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At Any Price (Gaming The System Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brenna Aubrey
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Book Description

"Pretty Woman meets The Big Bang Theory meets Grey's Anatomy!" --Goodreads Reviewer

When Mia Strong, 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.

Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first millions 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. **

THE GAMING THE SYSTEM SERIES:
At Any Price ~ available now (Adam & Mia part 1)
At Any Turn ~ available now (Adam & Mia part 2)
At Any Moment ~ available now (Adam & Mia part 3)
For The Win ~ 2015 (Jordan)
For The One ~ 2015 (William)


Editorial Reviews

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"I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT. I swear, my heart is still all in my throat over Adam and Mia!" -Marquita Valentine, NYT Bestselling Author

"Brilliantly written, beautifully plotted and deliciously wrapped up, this story from Brenna Aubrey made me happy, page after page." -Tammy Falkner, bestselling author of Tall, Tatted and Tempting

"It's sexy, it's emotional...and a great read. I would definitely recommend Brenna's debut and she's now on my authors-to-watch list."-The Season For Romance Blog (Top Pick)

"This book was a real page-turner! 4.5 engaging, emotional, passionate stars!" -A Bookish Escape 

"The chemistry between Adam and Mia is fantastic...Honestly, I couldn't stop reading. I stayed awake until stupid o'clock to finish it..." -The Book Lovers Codex

"From the complex, interesting characters to the phenomenal writing style, At Any Price captured my attention, and easily made me fall in love with this sensual and unique story." -Smokin' Hot Book Blog

"I loved this novel. I tore through it in a matter of hours and it made me smile and laugh." -Bookalicious Reviews

"Strong characters with emotional pasts! I really enjoyed this book and can't wait until the next one!" -Three Chicks and Their Books Blog

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THE GAMING THE SYSTEM SERIES: 
At Any Price ~ available now  (Adam & Mia part 1)
At Any Turn ~ available now  (Adam & Mia part 2)
At Any Moment ~ available now (Adam & Mia part 3)
For The Win ~ 2015 (Jordan)
For The One ~ 2015 (William)

Product Details

  • File Size: 3195 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silver Griffon Associates (January 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H3I2OQU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Amazing Stars.... December 5, 2013
By Jessica
Format:Kindle Edition
At Any Price
Brenna Aubrey

This ARC was given by Silver Griffon Associates via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I can honestly say I was not thrilled to hear this book was about gaming, but it spiked my interest enough to give it a shot! NEVER judge a book by its cover! My husband is an avid gamer, so I am very familiar with the gaming world and thought to myself how could this make for a good romance novel? Not only is it a great romance novel, but it is sexy as Hell.

Adam and Emilia (Mia) have great chemistry together.

Emilia Strong is not the poor, weak victim that you want to slap sense into during the entire novel. She was rejected by her own father before she was even born,but grew up in a loving home with her mother. Mia is a brilliant college student awaiting graduation and the chance to retake her MCAT to begin her premed dreams. She failed the last time because her mom was fighting cancer. Now that her mom is better, she faces losing their home and business. Mia decides to type up a manifesto on her gaming blog and auctions off her virginity to the highest bidder. Mia sees this as her mom's only chance to save the house.

Adam Drake wins the auction and has his own reasons for wanting to be the winner of Mia's auction. Little does he know how empty his very successful life has become and is constantly trying to find ways to extend their one night contract.

"Every minute I spent with you made me want a hundred minutes more."-Adam

He and Mia are happy with their "no dating" policy in order to achieve their dreams. However, they find they both share way more things in common and won't give up control.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Maggie
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

This started out being about a 4-star read for me, but the more I read the more I felt like this fell into too many new adult/rich-billionaire romance novels tropes.

I immediately liked Mia, she was an interesting, smart, and strong (appropriate since that's her last name) main character. The manifesto she posts on her gaming blog, about the cost of virginity in history and how she wants to kind of claim her own virginity for herself by auctioning it off, was really interesting.

The man who wins the auction, billionaire Adam Drake, took me by surprise. I didn't expect him to want to be so intimately involved with Mia, I guess I kind of expected that would grow over time, or to be such an a-hole at the beginning. It was kind of like the more time Adam and Mia spent together the more of Mia's personality fell away until she was just this lost, sad girl.

Even though it bothered me that Mia lost so much of herself to Adam, I don't think it was completely inappropriate for the story. Mia is fighting some bad experiences from her childhood (her dad abandoning her, being sexually assaulted as a teen) and she's built a lot of walls around herself (see staying a virgin until 22-years-old) so it makes sense these would have to fall down before she can move on with her life, but I still didn't love the way that it happened or the person Mia became.

