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?
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.
©2014 Jasinda Wilder (P)2014 Jasinda Wilder
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
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.
Focus more on building realistic and likable characters.
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.
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!
I would not waste a credit on this.
Say something about yourself!
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!!!
I like that Jasinda wasn't afraid of being vulgar and going into detail, but there wasn't any substance to the story. Alpha has a mediocre plot. In all honesty The book sounds like a 12th grade creative writing, except 20 chapters long. It's predictable and the characters were all weird even Kyrie.
She could have left out a lot of the sex and actually wrote a story. Every chapter was sex, sex, sex, sex! Jasinda could have made the characters more lovable. I don't necessarily like any of the characters except for Leila, because that's my dog name, lol. But seriously Alpha needs a better plot it was just, sex sex, sex, done.
Tyler caught me of guard and I had almost thought there was a glitch in the app. I really couldn't get into Tyler because I had been listening to Summers the whole book, who was okay in my opinion.
Yeah, not to cash checks in the mail from an anonymous source.
All business but contemporary fun!
The only reason I bought this book was because I read Jasinda's Falling into you book which rips your heart in pieces with emotions. Alpha was simply an unappealing, incredibly unbelievable story where the main character was just uninteresting. There was nothing in her personality that made you like her. Neither the male character for that matter.
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.
I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!
Maybe one more.
What exactly is the genre???
The performers were more than adequate. No complaints!
No. No. No. Overall, the story was terrible.
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!
Made women look weak & stupid
give the main character a brain
Rage it had me screaming at the character! Valentine become the man he tried warning her about, so totally ridiculous and then the last part states "im going to take you far away and tie you up so no one can here you, I own you".
Vulgarity and lack of story worthy of adult or any consideration.
By this author.
Performer was okay.
i wish some previous referee had been clear as to the puerile nature of this book, so that I would not have purchased itT.
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.
I liked that it was well paced and interesting. I didn't like that all through the author stressed that our heroine was freely consenting to be his partner but in reality that wasn't true. He said if she walked away she would owe him $120,000 which she didn't have. It kind of smacked of slavery as he'd bought her for that amount. It creeped me out.
I would remove this monetary motivation or worked out a way for her to pay it back or him write it off. He came across as weird and a bit sick and sleazy.
Summer did a great job of narrating. I thought the few minutes that Tyler narrated could easily have been cut. If I were Summer I would be annoyed that he got equal billing when she did so much of the work.
Not one I'd recommend. Too many overtones of violence against women.
"Don't waste the credit"
Ho hum. The characters are boring, the story is hackneyed... Rather get Sylvia Day or Jodi Ellen Malpas
"What a mistaka ta Maka ! (Allo Allo fan)"
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,
You bet it has
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;
Boredom and utter disappointment. Used the zapping button after the first two hours a lot, as l thought it might actually change !
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.
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