Saturday, December 16, 2017

Alpha Review

Alpha (Alpha, #1)
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.

Did you read that synopsis?
Yes? Well, good. Because that's basically the extent of this novel. 
The writing was good, but the story itself lacked....well.....story. There seemed to be no purpose to this book other than writing good sex scenes, and sure, who doesn't love a good steamy sex scene? But in between those scenes should have some content that keeps the reader entertained and want to continue reading the novel. I had a hard time with this one. I felt like I had to keep coaxing myself into continuing to read the book when I really just wanted it to be over.

The characters were shallow and lacked personality. Their actions were never really explained to the extent that satisfied me into believing their actions were warranted, for example, who continues to cash random cheques from a stranger, knowing full well that they don't come without strings attached? Furthermore, who willingly goes with a stranger, to meet another elusive stranger and allows themselves to be told what to wear and blindfolded?? Honestly, just reading the account of the interaction was enough to make me uncomfortable, but to make myself believe that anyone would be stupid enough to put themselves into that situation is beyond comprehension. 

Seriously readers, do yourselves a favour and skip this book. Again, props to the author on her descriptive writing style, but next time add a bit of story between those sex scenes to keep us interested!

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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