My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Welcome to Gaming the System
As the is basically just book #1 with a bonus chapter(s), I don’t see any reason to post a brand new review. Though, I did enjoy the extra chapter(s) I’m not sure I understand the need to re-publish the entire book again. Couldn’t the bonus stuff just be on Brenna’s website? In her newsletter? In the back of any other book? To me it would have made more sense that way.
22-year-old Emilia (Mia) Strong is a struggling gaming blogger, who wants to go to medical school to become an Oncologist. She’s also a bit of a pretend feminist and MMO/MMORPG gamer (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games). In order to make her dream come true and save her mother from financial ruin, Mia gets the idea to auction off her v-card. That way she hopes to make enough money, to not be buried in debt when she finishes medical school.
Mia’s virginity sells for a lot of money (close to $1,000,000) and the winner is the handsome and sexy billionaire CEO, Mr. Adam Drake. Though, the terms are set but when Adam and Mia finally meets Adam is not really playing a long and it becomes clear that he has his own agenda.
”I’m not a prostitute and I’ll thank you not to treat me like one.” You’ve sold yourself. You may not see yourself as one, but clearly…” his eyes travelled down my body again. I shook my head. I couldn’t understand his motivation for provoking me like this. As beautiful as he was, each time that he opened his mouth I was finding it harder and harder to picture myself in bed with him. “One night in my life and a bit of broken skin does not constitute prostitution.” His dark gaze intensified, as if with one long, determined gaze he could break through my defences. I drew back. “Sex for money is prostitution.” I shrugged, determined not to let him see that he was getting under my skin. “I prefer not to put a label on it. One night of my life does not define me.”
The characters are very straight forward.
We have Mia who’s strong-willed (or stubborn if you will). She does have personal hang-ups and she’s not even close to perfect. However, she is very relatable and she has this vibe of “realness” surrounding her, which I do like. What I don’t like is that her stubbornness is bordering on childish. She lives in this little plastic bubble of illusions, and if anyone oversteps or does/say something she doesn’t like, she runs away. Apparently dealing is not for Ms. Strong.
Adam is kind of a dream-guy character. He’s trying to fix the past by perfecting the present. I like how Adam is a good guy through and through, instead of the bad boy turned Mr. Perfect. He’s a down to earth guy, with great morals who tries to make lemonade every time life hands him lemons. Don’t get me wrong, Adam is haunted by his past, but who isn’t in one way or another? I think that for what he’s been through, he’s turned out pretty damn fine.
As much as I do like the story I do have a few issues with this book!
– I’ve noticed a trend where our FMC’s doesn’t like their full name. What’s up with that? Why does there always have to be an Isabella, Anastasia, Emilia etc.? I guess I don’t really mind the name, what I do dislike is the focus around it. It seems that authors go out of their way to give characters a name. Then they go out of their way to write into said characters’ personality, that they don’t want to go by their full name. I can’t help but wonder what those pages could be spend on instead, if the character had just been named Bella, Ana, Mia from the beginning with no explanation!
-To me Mia is a tough person to like! Her last name is “Strong” but in the book she’s almost anything but. She’s a hurt and scared little girl, who grabs reality and twist it to her liking. But seriously, for an intelligent character I was very put off with the whole “don’t call me a prostitute” ordeal. Like it or not; sex for money = prostitution. That’s a none discussable fact. You may not like it. You may wish to put it behind you once it’s over and done. But the fact still stands whether you like it or not.
When all that’s said and done, the book is definitely worth reading. It’s a hot story about losing the reigns, grab on to love and enjoy life. And I do enjoy that Adam isn’t your typical millionaire/billionaire/gazillionaire arrogant jerk.
Have you read the book? What did you think about it? Comment and let me know.