Torn (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #2)

Torn (Billionaire Bachelors Club Series #2)

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by Monica Murphy
     
 

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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

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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 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

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062289360
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Series:
Billionaire Bachelors Club Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
28,135
File size:
664 KB

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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Torn 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
karen309 More than 1 year ago
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.
PubGirl More than 1 year ago
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!
AustenStudent 4 days ago
Marina Knight’s family owns considerable property in the beautiful Napa Valley, California. Marina and her beloved aunt Gina own the Autumn Harvest bakery, Marina’s personal passion. But she struggles to keep it afloat. She has no time for men so when she meets Gage in a sexy first meet, she is torn. "Men complicate everything." Gage Emerson is the brother of Ivy. He buys struggling properties and turns them over for a quick profit, something that Marina knows about and despises him for as much as she is attracted to him. Monica Murphy writes of the destruction of the Napa Valley and its charm by land grabbers like Gage. Marina both needs and fears him (and her attraction) at the same time. She decides to use Gage’s connection to Archer who owns luxury spa hotels to promote her bakery; recompense for the fact that he’s buying out her family’s property. Gage is a ruthless businessman and doesn’t take no for an answer; including a relationship with Marina. When Gage learns that Marina is part of the Knight/Molina family, heavy property owners in Napa Valley, he is torn between his attraction to her and making money on his latest real estate deal. But when he falls hard (very hard) for Marina, suddenly his deal isn’t so important. “No is part of negotiations. In fact, when I hear a no it makes me work that much harder to turn into a yes.” All of the characters in this series are extremely young, especially the women. Marina is only twenty-three, lives at home with her traditional Italian family, yet she has the sexual experience and willingness to venture into amazing sex with Gage of a woman twice her age. I found this at odds with both her upbringing as well as her young age. She also has no social life, with how busy she is with the business. Which again begs the question of how a young, sheltered, and inexperienced woman knows so much about sex? But I’m willing to suspend belief because it’s an enjoyable story and Murphy writes an addictive story (and series). There are some wrong word choices that, at times, distract from the text, for example, “pour over the bills” (should be “pore”) and “illicit my body’s response” (should be “elicit”). Torn is the second book in Murphy’s entertaining and sexy Billionaire Bachelor Club series. Her narrative and dialogue flow at an exciting clip, her sex scenes are sizzling, and the San Francisco Bay Area setting makes for a glamourous read.
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KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
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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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
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Once you start, you will not be able to put it down.
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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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13gpb28 More than 1 year ago
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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Cant wait for the last book.....
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RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
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.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
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