At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey #Review

At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey #ReviewAt Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

Series: Gaming the System #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Silver Griffon Associates on January 13, 2014
Pages: 391
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The Delight

I swooned with enjoyment through every page turn as I got to know these characters that popped out of the pages into my life. It was more than just selling off your virginity, that is just what draws you in as you explore a relationship that doesn’t start in the traditional way.

It’s Time To Get Your Game On!

This novel drew me in with the gaming aspect since I live in a family of gamers. Yep, I even game from time to time. So a story with MMO games…sing me up! The game is Dragon Epoch and it plays a role in all the books in this series.

Mia Strong is the heroine and a virgin to boot. She’s probably more typical in the fact she’s going to college to become a doctor…well, she is done with classes and studying to take her MCAT again after failing it once. She runs a popular blog that reviews and monologues on video games. Advertising on the blog pays for the blog and older than dirt computer while she works as an orderly to pay the other bills. To say things are tight is an understatement. Throw in the fact her mother is surviving cancer and the bank is about to take her ranch.

Creating a manifesto about women’s virginity she decides to sell her’s off for one night only, no contact afterwards to the highest bidder. She does things strictly by laws in several countries wanting the deed done in countries where it is not illegal or in international waters, etc. She struggles with the basic fact that this is prostitution trying not to let one night define her as a person, let alone a prostitute.

Before she goes forth with her plan, she puts it to the three people she has grown to love and respect that she games with in Dragon Epoch. One is Heath, her long time gay friend who is going to run the show. There are two others, FallenOne, who argues extensively with her about not going through it and Phesperone, who kind of goes with the flow.  FallenOne and Mia (Eloisa in the game), talk through text in the game, often for hours, but he has been silent for a while, leaving her to move forward.

Let the Auction Begin

The auction is fast and while they will take the top bidder, Heath will be vetting each guy before he presents the winner to Mia. Adam Drake ends up winning and Heath puts his stamp of approval on him. Please not that Heath is also opposed to her selling her virginity, but he helps to keep her from getting hurt.

Adam Drake is a software prodigy who has made millions creating the game Dragon Epoch. Adam and Mia’s first meeting doesn’t get off to a great start, but Adam is determined to be the one who relieves her of her virginity. With careful maneuvering, he convinces her to choose him and she does.

The Story Takes Off

The story is told completely from Mia’s point of view. So in slow draw we find out why Adam, a man who can have any woman, bid on the auction and won. The contract was for one night, but Adam finds a loophole to drag this out for weeks. You know what he is doing, but not really why until later. Through it all you get to know Adam and his family along with Mia’s mother and best friend Heath.

While there aren’t really many actual full penetration sex scenes, there are erotic elements as they build up to hit. A lot of foreplay that leaves you a hot mess as you are reading and wondering when it will happen.

The big thing that gets these two is Adam is a workaholic. Often he is interrupted while they are spending time together. This causes some patience then rifts in Mia that she isn’t important enough to turn off the phone. Through it all, she does have problems about blogging and playing the game while allowing Adam the privilege of taking her virginity. Conflicts of interest.

While this may sound all superficial, the story is more indepth than I can explain without spoilers. There are erotic scenes that keep you panting for more, but there is a lot of heart, hidden secrets and problems outside of the original arrangement that have to dealt with, making this a truly well rounded story.

Long Review

I know this is long, but I didn’t give any spoilers away. This book does end in a HEA if you stop right at the end of this book. I didn’t. I went onto read the entire series. Mia and Adam get three books in this series. This one though can stand alone and you would be happy with ending, but if you wanted to see more of them, then grab a box of tissues because the next two books are an emotional rollercoaster that I will be reviewing the next few days.

At the time of this review, this book is currently free on Amazon. I totally recommend it as it was one of the first New Adult romances that I actually could stomach and enjoy. I can’t say how much I recommend this to you. I swooned with enjoyment through every page.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Not for me although it’s great that it worked out well for you, Shari!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Sorry it didn’t work for you. The ending was kind of abrupt and some of their problems a little off, but overall I really enjoyed it.

  • This sounds like a good one, with the plot of selling her virginity, how he finds a loophole and the gaming society. I’ve read the selling virginity plot before, but it sounds like the romance is genuine even though it starts of a bit strange. Telling the story through one point of view does work well to keep the love interest a bit more mysterious, so the reader can slowly find out more about him.
    I game as well, some times more than other times, but overal I do enjoy gaming, I just don’t always make enough time for it. I like the sound of how the main character has a gaming blog and there’s a game that plays a part in this story. Oh and it’s free? That’s good to know, I’ll go grab my copy. Great review!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I haven’t read much about selling virginity except in historical romances. He has some past things that haunt him from her trying to sell it and he feels he has to save her in a way, but he is also extremely attracted to her.

      I game from time to time. Over the last year I was addicted to Marvel Heroes 2015 but then they laid off a ton of people and the game has gone downhill. Haven’t played it in 3 months. I get addict to things like that so I try to stay away from games to keep me sane.

      Yep it was free and ended in a HEA… but there are two more books and they continue the story. You don’t have to read them to enjoy this one though.

  • How fun that she is a gamer and has a blog. I can just feel the desperation to help her mom and keep their ranch that would force her to do such a drastic thing. Adam sounds intriguing.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Adam…sigh, I loved him. He really doesn’t want her virginity, he just wants to save her and has no great way to do it besides buying it. He finds loopholes to make her continue seeing him…and it does happen, just not going to tell you in what situation it ended up happening in.

  • Oh nice! I actually downloaded this almost a year ago, but haven’t read it. I really want to now, though. And that’s cool that this still ended with a HEA.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I was on a kick to get to my TBR pile and this one struck me as an easy read that turned into an emotional one. Surprisingly I really loved it.