At Any Turn
by Brenna Aubrey
Published by Silver Griffon Associates
Book 2 in the Gaming the System Series
So You Want to Be a Hero?
Millionaire CEO Adam Drake, overcame a tortured past to build his own gaming empire. He’s in complete control of his life. With his new found love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong, the last piece of his life is in place. He's at the top of his game.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle.
Until suddenly, she withdraws from him, leaving him in the dark. Something tells him she needs help. But she's too stubborn or scared to ask for it, and the more he tries to take control, the further he pushes her away. He can’t solve this problem by writing a check or a few lines of code.
He’ll have to dig deep and put himself at risk…or risk losing her forever.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
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TRIGGER WARNING: Discussions and memories of Addiction.
At Any Turn is the second book in the Gaming the System Series, and this time, centers on Adam. Fresh (well, emotionally, if not physically) from his 30 day long hike, proving to himself that he can put aside his addiction to work, Adam is happy. Mia and him are blissfully in love. Or he thought so, until Mia started pushing him away, leaving him heartbroken, and worried. He knows something is wrong. He feels it in his gut. Is he able to help Mia, and save their relationship?
I will fully admit to enjoying this book more than the first, despite it being incredibly angsty. And boy, do I mean angsty. Depressing. I was happy with its originality, and while there seemed to be a lot of filler in this book, and it could have been cut down a bit, I was hooked. I wish I could say I was surprised by the conclusion of the book, but I am notorious for reading book synopsis', and when I read the synopsis for the third book - well, I got my answer before even starting this book. I would like to think that I would have picked up the subtle hint given away at the first of the book ----------> when Adam and Mia are hooking up in his office, and she flinches when he squeezes her breast, and she seems distracted by that for a moment <-------------, but who knows. If you haven't read this book yet, don't read the synopsis for the third book.
The characters are just as frustrating in this book as the first one in terms of communication. It's something they both know they struggle with, and yet they keep doing it. Knowing what I know, I found myself still incredibly annoyed with Mia. Yes, Adam did things wrong ... but Mia literally distanced herself from him. Pushed him away. Her personality was a total 180. OF COURSE HE WAS WORRIED. I know if my husband started to do that, I would do a lot to figure out what was going on, and try to help him. I know he would do the same. It was just continually frustrating, and by the end, I was thankful that he discovers the problem, just so we can move on to a different fight. Because, while I am rooting for these two, they are both so immature when it comes to relationships, there is going to be another fight.
So why am I continuing with this series, DESPITE the characters driving me mad at times? It's interesting. It's a bit on the darker side, it tackles some tragic truths. It's going in a direction not many romances go in, and I find myself compelled to see how these characters get through this next hurtle. My bets are being placed that the next one is going to be a tearjerker.