Storyline Rating : 2/5 stars
Series : Book 1 in Alpha
Brief Summary from Goodreads :
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?
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?
It turns out $120,000 doesn’t come free.
My Point of View :
What….in the world did I just read?! I’ve read a few other books by Jasinda Wilder and they’re good, so I thought maybe Alpha would be too, but damn…was I wrong. I can’t help myself but feel that I should slam my head at the wall over and over again while reading the book.
It started out okay…I guess. Kyrie seemed to be plague by a lot of problems that needs to be solved using money, which she does not have – she lost her job, evicted from her house and numerous bills to pay. It was then, when the situation seem bleak – Kyrie received a $10, 000 check every month for an entire year. She knew she would have to pay it back somehow, but she just didn’t know in what way.
Exactly one year after she received a $10, 000 check, a man knocked on Kyrie’s door and told her, he is there to collect her. Kyrie was skeptical at first, but deems that she had no choice but to follow that man because she does not have $120, 000 to pay him back. Before Kyrie was to face her benefector, she is blindfolded.
At that point of the story, I was all…”Oooo….must be BDSM!”. I was kinda excited to see what’s going to happen next, but THEN…the unknown man said he would not force Kyrie do anything she does not want to do (*Right…..he had to “pressure” (as in touch her with the purpose to arouse her) Kyrie to have sex with him in the first place, that itself is “force” in my dictionary.) and he is not into the whole dominant thingy. I was like…”Okay….so what’s with the blindfold? Who exactly is this unknown man who does not want himself known to Kyrie?”. He didn’t even give Kyrie his name. Can you believe that?
So I thought it’s not anything BDSM or dominant thingy since the unknown man said he’s not into that sort of thing, but as the story proceed, he keep telling that all Kyrie have to do is to submit and OBEY his orders (not like Kyrie obeyed…all of them*). Not only that, he keep exercising his control over Kyrie especially during sex scenes, and THAT to me is dominant/submissive.
That unknown male seem to be very private. For instance, he did not give his name to his bodyguard for an entire year. Apparently he only give his name to the one he trusts. BUT he gives his name to Kyrie a few days later after he rips her clothes off, to show that Kyrie can trust him. That was the first time when I felt like slamming my head against the wall. Oh…the unknown man is Roth, Valentine Roth.
Roth told Kyrie, after they are “well-acquainted”, he would tell her the reason he brings her to him. So after a LOT of sex (I was laughing inside, thinking “So….that’s what he meant by well-acquainted. Pfft…”. The huge secret is that Roth is the one that killed Kyrie’s dad, which he claims it’s self-defence. I was like….”WTF?!” (*ahem* pardon the language)….he only told her that after they had a LOT of sex. Cue the second head-wall-slam.
Ugh….I can’t believe I finished (by skipping most parts of the story) it. For the first time, I wish the heroine would go all crazy and kill the hero, literally. Kyrie’s mom have bipolar and schizophrenia (it’s kinda hereditary), and Roth keep trying to make Kyrie go crazy sexually, so I won’t be surprise if Kyrie snapped one day and kill Roth (crossing my fingers for that to happen).
P.S. The sex scenes are HOT though. Too bad the story is just….APPALLING.
Favorite Quote : None from this book.