Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Tycoon by Anna Jeffrey

Title:  The Tycoon
Author: Anna Jeffrey
Series:   Sons of Texas #1
Published: February 16th 2013 by Createspace 
(first published December 19th 2012)
Page Count:  394
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Drake Lockhart, wealthy ranching scion and Texas tycoon, meets a stunning redhead at a fancy ball, the last thing he expects is a tryst he can’t forget, followed by her disappearing in the middle of the night. Every minute spent with the vulnerable beauty has left him hungering for more.

Shannon Piper was out of place at the charity ball. And an intimate encounter with a man so far removed from her social hemisphere wasn’t on her agenda. He has a reputation for ruthlessness and is one of Texas Monthly’s most eligible bachelors, known for his history with women. Is a relationship based on just sex the way to protect her heart? Or is it the beginning of the most enduring love a girl with a sketchy past could ever know?

My Review:

This novel starts out at a bit of a slow pace but then picks up quite nicely. By the end you’re quite wrapped up in the relationship between the two main characters. She employs a very intricate, descriptive writing style that allows you to visualise everything that is going on and everywhere that you travel with the characters. Jeffrey also makes sure to fill in any background information without breaking the smooth, mellow flow of the story. I also appreciate the fact that Jeffrey writes about cutting like someone who rides a cutter regularly and knows the scene. She also portrays ranching in a realistic manner rarely seen in fiction. Overall, this is a very down to earth type story, which I quite enjoyed.

The two main characters in this novel are quite well developed. You get to know them as individuals and as a struggling couple. Some of the supporting cast is also quite well developed. They play key roles in the story (and I’m assuming in the sequel) and it shows in the way that they are portrayed. Others are less developed, but still fill their role in the story very well. As a whole, I quite enjoyed the cast that was brought forth in this novel.

As a rule, I hate cliff-hangers. A lack of ending in a novel is a pet peeve of mine. That said, Jeffrey walks a fine line between a cliff-hanger and leaving an opening for a sequel in a series. The main affairs of this novel are wrapped up within the novel itself, but there is definitely a lot left undone and waiting for the reader to explore more. It’s the perfect middle ground. I know I, for one, am dying for the sequel.

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