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REVIEW: Alpha by Jasinda WilderAlpha by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Alpha #1
Published by Self Published on April 29, 2014
Pages: 450
Format: eBook
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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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My thoughts…

I’m honestly torn on my thoughts for this book. The plot is unique, but the story itself has been told before. The heroine is not only naive, but she is very foolish. Who trusts a man they’ve never met or never even seen before? The hero demands she be blindfolded upon them first meeting face to face. He doesn’t give her his name. She doesn’t know what he looks like. She’s blindfolded yet kisses him and participates in other sexual acts with him. I don’t get that. It’s totally unrealistic to me and honestly quite laughable.

After reading approximately 55% of this book I started skimming. At that point I was only curious to see what the “secret” was that the hero told her he was keeping from her. After finding that I out I skimmed a little more then finally put the book aside.

I’m not saying this book is horrible. Because well, it’s not. It just wasn’t for me. I’m a big fan of books that are realistic. And while I can see why the hero handled things the way he did in the beginning, the whole being blind folded and made to trust someone that you don’t even know was a bit of a stretch for me.

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REVIEW: Falling Under by Jasinda WilderFalling Under by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Falling #3
Published by Self Published on March 14, 2014
Pages: 441
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My name is Colton Calloway. You've heard part of my story, but it turns out there's more. My little girl, Kylie, is all grown up. Seventeen, beautiful, and talented, just like her mother. And just like Nell, my daughter seems to have fallen for a bad boy, one with a lot of darkness and a lot of secrets.

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You thought you knew the whole story. You thought it was over. Happily ever after for everyone.

You were wrong.

My name is Oz Hyde, and you’ve never met me. I’m part of the story, too, but I’m an aside, a quick line or two you’d all but forgotten about. Well guess what? I’ve got my own story to tell.

Buckle up, ‘cause this is gonna be a hell of a bumpy ride.

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My thoughts…

Falling Under was a secret project written by the fabulous Jasinda Wilder. It’s the “unexpected” third book in the Falling series. I don’t think anyone was aware of this book until right before release day. I know I wasn’t.

The main characters are Oz Hyde and Kylie Calloway. Kylie is the 17 year old daughter of Colt & Nell Calloway. Book one was their story in case you’re wondering, And Oz? Well… I can’t really tell much about him other then he’s a bad boy through and through. He’s connected to this series too. I desperately tried to figure out who he was and just couldn’t quite figure it out. I love books like that. Ones where the author keeps you guessing.

Falling Under was a really fast read for me. I think it was because I was trying really hard to figure it out. I kept turning page after page searching for more clues. In the end I sort of had it figured out. Well kind of lol Jasinda did an epic job of keeping it a secret.

The sexual scenes were hot and steamy. They were well written and plentiful. I did have a problem with the sexual in nature type scenes that first appeared in the book. The problem I have is that Kylie was not eighteen years of age. Whether you call it “just fooling around” or what have you, she was still under the age of eighteen. I think Kylie should have been of age before any fooling around took place. That’s just my personal opinion. I’m sure others were okay with it.

Overall, I think Falling Under is a nice addition to the Falling series. I have my fingers, eyes, and toes crossed hoping that Ms Wilder will write another book in this series for Ben. I think his story needs to be told. If you’re already a fan of the series I think you’re going to love this one. If you haven’t read this series yet you are seriously missing out. It’s one of my favorites series ever.

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Review: Forever & Always by Jasinda WilderForever & Always by Jasinda Wilder
Series: The Ever Triology #1
Published by Self Published on December 20, 2013
Format: eARC
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Ever,

These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone. I had a crush on you, when we first met. I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful. It was hard to think of anything else. Then camp ended and we never got together, and now all I have of you is these letters. S**t. I just told you I have a crush on you. HAD. Had a crush. Not sure what is anymore. A letter-crush? A literary love? That’s stupid. Sorry. I just have this rule with myself that I never throw away what I write and I always send it, so hopefully this doesn’t weird you out too much. I had a dream about you too. Same kind of thing. Us, in the darkness, together. Just us. And it was like you said, a memory turned into a dream, but a memory of something that’s never happened, but in the dream it felt so real, and it was more, I don’t even know, more RIGHT than anything I’ve ever felt, in life or in dreams. I wonder what it means that we both had the same dream about each other. Maybe nothing, maybe everything. You tell me.

