Tycoon by Katy Evans

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.

ellie's $0.02:

Yep.  This one I read in one sitting.  Literally.  I didn't even pee or eat until I read from cover to end.

There was something about Aaric that just...mmmm... did it for me.  He is just simply utterly delicious.  Even when he's supposed to be this ruthless, cold-hearted bastard, I was still all hot and bothered and 100% swoony over the character.  Right.  A book character.

While I knew where the story would go (we do read romance, hello), I wasn't sure the route Katy was going to take us to get there.  I was very pleasantly surprised and happy with the road taken.  We got history and backstory of the two main characters and what got them to where they were.  I love the play in "opposites" and not the "opposites attract" but literally how the two characters flip-flopped in all ways and basically traded spots from teenagers to adults.  Loved the spin.

Katy wrote an amazing plot and story, unfolded it at the perfect pace and rhythm and gave me just the right dose of alpha I needed with sizzling chemistry.

I pretty much loved 100% of everything of this story and it was my favorite Katy Evans book to date.  Makes me kind of want to date her too.  Or Aaric.

Regardless of my utterly crappy review... my brain is still a little mushed up from this one.  I enjoyed... A LOT... and am having a hard time putting my finger (any of the ten) on what it was that struck me.  I think it was just the whole kit and caboodle.  Everything just matched and worked for me on this one.