Saturday 25 January 2014

Savor by Monica Murphy

This is the third and final book in the Billionaire Bachelors series.  In the first book Archer, Gage and Matt made a million dollar bet over who would be the last to fall in love, each betting on themselves.  Archer and Gage are both now in steady relationships, leaving Matt as the winner, but they've noticed that he seems to be fighting attraction to his PA at his winery, and agree that the bet will be rendered null and void if nothing happens between them in the next 45 days.

Bryn James is a girl who does her best not to be noticed.  She's had some horrible experiences in the past, men seem to see her as just a sex object, even though she actually isn't experienced at all.  She comes from a small town and has a really poor view of her self-worth.  Bryn really likes Matt, and now Ivy and Marina (Archer and Gage's girlfriends) have been trying to talk her into giving herself a bit of a makeover to see if Matt will finally sit up and take notice.

I have never heard of Bryn being used as a name for a female, it's an old-fashioned man's name to me, but once I'd got over this mental image I found this an easy to read romance.  The only thing is that quite a few things felt contrived to me.  Firstly, Bryn is meant to be stunningly attractive, but Matt has never noticed this because she has a bun, no make up and baggy clothes.  if she's that stunning, I find this surprising.  Secondly, Bryn has had a history of being treated like a woman from the 1970s, literally being chased round her office by her first boss, more than one attempted sexual attack on her, crude sexual innuendo being directed her way at a party in the book and she is blameless in all of this.  Are men really such sexual predators?  I would hope this type of behaviour being usual would be a thing of the past.  Also, although Bryn's reasoning for not wanting to get into a relationship with Matt were sound, his reason seemed pretty weak.

That being said, this was pretty entertaining to read, even if it did stretch credibility for me a few times.  The ending is just lovely, it's sweet as well as being funny, but it would have been nice if there had been a bit more, it was a little bit sudden.

It was good to round off the stories off all three friends.  My personal favourite was the first one, Archer and Ivy's story, Crave.

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