Book Review: At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey

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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. **

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Dress it up any way you want, prostitution is prostitution and thankfully the writer is more than aware of that. While the main character, Mia, does indeed try to find ways to give reason to her decision to sell her virginity online, we are reminded throughout the book that, whatever way you choose to look at it, it is still prostitution.

Mia has money troubles and not all of them are her own, rather she’s trying to find a way to help her mother who has just come out the other side of a battle with cancer. Mia is relatable and, let’s be honest, when faced with dire circumstances, it’s human nature to look for a way out, even if it is extreme.

Deep down, Mia knows she’s wrong, and lucky for her the man who swoops in to claim her is a real sweetie and more than aware of the dark nature of what Mia has done. Adam is sexy, smart and rich. However, despite his alpha type behaviour, his character missed the mark on being the strong alpha male character. I can’t put my finger on it, I don’t know what’s lacking, but Adam failed to come across as strong as I think he was intended to. In saying that, Adam is a lovely guy and I believe his character would have been more convincing if he was kept as just a lovely guy with his secrets and the past that damaged him.

There are supposed to be little reveals in the book, but personally, I guessed them immediately and I think other readers will do the same.

All in all, the book started well but it slowed down toward the end. This is the first in the in the Gaming the System series. While I doubt that I will read the rest of the series, luckily this book can be read by itself. I’m just not invested enough in the outcome for each character and I feel that one was enough to tell their story.

The biggest thing that I liked about this book was the reference to gaming and as an online pc gamer myself, everything was realistic.

I don’t give half marks so I’m going to go with four for this book although it took a while to come to that decision as I was teetering between a three or a four. I settled on four because it is written well with well developed and unique characters.

So a much mulled over 4/5

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