Series: Gaming the System #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Published by Silver Griffon Associates
Released on April 28, 2014
There will be spoilers from book one given in this review (At Any Price), so if you don’t want to be spoiled, then you need to read it before my review of this one. At Any Price is currently free on Amazon.
This is a sad book for the most part. Nothing goes right after the first couple of chapters. The fierce love these two have for each other is tested, secrets kept, and heartbreaking pain that could destroy everything they just found. I loved it and hated it all at the same time.
At Any Turn picks up a few months after the end of At Any Price with Adam finishing up a hike through the rocky mountains. He is a workaholic in book one and he knows he needs to reconnect and prove to himself he doesn’t need his phone or modern technology. The first book was told strictly from Mia’s perspective, but this one is told completely from Adam’s perspective.
Mia meets Adam at the end and everything seems to be going great. They are living together in Adam’s house on the beach island and she has aced her MCAT. Now she just need those acceptance letters to come on in for her to start her journey into becoming a doctor. Everything is pretty much status quo for Adam as he gets back to work with the company he owns, runs, and pretty much is the master mind of everything.
But one letter kicks off a series of missteps for Adam in his fight to keep Mia close to him. It continues to spiral as he uses old war advice on how to win wars that really don’t apply to this situation. He feels he will lose Mia if he doesn’t attack and try to trap her into staying with him, which leads to even worse happenstances like her moving out and breaking up with him.
Through this Mia has gotten a job with his company in the marketing department. Through it all, you see where Adam is going wrong, but you also know something is up with Mia. I guessed two things, but one was knocked out of the way almost from the start and I ended up being very right about what was up. Unfortunately you don’t see Mia’s point of view and I was getting angry with her over what was happening as well as how Adam was drawing up war plan for attack.
Now, I never doubted these two loved each other, just that they were two very different people. As the story goes, Mia’s mom starts dating Adam’s uncle, which now throws them together at family gatherings even as things are spiraling downhill quickly. Everyone knows something is up with Mia, but we all know Heath (Mia’s gay best friend) is the only one who knows what. And that is completely frustrating for everyone, but also to me as the reader.
Eventually a lot of things come to a head at the end. Mean things are said, actions can’t be taken back and secrets hurt worse than a paper cut. What starts off as a promising start to a wonderful relationship, plummets into the depth of Hell with both parties rightfully wrong. It ends in a cliffhanger. They aren’t together at the end, but something is going to pull them together whether they like it or not. Their love for each other was never really the problem or in question, its how they love, how they live and how they can’t be honest with each other that is causing the problems.
Honesty…In book one, Adam meets Mia when he wins the bid for her virginity, but really he knew her long before them as they played a video game together. He is FallenOne, the gamer that Mia poured her heart out to when she needed money to save her mother’s farm and pay for her education. Adam just fails to tell her that until the end of book 1. Mia has some trust issues because she feels like he lied to her. Now she is withholding a secret from Adam that could devastate him.
Through this all, I was just as confused as Adam, wanting more of what was going on. Poor male…he was stuck in a bad situation that he kept making mistakes for because he didn’t have all the information.
So you guessed it, I am going to review book 3 tomorrow and you will find out Mia’s secret in that review because there is no way to avoid it. Just know that I can’t contain spoilers for previous books because they are the central focus at times in the next book.
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