Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Beta by Jasinda Wilder

Roth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St. John. Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn't know were possible. 

Life was pretty incredible. 

Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note. There were only four words: 

He belongs to me.

***This book contains sexual scenes and situations that may make some readers uncomfortable.

5  Star Review by Allison East

Take all the thoughts you had about this book- and throw it out the window- seriously. Whatever you were thinking was going to happen, walked out the door- pretty quickly. There is a disclaimer for a reason.  ***This book contains sexual scenes and situations that may make some readers uncomfortable.

It didn’t make me uncomfortable, it did make me say WTF (torture and rape are classically written into romance novels usually). So it did make for a bit of a darker side to Mrs. Wilder. And I think she handled it perfectly. I went into the book not knowing it was going to turn from erotica, to erotica suspense. And that’s exactly what happened.

The book followed Roth and Kyrie again as they made their way around the world, traveling from place to place. They settle in France and the unthinkable happens- Roth is taken. Literally, kidnapped. I wanted to die. And because I am emotionally attached to these characters, I could feel the real pain Kyrie was feeling over this. The anguish in her heart that the kidnappers stole him in the middle of the night while she was lying next to him asleep. Leaving behind a mysterious note that stated, rather cryptically “He belongs to me.”

I remember reading the first chapter called “Waking Up,” and how it had become one of Kyrie’s favorite games- who would wake up first and if it was her, it was her job to help him wake up in the best way. And if Roth woke up first- he would pretend to be asleep, just to have Kyrie wake him up. And it goes from being so excited to waking up with one another- to so devastated and the search began.

After that quasi-normal chapter- it turns into a bit of a cluster! Car chases, crazy killer ex-girlfriends (this wicked witch, puts the devil to shame) an amazingly written suspenseful plot, the mobsters, torturing, bloodbaths, rape (not the way you are envisioning at all)- and more!

This is a dark read, but the best part about Jasinda’s writing is- all of the darkness fades away, when you get to the heart and light of the story- Roth and Kyrie. Their story is what kept me going, I always have to know more about them. I’m not sure what it is that draws me to their story- but I have always wanted them to have a happy ending and live together forever. And I realize while it all can’t be unicorns and rainbows- I had to hold out hope, that they were going to eventually be safe- and have an HEA.

Just when you think that Jasinda can’t do it- she does it. And when you think she can’t dream it, she writes it. I was on pins and needles from the very first pages, to the very last. And while it was somewhat of a dark read- trust me, underneath the hard stuff- its worth it to give it a go. It proves that not only is Jasinda a good writer- she is a GREAT writer. I have always been a huge fan of her stuff- her serial novels, the Big Girl series, Wounded and Captured, the Ever trilogy, the Falling series, and the Stripped series, she can do no wrong and can write it all. So please, do yourself a favor- read Alpha and Beta, and pray she continues the GREEK series, with Gamma or some other Greek letter, and gives us MORE MORE MORE!!! 

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