Thursday, May 19, 2016

REVIEW: "For the One" by Brenna Aubrey (Contemporary Romance, New Adult)

by Brenna Aubrey

Publisher: Brenna Aubrey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 10th 2016

Series: Gaming the Sytem, #5
Standalone: Yes

Nerd Romance, Heavy Subjects (Autism, PTSD)
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Description from Publisher:
He’s got everything but game….

William Drake is an artistic genius with a photographic memory and the intensity to master practically any task. Oh, and he owns a chunk of a billion-dollar gaming company. A twenty-six year-old guy with his wealth, talent, and good looks shouldn’t have problems winning over women. Except he does. To be exact—and detail-obsessed William is always exact—he’s got problems with Jenna Kovac, the troubled beauty who has his heart working overtime and his tongue tied in knots.

And she can’t afford to lose.

Jenna Kovac is a survivor. When war ripped her world apart, she lost her family, her homeland, and her one true love. She’s made a new life for herself in the US, but she’s learned that nothing is permanent, and some nights it’s not even safe to dream. When a scumbag sells her future out from under her, suddenly the only man who can get it back is William Drake, geeky—but scorching-hot—social disaster. William must learn to stay cool under pressure for the all-important duel he’s about to fight. Unless she can teach him to loosen up, she’ll lose everything. Again.

But Jenna’s got a few things to learn from this irresistibly enigmatic man. As they spend time together, they’re soon exchanging long, slow kisses—and painful secrets. There’s so much more to William.

Something that might be worth taking one more risk…
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My Musings:
One of the things that I think made this book special is getting into the mind of someone with Asperger's Syndrome. I loved the way it was explained (thinking in pictures, sensory, etc.). It's not often done in this genre, but Brenna Aubrey gives her characters so much depth that it really, really works.

William and Jenna both have some major hangups, but they aren't necessarily what you expect. The story is still so much about what makes the two people tick and not just their pasts. Despite the majority of readers not having PTSD or being on the autism spectrum, these characters are so relatable and so normal (as sufferers of PTSD and autistic people are, of course). It's wonderful how that message is conveyed here. I loved the medieval reenactment angle. The duels, the tarot, the smithing... It's fun, and nerdy, and unique. And remember, it isn't LARPing. ;)

Jenna just wanting to deflower Wil was a little frustrating at first. I'm not sure she really understood exactly how important his virginity was to him. William's bluntness and honesty, and honor, loyalty... You see it in earlier stories, but you really fall in love with him here. He really brings a lot to every scene he is in.

Overall, I think this is an absolute joy to read and a great addition to the series! I can't wait for the next book with Adam & Mia!

My Source: I received a digital ARC from the publisher to voluntarily review. This in no way influenced my review. My opinion is unbiased and my 100% own.

About the Author: Brenna Aubrey
Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, is currently free on all platforms.

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. She's also a mom, teacher, geek girl, Francophile, unabashed video-game addict & eBook hoarder.

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