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.
Alpha is a book that I’m having a bit of trouble rating because I would need to divide the rating into two parts: story and sexiness.
Let me start with the sexiness. HOT! SCREAMING HOT! BURNING HOT! Jasinda Wilder definitely knows how to bring sexy back to her books. The passion between Kyrie and Roth was sizzling. Roth was a talented and inventive lover while Kyrie was putty in his hands. I would totally rate the sexiness in this story 5+ stars.
Unfortunately, it was the story itself that I had a problem with. My reservations about the story occur on many fronts. First, the way Kyrie and Roth got together was a challenge for my mind to even accept. Mysterious? Sure. Plausible. Definitely not! I know. I know. It’s fiction so the author can take creative license, I get it. However, the origins of their association felt contrived. $120k. With the words “You” “Belong “To Me” written on the first three checks. Sorry…after I got that message those checks would have been return to sender or sat in a drawer uncashed because the message was totally creeperish. But anywhoot, it’s fiction, so I digress. Kyrie acquiesced a bit to easily when she was “collected” like a piece of fine art. Sure, she felt as if she owed her benefactor for the $120k but yielding to his seduction? Nah! She could have fought just a little longer before her panties were getting wet on every other page. Now to be fair, I liked her overall. She was a caring sister and daughter even though her life had doled out tragedy after tragedy. But, some of her ways gave me pause…especially after Roth gave her warning about him and she still decided to engage in a tête-à-tête with him.
Roth was enigmatic and sexy. The blindfold thing amped up the sexy level but was completely unrealistic. He basically was like, “I’m going to cover your eyes so I can have my way with you because I know when I take this blindfold off you might smack my face off and kick me in the junk if you remember me” which Kyrie never did until he told her. I give him credit for putting himself out there. He totally could have played her for as long as she did didn’t know. And ok…let’s put it out there…The “shhhh” secret felt so contrived that it was UNBELIEVABLE. I mean the sequence of events that got them to where they were had me rolling my eyes a bit. But again…it’s fiction…I get it! I just wished that it was something a little less…far-fetched. And as heartbroken as Kyrie was, she accepted Roth back a wee too quickly for my liking. I understand the circumstances behind the event were accidental but I would have made the brother sweat for a bit. The whole “you are mine” was cute before the details of the past were presented.
The ending was sweet and I’m curious to see how Wilder will continue their story in Beta because it seemed to end reasonably well in Alpha. I don’t want to read a rehashing of their love story or some contrived drama that will tear them apart. If Kyrie didn’t kick Roth to curb for his secret, which was a BIG one, she wouldn’t over any other infraction. Honestly, I would prefer a story about her Kyrie’s BFF more so than another story about her and Roth. I’ll most certainly read Beta too because I’m curious but it most likely won’t be a drop everything else on release day read.
I “read” this book in audiobook format. The female narrator: Fantastic. The male narrator: Passable, but he was horrible doing a falsetto for Kyrie’s voice.
Rating for male protagonists: 3★ Rating for female protagonist: 3½★ Rating for secondary characters: 4★ Plot Viability: 2½★ General Storyline: 3★ Story Ending: 3★ Ease of Reading: 3½★ Heat Level: 5+Cliffhanger: No…ish
Continue the Series: Yes
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