Adam also has some secrets, but I thought they were pretty easy to figure out. I correctly guessed one of his secrets towards the beginning of the story, but I don't think it took away from the story at all, I kind of liked that I knew this big secret (or assumed I knew) that Mia didn't, even though I thought Mia was kind of ridiculous for not being able to figure it out.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookie Cutter Enjoyment (But who doesn't like cookies?) January 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book reminded me of very well written fan-fiction. While the characters were fun, relatable, and Adam quite sexy. I couldn't shake the feeling of Deja vu. From the billionaire boyfriend to the narrative style of Mia, with her classic desire to be independent put at odds with the tropes of the romance genre, the whole thing felt like an attempt to update the contents of a romance genre on the outside without really changing the inner workings.

While the interactions and dialogue between Adam and Mia was carefully crafted to leave the reader hot and bothered, there wasn't enough happening outside of the bounds of the relationship to make the characters feel fully human and relatable. Everything centered on the stop and start of their romance -- even their past troubles could only be sorted out within the bounds of love.

Yes, I get that a story is a Romance, but for me this felt so centered on their relationship it made Mia's whole feminist argument fall completely flat, because in the end she was entirely defined by her relationship with Adam. Perhaps I wouldn't have minded that if she was more disturbed by her own cognitive dissonance or more self aware, but she felt more like a teenager than a twenty-something to me.

Anyway. Overall, a solid beach read, but the story didn't leave me craving more, and I probably won't be returning for the sequel. Still a very capable writer good with craft. The perfect example of a three star book.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous debut and great love story - Top Pick! December 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The premise of this book hooked me from the start. I wanted to read it before I knew the story behind it. What’s the story you ask? This book went up for auction but at the end of the day, Brenna Aubrey decided to self-publish it.

In reading At Any Price, I can clearly see why it went up to auction. It’s a great read, great writing and even though I knew going in that it was the first of three books featuring Mia and Adam, the ending left me completely satisfied and eager to read the next book.

Long story short, Mia auctions off her virginity online at the age of twenty-two. She needs money. Her mother has cancer and needs money for treatment as well as to keep the ranch she owns and manages. Mia herself needs money to pay for medical school. She has this Virgin’s Manifesto she posts on her Girl Geek blog (gaming blog) and the comparison she draws to how women’s virtue have sort of always been given away to the highest bidder is a very very good one. After reading it, I totally got the ‘logical’ reason she decided to auction her virginity off and get something for herself in return.

Now of course we know the winner of this big is the hero, who is Adam Drake, a software prodigy who, in his mid-twenties, is the CEO of his own gaming company. Why on earth does this sexy, hot, driven young man have to resort to buying Mia’s virginity online? Yes, there is a very good reason and most readers will pick up on this pretty soon in the book but that knowledge in no way spoils the journey we take with them.

Adam initially rubs Mia the wrong way. So much so, she’s ready to take Mr. Runner-up. Heath, her good friend and fellow gamer, tries to convince her to stick with Adam and eventually she does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly hot!!!
I am not into online games but this was a good story despite that! Well done! The characters drawer you in!
Published 15 hours ago by Lori Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars In Review: At Any Price (Gaming the System #1) by Brenna Aubrey
My experience with this book just goes to show I'm a moody reader. I tried to get into it early in 2014, but couldn't. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Kim {kimberlyfaye reads}
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
A tremendously well written book. The characters are believable and the story line is complete and flow along without any hiccups. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Bette Hillner
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed in the length
I really love your writing style! I was just a little disappointed in the length of this book. Your first book in this series was fantastic and I hope the third one is just as... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Meghan Maki
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for her
Yes yes and yes thank you! A gamer girl who I can completely agree with! Good for her! I had to jump on Guild Wars afterwards. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Jennifer Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
I'm not a gaming nerd or a gaming person but this book is interesting. Can't wait to read the second one!!
Published 1 day ago by BookNerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Mia and Adam are two people who are both broken. When mia and Adam meet for the first time they can't stand each other,but time will make each of them realize it was the best thing... Read more
Published 2 days ago by samantha hoehner
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but fun
Here is a new twist on a little romance. Great characters and fun setting. I don't "get" the gaming world but Adam and Mia sure made it look fun!
Published 2 days ago by The Unfrozen Tundra
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar Storyline
Love the mystery, values, and twists in this book. Anxious to dive into #2 of what looks to be a great series.
Published 2 days ago by Sarah M. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars good story.
Really enjoyed the characters. Even though the storyline was predictable it was still a fun read. Definitely worth the read.
Published 3 days ago by Stephanie Feola
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More About the Author

Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, AT ANY PRICE, released December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover's heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

More information available at www.BrennaAubrey.net

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THE GAMING THE SYSTEM SERIES:
At Any Price ~ Adam & Mia part 1
At Any Turn ~ Adam & Mia part 2
At Any Moment ~ Adam & Mia part 3
For The Win ~ 2015 (Jordan)
For The One ~ 2015 (William)

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