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.
Author: Monica Murphy
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Torn, Savor
Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Torn, Savor
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: August 6, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Archer Bancroft seems to lead a charmed life. He is rich, handsome and successful. He has women falling all over themselves to be with him. All except the one woman that he has been interested in for years. Ivy is his best friend’s sister so he has never acted on his feelings for her. He is also commitment phobic so he doesn’t want to hurt her since he knows it would never last. But he can’t stop thinking about her and wondering if he should break his own rules for a chance at making a relationship with her.
Archer and Ivy have great chemistry. They can’t keep their hands off each other and light up the pages with their sparks. Archer’s best friends are also interesting. We are thrown a few bread crumbs about each of them the night they meet and bet each that they will be the last bachelor standing that makes me curious about what will happen in their books.
It was interesting to see their relationship from both points of view (POV) as the book is written in first person with alternating POV’s from Ivy and Archer. However I felt like it was a little choppy at times. It is clearly labeled when the POV changes but sometimes it felt abrupt when it would switch in the middle of a scene. Also there were times when the POV changed that the character would do something that seemed out of left field. An example would be when Archer and Ivy are having dinner and we are looking at the scene from Ivy’s perspective. She is considering leaving and doesn’t think that it is worth it to risk her heart on Archer. Then we switch to Archers POV and all the sudden Ivy has no problem starting a fling with him and it’s actually her idea. There are several jumps like that with the characters that I found hard to wrap my head around.
I did get annoyed with the fact that we don’t get the scene where Archer tells Ivy’s brother, his best friend, that he and Ivy are dating. There was a lot of potential for that scene, the drama, maybe a fight as Gage is very protective of his little sis but we only get Archer telling Ivy that he told him and Gage is fine with it. That’s it? He spent half the book mentally berating himself for seeing Ivy behind his friend’s back and the previous years avoiding her in part because she is Gage’s sister and all we get is a brief “He’s fine with it” ?! It made the ending seem too rushed since we didn’t get to see first hand how that turned out and Ivy and Archer’s make up was very quick.
I am interested to see what is going on with Gage and why Matt is so secretive about certain things so I will give the next book a try if I come across it.