For the One by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The LONG AWAITED book is here! And I've read it! And it was FABULOUS!
Brenna has truly outdone herself yet again with her fifth book in the Gaming the System series, For the One. There is such an incredible complexity to both the hero and the heroine that required a lot of insight and understanding. I must say, this is not the first time I have said this. In previous installments there was so much realism and depth to what her characters had gone through in their unique situations that it blew me away! It was a very raw experience. This is exactly why this series sticks with me right to my bones. The first time I read the Gaming the System series was over a year ago and my mind continues to wander to these amazing characters as if they were old friends. I love it when that happens! It makes me crave more and more from the series and Brenna does not disappoint with each book that she releases. We get equal parts heartfelt, angst, determination, heartbreak and delicious steam!
William Drake is incredibly intelligent and equally intense. He has a photographic memory that gives him incredible focus to detail and the ability to master many artistic talents. He is in his mid-twenties, part owner of a billion-dollar gaming company and absolutely gorgeous! He should be winning over women and living it up in the prime of his life, but he is not. He is pretty inexperienced with women and socially awkward to say the least. He is a member of high regard in a Renaissance and Medieval community where women make advances that are completely lost on him. When he falls for a woman at work, Jenna Kovac (also is a member of the medieval community), he wants desperately to talk to her, know her, and have her as his own. He just doesn't know how to get there.
Jenna Kovac has had a rough start in life. She is always in survival mode, protecting her heart and constantly moving froward and not looking back. She has lost a lot in her young life and avoiding close relationships and permanence is her way of protecting herself from loss and heartache.
When someone takes away something incredibly precious to her, William makes it his mission to get it back for her, and he has a lot to lose in this feat. Will he succeed? Will he lose Jenna as well as his circle of friends in the Renaissance and Medieval Reenactment Alliance in the process?
The two come together to work on getting back her item that was taken from her and eventually fall hard for each other. They eventually both help each other deal with their painful pasts that they have both kept secret. Soon they realize that they are not so different. They both have pasts that directly effect their anxieties today. They may just be perfect for each other.
Except..... Jenna is terrified of staying in one place and allowing herself to settle into any relationship for fear of loss. When her greatest fear becomes a reality, she does exactly what her instincts scream for her to do ...run!
I absolutely adored William! He is incredibly masculine and sexy and has no clue. His vulnerability and innocence are both adorable and tantalizing! He is not without knowledge about how to get things done... not William. He aims to be educated in all things and with detail! The intimate scenes with William and Jenna are so well written they are amongst my favorite from any book.... and I got books! lol
I loved the theme and flow of this book. It's different from anything I have read so far. The Renaissance and Medieval community, the different cultures, the personalities and unique pasts... I could go on. I experienced so many emotions with these characters. There's nothing flat about this book. It was just an amazing experience that I have nothing to compare to! I can't wait to read it again as a buddy-read!
I come away feeling like I have met two more people that I hope to see again in the future. They are so very real to me and I have Brenna to thank for that! If you have not read this series you need to get on it!
* I received copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and impartial review *
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