Review: Beta by Jasinda Wilder

My Thoughts

Jasinda Wilder flips the story unexpectedly in this suspenseful page turner designed to get your heart racing from the very beginning.

4 four stars

Synopsis

Beta iBooksRoth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St. John. Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn’t know were possible.

Life was pretty incredible.

Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note. There were only four words:

He belongs to me.

 

My Review

This story is not what you expect. It doesn’t go down the path you think it would. Jasinda Wilder manages to surprise me by flipping the story onto its back and it totally works. She flipped a trope in a way I didn’t expect and in a way that shed light on Roth’s behavior in Alpha. In fact, I enjoyed this book much more than its predecessor, which surprised me, given that I loved the first book too. The characters felt better developed, the connection between our two protagonists believable and richer, the story line well paced. I loved that she kept the sexy backbone of the story, but I felt as if this sequel focused more on the characters, their past and the feelings that sparked and coursed between them. In addition, the suspense was utterly addictive as my heart raced anxiously through some harrowing and chill-inducing scenes. The story darkens and there were aspects of it that were hard to read from a character experience perspective, but I thought the way she brought awareness to a topic explored was rather bold.

“And everywhere I looked there he was. Telling me he loved me. Him, Valentine Roth, gorgeous, ripped, talented, gazillionaire businessman. He loved me. And he never got tired of telling me, showing me, making sure I knew I belonged to him.”

Kyrie and Roth had been living their happily ever after. Their time spent devouring each other between the sheets as well as globe-trotting to a new, exciting place each time the sun rose. But one day, Kyrie wakes up to an empty bed… a cold and chilling emptiness made worse by a knife and a note… He belongs to me.

“You are mine, my dearest Valentine.  I want you at my mercy.  I want you squirming and begging. So beg, Valentine. Beg me to stop.”

Roth’s absence unearths truths that were buried… dark truths Kyrie is shocked to discover. And suddenly, bullets rain all around her as danger pursues and she’s swept into a new reality she couldn’t begin to imagine.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you at all, so I’ll cease the major plot points there.  There’s a great deal of action, some heavy emotional issues and tons of suspense. This book really does have a different feel to it and I think lots of people will really enjoy this second installment. The only thing I battled with was the ending. Jasinda chose to end in an intriguing way (a perspective she explains), yet I would have loved to see a more tightly closed conclusion given the circumstances IF the series ends here, if it does not, it’s really rather perfect and a solid 5-star read. You guys will have to weigh in once you read the suspenseful continuation of Roth and Kyrie’s story. I assure you, you’re in for a ride!

“You belong to me, Kyrie St. Claire. That is true now and that will always be true.”

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Note, if story lines that cover rape/torture/violence are triggers, this may not be the book for you.

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About Jasinda

Jasinda headshotNew 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. Jasinda is represented by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency.

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