Sunday, 15 May 2016
Review: For The One by Brenna Aubrey
Series: Gaming The System (Book 5)
Publication Date: 10th May 2016
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…
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
What can I saw about For The One? Hmmm… Well first off, I’ll start by saying that I enjoyed it but that it wasn’t my favourite book from this author.
(That honour goes to For the Win, book 4 in the Gaming The System series… But I digress.)
Why wasn’t this book my favourite? Well, I found Jenna to be bloody ridiculous. No that’s not quite right… She just irritated the ever living crap out of me. I didn’t like her impulse to run, her inability to put down roots, her inability to let go of her past (not the childhood events but the teenage ones) and I didn’t like how selfish she was, but I did like how complex and well written her character was, even if I didn’t like her. ;-)
As for William, I thought he was portrayed beautifully. He was very different from most guys in the world of romance and I have to say I have no idea if William is truly representative of someone on the autistic spectrum, but if so I want to applaud Brenna as I felt that my eyes had been opened to what it is like for those on the spectrum as well as a taste of what it is like for those who love them.
I enjoyed the journey William and Jenna went through to come together but it was slow going and didn’t gain any momentum until around half way through when it became an emotional roller coaster that I couldn’t get off of.
The renascence fayre angle won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I loved it. It made the book feel very old world and chivalrous and resulted in an urge to indulge in some historical romance afterward.
I also enjoyed checking in with characters from previous books in the series and I’m excited to see what happens next for Adam and Mia, even though I have a nervous twisty feeling in my stomach about it especially considering how twisty their first three books were.
All in all, I’d recommend the book to fans of the series but would suggest newbies start with At Any Price and work their way through.
(ARC granted by author in exchange of a honest review)