For The One
by Brenna Aubrey
Published by Silver Griffon Associates
Book 5 in the Gaming the System Series
He’s got everything but game….
William Drake is an artistic genius with a photographic memory and the intensity to master practically any task. Oh, and he owns a chunk of a billion-dollar gaming company. A twenty-six year-old guy with his wealth, talent, and good looks shouldn’t have problems winning over women. Except he does. To be exact—and detail-obsessed William is always exact—he’s got problems with Jenna Kovac, the troubled beauty who has his heart working overtime and his tongue tied in knots.
And she can’t afford to lose.
Jenna Kovac is a survivor. When war ripped her world apart, she lost her family, her homeland, and her one true love. She’s made a new life for herself in the US, but she’s learned that nothing is permanent, and some nights it’s not even safe to dream. When a scumbag sells her future out from under her, suddenly the only man who can get it back is William Drake, geeky—but scorching-hot—social disaster. William must learn to stay cool under pressure for the all-important duel he’s about to fight. Unless she can teach him to loosen up, she’ll lose everything. Again.
But Jenna’s got a few things to learn from this irresistibly enigmatic man. As they spend time together, they’re soon exchanging long, slow kisses—and painful secrets. There’s so much more to William.
Something that might be worth taking one more risk…
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Romance Lighthearted
For the One by Brenna Aubrey is the fifth book in her Gaming the System Series, and centers around William Drake, Adam's brilliant cousin, and Jenna Kovac, Mia's friend. When William finds himself agreeing to fight in a duel, the stakes are high. Not only for him - if he loses, he must leave the club he loves - but Jenna's tiara, a family heirloom that was being held onto by a jewelry dealer, and ends up in the hands of her ex, is at stake as well. William has the skill, and honor, needed to fight, but there is one problem; Jenna's ex knows William's weakness is with crowds and noise, a symptom of being on the Autism spectrum, and he knows how to rile up a crowd. When Jenna offers to help William overcome this hurdle, she doesn't think its anything but a friend helping out a friend - albeit, a handsome, sweet one. Until eventually they are sharing more than conversation. But can these two get over their pasts, and open their hearts to a future, together?
I was excited for this one, because it was going to be the first romance I read featuring a person on the spectrum. If you know me personally, you will know that my children are all on the spectrum, so to say I was thrilled to see an author tackle the difficulty of writing a romance with a lead on the spectrum, is an understatement. I love seeing diversity is books (and especially a series like this, where everyone is connected with one another). Is was original - definitely the first romance I have come across that relies on a club re-enacting medieval times, and the lead participates in a duel. Honestly, if I didn't know people who actually participates in a group like this, I would have found it goofy, but since I do, it was quite enjoyable. The plot was great, if a little slow at times. The characters were great. I enjoyed William, and I could tell Brenna took the time to research why specifics touches, sounds, sights affected him - but it didn't overpower his character. Yeah, he has these difficulties, but he was also a romantic - a practical romantic of course. She did a wonderful job walking that fine line between him being offensive and sweet. I enjoyed Jenna as well, although at the end of the book (spoiler -----------> when William gets injured, and she freaks and runs off <-----------), I found myself frustrated. How could an intelligent woman not see what she has been doing with her life? The romance was sweet, and the sex is hot.
For The Win is a sweet little romance between two people with a lot of baggage and hurdles. Once they get through it all though, it's a great story. And we even get a chapter from Mia's POV, setting up the next book, where I hear wedding bell's in the future for Mia and Adam!