Sunday, 21 June 2015

Review: For The Win by Brenna Aubrey

Genre: New Adult - Contemporary Romance

Series: Gaming The System (book 4)
*Part of a wider series but this book belongs to Jordan & April and can be read as a standalone*

Publication Date: 16th June 2015

Format: ebook

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…

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts:

Holy crap! I loved this book! Like, actually freaking LOVED it.
Jordan and April have just punt-kicked Adam and Mia (from the original trilogy) to the curb in this kick-ass spin-off (or more accurately continuation) novel to the Gaming The System series.

I didn't think I'd like Jordan. I really, truly, hand on heart didn't because the guy was a bit of an arrogant git in the previous books. Plus, April wasn't exactly endearing in her past appearances either. So, despite the fact I was curious and wanted to read the book, I was 100% prepared for the likelihood that I would not like it because of them. I am so happy I was so wrong!
April is nothing like she seemed and Jordan... Ah man. I LOVED that man. Seriously, buh-bye Adam!

Jordan was everything that annoyed me in previous books, he didn't have a personality transplant, but he was so much more and, I am not going to lie, with the "so much more" element the dude melted my panties and stole my heart.
Yes, there were moments when I wanted to nut-punch him (for example, keeping his role in the video from April for so long) and I wanted to hug April a whole lot for what she goes through, but the ups-and-downs of their relationship and story felt realistic and generated some amazing feels... Jordan falls hard and redeems himself from any asshattery in a big way, proving that April is first for him, and it was just epic.

April goes through some major crap in this book but I enjoyed watching her grow. She is such a likeable character, flawed but a good person. I actually liked her more than Mia, because she's nothing like Mia, and I found her easier to relate to.

I found the story to be more engrossing and far easier to read than the first three books. Please don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Adam and Mia's journey. It put me through the wringer, pushed my buttons, made me think and, while not being comfortable to read at times, was worth the investment of time and emotion. However, this book - For The Win - was easier to read, easier to enjoy, the characters easier to love... Necessary, I guess, when it's a one book tale, and I was grateful for the lighter but in no way fluffy read.

I also really loved the glimpses of Adam and Mia throughout, and the set-up of the next book in the series featuring William.

I can't recommend this book - or this author - highly enough for those who love a good romance with brains and substance.
Bring on the next one!!

(Review copy provided by the author in exchange of a honest review.)

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