Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Alpha by Jasinda Wilder

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.

4.5 Star Review by Alison East

Holy hotness batman! This book was Jasinda's steamiest book to date. Trust me when I say this- one of the hottest
books I've read this year, for sure. I mean, hello, it is called Alpha, what did you expect. This book was one twist after another and I was not disappointed.

When we meet Kyrie, she is totally down on her luck- father had died seven years ago, mother in a mental institution and
her brother going to college. Meanwhile Kyrie is trying to pay to support her mother, her brother and herself. She just
got fired from her temp job and went home to find an eviction notice and no electricity. That's when she finds the envelope. This envelope will veritably change her entire existence. That is, if she chooses to spend the contents, $10,000. What would you do? I think given her situation, what other choice did she have, become homeless? Her brother and her mother would be in the same boat as well- their father's insurance money ran out long ago. She accepted those envelopes for a year- $120,000 richer- but totally in someone's debt

This was probably one of my favorites from Jasinda, right up there with Falling into Us, and Wounded. It had the right amount of sass from a heroine that I love. And a panty obliterating hero- with the dominance and spark that I really enjoy. Kyrie puts herself into this situation- so she has no choice but to be indebted to this mysterious benefactor. So when a car comes to pick her up to repay her debt, she has to get in- blindfolded. Until she meets the mystery man and there is more to him than she can ever imagine.

There were so many twists and turns to this book, I felt lost inside of the words. I stayed up until the wee hours of the night so I could finish this deliciously sinful novel. I wasn't satisfied, and I wanted more. I love the ending, don't get me wrong- but I am not totally ready to let go of them. They are very perfectly described, and I could see them for who they truly were. And that is a lot thanks to the delicate detail that Jasinda puts into all her books.  She is a fantastic author, and I find myself reading everything she's ever written. I don't even have to see the blurb anymore to know that I want whatever she writes. New book on Goodreads? Its immediately on my list.

And talk about the sex scenes- man. It's a little bit Christian, a little bit Gideon- and a whole lot Alpha. I knew she could write them- but dang, they were written so well. And typically when I read a book- while I love the sex, I love the story more. And while the story is phenomenal with so many "holy sh**" moments- the sex stood out to me as superb. No cliche phrases, just pure, unadulterated lust- and eventually, love.

I don't want to reveal to much about the hero, because you just need to read it for yourself, and I won't even give you a name- he didn't give Kyrie the pleasure of his name for a while anyway. But I will tell you this, he is hotter than hot. I picture- Alexander Skarsgard a lot. That will be helpful to you. Enjoy this book, and I promise you will.

I can't wait to see what is next from Jasinda, it is always a joy to read her stories, and I am just honored and lucky enough to get a firsthand account of them.

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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