At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

At Any Price

by Brenna Aubrey

Published by Silver Griffon Associates

Book 1 in Gaming the System Series

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.


Steamy Romance Frustrating

*TRIGGER WARNING: Conversations/Memories of a sexual assault

At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey is the first book in her Gaming the System series. This first book centers around Mia Strong, a popular gaming blogger, who is in need of some money. She gets the idea of auctioning off her virginity - with strict rules. One night only. No contact afterwards. She just wants to get rid of that pesky virginity, and skip her way to med school. It seems so simple, until she meets the winner of her auction: Adam Drake, millionaire CEO, and creator of one of the world's most popular games - including her favorite online RPG. There is instant attraction between them. Adam didn't get to where he is in life on looks, and he quickly finds a loophole in Mia's contract. But can work away around Mia's walls and win the ultimate prize - her heart?

At Any Price left me feeling lukewarm. Not because of the writing style, or an overwhelming dislike of any characters. Not because the romance was meh. Brenna's writing style is good. The plot was interesting enough that it kept me intrigued. There was chemistry between Mia and Adam, and Brenna can write sexual tension, and actual sex, wonderfully. Seriously. Chef's Kiss. No "aching buds" here, but she actually uses the word clitoris, so huge props. I think what frustrated me, was exactly what I was supposed to be frustrated by, which was the characters, while well written for the most part, have some serious communication issues. Many times I was left annoyed, because if either of them would open up, we would all get our happy ending (and probably 100 pages sooner). I was also a touch bummed out that the book is incredibly predictable. I called everything within the first few chapters, so there was not a whole lot of mystery for me

The characters were likeable. I certainly wasn't swooning over either of them, which is painful for me to say, because I do love a "geek". Hell, I married one. :) They were both frustrating at many times throughout the book. I do like that neither of them are perfect. Mia is intelligent and determined, but she has a lot of walls put up to protect herself from getting hurt. Her past with men is a very difficult one, so its understandable. By the end, she seems willing to open herself up to the possibility of more, but it ended in such a way, that she could easily go into her shell again. And I have a love/hate relationship with Adam. I love the reasons why he did what he did, but I think a little honesty would have went a long way ... especially when he realized he wasn't going to be able to just walk away.

At Any Price is a good romance if you like oddball love matches, with lots of hot sexual tension, and great sex written in. And drama. Let's not forget the drama.