Release Day Launch - Savor (Billionaire Bachelors Club #3) by Monica Murphy ~ Excerpt, Ava's Review and Giveaway
We are pleased to announce that Monica Murphy's SAVOR is now available for purchase! SAVOR is a sexy Contemporary Romance novel in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). Go out and grab your copy today!!
“Don’t be so cranky. It’s okay to admit you have a thing for Bryn.” Ivy leans forward in her chair, a secretive smile curling her lips. “I have a feeling she has a thing for you too, you know.”
I do know. And I can’t act on it. Bryn James works for me. She’s my assistant. She’s by my side constantly; we spend more time with each other than probably anyone else in our lives, especially lately what with the winery’s grand reopening approaching. She’s a representative of my business. If I were to fuck around with the help and the relationship fell apart, I’d be in huge trouble. She could screw me over financially every which way by suing me for sexual harassment and I’d be left with a limp dick in my hand and a ruined business.
Yeah. Not going to take the chance. Saw it happen with my father. Not going to let it happen to me.
“It doesn’t matter. Nothing can happen.” I send Ivy a stern look. “And this conversation can never leave this office.” Glancing over her shoulder, I try to see if Bryn is at her desk but the chair is empty.
Ivy’s expression goes solemn and she holds up three fingers. “This conversation stays here. Scout’s honor.”
“You were never a scout,” I mutter, afraid she’s making a promise on an untruth. She’ll probably just blab to everyone. Or specifically Archer and Gage. I don’t need to hear their shit.
And I am worrying way too much over this.
She laughs again. “I won’t say a word, I promise. But I need to tell you something, Matt.” She leans in close, her voice dropping. “She’s got a major crush on you. You might not see it but it’s there—sounding in her voice, shining in her eyes, every time she looks at you, talks about you. The way her body turns into yours every time the two of you are together . . . it’s pretty obvious. A body language expert would have a field day with you two.”
Body language expert? What the hell is Ivy talking about? “I have no idea what you’re referring to, but office crushes are just that. Crushes. Harmless attractions no one ever acts on. Period. End of story.”
This is what I keep telling myself. I can’t pursue anything with Bryn, no matter how much I’m tempted to. Not only would it be wildly inappropriate, dating my assistant, but we come from two different worlds. She seems nice and normal, quiet and unobtrusive, and I am anything but. My life has been a circus sideshow for years.
“I get it. You’re trying to do the right thing, and I admire that. So, of course you don’t see anything beyond an efficient assistant in Miss James.”
Well. Ivy’s not too far off the mark. When I first met Bryn, she hardly said two words, kept her head bent when I spoke to her and offered lots of yes-sir and no-sir answers. She had this way of almost blending in with the walls, like she didn’t want anyone to notice her.
So I didn’t.
As we got comfortable working together though, something happened. I’m thinking Ivy had a hand in Bryn’s slow transformation. She actually makes eye contact when she speaks to me, and she’s become somewhat animated. Started to wear bolder colors as well, drawing my attention to her chest though I keep my eyes averted as best I can.
These subtle changes made me notice all of the little things—like the color of her eyes (blue), how her hair looks (like silk and I want to touch it), and the tempting fullness of her lips (they’re spectacular).
Her gaze lingers when she looks at me and sometimes so does mine. Her smile softens, her voice drops lower when she speaks, sparking my imagination. Would she sound like that right before I kissed her? Took off her clothes? Took her to my bed?
Yeah. All of those are dangerous thoughts. I almost prefer the old Miss James. The one who was like the wallpaper—boring and nondescript. Mean to say, but hell, the last thing I need is a distraction.
And she’s become the biggest distraction I’m currently facing. The very last one I need.
"I want Matthew DeLuca. And I'm starting to think I'll do anything to make it happen."
*I received an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
I have no idea why but from book one I knew Matthew Deluca was going to be my favourite billionaire and I was absolutely right. I LOVED Matthew! He was a true gent; charming, polite and downright sexy! He was the type of man that could talk you into doing anything and that’s not a bad thing ;-)
"There are lots of things we shouldn't do." Leaning in, I hover just above her lips, feel her breath feathering across my own. "Sometimes we just have to do it anyway."
Matthew’s career took a nosedive when an injury prevented him from playing baseball so he bought a winery and wanted to make something of his name, much to his father’s distaste but Matthew wanted to step away from his dad’s reputation and have something for his own. However, the winery came with one sexy assistant called Bryn and that spelled all kinds of trouble.
I loved Bryn in equal measure to Matthew; she was perfectly suited to him. Although she first appeared shy and timid, Bryn was tough underneath and could stand up for herself. Of course, an inter-office relationship would be a terrible idea but you can’t fight chemistry and this couple had it in spades.
I liked Bryn’s persona, she was beautiful without having to show it overtly, a bad experience with her former boss when she was young and naïve made her play down her appearance so I loved the transformation in Bryn throughout the story.
There were some time jumps but this was done well and instead of feeling like I missed out on their relationship, I actually felt it strengthened it. Bryn and Matt got to know each other over a period of time rather than jumping in head first.
As always, it was great to see Archer, Ivy, Gage and Marina. Their stories progressed but I was left with some unanswered questions! The girls took to Bryn and they built up a great friendship.
I love Monica’s writing, it flows well and her stories are so easy to get lost in for a few hours. I was in my sick bed when I started Savor and I must say Matthew made me feel better immediately.
The storyline was fun and paced well, it included a trip to New York with some sexy times! This was cut short due to some meddling and the couple ran into trouble but thankfully, Matt came to his senses, jumped on his white horse (figuratively not literally), swooped in and got the girl. I think the ending was my favourite scene of the book. I loved this couple!
Now I will say I need to have words with Ms. Murphy about the end because I had questions that needed answers! As far as I know, it is the last book so there are situations that I need the outcome of, now if there was another book coming out all the better if not then Monica may need to write me a big fat epilogue for all three couples. ;-)
Savor was a great addition to the series; it was charming, sweet, sensual and sexy. If you haven't discovered this series yet then you must; Archer, Gage and Matthew with sweep you off your feet and steal your heart while they’re at it!
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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