Saturday, May 7, 2016

Review: "At Any Turn" (#2) by Brenna Aubrey (Contemporary Romance, Nerd Romance, New Adult)

At Any Turn (#2)
by Brenna Aubrey

Publisher: Brenna Aubrey
Series: Gaming the System
At Any Price (#1)(affil.)
At Any Moment (#3)    For the Win (#4)(affil.)
For the One (#5)    Worth Any Cost (#6)

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Nerd Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: April 30th, 2014

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Description from Publisher:

So You Want to Be a Hero?

Millionaire CEO Adam Drake, overcame a tortured past to build his own gaming empire. He’s in complete control of his life. With his new found love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong, the last piece of his life is in place. He's at the top of his game.

Your Princess Is in Another Castle.

Until suddenly, she withdraws from him, leaving him in the dark. Something tells him she needs help. But she's too stubborn or scared to ask for it, and the more he tries to take control, the further he pushes her away. He can’t solve this problem by writing a check or a few lines of code.

He’ll have to dig deep and put himself at risk…or risk losing her forever.

This New Adult contemporary romance is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.

My Rating:
Sexiness Rating:
Beware, this is not a lighthearted romance, and will make you want to grab Mia and Adam and shake them until they see sense. You will need to read the first book, At Any Price, before starting this.

This book is all from Adam's point-of-view, and I think just about any woman reading will feel frustrated by his "man logic." There are so many moments that made me cringe and facepalm. In a lot of ways, though, it made me think about how very hard it can be to understand how men react to things, even those without pasts like Adam's. His voice is so very masculine, and so very different than Emilia's in the first book. I think this was done remarkably well and made it easier for me, as the reader, to empathize with Adam and feel just as lost, surprised, and frustrated as he did.

I loved the peeks into how Adam was feeling in the first book as well. It strengthened their story considerably, despite the fact that their relationship is on the rocks basically the entire time. It drove me crazy, everything that kept happening, but I also appreciated how it all made me feel.

As with the first book, I did intuit a significant plot reveal from very early on. Fortunately, this didn't affect my enjoyment, or even the reveal itself much. There are so many questions, in a good way, that figuring out one aspect early still keeps you guessing and the story from being too predictable.

All of the supporting characters from the first book are back, and get to shine a bit more in this one. Heath, in particular, gets more of a role, which I was happy to see.

Do also be warned, this ends on a HUGE heart-wrenching cliffhanger. Thank goodness I didn't have to wait for the next book, At Any Moment, to be released! As it was, I could not put this down!

I'll leave this with: Brenna Aubrey, you have a gift! Such a wonderful way with words, the reader is guaranteed to feel as though (s)he is reading about real people.

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