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Heroine: Marina Knight – Bakery Owner, Determined
Hero: Gage Emerson – Real Estate Mogul, Persistant
Marina Knight is worried about her and her aunt’s bakery—business has been pretty slow and it’s not picking up. Marina's afraid her dad will sell the whole strip of buildings he owns, bakery included, before she gets a chance to turn it around. Especially since Gage Emerson is very interested in the properties.
Gage Emerson, real estate mogul, has been buying up property all over Napa Valley. Which has made him one of the most disliked persons in the area but he's still trying to make it a home. When he meets Marina at a dinner party, sparks fly—the good and the bad kind. Add in the fact that she doesn't melt like putty in his hands and he is more than intrigued.
Gage and Marina fight and fight and fight. Gage wants her family's property and Marina is angry about it. Not that I blame her. Her family isn't the most supportive of her business, or act like they even believe in her. All she wants is a chance to prove herself and Gage is trying to take that chance away. I just wish the mean words and actions hadn't gone on for so long. It dragged the pace of the story down and, honestly, made both characters a bit unlikeable. It also led to some predictable drama at the end.
All that said, it did manage to pull on my heart strings and make me tear up. Plus, Gage is darn sexy. These two have some smoking hot scenes, period. My favorite involves a sports car, high speeds, and a roadside quickie. One of my favorite things is how full Torn is of deliciously sexy scenes—none of which are the same ol’, same ol’ that can feel redundant after a while. And, even though both characters are not always on their best behavior, they did manage to worm their way into my heart.
About the Author
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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