Friday, October 19, 2012

Not So YA Friday: Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

Hey everyone!  So today we are featuring a title that is "not so YA," Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews.  This contemporary romance comes from Entangled Publishing's Indulgence line (which I love!).  Even though the banner says "New Adult," this book falls strictly in the adult category.

This book is an ADULT novel, and it is recommended only for mature readers (18 and older).

Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews
ARC received by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley
E-book Available Now
Reviewed by:  Middle Sis Jenn

I don’t think I can say enough how much I love the Entangled Indulgence line—quick read romances with hot and steamy guys—WITHOUT sacrificing plot.  I will admit; these are my guilty pleasure.

I was excited to read Taming the Tycoon because I love strong, arrogant, get out of my way or I’ll run you over guys.  And Nathaniel and just that and more!  As Addie says many times, “he’s the devil,” but can the devil really be that good?  Nathaniel and rich and successful, but in order to get there, he has sacrificed the fun things in life.  You know, the things that require you to “stop and smell the roses.”   I enjoyed his character most of the time.  There were times when he seemed a bit shallow, but I guess that’s what Addie was trying to save him from himself.

I enjoyed Addie’s don’t care what you think attitude.  She was hippie chic, and she definitely knew how to put Nate in his place.  I love strong girl leads, but at the same time, I liked Addie’s vulnerabilities.  She gives up things for Nate and finds herself compromising on things that at other times, she would have strictly said no to.  But who hasn’t been in a situation where they did something they didn’t agree with for love.  I liked that she was so willing to put herself out there, but at the same time, when enough was enough, she could draw the line.  That attitude did leave her with plenty of angst, though—so watch out!

The story started out with a cute bang—Addie protesting one of Nate’s projects.  As the protest escalated, Addie handcuffs herself to the sexy Nathaniel—and that is where the sparks begin!  I won’t tell you the rest of the hook, but I will tell you that you will laugh and feel slightly jealous that every relationship doesn’t start out with such a serendipitous accident.

This romance had a more serious tone than the others in the Indulgence line that I have read, and it was refreshing to see some somberness thrown into the fairy tale.  It was more realistic this way, and I didn’t find myself scolding the plot because of crazy unrealistic happenings (that’s not really the word I’m looking for, but can’t think of a better one).

Overall, this was a fun read.  I read it in one sitting and found myself wanting to go back and re-read the steam!  You know you do it, too!  I enjoyed the quirky characters, and although Nate frustrated me with his I-won’t-fall-in-love-with-you demeanor, he still won me over in the end.  I will definitely be reading more of Amy Andrew’s works!