Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review | For the Win

For the Win by Brenna Aubrey
June 2015 by Silver Griffin Associates
326 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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"Millionaire bad boy Jordan Fawkes has problems. Big problems. 
That molten-hot intern he hooked up with at Comic-Con is now his assistant. No one can know they’re the stars of the cosplay sex tape that broke the Internet.

Business school hopeful April Weiss has drama. Big drama. 
Working under the CFO of Draco Multimedia should be the opportunity of a lifetime for her, but Jordan Fawkes is the boss from Hell—a sexier-than-sin boss from Hell who holds all the cards for her future career.

And then there’s the small problem of a certain video…"

-Good Reads

I could tell you that I was dying to read this book and that I was super excited that Brenna Aubrey offered me the chance to read For the Win six months ago (pause - I am very grateful that she did!), but I'd only be telling a half truth. I'm the type of person who gets super attached to characters - whether in books, movies, or even TV shows... and when my beloved characters and relationships are exposed to even the slightest possibility of change, I stop cold turkey and move on. Just an example - I haven't finished Dexter since the end of the fourth season. 

So, did I love the first three books in the Gaming the System series? Abso-freaking-lutely. I love Adam and Mia, damn it. I sat through every heart wrenching chapter in each of those three books. I laughed with them, I cried with them. Sure, maybe I developed an unhealthy attachment to these fictional characters but damn it, I loved them. So why should I spoil the magic of their story by turning my focus on other characters? And a character who hadn't even been particularly likable for most of the story. Did I REALLY want to read a story that gave only glances of Mia and Adam, all the while focusing primarily on Jordan Fawkes... the man-whore and play boy who was kind of a dick through out the first three books?

But I've learned my lesson. I will never doubt Brenna Aubrey again... because For the Win was great... and I mean GREAT.

I fell in love with Jordan and April's story. I was cheering April on every time she mustered the guts to stick up for herself or go after she wanted. I also wanted to punch Jordan in the throat every time he acted like a complete asshole to her, and yet I was rooting for him because I loved their relationship so much. The  character development was amazing. Aubrey spun a character who wasn't very likable into a complex person with depth and, dare I say it? 

To make a long story even longer, I really just f*cking loved this book.

To Brenna Aubrey - thanks for reaching out and offering me the chance to read this story. I think that you are a fantastic writer. I've now read four of your stories and every one was a stand up five star rating for me. I can't wait to see where you go from here.

Now what?

Now I get to look forward to William's story. Get it, little buddy.

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