brenna aubrey

At Any Turn

At Any Turn
Silver Griffon Associates
April 28, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781940951041
ISBN-10: 1940951046

Gaming the System, Book 2

This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content and adult situations.

So You Want to Be a Hero?

Millionaire CEO Adam Drake overcame a tortured past to take control of his life and build his own gaming empire. The final piece falls into place with his newfound love for brilliant geek girl blogger, Mia Strong. Now Adam is at the top of his game.

Your Princess Is in Another Castle.

Until Mia suddenly breaks things off, leaving Adam in the dark. He senses she needs his help but that she’s too stubborn or scared to ask. The more he tries to take control, the further she shies away. This is one problem he can’t solve by writing a check or a few clever lines of code.

He will have to dig deep and put himself at risk…or else risk losing her forever.

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What the Critics Say

At Any Turn is an emotional thrill ride that will keep you guessing page after page. By the end, the one thing you’ll know for sure is Adam Drake is a geek god.” —M. Malone, USA TODAY Bestselling Author

“Wow! I was not expecting this book to go the way it did at all…It was different and exciting and gripping from page 1.” —Seraphim Book Reviews

“These multidimensional characters spice things up in such a riveting way…They become much more human and tangible…and I LOVE THAT.” —Between the Pages Book Blog

“People use the phrase ‘rollercoaster of emotion’ all the time…but this book really was. I was up, I was down, I was happy, I was sad…Set aside an evening, slip into Adam’s head..and enjoy the storm.” —The Booklover’s Codex

“If you loved Adam in book #1, wait until you see him in this book. WOW…Still fighting the book hangover.” —Books and Beyond Fifty Shades

Read an Excerpt

This was my first morning back to work after three months. And, for the first time ever, we were driving to work together. Oddly, it felt comforting and domestic.

The me from five years ago was rolling in his grave. But current-me couldn’t have been happier. Before I’d met Emilia, life was like an old-school video game played on a battered handheld. Small, requiring lots of imagination to spice it up and leaving lots of room for improvement. With her, it was like being engrossed in a full-immersion virtual reality, an experience unique to itself. There was no life before Emilia.

I glanced at her. She had her head down, focusing on her hands, which worked in her lap. At her request, I’d kept the top up on the car so it wouldn’t mess up her hair. After I reached out and downshifted, I took one of her hands in mine.

“What’s wrong?”

She sent me a worried look. “Nothing. Except that we’re late. And everyone’s going to see us walk in together.”

I raised a brow. “Is that a problem?”

She sighed. I pulled my hand from hers to shift again, then replaced it. “No one knows about our relationship. They’re going to know why I got the job.”

“You were hired to fill in for Cathleen’s maternity leave. Everyone thinks you’re doing an awesome job. Mac’s thrilled to have your help for DracoCon. Does it matter how you got the job?”

She shook her head. “No but—I never wanted to be that girl, you know?”

I frowned. “What girl?”

“The girl who’s screwing the boss.”

“Sounds hot to me.”

“Of course it does.”

I paused, noticed her hands working in her lap again. “It will be fine. Why don’t you just go in first and I’ll sit in the car for a few minutes. No one will see us walk in together.”

She smiled. “Thanks.”

“What about tonight, though? Everyone’s going to see us leave together.”

She smoothed her skirt across her lap with her free hand. “Yeah. I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been looking for a place. I can’t afford to rent in Irvine, but—”

“What? Why?” I frowned.

“Because Irvine’s one of the most expensive places to live around here. Maybe Tustin, I looked at one place last week—”

I refrained from looking at her. Best to play dumb and make her “explain” it to me. Sometimes if you got someone to voice their concerns, they came to understand how unfounded they really were. “No, I mean why are you looking for a place? You’ve been at my house while I was gone. Can’t you just stay?”

“Well, we weren’t living together. I was just kind of…staying over.”

I kept a straight face, though I was damned tempted to crack a smile. “But now we’re living there together.”

She coughed and shifted in her seat uncomfortably, fidgeting in that way she did when she wanted to avoid talking about something.

“Yeah…by default.”

I feigned puzzlement, shifted gears again. “So you’re upset that I didn’t formally ask you to move in with me?”

She made a face. “No.”

I knew what that meant. Yes.

“Emilia, will you move in with me?”

“I’m already there.”

“No I mean move your stuff in and stay and live with me.”

She was quiet for a long moment. “That’s kind of a huge step, isn’t it?”

This time it was much harder to fight the smile. She was getting skittish already. “Well, we’re already doing it, by default. We don’t have to call it anything.”

“So we’d be like…roommates?”

I opened my mouth and then closed it, tossed a glance her way. She was grinning like she was enjoying a great joke. “Roommates with benefits,” I corrected.

“Hmm. Does ‘benefits’ translate to ‘morning sex that makes us both late every day?’ Because that might get me in trouble with my boss.”

