Friday, 25 September 2015

Review ~ Alpha (Alpha, #1) by Jasinda Wilder

Alpha (Alpha, #1)
ebook downloaded via Amazon for free.

Release Date: April 29th 2014

Publisher: NLA Digital LLC

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.

My Opinion

Having read other books by this author I was excited when I can across Alpha on Amazon and found it was free. It's been on my list for a while and so it was a nice surprise.

I wasn't sure what to expect from Alpha, especially with the cover implying certain situations. However, I found it to be an intense and enjoyable read. I do think the cover gives the wrong impression as it's more about control than BDSM.

Anyway, this was a hot read. Although the situations were a little strange to begin with, it was weirdly intriguing. I liked the mystery surrounding Roth and thought the author built the anticipation and emotions well. Although I didn't have strong feelings towards either character, there was an interest there that kept me reading.

Overall an intense read. It was hot, steamy, and engaging. I'm not sure if I'll read on or leave it as a standalone yet, but I like this author's work.

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