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Alpha | [Jasinda Wilder]

Alpha

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 10 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 10 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 received 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.

©2014 Jasinda Wilder (P)2014 Jasinda Wilder

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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-05-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "Whew....that was....WOW!"

    Rarely am I speechless when giving a review...but there is SOOO much to say and all of it sounds kind of hokey....kind of like when you are enthralled in a soap opera and you try to explain it to a friend and it just comes out sounding so dumb, but in the mean time you are the one running to your DVR after work praying something else got resolved today!

    That sums up Alpha...it wasn't contrived drama...it wasn't over the top ridiculous drama that you could NEVER see happening....it wasn't really an inst-love drama....and it wasn't a virgin meets billionaire love story. What it was was HOT...if there were words larger than capital size I would use them. This story is explicit, sensual, rough, raw, mind blowing and all without being raunchy. I have never listened to this author before but I think all my credits are about to be used!

    Imagine you are a broke 26 year old, you are trying desperately to make ends meet, but they don't. You are working full time, you had to put your mother in a home due to her mental issues, and your little brother is in college and he NEEDS your help...then there are the aging grandparents in Florida barely getting by that you feel compelled to help, and there is you. You don't think about you much in this hell-hole you call life because you have to take care of others. That is the life of our leading lady Kyrie...her whole world changed when at 19 her father was murdered and she went from college sorority chick to sole provider and caregiver of her family. She has made her way through life the best way she can and life has kicked her at every chance. Jobs are scarce, and she just lost hers, but she is tough...she has to be. In one day she lost her job, got an eviction notice, her electricity was shut off and she was hungry....and then a check arrived for 10 thousand dollars. She had no choice but to cash it, and then another one came, and then another...and after 12 months of checks and 12 months of being able to finally make ends meet a large man, hat in hand is sent to "collect her" for his employer....the check writer. See these checks come with a string...a string she was terrified to lead to their source, and their source has a story of his own....see he's been watching Kyrie for years...he is obsessed with her...wants her...and now he owns her and she knows it.

    *shudder* All I can say without giving the rest of it away is dang that was G-O-O-D, and the best part....it was ONE book, not three....not a cliffhanger....we get the end of the story. Now personally I would be okay with a book 2, but as for book 1 it left me panting for more and the need to re-listen right away. The narrator is up there with Jill Redcliff, her telling of the story was full of passion, full of emotion, and her male voice was....*shudder*...oh my! Gideon Cross is still number 1 but the race was close and I will look for books done by both her and this author again. Wow, just wow. Nice find!!!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian Seattle WA United States 06-23-14
    Lilian Seattle WA United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Such a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was way over the top. The female lead throws all her values out the door just because of a hot billionaire and in just 1-2 days!!, please give me a break. For someone meant to be level-headed and focused not highly likely. Speaking of hot billionaire, what a joke! This book was more about sex that anything else. It just did not work. So I guess if something erotic is what you are looking for then this might work for you.


    What could Jasinda Wilder have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus more on building realistic and likable characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne ?

    I am on the border with Summer. She isn't the worst narrator out there but I wouldn't jump at listening to her any time soon. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the end of this book, can't comment on Tyler's narration.


    What character would you cut from Alpha?

    All characters! Harris was more vicious than macho, I mean he killed people just because his employer told him so. Valentine was so weird, I just don't see how any female would not think "serial killer" esp after learning he has been watching and stalking you for years! Kyrie, well I am all for going after love but she seemed very superficial and weak. Giving in so easily especially after the author builds her up to be this down-on-her-luck level headed female made me picture her as weak and full of herself!


    Any additional comments?

    I would not waste a credit on this.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Richardson Auburn, AL US 06-13-14
    D. Richardson Auburn, AL US 06-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!

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    "Story is not for me"
    Would you try another book from Jasinda Wilder and/or Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne ?

    Maybe one more.


    Has Alpha turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What exactly is the genre???


    Which character – as performed by Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne – was your favorite?

