Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blog tour: Crave by Monica Murphy

CRAVE Synopsis:

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.

4 star review by Jen Skewes

Crave is the first book in the Billionaire Bachelors Club by Monica Murphy.  Crave is a quick, fun and sexy read about two people who have known each other since childhood but never particularly liked each other.  At least that's what they always told themselves.

We start off meeting Archer, Gage and Matt, three childhood friends who are all billionaires and who don't believe in love or think that marriage is in their future.  While at a friends wedding they decide to make a bet; the last single man wins 1 million dollars and to make it more interesting they bet that that the next woman Archer talks to will be the person he marries.But the next woman he actually talks to is Ivy Emerson, his best friends Gage's little sister, which makes her off limits to him.  But what no one knows is the Ivy is the one woman that Gage wants, the one woman who could actually make Asher Bancroft consider settling down.  He just hasn't admitted to anyone.

Ivy has always had a crush on her brother's best friend but at the same time knows he is dangerous and capable of breaking her heart.  He can be cocky and obnoxious and is not relationship material at all.  But one night they share a very hot and passionate moment that leaves them both wanting more.  They both try to forget that night but at the same time cannot stop thinking about it.  Until one day Ivy is presented with a business proposal that she is hesitant to accept because accepting this proposal means working closely with Archer for the next two weeks.  In the end she knows that she has no choice, so for the next two weeks she will have to maintain a business only relationship with Archer and nothing more.

Over the course of those two weeks, sparks begin to fly and Archer and Ivy can no longer fight the chemistry between the two of them.  But they soon realize that what is going on between the two of them is more than just sex and more than just two old friends enjoying each others company.  They are falling for each other in ways they never expected.  And that's when things become more complicated.  There are still some secrets between them, and their biggest issue seems to be communication.  And then Archer manages to screw things up with his big mouth and his inability to tell her the truth.  Will Archer lose the only woman that he has ever loved?  The one woman who gets him?

Archer was cocky, arrogant and so sexy, but when he was with Ivy she brought out the vulnerable and sweet side to him.  She saw a side to him and understood him in ways most woman didn't.  The two of them fit so perfectly together.  They had their moments where they fought, and bickered and drove each other crazy, but in the end they were crazy about each other.  My only wish is that this book was a little longer and we got more of Archer and Ivy together, because I really loved the two of them.  Crave is a fun, quick, enjoyable read.   I cannot wait for Gage's story and hope to see more of Ivy and Archer.  Wonderful job by Ms. Murphy! 

Three Chicks Interveiw Archer

Three Chicks:  Why do you call her chicken?

Archer:  It started when she was a teen and scrawny and all legs. She hated that nickname which meant I had to forever call her it, you know?

Three Chicks:  That awkward moment when you see each other the next morning....what were you thinking and feeling?

Archer:  Overwhelmed. Completely and totally overwhelmed. I'd wanted her for so long and now that I had her...I wasn't sure what to do next. I acted like an idiot. I'm not the smartest guy when it comes to dealing with a woman I'm falling in love with, you know? Of course, at the time I had no idea I was falling in love with her.

Three Chicks:  You said you have always wanted Ivy but never pursued her until now. Why did you wait so long, was Gage the real reason you wouldn't go after her or were you more afraid of your feelings for her?

Archer:  Gage is a scary bastard. Ha. He loves that I'm scared of him. He's the best friend I've ever had and I was afraid if I went after Ivy and it didn't work out, I'd lose both her and Gage.

And yeah, there's that element of fear. I had a feeling that Ivy would be the perfect woman for me in a long term relationship but what if I screwed it up? Which I kind of did. I was a confused mess when it came to my feelings for Ivy. That's why I worked so hard on antagonizing her. At least I got some sort of reaction out of her, you know?

And when I say things like that, it makes me wonder if I need therapy.

Three Chicks:  Did you ever have any relationship with your mother or father?

Archer:  Not really. My dad's expectations are too high and he acts like he hates me most of the time, especially as I got older. My mom is pretty cold and indifferent. That's another reason why I love Ivy and Gage's parents. I feel like I'm a part of a real family, people who actually care about each other.

Three Chicks:  Describe what the perfect date with Ivy would be?

Archer:  The two of us alone and naked in a bed? Oh, that's not really a date, is it. But that's what I'd prefer so I'm going with it.

Three Chicks:  Do you think that in some way you have always loved Ivy?

Archer:  Yeah, I think I have but it was different when we were younger. More like friends. Then it grew. And grew and grew. We have a history together and we built something out of that history.

Three Chicks:  Archer, be honest, when you hired her did you really believe that it would be just a professional relationship or did you have ulterior motives?

Archer:  Of course, I had ulterior motives! I won't lie! Yeah, she's a talented designer and what she came up with for the new hotel is nothing short of amazing but come on. I also hired her to get her back into my life. Worked, didn't it?

Three Chicks:  Why did you wait so long to call her after that first night?

Archer:  Because I'm an idiot? I was scared? I thought she'd tell me to eat shit and die? I even went through a "I'm not worthy she doesn't want me" stage?

The answer would be...all of the above.

Three Chicks:  What makes Ivy different from all the other woman, what is it about her that that made Archer Bancroft want to settle down?

Archer:  She doesn't care about the money or the reputation or the Bancroft name. She's known me since I was an idiot teenager, she's seen me at my worst and my best and she still loves me. That's what makes Ivy different. She understands me and makes me want to be a better man. She loves me. And I love her.

Three Chicks:  How did it feel when she told you she loves you for the first time?

Archer:  Like my heart was both breaking open and coming back together all at the same time.

Three Chicks:  If you asked Gage for his blessing and he had said no would that have stopped you from being with Ivy?

Archer:  No. As far as I got with Ivy, I loved her too much to back down. We would've convinced Gage it was a good thing, our being together. Eventually.

Three Chicks:  Biggest pet peeve?

Archer:  Slow talkers. I'm in a hurry damn it.

Three Chicks:  Tropical island or the mountains?

Archer:  Tropical island

Three Chicks:  Favorite physical part of Ivy?

Archer:  I need to keep it classy right? I could say something highly inappropriate but let me just say her lips.

Three Chicks:  Kids or no kids?

Archer:  Kids...unbelievable but true. She wants 'em so she gets 'em. (and I want them too--but only with Ivy)

Three Chicks:  5 words to describe your life right now?

Archer:  Happy, Busy, Chaotic, Amazing, Perfect

Three Chicks:  Favorite place to make love?

Archer:  Well, a bed sounds so boring but you can do just about anything in bed...

Three Chicks:  Favorite childhood memory?

Archer:  Meeting Gage and Ivy for the first time. (I am such a sap)

Three Chicks:  Favorite alcoholic beverage?

Archer:  Beer. I'm a simple guy.

Three Chicks:  Take out or eat in?

Archer:  Take out. Ivy really doesn't cook much. She's too busy.

Three Chicks:  t-shirt and jeans or a suit?

Archer:  I prefer t-shirt and jeans cos I'm always in a suit and damn, that gets old.

Monica Murphy Bio:

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 for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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  1. I crave "me time" to do what makes me relax and be happy, like reading!

  2. I mostly crave reading time. So many good books to read!


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