REVIEW: Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews

Published August 2012 by Entangled Publishing

Ebook – 244 pages

Purchased on my Kindle.

5/5 stars

Real estate tycoon Nathaniel Montgomery is one deal away from making his first billion and fulfilling a promise to his dying father. Nothing will stop himfrom tearing down the decrepit St. Agnes hospital and erecting posh condos in its place. Not even the crystal-wearing, health food store owner whose publicity stunt lands him in the hospital.

After her brush with death five years ago, child prodigy Addie Collins learned what’s truly important—health, happiness, and the two-hundred-year-old rose garden at St. Agnes. To make amends for the accident, she agrees to pose as Nathaniel’s girlfriend at his eccentric grandmother’s birthday party.

But Addie has an ulterior motive. To repay her debt to the universe, she must show him there’s more to life than making money. Nathaniel hates to lose, but as she breaks through his defenses, losing himself in Addie’s arms might be exactly what this tycoon needs..

Avid fans of romance and a bit of a laugh are bound to love this book by best selling author Amy Andrews.

From their first meeting, I knew I was going to love Andrews’ characters. It’s hard not to when the opening scene features our free spirited heroine Addie handcuffing herself (in pink fluffy handcuffs it should be noted) to multi-billionaire businessman Nathaniel at a protest rally. After having forgotten the keys, the pair become involved in a somewhat freak accident, leaving Addie believing she must pay-it-forward when Nathaniel saves her life.

Right from the get-go Andrews holds her audience captive as she allows the love story to unfold between our two protagonists. Not only does she capture ones attention right at the narratives opening, but she has such a way with words and imagery, that its hard to pull yourself away from the narrative at all. I sure as hell didn’t want to .

Without wanting to give too much away, Taming the Tycoon is everything a reader expects from a romance novel. With a strong romance theme, a male lead to die for and one slow dance to fall in love, what more could you want from a book? The characters are realistic and full of life, the dialogue witty (I may have laughed out loud on one or two occasions) and the love is natural. Nothing is forced, or pushed into little corners to tick conventional boxes. In fact one of my favourite parts of this narrative was how unconventional the characters were. Addie is almost a hippy living life to its fullest, and while Nathaniel maybe a stereotypical millionaire to begin with a crazy but extremely loveable family, he has more depth and well, character, then any male lead I have read about in a long time. All of which helps to make Taming the Tycoon all that more of a refreshing read.

I highly recommend this book to avid romance readers – hell I’m sure most of you have already read it by now, and if you haven’t, download a copy or borrow it from someone as it well worth a read.

This was my first book by Andrews and I can promise you it will not be my last.

This book was read as part of my AWW2013 challenge and my RAC2013.

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