    The performers were more than adequate. No complaints!


    Do you think Alpha needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. No. No. Overall, the story was terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the characters Harris and Eliza. They actually seemed like real people. In my opinion, there were too few characters. The dialog was okay, and the beginning was interesting. The this isn't the worst book I ever read and it certainly isn't the best. I know I won't read it again. It's just not my type of book. I don't mind escapism. I'm just tired of gazillionaires. Some realism would be nice. Women aren't switches that turn on and off and fall in love at the drop of a hat. Maybe it's the money!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-04-14
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Obsessive compulsive "hero""

    The storyline kept bugging me because the "hero" was a control freak (to the point of OCD) and the author seemed to think it was sexy. Maybe I struggled because I grew up in the land of "She'll be right, mate" or "No worries, whatever's easiest" I found his control issues rather ugly. If I didn't know any better, I'd suspect Jasinda Wilder was actually a bloke. Surely no woman would seriously dream of such a situation.
    All that aside, the narrator did a good job. I really appreciate a good actor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Vorwerk 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Awful"
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    This book was soooo dull and boring I barely got through it!! The concept was good. I wished and expected Kyrie's benefactor to be a little mean and wicked but no... He was a rich and gorgeous Prince Charming! There was no edge to the story at all - it was nothing but a soft and sweet fairy tale that was nothing but sex. The big "secret" was so obvious I instantly knew what it was from the very beginning, and by the time it was revealed I really didn't care.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-04-14
    Joy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Awful... there is no story..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book just did not have a good story line.... so I dont know anyone who would enjoy that.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jasinda Wilder again?

    Yes, I like Jasinda Wilder.. I have read a lot of her books and she is a fantastic author who brings a lot to the table. But this time, it just was not there.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne ’s performances?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Alpha?

    I would add to it..... way more plot. Also the characters are dull and you are not able to fall in love with them, like you should have.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-18-14
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 06-18-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "WOW--WHAT INTRIGUE, SENSUALITY AND SEX!"

    I think you have to be in a mood for certain books and after finishing up with a trilogy riddled with twists and turns, I was definitely in the mood for something more simple, but still hot. Well, Alpha fit the bill perfectly. It's a rather quick listen, but it's a sumptuous, intriguing story that moves in gradients from sensuality to sexual explosiveness between Kyrie and her mysterious benefactor, V.R. I won't give his name as it's a part of the unfolding details, and games in this story.

    Kyrie St. Claire has been down on her luck for a while, starting with the murder of her father. She was definitely at the last of her rope when the checks started flowing in to help her finance her mother's mental health care, as well as her brother's college tuition costs. But, when it was time to pay up, Kyrie was hesitant yet resigned to this fate. What I really liked about this book was the layers that became unfolded as we meet Kyrie's mystery billionaire, one game and sensuous step at a time.

    In this love development (because no matter how it started it definitely leads to a hot, passionate love between the two), I enjoyed the time in which Kyrie and V.R. talked with one another, their dates and definitely their sex games. Both leads are sexually compatible and although this is story does NOT include kidnapping, BDSM, or black mailing, it definitely incorporates control as the H leaves the h with limited options. But playing by V.R.' games leads to sensuality, pleasure/pain sex, and very erotic love scenes. But, again, these two are extremely compatible in the bedroom and in their personalities. I loved that V.R. is so into Kyrie….you can tell the man worships her. And, I like how Kyrie seems to challenge and bring out a deeply passionate and intimate lover in V.R.

    Although a few reviewers have commented that the story line is simple, it's anything but uncomplicated. The bomb that is dropped is pretty heavy and Kyrie needs to make a decision about whether she can accept V.R., unconditionally. Well, I know that I accepted this book unconditionally and I'm excited about the fact that Wilder is working on a book #2 called "BETA"……WOW!---Can't wait! Even though there is a very sexy-naughty HEA, there is still so much more to explore in the lives of Kyrie and her gorgeous love, V.R.

