Publication Date: June 20th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
TYCOON, an all-new standalone from Katy Evans is LIVE!!!
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.
Aaric Christos (pronounced Eric, for those thinking this might be a super pretentious name) and Bryn Kelly are steaming up the pages in a story after my own heart. I've always been an uber fan of the second chance romance - insert shameless plug here - it's why I actually wrote my own.
Katy writes a classic tale of right people, wrong time in Tycoon, with of course the twist of the billionaire babe lying in wait for his perfect damsel. Katy has been mastering the latter for years, and only recently have I really started to see another side of her writing, one that focuses less on the Hero and more on the Heroine. In talks with Vivian, we wondered if the mystery that is Aaric is due to underdeveloped characters. The more I thought about it, the more I realized : no, he's not underdeveloped. He's a plot device, a supporting character. This was not his story, this was hers. We are just so used to get more of both sides with Katy, that a one sided story leaves a little different taste, but a decidedly pleasant one. There was no overwhelming "WHOA! When did s/he say or do that? Back it up a chapter!" It was a beautiful flow.
And the what if! To me, this is such a fun line of thinking. We always wonder what if - don't lie, you do it, too. A friend of mine and I would meet for lunch every so often after high school, or we'd have a long conversation after needing to share some bit of gossip from the old crew, and he'd say "tell me our what if". I wrote it for him, and as a fan of traditional romance, I've noticed there are lines that work and work WELL. Katy knows them, too, and she knows just how to get to the heart of the tradition. There were swoony moments, and steamy moments, and of course no good story is complete without one or two somber moments. This book balanced them all with grace. Another grand slam out of the park hit by Katy!!!
5 Sweet Li'l Chirps
In High School, both Aaric Christos and Bryn Kelly had an intense infatuation with each other, but neither of them acted on it. Both had preconceived notions of not being good enough for the other. Bryn’s insecurities stemmed from her fear that he’ll end up hurting her and Aaric fearing he is simple not good enough for her. But one day, Aaric attempted to kiss her, but Bryn turned him down. Thankfully that did not ruin their friendship, but instead only carved a huge “what if” in both of their souls.
Now, 12 years later, Aaric has gone off to New York City and has made a name for himself. “…it’s like the sun left with him.” –Bryn. After several tragedies in her life, Bryn has found herself almost 30 years old living a life that she has nothing to show for. “One tragedy after another. I’ve been grappling to find my footing ever since. I’ve been sad, trying to figure out how and what could fill the hole and give my life meaning.” –Bryn. She has finally found her true passion and is desperate to startup the company that she’s dreamed up, but the only problem is, no bank will invest in it or her. So now she finds herself seeking out the one person who left her behind. The one person who has always held a part of her heart and who has been the biggest “what if” of her life. Bryn is putting everything on the line for this one possibility. She doubts he will even recognize her, but she has no other choice, he is her last option.
Aaric Christos, is Manhattan’s most merciless real estate tycoon and is at the top of his game. But no matter how high he gets, he can never forget about his “little bit”, Bryn. Even though he only knew her for a couple years before he moved away, she had imprinted herself in his being. Bryn Kelly is one of the reason’s he left Austin and pushed so hard to become what he is now, she is also one of his biggest regrets. He always planned to seek her out, but after some hard times on his way to the top, he’s found himself settling for what he has in life, relationship wise. Plus, there’s no way Bryn is still waiting for him after all these years. But now she’s shown up to his company, begging him to back her startup and help her company launch. He finds himself impressed with her business idea and with the woman she’s become. But mostly, he finds himself unable to resist her, much like how it was all those years ago. “I have everything I need, and more—more money than I could spend in a hundred lifetimes. And I still don’t have the one thing I’ve wanted most in my life.” –Aaric.
“My walls are down, my fears are gone, my reservations gone.” –Bryn.
The lust, desire and want that lingered under the surface all those years ago, resurface and is at risk of boiling over. But is it smart for them to mix business and pleasure? If they are to form a business partnership together, would they be able to remove their personal relationship from the equation if things go south? And is Bryn willing to put her heart on the line, with the risk of getting hurt? Can they have a second chance at this love?
Katy Evans never fails to write a beautiful love story! This book was about living life without regrets. Second chances. Giving into temptations. Trusting in the possibility of soul mates. It was about overcoming loss and pain. And most importantly, it was about finding your one and only. ”It’s always been you.” –Aaric. I loved how Katy told their story in past and present throughout the novel. We readers were able to get a more concrete back story with the “past” chapters and that helped create a connection with them and showed us that life is all about timing and their past wasn’t their right time, but now could be. Bryn and Aaric’s story was fun and witty, but yet emotional.
I can’t give this 5 stars because I feel like their story is slightly unresolved and needed more closure. I have more questions that need to be answered. But I'm happy to say, that YES, there will be a second book, *happy dance* but that’ll be Sara (Bryn’s roommate/friend) and Ian’s (new character introduced in TYCOON) story. I’m guessing we’ll get tidbits of Bryn and Aaric throughout, so I’m hoping for more closure there. Or maybe Katy will write a novella for them? *wink*.
I absolutely adored meeting this new couple from Katy! TYCOON was an enjoyable and easy read that had me swooning several times and took me down memory lane. The writing was exceptional as always. Now, I can’t wait to read Sara and Ian’s book next!
4 “little bit” stars
xoxo, Vivian 💋
About the Author:
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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