For The Win (Gaming The System #4) by Brenna AubreyFor The Win by Brenna Aubrey
Published June 2015
Series: Gaming The System #4
Genres: Office Romance
Format: eARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.

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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…

April Weiss has one big problem on her hands: the hottest (masked and anonymous) sexual encounter she ever had was taped and (inadvertently) uploaded to the internet and has become the highlight of the Comic-Con webosphere. Since she’s starting a new job as her company’s CFO’s intern-assistant, she has to make sure to stay on the straight and narrow from now on, in order to get her recommendation for Business School. Even if this means having to get along with a sexy-as-hell and grouchy beast of a boss.

Jordan Fawkes, CFO of gaming-company Draco, has an even bigger problem on his hands. He’s been working for years on his company’s IPO, and now, a sex-tape leading back to at least one Draco employee, is threatening to burst the IPO bubble. Then, there’s the fact that the hot intern he hooked up with is still not out of his system and he now has to interact with her as a daily basis now…

What I loved about this book:

  • The male character
  • The geeky side of the book

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The editing
  • The somewhat predictable plot
  • The annoying female character who had to many “issues”

All in all, For The Win was a nice and enjoyable read. It was definitely longer than my latest reads (4-5 hours vs. the usual 2-3 hours) and still managed to hold my attention all the way through. Also, it is quite rare these days to read a good standalone, and For The Win certainly was one, even though it belonged in a series – but can be read totally independently.

That being said, it wasn’t that special. I liked the context, and the fact that the company was a video-gaming company featuring young ambitious people (and liked that the author actually seems to have done good research on IPOs and economics) but the office-romance plot is a pretty standard one. Thankfully, the storyline was spiced up by the fact that there was an added dimension (thanks to the geek-sex-tape; the unknown identity of its participants, and – last but not least – a blackmailing snake out for revenge). However, it didn’t spice up the plot up to an extent where I would say that this was the best plot ever. It was a tad predictable too, unfortunately.

While I pretty much liked Jordan (0verbearing boss and manwhore flaws and all), I had a hard time “liking” April. She was apparently a pretty shallow person in the prequels, and very easily gave in to peer pressure. She’s not sure of herself at all, which makes her a huge pushover and she never stands up and fights for herself. Always hesitating, literally every phrase coming out of her mouth begins with “um“. And last but not least, she definitely has rich-girl daddy issues (meaning: she has all the money in the world, but is still hung on on recognition from her parents, even though she should just move on and find this elsewhere). I thought her “problems” were petty and didn’t deserve all that drama in this book. However, they do make up for more than half the book’s story…

At least, the chemistry between the two was right, and the steamy scenes were definitely worth a few “ums”, as well as some of the funnier parts of the book.

“That wasn’t what I wanted him to say. Maybe something like “You’re so hot and sexy I couldn’t keep my hands off you”. Or “In vain I have struggled, it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed… You must allow me to tell you how ardently I want to fuck you.” My mouth quirked at my modern take on Mr. Darcy’s classic words. Yes, those would do nicely.”

Now as far as the writing is concerned, I can’t really complain. The dual-POV worked really well and It’s obvious Brenna Aubrey did her research on the corporate world (or knows her stuff), and the writing was rich and just flowed. Now even though this was an ARC, it said this copy was “professionally edited”, there were still some misses: words missing, doubled verbs, misspelt words, autocorrect errors. There weren’t so many, but I wouldn’t expect this from a book with 2 editors…

The epilogue gives hints on the next book in the series, which should be around William and his crush Jenna, but to be honest, it sounds very medieval geek, so it’s very likely I won’t read that. I would love to read about Sid, April’s roommate though! And if anything, it made me want to read the first book, At Any Price, even more. I take it there might be a few spoilers in For The Win, but I still want to give it a try!

Detailed Rating
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Overall: three-stars