Cade

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Cade,

We’re pen pals. Maybe that’s all we’ll ever be. I don’t know. If we met IRL (in real life, in case you’re not familiar with the term) what would happen? And just FYI, the term you used, a literary love? It was beautiful. So beautiful. That term means something, between us now. We are literary loves. Lovers? I do love you, in some strange way. Knowing about you, in these letters, knowing your hurt and your joys, it means something so important to me, that I just can’t describe. I need your art, and your letters, and your literary love. If we never have anything else between us, I need this. I do. Maybe this letter will only complicate things, but like you I have a rule that I never erase or throw away what I’ve written and I always send it, no matter what I write in the letter.

Your literary love,

Ever

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~ Breathtakingly beautiful. Heartbreaking. Amazingly brilliant. I couldn’t put it down.

Wow! What an emotional read. I cried many times while reading this book, guys. No joking. A lot. I’m going to be honest. I didn’t really know much about this book when I asked to review it. Ms Wilder didn’t give a whole lot away regarding it, but since I’m a big fan of her work I naturally HAD to read it. At first I thought it was going to be strictly young adult, but by the time I reached the 50% mark it was clear that this one was moving into new adult territory. Whether by the time I reach the end of book three it will still be a new adult I guess I’ll have to read to find out.

Forever & Always is a story about life, love, loss, and new beginnings. I found the plot to be quite intriguing and I had a hard time putting this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next for both of these characters. I felt a strong connection to both of them.

Cade. I loved Cade. So so much. There was just something about him. It’s gut wrenching to read the things he had to endure at such a young age. I felt so bad for him. 🙁

Ever. I loved her too. I don’t think I had quite the connection with her that I did with Cade, but I loved her nonetheless. Personally in some ways I could relate to her situation. Certain aspects of it.

After meeting at an art camp Cade & Ever exchange addresses. They both agree to write each other and so their young relationship begins. Right from the beginning it’s apparent these two are smitten with each other.

One of my favorite things about this story was being able to read the letters they wrote each other. There was something sweet and innocent about them in the beginning and I loved being able to experience how their friendship grew. I liked that they were able to confide in each other and that neither of them judged each other. At first the letters would arrive weekly, but as Cade & Ever grew up the letters came less frequently at different points in their lives.

There came a time when the story took on a little bit of a unrealistic turn though. I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers. I’ll just say their or their actually falling “in love” seemed a bit rushed to me.

Overall, Forever & Always was truly an amazing read. Since this is a trilogy this one naturally ends with a cliffhanger and trust me it’s a big one. Up next is After Ever and I can’t wait to get started reading it.

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Review: Wounded by Jasinda WilderWounded by Jasinda Wilder
Published by Self Published on December 16, 2012
Pages: 170
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War has taken everything from me. My family. My home. My innocence. In a country blasted by war and wracked by economic hardship, a young orphan girl like me has very few options when it comes to survival. Thus, I do what I must to live, to eat, and I try very hard to not consider the cost to my soul. My heart is empty, and my existence brutal.

The one impossibility in my life is love.

And then I meet HIM.

War is hell. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. If you haven't been through it, there's no understanding it. War leaves no room for love, no room for tenderness or softness. You gotta be hard, closed off, and ready to fight every moment of every day. Lose focus for a split second, and you're dead.

Now the only thing that can save me is HER.

