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For the Win Brenna Aubrey

Releasing: June 16, 2015


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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About Brenna Aubrey: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.

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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.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a pretty loyal person.
I take my men one at a time.
I loved Adam from Brenna Aubrey’s “Gaming the System” series; he was the perfect nerdy boyfriend.
He had it all, looks, charm, money, passion, and to top it all off he was a big fat nerd and the CEO of his own gaming company.
I admit to being skeptical about her newest novel, For the Win. I wasn’t sure how I would like Jordan, especially because he came off as such an a-holeish guy in the first three novels. Keeping an open mind, I dove right into Book 4 and WOW, even I was impressed. Surprised, shocked, even disturbed wouldn’t be enough to describe how INTO JORDAN FAWKES I was, and that’s saying something. Here I thought no one could surpass Adam Drake…well…I may have been wrong.

Intern April Weiss is in big trouble. After the company’s big weekend at Comic-Con, a sex-video somehow went viral on the internet featuring two cosplayers dressed up as characters from the infamous game, Dragon Epoch. What’s most alarming is that one of the cosplayers happens to be April. If anyone finds out she was one of the participants she would be publically humiliated, and worse, fired. To make matters even more complicated, April has been promoted to assistant to the company’s CFO, Jordan Fawkes, who isn’t too happy about the arrangement either.
For the last couple of years, Jordan has been working on getting the company to go public on the market and has finally convinced Adam to get on board. However, all his hard work will mean nothing if anyone finds out he’s the other cosplayer in the sex-video. To make matters worse, he has to keep an eye on April and make sure she doesn’t do anything stupid – even though she doesn’t know that he was the anonymous man she had sex with. Jordan has always been a playboy and not the type to fall for any of his partners, but for some reason he’s addicted to April and can’t get her out of his head. The more time they spend together the more consumed they become, and sooner or later the truth, like it always does, will out.

Let me just start off by saying that this book BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER. Not to be too much of a cynic, but I never have high expectations for sequels or spin-offs just because they never really live up to the expectations set by the original. I loved the first three Gaming the System novels that featured Adam and Mia and believed they would always be my favourite…
Now… I’m not so sure.

I tried to force my eyes away from his chest, his bulging arm muscles, that sexy-as-hell tattoo. God, he was just too yummy to be real. Was it a requirement to have hot male-model looks in order to run this damn company? And be filthy rich and brilliantly intelligent on top of it?
Oh, and to be so perfect that he was arrogantly and insufferably full of himself. I reminded myself not to forget that.

I’m not going to lie, I was the first to jump up and say JORDAN FAWKES IS AN A-HOLE!
That was my opinion of him before I read his book.
Even now, Jordan is still an a-hole and a jerk and a meanie pants and wow if I was April I would probably be the most mousiest assistant of all time. But I have to give April props, girl’s got some serious balls to be able to stand working for him. I’d be downright terrified.
He’s COCKY, ARROGANT, sometimes downright rude and pretty obnoxious, but in the end means well.
“Oh so you can be a jerk as long as you mean well? Because Beast in Beauty and the Beast almost back-handed Belle but it’s okay because he was in love with her.”
No, that’s not what I’m saying at all….okay…maybe it is kind of what I’m saying, but I think that’s because I have problems. I think I like that sort of abuse where the guy is sort of an ass to the girl but it’s only because he cares a lot about her…. Wow… I clearly have problems. Maybe I need to go revaluate my life and taste in men.

Aside from the scandal, the hot CFO, and the cute intern, the Gaming the System series has to be one of my favourite series of all time, because of the sole fact that it RESONATES WITH GEEKS.
Being a huge nerd, I related a lot to this book and the series because of how DOWN-RIGHT NERDY it is. From her Star Wars and Doctor Who references, to the struggle of being up till four AM playing an MMO and asking yourself, “Where the hell did the time go?”, Aubrey integrates her vast knowledge of geek culture into a book that all geeks can relate to.

