Alpha by Jacinda 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.

 

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4 STARS

I love Jacinda’s writing and I really liked this book.  The heroine was tough and strong and completely not whiny…the hero was rich, hot as hell and sweet perfection (also incredibly well endowed).  I was wondering how she was going to pull off the stalker plot without making Roth creepy and in typical Jacinda style, she did it with a believable, creative plot that made you love Roth all the more.

So…this book was hot.  Wait. let me try that again…this book was DAMN hot.  Some of the hottest, sexiest, dirtiest, most creative sex I’ve read.  Talk about teasing, I could feel Kyrie’s pain…literally.  And the angst near the end was well done and I bought her struggle.  There is nothing I hat more than a stupid plot device to separate the main characters…none of that here, thank God.

The only negative thing I can say is that the ending seemed a little rushed.  I really could have used another scene or two, although I’m sure that was intentional because there is a book 2 (Beta) and I really want to read that one.  This is a stand alone, I just want to hear more about this couple.

I will definitely be back to read parts of this book (but probably only the sex…OMG was it hot.  Did I say that already?)

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