Series: Alpha #1
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
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 thought 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?
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?
It turns out $120,000 doesn't come free.
I’m a HUGE Jasinda Wilder fan, and I look forward to all her books. This one was no different, and I was excited for its release as soon as I read the teaser in Falling Under. I was so stoked for a raunchy Jasinda story, because I LOVE how she writes sex. One of my favorites of hers was Stripped, which had some of the hottest sex, and one of the sexiest male leads I’ve ever read. This book was sexy as hell, but I was actually more interested in the love story.
I loved the premise for this one. I loved Kyrie, and her story. I appreciated that she was a typical female, living an everyday life, and facing everyday struggles. She’s a chick with baggage, and she lives day to day just trying to survive. I also loved `Alpha,’ although his story wasn’t so different from any other billionaire, control freak, his connection to Kyrie was what made him different. His secret connection to Kyrie is what made this book different. I would’ve loved if that connection – the emotional, psychological one – was played up a bit more to balance the physical connection that took up most of the plot. I thought that would’ve taken this book over the top.
As an erotica, this one gets an A. I liked the fantasy world that Kyrie and Roth were immersed in; the jewels, the dresses, and helicopters. But I love me some romance and I needed more heart-filled, emotional scenes to balance the sex and the heat. So if you’re looking for a lightning-hot read, with some romance, and a hint of suspense, then this is the book for you. Overall, I was disappointed. Regardless, I will definitely continue to read more of Ms. Wilder’s books, but this one was more of a fling or one-night stand, and not a love match like my other favorites she’s written.