At Any Price

At Any Price❴EPUB❵ ✷ At Any Price Author Brenna Aubrey – Achievement Unlocked Geek Virgin 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 conn Achievement Unlocked Geek Virgin 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 At Any ePUB ✓ 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 heror if he's playing for keeps This New Adult contemporary romance is intended for readers over the age of due to adult language sexual content and adult situations. This is another book that had been sitting on my Audible shelf for uite some time now I'm determined to work my way through my audiobooks before I buy any Finally I'm starting to make a dent in my stack 'At Any Price' was a good but not great read for me It tells the story of Mia a young video game bloggeraspiring medical student Mia decides to auction off her virginity in order to pay for school and to help her mother who has been financially crippled by her expensive cancer treatmentsThe winner of the auction is Adam Drake a young business mogul that made his fortune developing video games From the start it is clear that Adam isn't just interested in what he paid for As he drags out his time with Mia certain connections between the two become obvious Not surprisingly both Mia and Adam are tortured souls with a whole lot of emotional baggage There was plenty of melodrama in this story to spread across two or three books in truth At about seventy five percent of the way in it seemed to dive into over the top drama Up until that point things were going pretty wellEventually the story recovered and delivered a nice happily ever after All in all it was a good story It made me smile and it left me feeling contented in the end It isn't one that will leave any type of lasting impression but it was nice UPDATE JULY 18TH Adding safety warnings at the end of the reviewFREEBIE ALERT PERMANFREEThis book is like a permanent free book You don’t need to have a kindle you only need to have an account The first time I heard of this book was years ago through Anne Rice’s facebook page She posted a link to Brianna’s blog Miss Aubrey explained how this book was auctioned and got the interest of some publishing houses but she rejected the conctract that would pay her a good fortune and instead decide to self publish She even posted a couple of excel sheets sharing her earnings although it didn’t look official it looked like any excel sheet that could have been edited or something but anyway it was like in terms of money self publishing was the right way to do it What got my interest is that the story was about a girl who auctioned her virginity That is like a very cool concept and I’m a sucker for virgin stories they are my favorite trope so the moment the book got discounted I got my copy and andcompletely forgot about it Seriously I have a lot of discounted and free books on both my kindle and my kobo and still keep buying and I just recently read it because I wanted to erase some books of my kindle but after reading I know I want to keep this bookIt’s very good Not like I’ll add to my list of favorites but at the very least I think I might want to re read my favorite parts And there’s a lot to like in this book I also want to point out that although this book is new adult isn’t about college life it could have been marketed as romantic suspense or adult fiction and still work The reason I read new adult is because I love those first experiences the first job the campus life the first relationship the struggles with teachers and classmates and there’s barely any of that here it’s adult than new adult and during the first half of the book the characters display maturity So this girl Mia Strong wants to auction her virginity because she thinks that virginity it’s not a big deal like she thinks it’d be eual if she receives something for it so she auctions her virginity on line That in itself is cool and edgy because isn’t like a form of prostitution? But if the girl is willing and she’s not hurting anyone isn’t that her problem and no one else’s business? I personally was all for it who cares? It’s her body and her mother is sick with cancer so if she can put her virginity to a good cause why not? The enter the hero adam drake and sexual chemistry oozes from the pages I love how he was introduced like a jackass and a mysterious millionaire like he will try to protect heroine of doing it which will be difficult because HE WON THE AUCTION he’ll pay her good money for losing her v card but he’ll do his best to not surrender to the temptation and take her virginity as it’s in the contract because he’s a protective jerkThe steamy moments are well written as the couple slowly getacuaintanced with each other bodies without getting the real deal my problem is that when the moment to really close the deal comes author holds on us like she was all explicit in the make outs but not so explicit in the real deal and that was disappointing because it was the moment I was waiting for and it was over uickly She also wanted to make this big twist out of revealing the true identity of Well it doesn’t work it was obvious since the beginning who this person was and even if you didn’t give a thought to this secret identity it’s not really a surprising I thought that Mia was really dumb for not noticing it before and being shocked I also didn’t like that she’s supposedly this independent woman but in the last chapters she gets this crying fits over things that shouldn’t be a big deal I can take one crying fit but not three almost in a row in the last third of the book She didn’t live up to her last name Another thing I didn ‘t like as someone who is very close to single moms is the portrayal of mia’s anger The whole thing of kids making fun of mia because her dad didn’t visit is a tad bit unbelievable even if she grew up in a provintial small town It’s very difficult nowadays to distinguish single moms from divorced moms or divided families Unless mia