion her Italian blood showed. She wasn't willing to let Gage get the upper hand, well most of the time any way; and even though her actions were contradictory to her strong hate for the man that wanted to destroy her life, who can blame her with a gorgeous specimen like Gage around to muddle her mind, she continued to be a force to reckon with.

    Gage. Gorgeous, sexy, enigmatic Gage. He wasn't your typical bad boy, but his seemingly ruthless determination and intelligence definitely made him trouble with a capital T. It also made him extremely alluring and attractive. I loved seeing parts of the story from his POV because it allowed me to see behind the businessman, and into the heart of a man who quite obviously hadn't found the right woman, until Marina. And when he did, boy oh boy, did he show his pure devotion to her.

    The chemistry sparked between them and they heated up the pages as they "used" each other for their own means. With plenty of passion and desire, they were meant for each other.

    The only thing I found lacking in this story was the intense drama. I'm so used to something monumental happening when I read these types of books, but it didn't quite hit the spot quite like I was expecting. I'm not saying that losing ones family business isn't a life-changing experience, but I just wish it had been more explosive. It all seemed to happen too easily, and then everything worked out and Marina and Gage found their happily ever after.

    I'm a huge fan of Ms. Murphy's, and she has created yet another enthralling series that is filled with raw emotion and plenty of romance.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    3.5 Stars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cover

    3.5 Stars
    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    TORN started off excellent. I loved it from the very beginning and thought it was better than the first one. Let me just say that this is one of my guilty pleasure tropes. I love the enemies to lovers storyline, there’s something sexy about two people that for all intents and purposes should hate each other, an in a way they do, but that can’t help but end up in love.

    Gage is buying out property in Marina’s town and she knows she’s been trying to go after the strip of stores where her bakery is. That belongs to her father, who is in some financial stress and Gage is just the right vulture to come and take advantage of that. But Marina has a special love for her bakery, which she runs with her Aunt Gina.

    Their chemistry is instant on first meeting each other. But the bad mix of oil and water is almost as instant. Gage has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, and Marina can’t let go of the fact that he may be waiting for the right moment to take advantage of her family and take their property away from them.

    I admit I think it sort of fizzled out a bit after the halfway mark. It lost some of the spark because as much as I love the trope, I don’t want them constantly bickering throughout the whole book. There was a lot of push and pull with that and I found myself getting a bit tired of it and about to give up on their romance. But it did recuperate towards the end.

    But don’t let that fool you, there’s plenty of sexy packed in this small package. Some of it angry, some of it rough, but all of it sizzling.

    We revisit old characters and see glimpses of the new. These books definitely grab your attention and they’re fun and fast stories. Monica Murphy does an amazing job at conveying such a well rounded story in the short amount of pages. Definitely excited to read the next one!

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    First Impression .... Sexy cover. I always enjoy Monica Murphy's

    First Impression .... Sexy cover. I always enjoy Monica Murphy's books.

    The Story... The second in the Billionaire Bachelors Club, Torn is the story of Gage, one of the three bachelor's betting against love. Once the mighty Archer (swoooon!) fell for the winsome Ivy, the bet -the last man to fall in love wins a million dollars- has not been forgotten, but it's not so much the focus of the series. What the story does focus on is the disciplined and focused Gage, swiftly becoming intrigued by and falling in love with Marina. Problem is, Marina's family owns the property Gage intends to own. The two share a fiery intense attraction. Can they get past what's between them and find love?

    The Characters ... Gage was broody and hot in Crave, so obviously I wanted more of him. He's not as broody in Torn, but he was still hot and surprisingly sweet. At least when it comes to Marina and his sister Ivy. Marina was a very likable character, as well. Though she had plenty of reason to push Gage away, she just can't resist. I appreciated that she was strong, but not brittle. Neither character was particularly complex, but both were engaging. Their relationship did seem a bit rushed, or that maybe some of the development happened off page, but I did like them so much as a couple.

    Archer and Ivy were both heavily featured in Torn, a very welcome surprise. It is always nice to revisit beloved characters, even more so when they play such a fun part of the story. Plus, I love how much Gage loves Ivy and the dude-banter between him and Archer. I love that the characters are both serious and fun.

    The Writing... I have enjoyed every single book of Murphy's I've read, and Torn was no exception. I like that we get the dual point-of-view, giving insight to both main characters thoughts and actions. Her men are always hot yet likable. Her heroines are always strong and loving. I found the writing to be charming, nicely-paced, and infused with humor in the right spots.

    The Heat ... A nice steamy level. The perfect fit this story, the physical passion never took overtook the emotional aspects or the story in general.

    Could I Put Torn Down? The story got off to a brisk start, and held that pace throughout. I was emotionally invested in Gage and Marina, but did feel like it was a little rushed. I enjoyed it, wanted that happy ending, but never completely consumed.

    In the End ... Torn was a fun, fast, and sexy story. A very nice addition to the Billionaire Bachelors Club series.


