At Any Price, by Brenna Aubrey


Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Silver Griffon Publishing
Warning: A few explicit scenes. It’s a book for readers over 18.


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, 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.

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, releases in December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna’s favorite author is Jane Austen and favorite novel is PERSUASION.

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.

Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)

Author’s website


I received this novel via Netgalley for an honest review.

Obviously, the blurb of this book caught my attention right away. It’s not a premise very common in the genre and I was quite eager to read it right away.

The writing style of the author is quite flawless. The author knows how to convey her main character’s feelings and I enjoyed Mia right away. Part feisty, part shy and part lost, she’s the kind of character I love to read about.

Now, let’s talk about the male lead character. Adam Drake. It’s without saying that he’s a hot guy with secrets. Unfortunately, while the overall story is different, this aspect is not, but at the same time it’s also what we enjoy in this kind of books.

But while I fell for Adam Drake and was frustrated by his game of hot and cold, I was bothered at some point when it became repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, I love it – I really do – when characters play hot and cold and cat and mouse for a while, but here it was too repetitive. I wasn’t surprised anymore and just plain annoyed. That being said, I loved reading this book. I just think that it could have been cut short. Or the author should have added a more active issue to break the repetitiveness.

But did it bothered me to the point that I had to take a break from reading? Not at all.

Also, I enjoyed the secrets Adam kept until the end even if I discovered what they were quite early in the story. But I enjoyed them, still.

The ending is almost too easy and good to be true, but now that I know that the other books of the series will be centered on Mia and Adam too, I’m pretty sure that we will have plenty of more issues that our lovely and hot couple will have to overcome.

To be honest, I think this story could have been a stand-alone novel. I hope the second one won’t disappoint me, but one thing is sure, the writing style of this author is really great.

So, read this book as the plot itself is quite different even if the author used the tricks we’re used to see in this genre. That’s also the reason why we read these books.

Who read this book? What do you think about Adam Drake? Hot Stuff or not?




One thought on “At Any Price, by Brenna Aubrey

  1. michellejoycebond says:

    Excellent review! The premise of this book caught my eye right away as well–especially since I’m a gamer and haven’t seen too many books geared toward that particular niche. Agreed and agreed on all you said. I was pretty satisfied with this book and a bit like “What?” when I got to the end and realized there was a sequel. I’m in this bad habit of not finishing series anyway though, so I’m going to just pretend it was a stand alone after all. 🙂

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