Tycoon by Katy Evans

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Bought

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

Brynn has lost to much in her life. Her parents, her aunt, the one boy she was afraid to love. Now she’s in her 30’s and trying to not lose her dream of designing clothing and opening her own store too. Her very last chance hinges on the boy she let walk away. Except he’s no longer a boy. He’s a man. A ruthless business tycoon. And still the man of her dreams.

Walking away from Brynn was the hardest thing Christos has ever done. But he wasn’t good enough for her then. He definitely is now. Now she’s come to him needing help to jumpstart her dream. Her very last chance. He’s not about to let her walk away again. No girlfriend, no business deal, nothing is going to stand in his way this time.

I read Tycoon in a single sitting although it is a standard length book at 250-ish pages. Katy Evans definitely has a knack for weaving a tale a reader doesn’t want to put down. Tycoon is a well written contemporary romance that satisfied this readers need for a light-hearted read.

Christos was both enduring and hard to read. At the beginning he was all stoic looks and hard businessman. As the book progressed and alternated between present and past, I began to see him differently. He left to become a better man and though he’d made his way, he still yearned for Brynn in a way no other woman could hold a candle to. He’s a very rich, attractive man who only wants to settle down, get married and have babies? My ovaries just exploded people.

I admired Brynn for her tenacity because having been told no as many times as she had would get any other person down. Instead, she continued on, never wavering from her drive to succeed. Having that success in business AND a relationship seemed forbidden and a big risk that it took her a while to accept.

My only fault with Tycoon was that I wanted something more to happen. Maybe it’s the sadistic part of me, but I want more drama, more action, more suffering. This one was a bit light in that area. Especially given the set up with Brynn’s parents death and the subsequent quirks she developed in the aftermath. Sure, there was a bit of drama towards the end, but I dunno, I didn’t think it was enough. However, having said that, this was definitely a strong contemporary romance as is usual for Katy Evans. Her characters always bring the wit and charm along with some humor. Secondary character set up was spot on and I’ll be looking for Sara and Ian’s story as soon as Evans gets it finished.

I give Tycoon by Katy Evans 3.5 stars!

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