My thoughts…

ZOMG! Loved this story. Hard. This is either the fourth or fifth book by Author Jasinda Wilder that I’ve read and it was incredible. I was drawn in by the synopsis and couldn’t wait to get started reading it. Amazing. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of it. I loved it so much. It held my attention from page one and didn’t let go until the very end. I’m still thinking about it. I think Wounded is one of those stories that will stick with me for a long time. I think the subject has a lot to do with. War. It can be a devastating thing. This story shows what it is like to face something as harsh as war from both sides.

I loved both Rania and Hunter. They were each interesting and I couldn’t help feel bad for them considering how much loss they both suffered. I think they were both very strong willed characters and their attraction to each other was apparent from the beginning.

Rania was forced to become a prostitute in order to survive. She lost her entire family with the exception of her younger brother at a very young age. He eventually leaves her to become a solider. She is left all alone and has no one to depend on for food.

On his recent trip back to the states, Hunter, loses his girlfriend since high school. She’s moved on and he’s only left with only his best friend Derek. They are war buddies and have been inseparable since they were kids.

When Hunter is hurt Rania takes him into her home after he is hurt badly and takes care of him. Why she is uncertain of in the beginning. I think a lot has to do with guilt she feels from when she was younger and killed an American journalist who tried to kill her brother.

The challenges these two faced was unmentionable. They have to learn how to communicate with each other. As the story progresses they learn more about each other. She keeps him hidden and cares for him, but when one of her “clients” as she refers to them gets rough with her Hunter can’t stand by and let it happen.

It was interesting to watch their relationship develop into more. I wouldn’t really refer to them as friends, but they weren’t quite lovers either. At least not until later in the story.

The sexual scenes come very late within the pages of this one. Believe it or not even though Rania is a prostitute they aren’t the main focus of this story. True is it a love story, but it is also so much more than that. Once you get to the sexual scenes they are pretty hot and well written.

Overall, I think this story was incredible. Jasinda is fastly becoming one of my favorite authors. I’ve loved each and every one of her stories that I’ve read so far. I highly recommend this one.

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Review: Stripped by Jasinda WilderStripped by Jasinda Wilder
Published by Self Published on August 16, 2013
Pages: 350
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So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you're faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you'd imagine. That doesn't make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There's nothing I'd like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.

Then, one day, I meet a man. He's in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I'm used to though. It's something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He's People Magazine's Sexiest Man alive. He's the hottest actor in Hollywood. He's the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind.

He's the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what's he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes?

I'm a virgin, and he's an American icon of male sexuality. I'm a stripper, and he's a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he's the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.

And then things get complicated.

Jasinda Wilder has done it again. I loved this one! I was drawn in by the synopsis and I couldn’t wait to get started. The idea of a virgin being a stripper meeting a Hollywood playboy was intriguing from the get go. I had a hard time putting this one down. It kept my interest from the beginning until the very end.

Grey is the virgin stripper. I really liked her. After leading a very sheltered life she leaves her small town to attend college in California. When her scholarship money is about to run out she is forced to get a job if she wants to continue her education. The only job she can get that will cover her expenses is as a stripper. I felt bad for her because this was something that she felt she had to do in order to stay in school and be on her own. It really took an emotional tole on her life. She couldn’t strip without puking and crying after her act. :/

Dawson is the hot Hollywood playboy. He’s definitely swoon worthy even though he’s a bit of a player. Or should I say he has been a player in the past. He’s used to getting want he wants. And what he wants is Grey.

When these two meet sparks fly. The chemistry between them is electric and I loved reading how their relationship developed into more than an attraction. I thought they made a good couple.

The sexual scenes within this one are really hot. As you can imagine it will take a little bit to get to them since Grey is a virgin as has abstained from having sex do to her religious beliefs, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed when you get to them.

There was a religious belief element to this one that I was sort of torn over. Grey having grown up with a preacher for a father lived a certain way and had certain beliefs. When she turns against all that she’s believed for so many years it sort of shocked me. She basically went from being a true believer to not believing  at all. This element didn’t take away from the story. It’s just something that I noticed and thought was odd or perhaps unnecessary.

Overall, I really, really loved Stripped and the characters. I love how things played out and ended up for these two.