grew up before the sixties most kids won’t notice the few who noticed won’t care and most won’t make fun of a family with a missing father because it’s very likely that some of them will be in the same position and that they aren’t even a minorityThose are minor complains I don’t think any of those things really puts you out of the story and it didn’t ruin my reading experience I enjoyed this book a lotI recommend this book to fans of fifty shades of grey or even FSOG haters like the elements of the romance is there the virgin heroine the millionaire the drunk calling scene but the relationship is less abusive because Mia stands her ground and is stubborn and the hero is a dominant sexy jerk but there’s less of a power imbalance between the couple I'll read of this author because I want to read her virgin hero novel SAFETY WARNINGS Brief mention of view spoilerrape it's part of Mia's backstory nothing graphic or scary she just mentions why she got some PTSD symptoms and therefore she gets scared when hero touches her hair hide spoiler 35 GAMING STARSI was kindly approached by the author to read and review her up and coming novel 'At any price' reading the blurb I was uite excited about diving into this gaming romance So with some time on my hands and an expectation of an original storyline I jumped right in here are my book thoughtsWhat's it all about?Mia Strong medical student and expert gaming blogger is the ueen of staying in control of her life So when her decision to auction her virginity via her blog takes a life of its own she finds herself meeting one gorgeous and outrageously rich CEO who is than willing to step up to the task One night no strings attached no further contact all so she can help her family climb out of financial difficulties But when you combine Mia with her determination to improve her future and Adam Blake a CEO who is used to getting his way in every circumstance drama attraction and secrets follow at every turn 'At any price' is a gaming romance New Adult novel that showcases a relationship that might just end up as a forever kind of loveWhat did I like?I appreciated that the author has created a story with an original premise The idea of a geeky gaming blogger auctioning off her virginity sounded as comical as it is shocking and yes the author delivered a storyline that was both clever sexy and at times touching The story had several components to it that I thought were dealt with well Family illness abuse sexuality friendship love The writing was well edited and seemingly well thought out As much as I failed to connect fully with the couple as individuals I loved them as a couple the scenes where they were together were my favourite and I thought the author created a believable chemistry The author definitely knows how to deliver steamy to her audience who knew gaming geeks could get so hot in between the sheets I read this book in one sitting and I'll be looking out for from this authorWhy not five?I think my biggest issue was my failure to connect to the characters I understood the authors storyline and I thought she did a great job of connecting the dots but I was missing falling in love with the hero and heroine The story also had blurred topics was it a uirky tale of the geeky gaming world? or was it a tale of the alpha CEO falling for the naive virgin? The answer is it was both and I'm not sure that it worked trying to bring those themes together there were also Other topics that were thrown into the storyline that although the author wrote well I thought were unnecessary As the saying goes 'less is sometimes ' Overall I found myself turning pages to see what would become of this story so undoubtably this author held my attention but there were those little constant niggles that held me back from a higher ratingFinal thoughts?This is a well thought out uirky romance story with a gaming theme throughout but don't worry if like me you are not familiar with this world you wont need to be a complete computer geek to follow the storyline Filled with romance drama secrets and a sexy CEO 'At any price' may just be your next favourite read go grab it readers Enjoy Kisses ARC generously provided directly by the author Brenna Aubrey in exchange for an honest review So this was a case of I liked it but didn't love it➦I enjoyed the gaming aspect of the book The heroine is a female gamer in a MMORPG and has a very popular gaming blog about the game she plays She struggled big time financially; we are talking barely enough money to eat She has a dream of going to medical school and so she comes up with this idea of selling her virginity at an online auction ➦Come in wealthy CEO of a gaming company I'm not giving any spoilers it's in the blurb He wins her auction Can you make any connection yet? ✘The book is very predictable I mean I saw it coming from a mile away And despite it being a somewhat enjoyable and at time sexy read it fell short for me due to the fact that I already knew what it was all building up to ✘There was a lot of back and forth between these two which left me exhausted by the end And we only get HFN ending because surprise surprise there are a bunch of books after this one which I am not going to read ❤It's a sweet story The whole having friends online is understandable it's kind of the age we live in The internet makes it easy to make connections I once met someone in real life who I spent hours playing a game online with by ACCIDENT in a DIFFERENT COUNTRY Small world No it wasn't my husband Title At Any PriceSeries Gaming The System #1Release Date December 9th 2013Rating 4 starsCliffhanger No HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler Sign up for the author newsletter for news on new releases bonus scenes etcRead the preuel to AT ANY PRICE Mia's story GIRL GEEK This love had cost me than three uarters of a million dollars It had cost me my heart And there was no buying it back at any price It belonged to him Forever Adam and Mia's