I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tycoon by Katy Evans
Narrator: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on June 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hours, 45 minutes
Source: the Publisher
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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.
Bryn Kelly moved from Austin to New York a few months ago to chase her dream of opening her fashion design store. When a friend sets up a meeting for her with business tycoon Aaric Christos, she’s got more at stake than her business start up. See, she knew him from years ago when he was a lowly mechanic in Austin with a serious crush on her. It’s been eight years and part of her doesn’t want him to remember her given that she turned him away.
Even though Evan’s heroines always seem a bit more immature than they should be, I’m always drawn to her books because of the storytelling and her complex alpha personalities. It helps that we periodically get bits of Aaric’s point of view because it’s helpful for context and settling down my angst about his true feelings. It was just enough and any more would have over complicated the story.
I enjoyed this one despite Bryn coming across more like a twenty-something than a full grown woman of thirty. I even liked her but just wanted her to woman up more. I very much liked Aaric who doesn’t really come across as cold-hearted as the story tries to project and his past was the most intriguing.
When I learned that Sebastian York was narrating Aaric, I was all in and he didn’t disappoint. In fact, he projected more of a warmth to him that helped smooth out those edges when needed. Both narrators did a good job but Sebastian had the edge.
I’ve heard we haven’t seen the last of these characters but I’m satisfied with how things ended as is. If there is another one coming, I’ll be in line for it as I liked these two and the business that brought them together.
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