ALPHA by Jasinda Wilder — REVIEW



I’ve enjoyed each Jasinda Wilder story I have read so far.




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.

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It is really easy to write a review for a book that you loved. Not so when you didn’t love it. You almost would rather not write a review at all, but what kind of blogger/reviewer would you be if you raved and gave five stars to every book you read…not a very good or honest one.

I was crazy excited about this book! Did you read the blurb? Kyree is flat broke. She is trying to pay two college tuition’s, her mother’s medical bills, rent, and other expenses when she gets laid off from her job. That very same day, in her mailbox is a check for $10,000 from VRI. She has no clue who that could be, but in the memo line, is the word YOU. Next month, same thing, except the word BELONG in the memo line. The following month? Another check, this time with the words TO ME. Kyree receives a total of $120,000 before she gets a knock on her door… She needs to pack her bags….It’s time to pay back her debt.   What a premise, right?

Unfortunately, the story just didn’t deliver.

I found there to be absolutely no chemistry between the two main characters. I just didn’t feel that they were developed enough and that led me to care very little about them. You could tell what the “twist” was going to be almost from the beginning. While I certainly enjoy a racy book, the sex scenes, hot at first, really faded for me. These were people who hardly knew each other (She didn’t see his face or know his name for the first few days she was LIVING with him) and yet they were having wild sex. Not finding it believable, I couldn’t get into it. I feel like it deviated so much from what we were promised. I enjoyed the book up until about 40%… then it became a different book, and not the one I felt I was getting going into it.

I have read Falling Into You, Falling Into Us, Wounded and Stripped, all by the same author and LOVED them, so I know I enjoy her writing. Sadly, I just had no connection to this one.


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