Saturday, May 3, 2014

[Musing Maddie's Review]: "Alpha"

Alpha by Jasinda Wilder
Publisher: Jasinda Wilder (April 29, 2014) 
Genre: NA Contemporary

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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Reviews of Wilder's Previous Books:

Forever and Always (#1) -- MM
After Forever (#2) -- MM
Saving Forever (#3) -- MM

Falling Into Us (#2) -- MM
Falling Under (#3) -- MM

Stripped -- MM

Musing Maddie's Review:

Being an avid reader, it is rare that a book's story arc takes me by surprise. In Jasinda Wilder's outstanding Alpha, I found an exception.

Alpha was riveting, captivating, enchanting and sexy. I was enthralled and spellbound from beginning to end because of the originality of plot, the character development, pacing, and the sizzling sex scenes that were truly masterpieces.

Written in first person in the heroine's POV, time was taken to establish the intellectual, emotional and physical draw between the Valentine Roth and Kyrie St Claire. Thereby making the attraction credible and completely believable. I love that Wilder took time to establish that, all the while providing tantalising sensual tension. Her books are downright sexy, but it's not all about the sex. Alpha was all about the journey to love against the odds. The impossible relationship possible. Not a neatly tied bow of sunshine & roses. Two untrusting, isolated souls finding completion, trust, connection.

You will love the characters. You will love the strength of the heroine, her intellect, her natural charm and beauty, her intuitive nature, all untarnished by her dilapidated life circumstances. And the sensationally sexy Hero? I loved the man, and not just his exceptionally talented tongue. Cough. (Even the first kisses will leave you breathless.) His intensity, his charm, his patience, his passion for Kyrie, his humble arrogance, which I know sounds obscure, but that was Roth. He was untrusting, yet devoted: a contradiction. The pairing? Shouldn't make sense, but they did. True compatibility.

I now have another favourite Jasinda Wilder chapter. Chapter 10. Chapter 10 of Alpha. Wow. Mind you, then there was 11 & 12...

And then the twist. Of all the scenarios I'd imagined, the actual incident was unexpected. But it was also handled so well; intelligently, logically, credibly.

This was a book I would read again. In fact, I read it twice before this review. Completely enamoured. Make sure you wait for the bonus scene at the end. Not. To. Be. Missed. Yum.

Thank you Mrs Wilder for a skilfully constructed story, a breathtaking escape from reality, believable, wonderful characters, and erotic, jaw-dropping schmexy. To readers: Enjoy devouring Alpha.


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Musing Maddie received an e-ARC of this book from the author in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, MM! :) I really must try Wilder's books, as you've been raving about them for over a year now, and you are not the only reader I've heard buzzing about them! 

Have you read Jasinda Wilder before? Do you have a favorite book by her?


Until Next Time,


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Sharonda Lowman said...

oh wow...just wow. I likes this, it sounds so intruguing and good. I'm adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing it!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I know, right? When MM reviews a book, my debit card cries out . . . LOL