At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey
Achievement Unlocked: Geek VirginGR
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.
This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.
Publishes in US: December 9th 2013 by Silver Griffon Associates
Genre: NA Contemp
Series? Gaming the System #1
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Okay, so major points for: video gaming, blogging, med school, and new adult all tied into one. It sucked me in and caught my attention balancing this well. I love the premise, and Mia was easy to relate to and read about. I liked that she kept her distance, that she had high goals, but had some difficulties meeting them, so she is having to work super hard in order to reach those dreams.
The chemistry between Mia and Drake was great, and it made me want to keep reading. The interruptions, the conversations, the flirting and the steam were all well written and kept me entertained.
I had a few theories about the game, why Drake was single, why he bid, and it was fun to see what was right and wrong.
Me and all of my nerd glory really got into this book and felt right at home. While I don't do massively multiplayer, I do like to play co-op video games with my husband, with the adventuring and the classes, so all of the terminology felt spot on to me, and I could also def relate to the blogging, guest posts, commenting, the pressure, the fun, etc.
There was a lot of back and forth between Drake and Mia, and the tension was def up. They both hid things from each other, and it made things and communication hard. I understood where both were coming from though.
I wasn't sure how the ending was going to give any kind of closure, but Brenna managed, and I have enough Drake and Mia until the next one finally comes out.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Are you a gamer?