Monday, May 5, 2014

Review: Alpha by Jasinda Wilder

Author: Jasinda Wilder
Published: April 29th, 2014


The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom’s hospital bills. My baby brother’s tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I though all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just “VRI Inc.,” and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: “You.” Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it? 

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: "belong."

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. "To me."

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom's hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you're desperate? You don't. I didn't.

And then, after a year there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: "It's time to pay your debt."

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn't come free.


When I read the summary for Jasinda Wilder’s book, “Alpha” I was excited and intrigued. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The cover is seductively awesome. How could I not like this book?  I have not read any other books from her and after reading this one, I’m not sure if I’ll read another one. I was okay with it in the beginning. I did mind the characters. I actually had sympathy for Kyrie. Talk about get hit when you’re down.

After being fired from her job, she honestly felt like the world was against her. That is until the check came in the mail. Now honestly, if a check for $10,000 just showed up in my mailbox, I would probably cash it too. Would I have second thoughts? Sure! Who wouldn’t? When Kyrie is ‘collected’ finally after living off of these mysterious checks, all I thought was, “yes! It’s going to get good now!”

That was more or less where the store ended for me. I felt it was page turn after page turn of porn. Of course I’m not one to back down from a book with sex…. And lots of it, but it was all sex and no story. There was the instant attraction between Kyrie and Valentine Roth. There was teasing and there was some dialogue, but I felt like it was just smut.

I could have been so much more I suppose but then again, I’m not a writer. I felt with the summary of the book I was in for a great book and I was let down majorly. I almost just left it and didn’t finish it. The ending really just aggravated me more. Like a lot of the books, I’ve been reading it just ended. So overall, a complete disappointment and a waste of my time.

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