    Favorite Quotes:

    Whether it's good or bad. Whether I want to know her response or not, I need to hear it. For once in my life, I want to leave myself vulnerable when it comes to a woman. But only for this woman. She has me so twisted up in knots I don't know if I'll ever be able to unravel them.
    I don't know if I want to either. ~eARC, 26%


    "You know you're in love with her."
    I scoff. "I am not in love with her," I say emphatically. "I've known her for a week."
    "You have feelings for her, then." Archer grimaces. "Christ, listen to me. I've turned into Oprah."
    "I blame Ivy." ~eARC, 60%

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Very Good

    This is a very good book. The beginning is slow, and Marina is hard to like. She eventually grows on you and the book picks up. An easy romantic HEA story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    LOVED IT!!!

    Great Book, Great Story, absolutely Love Gage & Marina!!!
    Loved their Love/Hate Relationship...and I LOVED that we got more of Acher & Ivy!!!
    Now can't wair for Matt & Brens Story in Savor!!!

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

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    3 stars - A quick read that brings the sexy I totally loved

    3 stars - A quick read that brings the sexy




    I totally loved Crave and was really excited to read Torn. It was fun to see what was happening in Archer and Ivy's lives as well as explore the world of Gage Emerson.




    As is my normal experience, the guy made the book for me. I love the sexy Gage. He's not looking for a relationship at all. As a matter of fact, it would smart to avoid women completely with that million dollar bet hanging over his head. But this is what I love about Gage. He can't resist Marina. He wants to explore that yummy chemistry between them. And it's so yummy.




    Loved reading from his POV. Loved watching him resist his feelings and then to realize his feelings. So male and so fun. I had a harder time with Marina. She was a major B to Gage. She has her reasons but her feelings and body's reaction to him are the complete opposite. I just didn't like her. Well, I did like her when she was in Gage's arms. That seemed to change her into this sex kitten that had Gage falling apart. It was a strange combination that gave me pause. Overall, I enjoyed this book and it read quickly. Its sexy fast and these two are fun to watch as they try to resist each other or use each other for their own gain but really they are quickly falling in love with each other. I definitely want to read book 3 and find out what's up with Matt and this bet. I did struggle at one point, about half through, where I felt like I missed something. There's a shift in the relationship and the motivations of both characters and I never felt like the shift was justified by their actions. Honestly, I thought I had missed a couple chapters and went back checking. Despite that unexplained shift, I liked this book. It's fun and sexy. If you love those quick reads that bring the sexy, pick this one up.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Oh, how I love this series! It's steamy, sexy, sweet, and has r

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Wonderful

    Great story a little draggy in a couple of places but overall a great story Recommend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    It's nice having a break heavy emotional books. TORN was fun and

    It's nice having a break heavy emotional books. TORN was fun and sexy! And I'll go ahead and add in romantic too. Sure, it's a romance read, but Gage turned out to be more of a romantic than I would have guessed. It was nice to see a bit of wooing.




    After reading Crave a few months back, I was anxious to know more about Gage. He seemed to be a shark in business and with the ladies. What I found was a sweet, sexy man who also knows the art of courting his lady. But, he never pictured himself getting sucked into a relationship. Especially with someone who he's trying to work with. Or, I should say, with someone who is linked to the family he wants to buy out.  From the moment Gage meets Marina, he feels like he's been struck my lightening. And he doesn't recognize her right away, so he doesn't really know she's part of the family he wants to buy out. That mystery is quickly solved though, but now Gage has to figure out how to manage getting the girl to actually like him and finish his business deal.  There is no question that there's a physical attraction, but Marina doesn't make things easy on Gage. 




    Now Marina...she wasn't very nice to Gage in the beginning. I mean, I got it, but I did think she was a tad bit harsh at times. She was trying to protect her family and her own business, AUTUMN HARVEST (loved this), since it's linked to the family business. And she felt conflicted about her feelings for Gage. However, once their relationship started she did warm up to him. This is actually the only part of the book that I had a bit of an issue with. It seemed that she was really hard on him and they started having sex, which was hot, and then all of a sudden she was acting like a smitten school girl. I think I just needed to see a bit more transition from the bitter woman into the love sick woman. In the end though, I did like Marina. She truly cared for Gage and I also loved that she and Ivy became good friends too. 




    Overall, Torn was nice tasty treat. I love that these high powered men, who've made this silly bet, are falling hard core for these equally strong women. Which brings up the next book, which features Matt. I had forgotten that Matt had been an athlete at one time and likely the hardest sell on falling in love. I'm excited to see what challenge he faces to win his love. I think I know who the girl will be and it's sure to make things interesting!




    I'm a solid Monica Murphy fan and she's definitely a go-to author for me when I'm looking for something sexy! Definitely check this series out! 




    Quotes:
    ~"I can help you with whatever you want."




    Her gaze narrows. "You say things like that, and it sounds sexual."




    Guess this attraction between is isn't all one-sided. Good news. Just looking at her and I want to touch her. Run my fingers through her hair. Drop a soft kiss to her very kissable mouth. She might punch me if I try though. Can't push her too hard. "I guess I can't help but think of sex when I'm near you."-Loc 451




    ~Whether it's good or bad. Whether I want to know her response or not, I need to hear it. For once in my life, I want to leave myself vulnerable when it comes to a woman. But only for this woman. She has me so twisted up in knots I don't know if I'll ever be able to unravel them. 




    I don't know if I want to either.-Loc 752 

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