story is a complete trilogy The follow up novels are available nowAt Any Turn Gaming the System Book 2 At Any Moment Gaming the System Book 3Excerpt from At Any Price Adam and Mia's first kissI locked gazes with him suddenly intensely aware of how close we were standing I could smell him—a subtle scent masculine clean like the ocean and the hint of peppermint candy on his breath I could almost feel the heat and power oozing off of him in waves I swallowed in a suddenly dry throat“I don’t know”“I want to give you one thing to think about”“And what is that?”He leaned closer his head approaching mine I didn’t have the time to step back nor I think the willpower to do it even if it had occurred to me His mouth met mine in a firm sure kissIt wasn’t overpowering That was the first thing that surprised me It was a subtle give and take—gentle at first a warm pressure of his lips on mine Then he took a step closer and slid a hand around my waist the other going to my backHe retreated just slightly just enough to allow me to pursue him His mouth moved against mine teasing pressing it open Now his body pressed against mine his head angled down to reach me for I was at least five inches shorter than himI opened my mouth to him then and his tongue slid in easily Nothing tentative in this kiss He knew exactly what he was doing He was telling me I had the control declaring the decision mine and then swooping in and taking no prisonersHis hands stayed put I was glad of that though I wanted his touch everywhere—my aching breasts the throbbing between my legs Goose bumps prickled up and down my arms His tongue explored my mouth with surety easy possession And—to my utter humiliation—I let loose a small whimper at the back of my throatThe arm around my waist tightened when he heard it responding immediately almost instinctively He pulled his tongue back as if inviting me to follow him with my tongue And tentatively I didI’d been kissed before—back in high school when I was normal and I actually dated But it had been years now and I’d never ever been kissed like this My tongue entered his mouth and he made a noise at the back of his throat not uite a growl kind of like a huff It emboldened me Empowered me I thrust my tongue lacing my hands around the back of his neck Our heads moved together for long minutes and I felt like I hadn’t breathed in a lifetimeEverything was spinning around me and I—I was spinning too delirious with want Like a woman drowning in the middle of stormy sea in desperate need of a life raft That sea was Adam Drake and he was pulling me adrift stranding me in some strange and forgotten landWhen finally he ended it he pulled away so slowly that I could hardly tell our lips had parted until cool air passed between us It was then that I saw that he was as affected as I was—flushed cheeks his breath coming fast his eyes dark and drunk with desire Read an excerpt of their first meeting What is your #GamerName? Post it in the commentsTeaser #4 The Storm12313Teaser #3 Love is112613Teaser #2 Mia's Dilemma111913 Teaser #1 Meet the Hero111213 Sign up to the author newsletter Book 1 2 FREE on US today 362017Series completeFREE Unlocked Geek VirginWhen 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 contactIt's a desperate step but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital billsDifficulty 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 waysideShe can't tell if he's playing heror if he's playing for keepsFREEBIES are often good for MORE than one day I have gathered all my FREEBIES on a special shelf Kindle freebies currently over 600 books Some weeks ago I reviewed a book about a young woman who auctioned off her virginity It was a very good book and I gave it a high review I’m not going to name it here but you can look back at my past reviews to find it if you’re interested So when I picked up “At Any Price” which is about a 22 year old woman who auctions off her virginity I thought I was going to get a story similar to the first book I readyou know how trends start One person writes a vampire book and then everyone writes a vampire book So I thought I was getting a knock off of the first “selling my v card” book I readSO WRONGYes both young women auction off their v card But that’s where the similarities end “At Any Price” is its own story and wow was it a good one I was hooked I loved the characters I loved the storyline and I loved the bookMy only complaint is that in parts of the story things were a little predictable I won’t go into what I found predictable; you know I don’t tell what the story is about in my reviews But the predictability wasn’t enough to take away from the enjoyment of the bookOkay the characters I loved Mia She’s strong willed and driven But she has hang ups and is far from perfect She relatable real Even though there were times I wanted to hit her upside the head I loved her She wants to be in control of everything in life but learns we rarely control life Her past haunts her and her present presses down on her—her decision to auction her virginity isn’t made lightly and she struggles with her reasoning I liked that part of her characterAdam Hmm yeah he was the kind of character you fall in love with The book boyfriend Like Mia he’s real relatable and totally hawt But like most he has hang ups I loved his character but there were a lot of times I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake some sense into the boy and other times I wanted to grab him and kiss him senseless Yeah he was that hot But the thing about Adam that really got my gears rolling was that he was a good guy He isn’t a bad boy that turns into perfect boyfriend material He’s just a good guy trying to make sense of life He has demons chasing him—don’t we all? But I liked that he was a good guy and that Ms Aubrey didn’t write him as the typical “bad boy” The story was original The plot was well thought out and everything tied up well at the end I was satisfied when I