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.
Kyrie St. Claire’s desperation has just hit critical mass. She has just been fired from her job and evicted from her apartment in a matter of hours. Even though she grew up in the affluent suburbs of Detroit, she had to embrace self-reliance quickly after tragedy tore apart her family and she became their sole support. So when a check from a mysterious benefactor appears just when she needs it the most – she makes the only choice that she can – she takes the money.
Month after month, the checks appear like clockwork. And with them the fear that repayment from whomever is sending them will be demanded at any time – and that fateful day comes just as she that it would.
She is suddenly transported into a world that she only dreamed existed – one of privilege and secrets. Unable to see the enigmatic man who has brought her to this place, she must rely on her intuition and other senses – and he has overwhelmed them all.
He has come to collect his due – not in money – but in body and soul. Will Kyrie ever be able to pay such a high price and not lose herself along the way?
"It wasn’t just a kiss. It was power. Control. Acknowledgment of his demands. Conceding to his game. Oh… what a game. From the moment his lips met mine, I knew he was a master of this, the art of seduction through a kiss. Slow, hot, wet, insistent. His lips moved on mine, his hands held me in place, not allowing me to pull away until he was ready to let go. He kissed me as if he had something to prove, and indeed he did. He proved to me that this kiss was only the beginning."
Alpha is Jasinda Wilder as you have never seen her before. It is, without a doubt, the HOTTEST book that I have read this year! She has masterfully combined the perfect amounts of pain, passion, longing and anticipation into a story unlike any other. Oh, the delicious anticipation!
The story is brilliantly dark, intensely erotic and even heartbreaking at times. You are really aware that you are experiencing a true work of art when you read this book. It will leave you yearning, breathless and hungry for more…
About The Author -
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading. Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre. She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio. You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.