Alpha by Jasinda Wilder: Review

Thursday, May 01, 2014

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


First 44% ~ 1 Star

Last 66% ~ 4 Stars
Final Rating ~ 3 Stars

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?

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.

I'm not going to tell you what the story is about or what happens, I'm just going to give you a little insight about what I thought of the book.

This book has me so torn up about how to rate it!
The first 44% was an absolute mess, I say that with the utmost respect! Our blue eyed and blonde heroine was ditsy and sounded like a 13 year old, our hero creeped me out. It was like he was the love child of Hannibal Lechter and Mr Darcy, 100% weird. None of the events that happened made sense, everything was way too extreme. The heroine felt like her choices were taken away, but I'm telling you right now she always had a choice. She was either too stupid, or perhaps the author needed to give me, the reader, a more solid reason to explain some of the heroines thought processes and decisions.

I'm going to digress a little.
I think my entire attitude before I started reading this book set me up for disappointment, I've read Wounded by Jasinda Wilder. For me that story was poignant and really touched me. So when I saw the upcoming release and read the blurb I immediately put this book on a pedestal. Huge mistake.

Let's get back to the book.
Now I'm an avid reader of erotica, and I feel this book is just that, pure erotica. Amazingly, hot, titillating and well written erotica! I felt the plot and characters were not introduced to me, the reader, correctly. The last thing I want to read about is a stupid heroine and a weird hero having sex. Thing is if you can get past that first 44% you'll see how the story comes into it's own. Those unstable legs it started on become well rooted tree trunks. Gathered the plot was somewhat lost with all the hot sex happening but the story became gripping.

I was wrenched from indifferent boredom to aroused interest. Don't get me wrong there's a definite plot here, and pretty awesome twist. The only fault I could find in the last 66% of the book would be that because the author spent so much time building her characters(which could have been better done),in the beginning the ending felt rushed, all this new and ground breaking information was thrown at me. But it was still satisfactory. For me...

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