At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey

At Any Momeny

by Brenna Aubrey

Published by Silver Griffon Associates

Book #3 in Gaming the System series

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family--and if so, with whom? She can't dodge the tough questions--not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.

You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…

Adam Drake knows that he's made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia's facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia's life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first...even if it means he's out of the picture entirely.

Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?


Steamy Romance Emotional

TRIGGER WARNING: Centers around a protagonist going through chemo for breast cancer.

At Any Moment is the third book in Brenna Aubrey's Gaming the System series, and is the final book for Adam and Mia's trilogy (although they are featured in a couple future books/novellas.). This novel is a dual POV, following Mia's journey after her cancer diagnosis. Mia has hard decisions to make. At 22, she is forced to make decisions about her future she isn't ready for. She needs her loved ones, especially Adam, but is scared of getting hurt again. Adam has one goal. Mia getting better. He will do anything it takes to help her be healthy again. But Adam soon learns, putting aside important issues to focus on one thing, isn't always the best idea.

I should have known that this book was going to emotionally cut me. There were moments I was emotional scattered throughout the book, but the last few chapters were rough. Don't let this turn you off, though. For those of you who want happy endings in this book, there is one. It's the journey to get there that's emotional. I want to express my appreciation for Brenna Aubrey's research into breast cancer, and specifically, the harrowing journey women (and men) go through when going through chemo. Her research comes from real women. Their blogs. It doesn't romanticize cancer or the treatments, or how hard it is to be a caregiver and love someone who is going through cancer treatments. At Any Moment is original (any other romance involving cancer, it always ends with the one with cancer dying, and the one left behind starting their journey of healing), compelling, emotional, and really, finally, Adam and Mia's characters are fleshed out. My only complaint is that I wish a bit more time was spent on the healing of these two characters. Some parts were really dragged out, and the most important part - our characters figuring out their shit, was glazed over with a chapter for each of them.

Because Brenna Aubrey took the time to research not just the medical side of Mia's diagnosis, but heavily researched the emotional side of it - from real breast cancer survivors, and some who have sadly passed away - I felt Mia's character was more real. All her thoughts, all her worries and her low self-esteem, are real. How she works through the trauma of what she has been though, and eventually forgives herself for her choices, really made Mia more realistic and likeable. Adam's character became swoonworthy is this book. The love and care he gives Mia while helping her is amazing. But being a caregiver is difficult. Being a caregiver to someone who has hurt you, and forcing those hurt feelings aside, isn't easy. And what happens in this book, with Adam, is understandable as well. Not once did I become frustrated with his character. Truth is, they hurt each other, and they both needed time to forgive themselves and one another. Again, I wish we got more of that. I wish we got more of the journal.

At Any Moment is an emotional journey. It's not always wonderful. There are harsh realities. But the romance is there. Who knew that I would swoon over a video game? (spoiler) -----------> Honestly one of the most unique ways I have read a character telling the truth about his feelings <---------. The first two