    Narrator: Summer Roberts was excellent. I love that her voice for Kyrie was sweet and sultry. I also like what she did for V.R.'s voice---subdued, yet strong. Tyler Donne performs the POV for V.R. in the very last chapter. He did a good job as he portrayed V.R.'s mildly accented British accent well.

    Overall, a great, little naughty read/listen!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-19-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-19-14 Member Since 2010

    bookworm

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    "WOWEEE.... ALL I CAN SAY IS WHAT A LUCKY B*TCH"

    I really can't give this any less than 5 stars because it captured me right from the start and kept me transfixed on the sensual and mysterious journey that Kyrie found herself on when she accepted a mysterious stranger's money until it totalled $120,000 and she was finally taken to meet HIM (oh I'm swooning, drooling and fanning myself).

    This was very erotic, raw, sensual, romantic with a sense of mystery as Kyrie's rich benefactor isn't instantly revealed and we're left guessing for a time just who he is and what he looks like while he slowly seduces Kyrie with words, caresses and touches that become very sensual. Then he introduces himself to her and to a world full of excess.... in and out of the bedroom and the two lovers crave each other. However, the big devastating secret is revealed which is understandably heartbreaking for Kyrie but who wouldn't melt after 'that' letter.

    Worth a credit? It's an enjoyable, very sexy, implausible, fantasy romance at it's best so, if you're in the mood for one of those listens, then this is very very creditworthy and I don't care who Beta (the next book) will be about because it'll be an auto download for me.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Terese King GLEN BURNIE, MD, US 06-29-14
    Terese King GLEN BURNIE, MD, US 06-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A little disappointing"
    Any additional comments?

    The story line itself is interesting and the narrator was OK but If you don't like listening to near constant crude or foul language, avoid this book. I am not a prude by any stretch of the imagination and I can handle some crude or foul language but this book went above and beyond in my mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mona Denison, TX, United States 06-09-14
    Mona Denison, TX, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2011

    Crazy for audiobooks!!

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    "There will be a Second one!!"

    Alpha is a well written book with a story line that I enjoyed. It's not the usual billionaire conquers the wee submissive. It's a love story without BDSM!! Yeahhhhh.
    Ms. Wilder wrote this book with a story line that is believable, yet not common. She wrote it in a way that keeps the listeners interest in it's outcome throughout the listen.
    I can't touch on the essence of this book without giving too much away. I can say that I enjoyed it enough to write to Ms. Wilder's agent to discover is there is going to be a second book written, creating a series. (Not a Cliffhanger read) Hallelujah!!
    Ms. Wilder is writing another called BETA!! I can't wait.
    Ms. Summer Roberts does an outstanding job narrating the majority of this book. We don't hear from Tyler Donne until the very end. However, Ms. Roberts does and outstanding job in narrating for both Valentine and Kira.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Don't waste the credit"

    Ho hum. The characters are boring, the story is hackneyed... Rather get Sylvia Day or Jodi Ellen Malpas

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine
    Cauroy les HermonvilleFrance
    6/18/14
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    "What a mistaka ta Maka ! (Allo Allo fan)"
    What disappointed you about Alpha?

    It looked as if it could be a quite nice,summer, easy listening fun plot,, where we got to find out why the money envelopes came .......we did but
    The sample gave no indication at all that it would be just hours and hours of explicit sexual exploits? or whatever.
    l even fell asleep at one point and missed the explanation ! No prude, but l honestly felt that it was boring, and would never have bought it had l had the slightest notion of the full content.
    Never have l been so disappointed with a book,


    Has Alpha put you off other books in this genre?

    You bet it has


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne ?

    What can you say constructively about two readers who just spend the book reading out what they are doing to each other in vivid detail? Not a lot of dramatic art really needed here;


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and utter disappointment. Used the zapping button after the first two hours a lot, as l thought it might actually change !


    Any additional comments?

    Only that in this case the sample listening, really didn't reflect the style of the book , so that is nobody's fault. Had it done so l seriously wouldn't have bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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