If you’re a fan of new adult I highly suggest you give this one a try. I truly enjoyed it.

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Review: Falling Into Us by Jasinda WilderFalling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Falling #2
Published by Self Published on June 19, 2013
Pages: 522
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THE STORY YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW...

When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

THE STORY YOU NEVER IMAGINED...

Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.

THE HEARTACHE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET...

My thoughts…

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I loved this book. At first I was a little worried that this book wouldn’t live up to the first book. Sometimes that happens. The more I read though, the more I learned that Falling Into Us is just as amazing as book one.

The story is told from both Jason & Becca’s POV. Both are secondary characters in the first book entitled Falling Into You. I loved getting to know both of them.

My heart broke for Jason and the life he was subjected to at the hands of his father. He seemed like such a great kid in the first part of the book who went on to grow into a great young man. One who stood by Becca’s side throughout the story and always loved and protected her.

Becca. I really liked her. Her parents were very strict with her. She wasn’t allowed much free time for herself. Everything was centered on her school work and achieving her academic goals. Her father was very controlling and I really didn’t care for him.

This story is highly emotional. You get to experience what it was like for Becca & Jason to fall in love, how they had deal with the loss of a beloved friend, and grow into two amazing young adults.

The sexual scenes started out sweet, gentle and loving. Both Becca & Jason were under the age of 18 when they first started having sex and I think the scenes needed to be written the way they were. Later on though…Hot, Hot, Hot. Explicit. Ripping each others clothes off and going at it again and again. Just what you’d expect a young couple to do.

Falling Into Us offers a twist within the story. One that I did not so coming and it totally shocked me, but I understand why it was added. It was an integral part of the story.

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this two book series. I don’t think Ms Wilder could have ended things any better than the way she did. I’m very pleased with the outcome and how thing worked out for Becca, Jason as well as Nell & Colton.

I will definitely be reading this series again in the future. If you haven’t given this one a try you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s a reason book one hit the NY Times bestsellers list. I have a feeling Falling Into Us will become a bestseller as well. Again, these books are truly amazing.

Well done, Ms Wilder. You’ve made a fan for life.

Review: Falling Into You by Jasinda WilderFalling Into You by Jasinda Wilder
Series: Falling #1
Published by Self Published on March 14, 2013
Pages: 223
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I wasn't always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn't teach me how to live. He didn't heal the pain. He didn't make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.

My thoughts…

Falling Into You is a story about first love, loss, learning to heal, and how to love again. I loved, loved, loved this one. It’s highly emotional and I sobbed many times while reading it. You know the snotty blubbering tears. I just couldn’t help it.

The story starts off so sweet. You get to experience the sweet innocent love between Nell & Kyle. Together they experience many firsts and I was so sad things ended the way they did for them. I knew from the synopsis that Kyle was going to die and even though I knew this it still tugged at my heartstrings.

After Kyle dies the story picks up a couple years later. Now here’s where things are a little iffy. Certain “circumstances” had to happen in order for things to come together with the story. I’m not saying they were unrealistic, but I had to kind of accept how things happened so that Nell & Colten could come together. This is not in any way a negative towards the story. Just something I had to accept. I don’t know. It’s a little hard to explain.:)

Anyway, I think Nell & Colton were good for each other when they reconnected. Both of them were broken. Both of them dealt with issues in unhealthy ways, but they were able to work through their issues together and that’s why I loved them. I think dealing with the past together helped strengthened their bond and I was really happy to see how things turned out for them.

Ms Wilder has a great writing style. I am so happy I took a chance on a new to me author. I can see myself reading more of her works in the future.

Next up is Falling Into Us. I’m starting this one immediately. Falling Into You was such an incredible read and I can’t wait to see what happens between Becca & Jason in the next book.

I’m giving Falling Into Us five stars. I think it’s a story that will stick with me for a long time. I can definitely see myself buying a copy in print for my shelves and those of you who read my reviews regularly know that I don’t say that often.

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