FIVE out of FIVE stars!
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Achievement Unlocked: Geek Virgin
When Mia Strong, proud geek-girl and popular gaming blogger, auctions off her virginity online, she knows she'll make waves. But what she will not be making is a love connection. Her rules are set in stone: One night. No further contact.
It's a desperate step, but it's the only way she can go to medical school and pay her mother's mounting hospital bills.
Difficulty Level: Millionaire CEO
Adam Drake, the enigmatic auction winner, is a software prodigy who made his first million at seventeen. Now, in his mid-twenties, he's sexy, driven and--as CEO of his own gaming company--he's used to making the rules. Before Mia knows what's happening, he's found the loophole in the rules of her auction. Every stipulation she's made to protect her heart gets tossed by the wayside.
She can't tell if he's playing her...or if he's playing for keeps.
This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.
I was hooked right from the Virgin Manifesto.
Mia Strong, a 22-year old aspiring doctor, virgin, and full-pledged gamer, made the Virgin Manifesto in what some people (including her friend Heath) may see as all kinds of crazy. Some would think of it as a stroke of pure genius and by “some” I meant, oh, just about most of her blog’s male audience.
In it, Mia has announced to the whole gaming world her virgin status and what she thinks about the whole “keeping oneself pure until marriage” thing. Breaking the age-old “tradition”, Mia sought to profit from her virginity as she auctioned the right to take it to the highest bidder.
Of course, she thought it would be a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am kind of deal. One night with a rich, random guy and it would all be over. The last thing she ever expected was ADAM DRAKE, the handsome and loaded CEO of Draco Multimedia Entertainment, one of the world’s leading gaming companies. It wouldn’t have been half bad if it weren’t for the man’s arrogance and obnoxiousness that seemed to get on Mia’s last nerve every single time.
What was supposed to be a ridiculously expensive one night stand turned out to become something that neither Mia nor Adam could have ever expected, something they never thought they both actually needed.
What I loved most about AT ANY PRICE are the characters. I am absolutely, positively in love with ADAM DRAKE! That whole brooding, mysterious, alpha-male persona is hot as hell. MIA STRONG is such an interesting character as well. I enjoyed dissecting her character. I wanted to know what made her think as she did, what led her to make the manifesto… Both Mia and Adam are intricately woven characters. It was fun to discover what made each of them tick (and even more fun: see them use it against each other!)
In the earlier parts of the book, it seemed as though every meeting they had was an epic battle of wills. Adam is the quintessential alpha-male (geek version) while Mia’s take-no-shit attitude doesn’t take kindly to Adam’s arrogance. It made me wonder how a relationship between these two could ever work out.
As the story progresses, we get to see that despite their polarities, Mia and Adam are perfect for each other. Sure, the attraction is there, the physicality and the sexual tension is oozing out of the page but I appreciated that their entire relationship didn’t exactly revolve around sex sex sex (like many of the books out there today). They’ve both got demons form their pasts that they can’t see to let go of. There are also secrets that threatened to tear them apart before they could even come together. Even though AT ANY PRICE was a light, easy read for me, I was pleasantly surprised to see the depth and intensity it could also dish out.
As readers, we see how Mia and Adam found pieces of themselves in the place they never thought to look: in each other. It took them a while to figure that out but it was a deliciously enjoyable ride to get there!
Basically, I think AT ANY PRICE is an amazing start to a very promising series. One thing is for sure: I’m definitely getting my hands on ADAM, er, I mean the next books.