I figured I’d play for another half hour or so before throwing in the towel and getting some shut-eye.
The next time I looked up at the clock, it was four a.m.
Four. Freaking a.m. And I had to get ready for work in two hours.
The game had sucked hours of my life in immersive amusement and I hadn’t even realized it. At all. Man, this stuff was better than crack. No wonder so many people loved it so much.

The last thing that I wanted to touch on only because it hit so close to home was April’s character and her development in the book. Many people would see April as… not the strongest most independent female lead, but I will admit she has balls and develops well over time. She wants to break from her goody-two-shoes persona and wants to be more outgoing – although I don’t know if a sex-video going viral was what she had in mind – but the reason she wants to break free is because she’s tired of being walked all over or seen as weak. A lot of her personal growth comes from Jordan and his belief in her. He teaches her that she’s worth more than she thinks and has the ability to stand up for herself if she wants too. Sometimes all we need is a good push and someone to believe in us. And to me that is something extremely attractive in a partner. If only we could all meet some hot nerdy guy to play video games, have wild sex with and believe in us too….that is the dream….

I had my reservations about For the Win but now I’m completely on board! Jordan Fawkes is as addicting as he is annoyingly arrogant, but I’ll GLADLY take him arrogance and all. I IMPLORE all geeks to pick up this book and the rest of the Gaming the System series as they are truly fantastic reads that I’m sure will hit close to home.

6/5 Hearts of Love


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 anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Time management! It’s very hard to do—to plan a book from beginning to end and know exactly when it’s going to be ready for publication. I’m still working on scheduling each and every little phase. My books require a team of editors and graphic artists working with me to make it the best it can be so coordinating all of that along with my own writing schedule has been a challenge!

What are your current projects?

I’ll be working on the next Gaming The System novel, For The One, as soon as I can start it. But I plan to take a little time off to spend with my family earlier in the summer. And I have some shorter and collaborative projects up my sleeve as well.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

My first book, At Any Price, has been beloved by many readers and I’m so grateful but I honestly do not feel it is my strongest work. I feel like I learn more and progress more in my craft with writing and with storytelling and so each book becomes better than the last one. At least I hope that’s the case!

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.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

Yes for brainstorming purposes and it also helps me while I daydream about my characters—something that I do a lot of. Every one of my books has a “theme song” which encapsulates the emotion and thematic elements of each couple’s love story. I usually share that with my readers shortly before releasing the book. My play lists and theme songs are on my web site listed on each book’s page. The theme song for For The Win is “The Heart Wants What It Wants” by Selena Gomez.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your life?

Occasionally I’ll pick out elements of a characters’ background or their back-story from my own life or those of people I’ve known but no one character is based on any one person or event. I’m kind of like a knitter who goes to my box of yarn ends to pick something out and incorporate into my design. It might be the leftovers from a baby sweater I once worked on or the last project, a blanket, that I barely finished. Writing is a lot like that only with words—and my “yarn box” is actually my really weird brain.

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!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Yes! I big huge THANK YOU for reading the books, caring about the characters and for talking about the books to your friends. You are so important to me and I’m grateful for your support. I have the best readers ever

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

My website is the best place or they can try some of my work for free. My debut novel, At Any Price is currently free at all vendors. I have a novella available to borrow in the Kindle Unlimited program. It’s called It Was Always You.

Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?

I work full time so my writing time is whenever I can slip it into the cracks between my work day and being Mom in the afternoons and evenings! I’m usually most productive in the evening after the kids are in bed or on the weekend when I can get it in!

Why did you choose to write Contemporary Romance stories?

I love writing love stories and setting them in the contemporary, geeky world.

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 you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

My stories come to me layer upon layer. I get the groundwork down based on the plot hook, the situation and the barest bones of a background for the hero and the heroine. Upon that scaffold, I build more about them—fleshing out their histories, their attitudes, the why of how those attitudes formed and the protective barriers they erect to prevent them from finding love with the other character. I rewrite my stories at least four or five times before they are ready to polish up and share with the world. With each pass I add more layers, more motivations and more realism to make the characters and their world all the more believable.

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.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.

I speak fluent French as a self-confessed Francophile. I try to use it every chance I can get

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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