Published by Simon Schuster Audio on June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Copy
He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.
*A sexy new standalone contemporary romance by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katy Evans.
I loved Katy Evan’s Manwhore series and enjoyed Real, but I’ll admit that I wasn’t entirely blown away by Tycoon. The second chance romance with a “falling for your boss” twist happens often and this version just didn’t stand out as overly special. However, those who ship those tropes could be in for a delight!
The daughter of now deceased department store moguls, Bryn Kelly is a struggling entrepreneur, looking to launch her own clothing retail line. Desperate and facing the bottom of her bank account, she connects with the infamous real estate tycoon, Aaric Christos, to pitch her business and gain the needed start-up capital to launch her new venture. Aaric and Bryn were best friends in high school, but Aaric always wished they could be something more. The tables are turned now as he’s one of the hottest businessmen in New York, making Bryn jump through hoops to get her business off the ground. Tycoon is a standalone read told through dual points of view. Bryn handles the “here and now” with the backstory told through Aaricks point of view via flashbacks.
Here is what I enjoyed:
- Despite being billed as cunning, cutthroat, and ruthless in business, Aaric is a genuinely a nice guy with legitimate entrepreneurial talent. Plus he lives on Park Place, which is essentially the second most expensive spot on the Monopoly game board.
- Brynn is an aspiring entrepreneur, and I really love seeing women in leadership roles. What I liked even more? Her first business pitch to Aaric was vaguely conceived and with poor presentation – SO HE TURNED HER DOWN! Loved that he called her out on the plans weakness and made her work for it. It would have driven me crazy had he just handed over the money.
Here is where I struggled:
- There wasn’t a lot keeping those two from being together – so the struggle felt superficial at best. Yes, Bryn needed the money for her start-up, but they were clearly attracted to each other the whole time. I kept wondering why they couldn’t just get together from the start and figure out the business later. (Especially because Bryn’s store idea was unoriginal and generally uninspiring.)
- The plot twist was “ehhh” and I couldn’t stand how unphased the characters seemed about what had happened. These two fought for what they wanted throughout the whole book. However, they just seemed “whatever” about dealing with people who did them wrong in the end.
- I know I can be the most impatient bookworm ever, but I wasn’t feeling the sizzle I’d hoped for at 40% of the way through. Maybe I’d seen the trope too many times, but I wasn’t quite buying the romance.