Monday, June 22, 2015

Blog Tour: For The Win by Brenna Aubrey

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…

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He was kissing me. My boss. The man I loathed. That smoking hot dude in the swim trunks with the surfer’s bod. He was kissing me.

My lips were bruising and swelling from the pressure he put on them as he forced my mouth open and slid his tongue inside. I squeezed my eyes shut, trying to resist that all-consuming tingling feeling that was starting at the back of my throat, slithering down my spine, coiling in my center like a traitorous snake. I may have been annoyed with him, but this kiss and his hold on me aroused me in seconds.

Jordan’s arm remained locked around my rib cage, pressing me against him. The other hand traveled down my back, sliding along the silky material of my dress to fondle my ass. A low growl rose in the back of his throat and suddenly I was finding it hard to remain standing.

In my mind, I tried to summon up the memories of all those times he sent me back to the coffee shop. Considering it was almost every damn day, you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult. But his smell—that hint of spice and sage and a salty tang—filled my nose, turning my insides into warm goo.

His breath was coming fast, and that mouth—those lips, that tongue—were doing wicked things to me. All at once I was aching, from my breasts to the dull throb between my legs. Aching with desire, hot, thick and heavy.

There was a fire in my belly that only he could put out. The feel of his solid abs against my rib cage, his hot arousal against my stomach. His mouth teasing mine and never letting up. Everything in my body trembled and everything inside my brain was taking a back seat to this new feeling of pure, seething lust.

My Review:

Have you ever heard the phrase 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'? Evidently what happens at Comic Con does NOT stay at Comic Con. Especially when you're a drunk with clumsy fingers.

April Weiss is a girl with parents who aren't exactly the cream of the crop. When her mom hits her with some bad news she reacts in a bad way (which if I was given THAT kind of news from my mom, I'd be pretty upset also) and ends up throwing caution to the wind and having an anonymous one night stand with a stranger AND filming it. The first problem? She winds up posting it online for the world to see.

The second problem? The sex wasn't so anonymous.

Jordan Fawkes, the company's CFO is in big trouble. He always thought April Weiss, referred to in the office as Snow White, was a hot number and when the chance came up to hook up with her, he leapt at it. The best part is she didn't want to know who he was behind the mask. The not so good part? She filmed it and now he has a starring role in a cosplay porno that has gone viral. Not only that, April is now his intern. Jordan has spent his time and energy into convincing Adam to go public with the company and now that the time to go public has come and the deals are in place, everything is hitting the fan and threatens the future of the company. 

April and Jordan cannot get one another out of their heads and with all the time they spend together working to make sure the deal goes through, they become even more attracted to one another. Of course as it always goes though..the truth will come out. The question is will Jordan and April survive the fall out?

For The Win is the fourth installment in the Gaming The System series. I, admittedly, have not read the previous three books - which means that For The Win can be read as a standalone - but now that I have read For The Win, I will be going back to read the first three books in this series because there is so much I want to know -Adam & Mia's beginning and Mia's cancer, for example - and I just really loved this book so I'm sure the previous three are just as great. 

April is hardworking, sweet, and a bookworm. She has dreams of business school dancing in her head and works hard to help achieve that goal. April is the perfect combination of beauty and brains. I really enjoyed her character and how she become more developed over time. At the beginning she didn't come off as the strongest lead. She lets her mother walk all over her, has her share of family issues, and seems to bury her head in the sand a lot and be more of a follower than a leader. As the book progresses she begins to stand up for herself and becomes strong. Brenna Aubrey did a great job at developing this character and having her grow throughout the book.

Jordan on the other hand is cocky, obnoxious at times, arrogant and can be downright rude. Even with all these negative qualities, Jordan does have his bright spots. He can be sweet, he oozes sex appeal, he's brilliant and successful and SEXY SEXY SEXY. Whats great about Jordan is that he helps April break out of her shell. Jordan helps show April that she is worth more than she has been given in life. He believes in her. No matter how bad Jordan comes off in the beginning, he more than redeems himself as he allows April to grow and flourish with his belief in her as a person.

