Anna Jeffrey is an award-winning author of mainstream romance novels as well as romantic comedy/mystery. She has written seven romance novels under the pseudonym of Anna Jeffrey and two as Sadie Callahan. She and her sister have co-written seven comedy/mystery novels as USA Today Bestselling Author, Dixie Cash. ..... Anna Jeffrey's books have won the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold, and the More Than Magic awards. Her books have finaled in the Colorado Romance Writers award, the Golden Quill and Southern Magic as well as the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Aspen Gold and the More than Magic awards. ..... She is a member of Romance Writers of America and several of its chapters. She enjoys many hobbies, i.e., reading, painting and drawing, crafting, needlework and beading among others. She and her husband live outside a small town in North Central Texas.
The Tycoon: Sons of Texasby Anna Jeffrey
SHANNON PIPER was out of place at the ball. And an intimate encounter
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 ball. And an intimate encounter with a man so far removed from her social hemisphere wasn't on her agenda, especially when he has a reputation for ruthlessness and is one of Texas Monthly's most eligible bachelors with a 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?
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I fell in love with Anna Jeffrey's books a while ago and she has never disappointed me. This is a great story about self-relaization and learning what really counts in life. Shannon is both strong and vulnerable and Drake is learning that having it all doesn't necessarily mean, well, having it all. As these two people do the relationship dance—one step forward, two steps back—I found myself cheering for them to be able to reach for what really mattered. It was obvious to the reader they loved each other long before they were willing to accept it themselves. Drake has been a player, big time, but after he meets Shannon he realizes how empty all those other relationships were. Is he still surrounded by beautiful women who throw themselves at him? Indeed, but he handles everything with courtesy and respect, even when he's pushing them out of his life. For good. Shannon is afraid to trust not only what she feels but what Drake says he feels and I loved watching him work hard to convince her that what they have is real. I read the book in two sittings, only because last night I couldn't stay up any longer. So this morning there I was with my tea and The Tycoon. I cannot wait for book 2 in this series. Anna, you rock.
I really enjoyed this romance. The author is a very descriptive author and at points I though she was a little too descriptive (really did not need to know what each person was wearing when they went somewhere), but it did not detract from the story too much. It was a very indepth story with many little backstories and sub characters to get to know. The main two characters are the typical playboy who comes from money, but has struck out to make his own fortune and the "white trash" girl who has a sordid past and who has worked very hard to move away from that and has started her own business to which she is very dedicated. They meet at a charity auction where sparks fly and they both do things that are out of character for them (he brings someone home to his apartment, she actually goes there without knowing him). The story goes on with them going back and forth acting on and then denying their true emotions until they can no longer do that. The sex scenes are hot....the partners from the past are many and angst abounds!! This story also has many subplots: His parents dysfunctional marriage; Her dysfunctional family; a mysterious plot against his family's businesses; past lovers who mean to do harm.....and it goes on, plenty of material for future installments to be based on. My biggest complaint about this book is that it wrapped up in a jiffy and I suppose the ending was meant to be a "cliffy" but really it just left me looking for more chapters behind the last page. I rather have a little more to the HEA than that.
I have read all Anna Jeffrey's books and The Love of a Cowboy is one my all time favorite romances. I enjoyed The Tycoon very much as well and read it in two days. Engaging main and supporting characters, and a red hot romance that progresses quickly but is believable. As a native Texas, I also enjoyed the setting of Fort Worth and surrounding area, as well as the characters' trips to other Texas cities and locations, and as part of the plot line, the challenges of modern day ranching and real estate sales in the state. Looking forward to the next book in this series..