Alpha by Jascinda Wilder #AudioReview

Alpha by Jascinda Wilder #AudioReviewAlpha by Jasinda Wilder

Narrator: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
Series: Alpha #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on April 29, 2014
Pages: 450
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars
four-half-flames

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Whew…this took me a long time to read (listen) and I never thought it would end. I will admit I listened to about 90% of it before I grabbed a free ebook copy off of Amazon to finish it up rather than take days to finish the audio version.

The short of it is a young lady, Kyrie, is on her last penny when she gets fired. Mysteriously a check arrives in the mail for $10,000 with a simple message on it: You. Each month Kyrie receives a new check with a new one word message: You Belong To Me. The checks continue until one day a man arrives to collect her. Either pay up or come with him to meet her benefactor.

Naively she goes along with him to be delivered. Blindfolded she meets with “him.” He keeps her blindfolded in his presence and assures her he won’t have sex with her until she begs him. And so the story begins. He’s hiding a secret that make her walk away. She’s blindly going along with what he wants, partly because she can’t pay him back and partly because she is attracted to him….his voice and touch.

What bothered me was Kyrie. She was young, but I wouldn’t say naive. The story is told completely from her perspective, learning what she knows about him as she finds out. I found her to be unlikable and I don’t really know why. She takes care of her mother who broke down after her father’s death. She works hard to send her brother to school and we never really see him, but you get the impression he is a spoiled brat. But there are stories of things she has done that just made me think she was stupid. Yep, I said it.

Eventually the blindfold comes off and the relationship moves forward along with the revealing of the secret. I found it to be lackluster, boring and I didn’t know in the end what she should really choose. Be with the guy who wants to control you, but also loves your sparky witt. He doesn’t do deep BDSM, just light spankings, tying up and kinky shit, but it isn’t a BDSM story. The sex he has with her seems to define who she is rather than her personality towards the end.

The narrators were two different voices. I was ok with the woman’s voice by Summer Roberts, but her voice sounded like a lot of other young woman’s voices I have heard from different books. The hero’s voice, Tyler Donne, grated on my nerves. It was supposed to be refined, which in a way it was, but every time he said Kyrie, I wanted to scream. In a way it was good it would be weeks from listening to the next instead of all at once. When I realized it was free in ebook form, I quickly switched!

While this wasn’t a horrible book, it was a book that left me feeling freaked out at times. The hero is so dominant and protective of his privacy. He came across as a rich asshole most of the time, while Kyrie came across as young and naive (not innocent). I just couldn’t enjoy most of the story.

About the Book
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.”

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • I saw this one. I cheated and read each book’s synopsis. It gets more twisty. But my first thought when I read the blurb was why would someone cash a check for $10K from an unknown source out of the blue. I get desperation, but that just seems wild. Does sound curious, though.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I haven’t read the blurbs of the others yet. I do have the second book on audio as well, but I am working on The Shadows on audio. Best credit use I have ever made on Audible was on The Shadows, lol.

      She’s pretty desperate when the first check comes. And I know why he sent it now, but that is the secret. I deliberately left out his name through the review because she doesn’t even get that for a long time into the story. She even remains blindfolded around him for three days. I want to say she is naive, but really it comes down to desperate and not making good choices. I also thought she lost herself to him and I didn’t like that aspect.

      • I’ll be interested in what you think of book two. I am a little curious after reading those blurbs. 😉 Yeah, The Shadows would be getting a lot of bang for your buck. Haha!

  • I’ve read books like this where a girl starts to shack up with a guy out of desperation. I have to agree with Sophia’s comment below. Who cashes checks that you don’t know where they came from? I know I don’t. Sounds like the series might get better, but I don’t know. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Hmmm, eh, not the one for me

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yeah, I didn’t think you would like this one.

  • Jasinda’s books are so unique! While I don’t think this series is for me, I am enjoying her Madame X series. Wounded was also good (though extremely heartbreaking). I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more, though 3.5 stars is not bad!

    Great review, Shari. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!