Friday, May 2, 2014

#Review & Tour: Alpha by .@JasindaWilder - 4 Wine Glasses (#Giveaway)

Today we are excited to be a part of Jasinda Wilder's review tour for her new release, ALPHA! Take a peek at the book below and then be sure to read Crystal L.'s review and enter the giveaway at the end! 

by Jasinda Wilder 
Paperback, Ebook, 450 pages
Published April 29th 2014

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.

Source: Author
Reviewer: Crystal L. 
Rating: 4/5
What would you do if you received a $10,000 check in the mail from an unidentified benefactor? 

Well, if you can pay your bills on your own, and take care of yourself, you might shred that sucker and hope that whoever sent it isn't a serial killer. However, if you're Kyrie, who's just been fired from her temp job, three months behind on rent and all her other bills, and responsible financially for her college aged brother's tuition AND a mentally ill mother in a nursing home... YOU CASH THAT FREAKIN' CHECK and hope that it's not from a serial killer.

Wilder has a very interesting plot idea with ALPHA. I dare say, rather unique. I'm not sure I've read another story where the heroine, who's so far down in financial hardships that she can't possible see the light at the end of the tunnel, starts receiving $10 grand checks from an anonymous benefactor. But as usual, there's a catch. On the first three checks she receives a message in 3 pieces: You. Belong. To Me.

*body shivers* Oh my. If Kyrie is going to belong to a super hot hunk... YAY! If Kyrie is going to belong to an eighty year old man who likes to buy his playmates... EWWWW. But Kyrie is in the lurch and needs help to keep herself, her brother and her mother going since her father was murdered seven years before and is no longer there to help the family. So she cashes those checks, and a year later, that anonymous benefactor has her "collected" by one of his body guards so that he can cash in the debt.

I'm not going to give you the heroes name, but I will tell you that thankfully he's super yummy instead of super ewwwy. But poor Kyrie doesn't find that out right away because he benefactor has her blindfolded for the first three days she's there. 

So, does this story start out with a healthy dose of suspense... YES. Does the story have a secret that will turn poor Kyrie's life upside down when said yummy hero has already f*cked her forwards, backwards and sideways (quite literally ladies)... YES. Does ALPHA have smokin' hot sex scenes that will leave you squirming in your chair... YES. 

In fact, ALPHA has a number of things going for it story wise to make it an enjoyable read, even to someone like myself who does not enjoy the super rich hero. I did have one small "UMMM" moment reading ALPHA, and that's when the hero tells Kyrie that he's "not a dominant, and would never hurt her" but he will "own her" and she will "obey him". 

I beg to differ. Said super rich, yummy hero is a dominant. He just doesn't require Kyrie to call him Sir or Master or have formal type BDSM tendencies. I feel like what the hero should have said was "I'm not a sadist". But that's just my pet peeve. Overall, ALPHA was an enjoyable story with loads of smexy and I think many readers will love it. 4 Wineglass toast from me to the lovely Jasinda Wilder. (Feel free to deliver a duplicate super rich, super yummy man to this story's hero to my house please Mrs. Wilder! ;D )

About Jasinda Wilder: 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.
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