“Not a chance. As long as the morning sex is with me, you won’t get in trouble.”

She elbowed me. “I meant get in trouble with Mac.”

“But I’m Mac’s boss.”

“I’m serious. I mean, maybe it’s a bad idea to live together while I’m working for you.”

“Odds are we will hardly even see each other, for one thing. And for another, we started before you ever started working there. Plus—haven’t you ever had that fantasy of doing the boss in his office on your lunch break?”

“No,” she said in a deadpan voice. “Never.”

I let the smile show, finally. We’d see about that one. Suddenly I had to fight the image of pushing her skirt up, bending her over my desk…Oh yes, we’d definitely have to see about that one

Playlist

Theme song for the novel: Video Game by Lana Del Ray

Amnesia ~ Justin Timberlake
Animal ~ Miike Snow
As Long As You Love Me (The Voice Performance) ~ Caroline Pennell
Ashes and Wine ~ A Fine Frenzy
Baby Boy ~ Beyoncé
Back to Black ~ Amy Winehouse
Beautiful Girl ~ Sophie B. Hawkins
Bleecker Street ~ Simon & Garfunkel
Break Your Heart ~ Taio Cruz & Ludacris Rokstarr
Bring Me to Life ~ Evanescence
Brother Sparrow ~ Agnes Obel
Can’t Do a Thing (To Stop Me) ~ Chris Isaak
Can’t Stop ~ OneRepublic
Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake) ~ Timbaland
The Chain ~ Fleetwood Mac
Collide (Chris Lord-Alge Mix aka Radio Edit) ~ Howie Day
Cosmic Love ~ Florence + The Machine
Counting Stars ~ OneRepublic
Crazy In Love ~ Beyoncé
Cry to Me (Single Version) ~ Solomon Burke
Demons ~ Imagine Dragons
Don’t Look Down ~ OneRepublic
Drink You Away ~ Justin Timberlake
Everybody Hurts ~ R.E.M.
Figure It Out ~ Maroon 5
Fuel to Fire ~ Agnes Obel
Give Me Love ~ Ed Sheeran
Going Under ~ Evanescence
Gone Daddy Gone ~ Gnarls Barkley
Goodnight Goodnight ~ Maroon 5
Harder to Breathe ~ Maroon 5
Heartless (Swinghouse Session) ~ The Fray
How You Remind Me ~ Nickelback
I Want You to Want Me ~ Chris Isaak
Let Go ~ Frou Frou
Let Her Go ~ Passenger
Little 15 ~ Depeche Mode
Love Is Blindness ~ Jack White
Mad World ~ Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
Made For Us ~ Mackintosh Braun
Made for You ~ OneRepublic
Marry Me ~ Train
Misery (Acoustic Version) ~ Maroon 5
Mr Blue ~ Yaz
My Immortal ~ Evanescence
Naughty Girl ~ Beyoncé
Never Let Me Go ~ Florence + The Machine
The Night You Murdered Love ~ ABC
No Light, No Light ~ Florence + The Machine
Not Falling Apart ~ Maroon 5
Nothing But Time ~ Opus Orange
Nothing Compares 2 U ~ Sinéad O’Connor
One of These Things First ~ Nick Drake
Only When I Walk Away ~ Justin Timberlake
Patient Love ~ Passenger
Poison Arrow ~ ABC
Rain (Setting Out In The Leaf Boat) ~ The Innocence Mission
Remind Yourself ~ Alison Moyet
Right Round ~ Flo Rida
Ring of Fire ~ Johnny Cash
Riverside ~ Agnes Obel
Secrets ~ OneRepublic
Set the Fire to the Third Bar ~ Snow Patrol & Martha Wainwright
Softly Over ~ Yaz
Solitary Man ~ Chris Isaak
Something I Need ~ OneRepublic
Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking ~ Snow Patrol
Spark ~ Tori Amos
Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko) ~ Rihanna
Storm In a Teacup ~ Erasure
This Ain’t Goodbye ~ Train
TKO ~ Justin Timberlake
To Be With You ~ Mr. Big
Too Close ~ Alex Clare
Two Weeks ~ Grizzly Bear
The Way It Ends ~ Landon Pigg
What Goes Around…/…Comes Around ~ Justin Timberlake
What You Wanted ~ OneRepublic
Wreck of the Day ~ Anna Nalick
You Know I’m No Good ~ Amy Winehouse
Young and Beautiful ~ Lana Del Rey

Additional Goodies

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AT ANY TURN Teaser #1 We’re Not Perfect

AT ANY TURN Teaser #1 We’re Not Perfect

Teaser #2: Magnets

Teaser #2: Magnets

Teaser #3 "Only Her"

Teaser #3 “Only Her”

Teaser #4: In the Mirror

Teaser #4: In the Mirror