REVIEW: At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey (Gaming the System #1)

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At Any Price (Gaming the System #1)
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Release Date: December 9th 2013
Published By: Silver Griffon Associates
ISBN13: 9781940951010


Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin

When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she’ll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.

It’s a desperate step, but it’s the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother’s mounting hospital bills.

Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he’s sexy, driven and–as CEO of his own gaming company–he’s used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what’s happening, he’s found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she’s made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.

She can’t tell if he’s playing her…or if he’s playing for keeps.

This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.


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At Any Price is the first book in the Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey. It is a full length novel, and it does have a happy ending. 🙂 I’m going to point out though, that the story does not end here! There are books after it about this couple as well. This book and the subject matter made do do the eyeballs…, you know the o.O eyeballs. It also intrigued me though because not only am I an avid reader, I’m an avid gamer. So I wanted to see how a series on gaming could turnout. I can’t say I’m unhappy or displeased! This book was well worth it.

The book opens up with Mia and her Manifesto about virginity. This character is not stupid by any means, she’s extremely smart. She is woman working a job, with a very popular gaming blog on the side that pays the majority of her bills. Mia’s also spends most of her spare time studying for a test so she can get into medical school to be an oncologist someday. So you may be like I was, sitting there wondering why in the heck a girl who seems to have it all together, would auction off her virginity like this. Well, I can’t tell word for word, because that would spoil a big part of the book. I will just say that when I figured it out, it made sense. Would I do this? No, not even remotely  but do I understand why Mia is? Completely.

Adam Drake is a millionaire gamer. Really, he’s not that old but he’s also a workaholic in his mid-twenties. CEO of his own company, and having been the architect of one of the most popular gaming MMO’s out there, he’s used to control. Controlling situations, and people. He tends to get what he wants, although he’s not arrogant about it. He ends up winning Mia’s auction, but let me just say he has ulterior motives. There are reasons why he wants to win it and sets out to… there was never any question to him of who -would- win it.

Here is the part that massively threw me, and Mia as well! Adam won the auction, but he doesn’t want to follow through with it. He keeps finding ways around it, so that he can spend more time with her, but never letting anything fully happen, so that he can see her again and again. The chemistry between them is there too, so it leaves you wondering why, repeatedly.

I gave the book four starts out of five, I can’t really pinpoint what it was that made it a four for me, but it is a solid four. I’m also going to point out that this is one of the harder reviews I’ve written. I was discussing with a friend even, how in the world I was going to review it because you have to be -so- careful not to give spoilers. It’d be a mine field of them in here. The book was great, the writing well done and I thought the characters were fantastic. The book is basically like an onion, you get more and more layers revealed the more you read into it. Last but not least, as I mentioned in the beginning, the second book in this series is about the same couple, but it’s told from Adam’s POV this time. At Any Price is told completely from Mia’s. I find it an interesting contrast!




3 Comments Add yours

  1. Pam says:

    So difficult to write spoiler free reviews! You did great though 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Amber says:

      Thanks Pam! And yes, it really is! 😀 (It’s always a struggle though, especially if I want to gush about a book.)


      1. Pam says:

        I totally agree! I really attempt to keep my reviews spoiler free as well, and it’s SUPER difficult when a certain seen begs to be discussed!

        Liked by 1 person

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