Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jasinda Wilder-Alpha (Alpha #1)

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.

{4 stars}

Loved it. And yes, I felt like I had a little 50 shades or Crossfire series flashbacks, but that was only because he is a billionaire who has to have control. That is where the similarities end. This story takes on a very unique start, very mysterious. Who in their right mind would get on a plane blindfolded to go who knows where? Talk about taking a leap! And that's where it gets even more interesting. Roth is a man who knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. Their "game" is sensual and hot enough to set the pages on fire. Along with probably one of the most sexual scenes I have ever read, there are secrets that leave you saying, "I didn't see that coming". Great storyline, awesome chemistry between them that really draws you in and keeps you reading page after smoking page. My only complaint (hence the 1 star drop), is that some of the scenes, even though totally hot, the "dirty talk" crosses over into vulgar for me personally. I am no prude and enjoy passionate dirty talk, but it sometimes seemed a little crass and not sexy at all. That being said, I have already pre-ordered the next one!

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