I love when I’m surprised by a book. I’ve had At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey sitting on my NetGalley shelf forever, one of the first books I requested. Honestly, those first few books were kind of duds as I was a new member of NetGalley and hadn’t learned how to be discerning. So, At Any Price got shoved to the back of the shelf and I moved on. Lucky for me, I decided to give it a try last night.
6 hours later I was in love with Adam Drake, in awe of Mia Strong, and had a new author to put on my favorites list.
At Any Price is the first book in the Gaming the System series that centers on the love affair between Adam and Mia. Mia is a self-proclaimed “Geek Virgin” who, for a variety of reasons she lists in her virgin manifesto, decides to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder. Adam, the millionaire architect of her favorite online game, wins the auction, but does so with some fairly obvious secrets and motivation. This never distracts from the storytelling, instead amping up my anticipation of what was to come. (Which explains why I stayed up half the night reading)
Adam and Mia are wonderfully fleshed out characters that kept me turning the pages. Both are complicated and driven, their pasts shaping who they’ve become while keeping them from forming attachments. Obviously, the story’s pace is fluid and quick, though towards the end it seemed to get stuck on itself, lingering a little too long on Mia’s angst as she gets in her own way. There are few secondary characters, some that really felt a little like throwaways, but Heath is delightful and refreshing as Mia’s gay best friend who, unlike so many others in books these days, embraces his masculinity, not allowing his sexuality to define who he is.
I was thrilled to see that Aubrey has written two more books about Adam and Mia and I don’t say that lightly. Usually I hate long, drawn out romances, but I’m giddy with anticipation to read Adam’s POV because I really want to get I his head. That said, At Any Price doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, so if you read just the one book in this series you won’t be disappointed with the ending and right now it’s free on Amazon!
4 Stars for this New Adult novel. Heat Level: 3.5
*I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
At Any Price was published by Silver Griffon Associates in January 2014 and is part of the 6-book Gaming the System series.
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