Thursday, January 30, 2014

Blog Tour Review, Interview & Giveaway: Savor by Monica Murphy

I'm excited to be part of the Blog Tour for Savor by Monica Murphy because I'm a huge fan of her writing ever since reading her Drew + Fable series. This tour is hosted by InkSlinger PR. Thanks for including us! For our stop I have my review, and an extra special treat, an interview with Monica Murphy! Last but not least, we have a wonderful giveaway: A Signed Set of the Billionaire Bachelors Club series! 

Publication Date: January 21st 2014 by Avon Impulse
About the book:
New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office…

Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye… professionalism be damned.

With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping …and going to make it very difficult to keep his hands to himself.

But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’ll be faced with the biggest risk of his career—and his heart. Can he convince her—and himself—that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?

My Thoughts:
Monica Murphy is one of my favorite romance writers, and Savor did not disappoint.  Matt and Bryn are not looking for love, but aren’t those always the ones who fall the hardest?

Matt DeLuca is an ex-pro baseball player turned winery owner.  He bought up a failing winery, employees and all, closed it down to revamp it and bring it back to life.  Matt’s worked hard to turn it into a success and he’s just about to open it back up to the public, and hopefully make it a success.  Bryn James, his assistant, came with the winery and has been by his side every step of the way.  Her efficiency and hard work have been invaluable to Matt, and so giving into his growing attraction to her could be disastrous.  She is his employee and subordinate after all, and if things went wrong he could lose his best asset. The funny thing about this whole situation is that Bryn is completely not his type!  She wears dowdy, ill fitting suits, no makeup, and sensible shoes.  Yet, this woman seems to be driving him wild!

There’s something going on under those bland, downright unflattering clothes too. I can tell. I’m not an idiot. She’s hiding breasts and an ass that are probably pretty damn amazing.

Matt’s stunned when Bryn rethinks her look.  He thought she was irresistible before, now he’s a goner for sure!

Having a crush on the boss is a really bad idea for Bryn.  She needs this job to stay in Napa and away from her hometown in Texas, but working so close with Matt has made falling for him inevitable. It’s not even that he’s so completely gorgeous, maybe Bryn could resist that, but he’s the whole package: smart, fair and passionate about everything he does. Still, the situation could get very sticky, but she’s having a hard time telling herself no.

Both Matt and Bryn were highly likable characters, and I was rooting for them to get together from page one.  Seeing these two fight their feelings and slowly lose the battle was enjoyable.  I love the idea of not being attracted to someone initially, and then falling hard when you get to know them. It’s usually a much more intense connection, and Matt and Bryn had some fiery scenes to prove it! Monica Murphy never lets you down in the spice department!

Savor was a sweet and spicy romance that ticked all the boxes for me.  I can’t wait to see what Monica Murphy comes up with next!
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Author Interview:

Now for the extra special treat, Monica Murphy has agreed to answer my most pressing questions about the series and writing!  

Q: What spurred the idea of writing about three Billionaire Bachelors falling in love?

Truthfully? Avon Impulse put out a call for a series featuring billionaires. I put something together, sent it to my editor, they asked for a few tweaks and then…they said yes. I mean come on, who can resist a sexy billionaire bachelor? J

Q: Can you tell us which story was easiest or hardest to write and the one you most relate to?

The hardest one to write was TORN only because I was smack in the middle of a bunch of deadlines all at once and I felt like I was drowning a little bit. The one I can most relate to would have to be SAVOR only because I really love Bryn. Not that I’m a beauty keeping myself under wraps but I really enjoyed writing her because she felt very real to me.

Q: Which character do you relate to the most, and which one gave you the most trouble writing?

Well, I sorta answered this question already above but it is definitely Bryn. She’s the most “real” woman of the three, I think. Though I do love Ivy and Marina for all of their feistiness…

Q: Bryn is described as looking like Angelina Jolie, if she wore dowdy suits and no make-up, that is.  If you had to cast Matthew, who would fit the bill?

Such a hard question! I don’t know. He’s tall and broad and dark and muscular and hot…any dude who looks like that would fit the bill.

Q: Is Savor the last in this series? 

Yes, I’m sad to say that it is. I will miss my BBC boys. *sniff*

Q: How does writing a novella compare to writing a full length story? 

I love writing both. With a novella, sometimes it’s trickier because you have to condense all the action into a shorter format. So you have to write tight and stay focused. That can be a challenge. With a novel, you can explore things more…I like bouncing back and forth writing both. Keeps me from getting bored.

Q: What influenced you to start writing and publishing novels?

I found a bunch of romance novels in a bag in the hall closet when I was a teen. They were my mom’s. I started reading them (most historicals) and I fell in love. I’d always been a big reader and I realized that I wanted to be a writer someday.

Q: What kind of books do you enjoy reading and what is the last book you read?

I like mostly romance. I rarely read anything else anymore. I like historical, contemporary, YA, romantic suspense, NA…I love it all!

Q: How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?

I spend my time with my family. My kids keep us going. I also try and read as much as I can.

Q: What are you working on now?

I’m working on something I…can’t talk about right now. But I hope to have more information to announce soon!!

Thank you for having me today!

Thank you, Monica, for stopping by Waves of Fiction! I look forward to your next lovely story!

About Monica Murphy: 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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As part of this Tour we have an awesome giveaway: A Signed Set of the Billionaire Bachelors Club series!  Simply fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win.  The giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.  Good luck!

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  1. Matt DeLuca is my favorite bachelor! Thank you for the international giveaway :)

  2. What a great review! I'm really looking forward to getting to know Matt and Bryn better. And I love how "real" she seems.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Andrea! This was my favorite of the two I read in this series. I hope you have fun with Matt & Bryn! :)

  3. Loved your review. Somehow I was unaware of this series.... I have some catching up to do.