Series: Alpha #2
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Suspense
Roth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St. John. Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn't know were possible.
Life was pretty incredible.
Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note. There were only four words:
He belongs to me.***This book contains sexual scenes and situations that may make some readers uncomfortable.***
Beta is bold, brilliant, bruising, and breathtaking. More than just a sequel, Beta is an edgy, original read that shatters expectations, pushes boundaries, and simply blows your mind.
I was not expecting this book. When I learned that Jasinda Wilder was releasing a sequel to Alpha, I just thought that it would be Alpha 2.0, another erotic romance with fairy tale elements. Well, it’s as if Jasinda read my mind, said “Fuck you, and your expectations!” — then proceeded to slay all my preconceived notions about what this story is about and who these characters are.
Let me begin by stating that Alpha wasn’t my favorite Jasinda Wilder book. You can read my review to get the full break down of why I didn’t absolutely love it, but it basically comes down to the fact that I wanted more. I wanted more back story, I wanted more layers, and I wanted more truth from these characters. I loved the scorching, hot sex scenes, but they alone couldn’t satisfy me. Now, Beta was everything that I wanted. Overflowing with action, sex, angst, drama, suspense, and terror, this story kept me on the precipice until the very last page.
What was it that I loved so much about this story? I loved the fact that Jasinda flipped the script. As it states in the blurb, the story picks up where Alpha left off; Roth and Kyrie are exploring the world, boning in exotic locales, and living the ultra lavish, hedonistic lifestyle. Then Roth is kidnapped. THE ALPHA is kidnapped! Whaaatt?? It’s now up to Kyrie to save her man. I. Loved. That. Kyrie doesn’t instantly become some femme fatale, badass; in fact, she stumbles a lot, and needs help, but the point is, she isn’t the one who needs saving. In a complete twist of the story that we read in Alpha, Jasinda Wilder showcases different dimensions of Kyrie and Roth, and turns the damsel in distress trope on its head. In order to save their love, both Kyrie and Roth are pushed to the limits, and have to fight – fight hard – to keep what they have from being destroyed. Their love is tested and you really get to see how committed they are to each other.
Beta has all the erotic elements that Alpha had (I mean, it’s Jasinda Wilder after all), but there’s emotional depth to the story that’s evident as we see a vulnerability in Roth that we never saw in Alpha. Both Kyrie and Roth are emotionally exposed in this one, but seeing Roth – ‘I own you’, ‘you belong to me’ Roth – lose control and in powerless situations does something to a girl. To me, that just makes him even hotter. This is Jasinda’s most edgy and risqué plot to date. I will say that it’s dark, but don’t be scared. Trust me. Hummingbird would never lead you astray. This is dark and daring that’s dealt with beautifully. At the heart of the story are two characters who love each other, and it is a romance. Will there be moments that may push you out of your comfort zone? Yes. But it’s all worth it to experience the brilliance that is Beta. Read it!