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Series: Gaming the System #4
Published by Silver Griffon Associates on June 16, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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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…
Being a nerdy fangirl at heart, the premise of a Comic Con hook-up developing into something more intrigued me. Nursing her broken heart after her mother marries her ex, April Weiss set out to prove she wasn’t a ‘goody-goody’ by picking up a stranger – unfortunately for her this stranger wasn’t so unknown after all. Dressed in costume and his identity concealed beneath a helmet, video gaming company CFO Jordan Fawkes boldly accepted April’s proposition for an anonymous one night stand, knowing full well she was an intern for his company and soon to be working directly for him.
To remind herself of her foray into ‘bad girl’ antics, April briefly recorded her and her mystery man’s intimate encounter. The recording was uploaded to the internet (unbeknownst April) and quickly became a viral sensation. While neither party’s identity was obvious, but there was enough evidence to alert April’s employer that someone from their company was involved. April’s guilt and attempts at a coverup made for interesting plot developments, especially once she started working closely with Jordan.
I enjoyed the banter between April and Jordan, which was steeped with sexual tension. He was angry that she recorded them having sex without his knowledge and while I felt his attitude toward her could be a bit too harsh at times, his affection for her eventually trumped any residual anger. April’s reaction to finding out Jordan was her mystery cos-play boy toy was justified and well-written. The brightest point for me in this novel was Jordan’s belief in April and his insistence that she realize her own worth. They both learned to stand up for what’s important to them – each other.
This steamy read started with an interesting premise and delivered with heart and humor.
Excerpt from FOR THE WIN:
“Check that, will you? I want to make sure it’s not the asshole banker backing out on our meeting.”
Gingerly, I picked up his phone and saw the text that popped up on the notification screen. My brows climbed sky high as I read it.
“It’s not the banker,” I said.
“Oh? Who is it?”
“Uh…well, you have her in your contacts as Sexilicious Sondra.”
He snorted, but didn’t seem to want to know the contents of the text message. I provided them anyway. Because they were too juicy not to share.
“She wants to know if she left her pink fuzzy handcuffs at your place last time she was there.”
I enjoyed the slow creep of color up his neck from the collar of his dress shirt. Without looking at me, he reached up and held out his hand for the phone. I slipped it into his palm.
“You shouldn’t read it while you’re driving.”
“I’m not going to.” He set it down in its own little cubby specially designed to hold it.
“Sure you don’t want me to reply? You can just unlock it with your thumbprint, and I’ll let her know whether you still have her handcuffs or not. And I can tell her where she left her vibrator while I’m at it.” My cheeks started to hurt from the grin I was wearing.
“That’s okay,” he said between clenched teeth.
“It also showed that you had five other unread texts, but they had scrolled off—”
“All right, Weiss. I get it. You’re amused. Can we move on?”
“Well, you don’t want to keep your lady friends waiting. I’m very concerned that they might feel neglected.”
In truth, the idea of him with another woman made more than a little heat rise under my own collar. I clenched my jaw at that thought. Was I…was I jealous? I promptly told myself I was being silly and forced myself to ignore it.
“And in what way does that concern you?”
I shrugged, trying not to feel the sting those words caused. “It is in my best interests. If you have a lack of regular…companionship, you might get even grumpier than you already are.”
Check out the previous installments in the Gaming the System Series (featuring Mia and Adam):
About Author Brenna Aubrey:
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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