read the last page of the book so I was surprised to find that it’s a trilogy I thought “At Any Price” ended at a good place in Mia and Adam’s story leading me to think it was a standalone But although I was satisfied with the ending and don’t really feel there is a need for additional books I will definitely sign up to read the seuelsBottom line It’s hot sexy and an incredible story about giving up control to grab on to love 5 Starsdefinitely worth the time to readbe warned once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down until you reach the last page So clear your schedule ANTICLIMACTICFRUSTRATINGANNOYINGPREDICTABLEThose are the words that I would associate with this readIt was meh and okay enough but the premise actually had the potential to be great if only the author focused on character development big time The main characters were too dull and flat and infuriating like hellAlso they lack certain realness in themPlus their actions and words clashed Doing one thing and then saying another later But the most twisted thing was when their words seem to contradict what they just said literally seconds agoMe is confused af “I did that to Lindsay to purposefully hurt you” Jerk Who does that? And then few pages later he was confessing his undying love for her Talk about whiplashThe secrets were what I consider very anticlimactic I kept waiting for a nice jawdropping bomb to drop None cameShit I did some skimming too Not proud of it but I can't help myself If I didn't skim I might have dnfed this And I powered through partly because of Heath and partly because I hate dnfingButI like this line though “Every minute I spent with you made me want a hundred minutes ” Well you know me I'm a big fan of swoony words It still didn't change the fact that this book disappointed me Everything was spinning around me and I I was spinning too delirious with want Like a woman drowning in the middle of a stormy sea in desperate need of a life raft That sea was Adam Drake and he was pulling me adrift stranding me in some strange and forgotten landI am really digging on what seems to be a new trend in romancegeeks Nerds Intelligent strong women The days of helpless girls waiting for their Prince Charming to rescue them is so last year winks I like sassy girls Girls who are intelligent stand up for themselves and have strength of character That's why I really enjoyed Mia Strong her name says it all While her independence and strength was a positive it was also at the same time a flaw as well Yes she was a take charge girl but it came from an abuse experience from her past that scarred her and caused her to close herself off from men dating and the possibility of love She also has issues with her father abandoning her and her mother or as she likes to call him the Biological Sperm Donor These two things have caused her to reach the ripe old age of twenty two still a virgin and with virtually no experience with men She decides to take charge of her life and auction off her virginity to the highest bidder This will kill two birds with one stone Help pay for medical school and help her mother save her home that she's in danger of losing due to her long illness with cancer Enter Adam Drake highest bidder He is one sexy guy with some secret reasons for bidding on Mia I guessed this pretty early on and was right but the unveiling of his motivations still held my interest Right from the start you can tell he's a guy who likes control and getting his way And right now what he wants is Mia When they meet sparks fly and he is abrupt and blunt about his determination to have her Despite her puzzling instant attraction to Adam his forcefulness is a little disconcerting and she decides she wants to cut off all involvement with him But Adam manages to get by her misgivings and they set on a path to ridding her of her virginity They agree that after the deed is done they will have no further contact with each other But if he has anything to say about it things will not go as planned They both are very similar in that they are pretty closed off to love stubborn and have communication problems A lot of their issues are due to their inability to be open and honest with each other I really enjoyed their connection though They had a lot in common through their love of gaming and computers They had many geek tastic debates about games computers and Star WarsThey both develop deeper feelings for each other pretty uickly but are unable to admit to them or try to make an attempt at a genuine relationship As the story progresses you see them gradually open up and their affection and their chemistry together is heartwarming Their are both vulnerable yet strong individuals so their coming together is not an easy task They were just sweet togetherHe took my face between his hands holding it still He raised his head so he could look me in the eyes I can't promise that things will be perfect Emilia But I can promise you that I will never give this up Because I don't think I knew how to live before you came into my lifeHis eyes pinned mine down dared me to look away Every minute I spent with you made me want a hundred minutes I loved that this is a series that does NOT end in a cliffhanger Rather it's a happy ending that's left open to the need to resolve some of their issues Not only that but the next book will be in Adam's POV and it will NOT be the same story as book 1 told by him It's the continuation of their story I'm not too crazy about reading the same story twice despite my love of the male POV It tends to be a bit repetitive in my opinion Overall it was a great emotional read that was sexy had intriguing memorable characters and a story that is fresh and well written I easily have this a 4 star rating with no hesitation over the need to half star it It's a good solidly enjoyable read Geek gamerblogger Virgin Millionaire CEO of his own gaming company and software prodigyFresh uirky story with memorable characters ♥︎♥︎♥︎