For The Win is a great book that speaks to the gamers, the nerds, the odd man out while drawing in readers who love a good romance. I love the references that Brenna Aubrey throws in from Doctor Who and Star Trek. As a huge nerd myself, these were right up my alley. In fact this whole book was totally me! 

As for April and Jordan what I loved the most was that they were both instantly attracted to one another, but their relationship had to build up. They didn't fall madly and passionately in love over night. Their attraction for one another grew and their feelings progressed over time. That made their relationship seem more real. So many books now a days have characters professing their love for one another so soon and I don't know about you guys but that just seems so unrealistic to me and sometimes just irks me.

I love this book and I will be reading the rest of this series over the next few weeks. I'm looking forward to Adam and Mia's story and seeing how they met and the things that they have been through. Yes, I may be a bit backwards in reading this series out of order, but I'm sure I will enjoy it. 

With that being said, I gladly give For The Win FIVE stars 'for the win'.


About Brenna Aubrey
I’m a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance featuring geek culture. My bestselling romance series, Gaming the System, is available in eBook and print format across all vendors.

When I’m not dreaming up people and worlds and writing them down, I’m also a mom, wife, teacher, avid reader, a proud geek-girl, a self-confessed gaming addict, a French-speaking Francophile, lover of nature and beautiful sunsets.

Author Q & A

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I had the idea for a cosplay sex tape story around the time that I was writing At Any Price and I was dying to get to it. I love taking weird set ups and giving them a geeky spin. I knew I was going to have to wait a few books (because Adam and Mia’s story became a trilogy) before I could write it. When the character of Jordan became fully formed in book 2 of the trilogy, I thought it would be a fantastic set up to put him in so he could learn a lesson about his player ways!

Where do you find your inspiration? 

Anywhere and everywhere—in books, TV shows, news stories or just the strange wanderings of my not-so-conventional mind. I figured out a long time ago that I don’t think like everyone else.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

There is a lot of ground covered in this latest novel—namely sexual equality in the workplace, how women treat other women with regards to their sexuality and issues like slut shaming. The novel explores the nature of power and equality in a sexual relationship as well as the nature of that power balance at the office.

What books have influenced your life most?

Wow so many to name but the most impactful:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Persuasion by Jane Austen. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Are there any new authors that have grasp your interest?

There are so many talented indie authors!  I could name a ton of them but some of my favorites are Natasha Boyd, Marquita Valentine, M. Malone, Roxie Rivera… the list goes on and on. Check them out! Their books are sexy!

What is for you the perfect book hero?

He’s sexy, strong, intelligent and deep. He’s handsome, perceptive and very, very much into his heroine.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing to shut my brain up! People lived and talked and dwelled in there and the voices wouldn’t stop. Yes, it sounds like I am certifiable but that’s actually how a storyteller’s mind works. Before the story comes out of a persons mouth or out through their fingertips, it has lived in that person’s brain for quite some time beforehand.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I’ve always considered myself a writer. It’s a “heart” type of thing. My brain has always drifted into daydream land where stories are manufactured. I’m of the school of thought that says “If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.”  So…if a person thinks like a writer…

List three books you have recently read and would recommend.

Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd: Deeply emotional, hauntingly beautiful. The setting, the language and the characters are to die for!

Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Renard: My first book by this author, I loved the take on the forbidden professor-student relationship with the literary elements of classic literature and art interwoven within the story.

Hero by Samantha Young : I love everything she writes—sexy, emotional and authentic.

Will you write more about these characters?

I definitely think there is more in store for Jordan and April. Some threads were left open to explore in future books as a secondary storyline, but I think Jordan and April may get another book. They were so much fun to write—their chemistry is explosive and the tension between them electric. Most especially, I loved their banter. They got high marks from me in the banter department!


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