Alex in Wonderland by Max Monroe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️😉😀😘🥰
The heroine: Alex Little – She needs money and she recently got fired from her job as a bartender, so she got a job to play a bunny for a kids birthday party for Princess Party Productions. The white rabbit costume came with a note that said “Wear Me”.
The Hero: Matt Hadder – He lost his mother at a young age and inherited his father’s empire called Wonderland, Inc. A party planning organization that caters to the movers and shakers of the world. The company has been compared to the mafia. They keep the media and law enforcement in their back pocket and Matt uses them when necessary. He also use the money hungry’s greed to his advantage. Drugs and prostitution are used, but as a means to entertain the wealthy. They use tax loopholes of moving money through other countries as a boon to their bottom line and that of their clients.
The Story: Matt only trusts his security advisor Cal Monarch. He feels there is turmoil under him. He stays on top of it all, he fixes too many other peoples problems to not be aware of his own. When Alex ends up at the same party as Matt and potentially overhears some confidential information and sees her pick someone’s pocket, Matt decides to hire her to keep an eye on her. He was attracted to her and didn’t mind keeping both his eyes on her.
The book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. The narration was done by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden. They are both great narrators. I love Joe’s sexy gravelly voice and Maxine has an intelligent sounding voice with a sarcastic slant.
I liked both of these characters and this was a very cool retelling of Alice in Wonderland. There were many references to things from the Alice in Wonderland story, but it was all just peripheral stuff and this was still a very original story. The names were great (Harrison “Hare” March, Eric Queen, Matt Hadder, etc…) and the fact that Alex kept finding playing cards in the most innocuous places.
I loved the romance between Alex and Matt and the fact that Matt was this 6’6” muscular alpha male bad boy and he called her “Little One”. Matt wanted to protect Alex at times but was often proud of the way she reacted to situations and how she handled herself. This book was super steamy and had some great supporting characters as well. I find myself wishing this wasn’t a standalone and that we would get Cal’s story as well. I really liked this world.
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