I’m Matt Hadder.
I’ve been called ruthless, savage—even brutal—by the men and women who work for me. And I’ve earned my reputation.
Wonderland Inc., a party planning organization for every major player in the world, is Oz, and I’m its Wizard. I can make anything—drugs, prostitutes, deals—appear for a night and disappear just as quickly.
This doesn’t make me good or bad—it makes me essential.
Wonderland Inc. was my life, until a beautiful contradiction of innocence and impurity, obedience and rebelliousness named Alex Little stepped in and turned both of our worlds upside down.
Welcome to Wonderland, Alex.
A place where everything appears normal.
But we’re all mad.
Please keep your arms crossed over your chest and feet crossed at the ankle as you fall down the rabbit hole. The urge to open your mouth in shock will be strong, but we encourage you to keep it closed. There's no telling what could end up inside.
*Authors not responsible for personal injury on your ride through Wonderland.
Ok, so I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I love Max Monroe-I do-but I'm used to romcom Max Monroe, my swoony Max Monroe. So when I saw the blurb for this it was definitely different from anything I've ever read from them but I still wanted to give it a go. I still found some romance, a bit of a swoon and definitely found the hot and steamy moments they always provide.
Alex threw me for a loop. She seemed a bit younger than I expected for her age, but she was fun. I didn't connect with her at first, I admit, but I did warm up to her. She had some great one liners in here as well.
I fell for Matt in the prologue of the story. I can't lie. He's the reason I kept reading initially, I really wanted to know what made him tick. He was broody, secretive, sexy and powerful. He was a bit shady...but given the nature of this book he needed to be. He's a bit older than Alex, by 15 years, and I know that might bother some but it didn't bother me at all.
There's no denying the chemistry between these characters. It sizzles off the page, even as they both try to resist it. Max Monroe writes some of the best sexy times and I can absolutely say that the tradition of that continued in this book. More than that, I understood the connection between them. They were simply drawn together and fit together like puzzle pieces.
The secondary characters in this book detracted from the overall story for me a bit. I wanted more Alex and Matt and instead had all of these other people and situations vying for attention. I get that this is a different take on Alice in Wonderland and there are a lot of parallels one can make, but the secondary characters really pulled me out of the story sometimes. I did come back to the book more than once instead of reading straight through as I normally do with this duo.
This was a whole new style from Max Monroe and overall I did enjoy it. I'm intrigued to see what Max Monroe comes up with next. I would recommend this title.
“It is. It’s just…jarring.”
“You don’t find it natural?” I asked, putting a hand to her back and making her step closer. The pleasure girl moaned and writhed, her skin a flushed rose of arousal as Spade continued to play with her. Lou Diamond had joined them now too, feasting on her breasts and stroking his cock while kneeling on the plush red couch behind her opened leg.
Alex shook her head and nodded at the same time, her every nerve ending buzzing with confusion over what she’d been taught was appropriate, and the very opposite way she felt.
“That could be you,” I whispered, leaning into her back and grazing the shell of her ear with my breath.
She shivered—for about a millisecond—before bounding away and turning to meet my eyes, panic stark in hers. “Me? Do that? Like…right here? In front of people?” she stuttered. “No. No. Um, no.”
Excitement shot down my spine at her anxiousness. “No?” I questioned, careful to keep my tone reproachful. I wanted her to feel pressured—just to see if she could withstand it.
After a brief pause, she confirmed with a curt, determined shake of her head. “No.”
At six foot six and two hundred and seventy pounds, I was nothing short of physically intimidating. I was impressed by her backbone.
“Okay,” I agreed easily. Her eyes widened, and her plump lips parted. I took pleasure in her surprise.