New to me author duo Max Monroe is on the blog today with the first in their Twisted Fairytales dark romantic comedy series, narrated by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden.
Alex in Wonderland
I have to admit to a bit of a mixed impression from this one: not a love/hate relationship, but a bit of intriguing but something is missing. However, the story is fun, fast paced (occasionally too fast) and carries a solid undercurrent of sexual tension that dances around the dominant male, fueled by his dirty talking and control issues that get tossed into tumult with one waitress in a bunny suit. Oh it was fun and fast paced, lighthearted with plenty of action to move the story forward, but there was a lack of backstory and actual emotional moments that allowed a deeper connection for me to the characters – on the plus side: that did leave plenty of room for growth and development in further installments, but in this action and moving to the next challenge seemed to be the most important element.
Matt Hadder is running the family firm, Wonderland, Inc., inherited from his family. Despite the fact that Wonderland is THE company to plan and produce your event: the reputation is one that borders on mafia-like, with the rather ruthless and driven, making him essential and unquestioned. He’s not one for connections, and love isn’t in his vocabulary. He’s got control issues that enter the room before he does – and that makes him invaluable to those who use his company’s services.
Alex Little is a failed waitress with a desperate need for cash: but she’s got standards. Well, let’s just say that an offer to entertain at a child’s birthday party in a pink bunny suit is just something she can’t pass up – and of course, Max spots her and offers her a job….after she maybe, perhaps, possibly hears something she shouldn’t. He can’t afford for her to share what she heard, but he also can’t directly ask…..
These two have a lovely interplay that played solidly to the age difference (Matt is 15 years her senior) and into his control issues. Alex isn’t someone who instantly falls for his game –but she constantly keeps popping up in his way: acquiescent one moment, defiant the next, always striking that chord that keeps him guessing and coming back. Ultimately sweet even with the thread of danger and a bit of snark, the story carries a light, escape and just enjoy the ride story that leaves plenty of questions and secondary characters to wonder on for further stories.
Narration for this title is provided by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden, and the two worked well in the dual point of view story: each taking on a feel for the characters that is clearly presented in their descriptions. Both held tones that felt both age-appropriate and situationally appropriate to the events and characters, and the interplay between the two feels natural, as if you could overhear them in a restaurant. Secondary characters are presented with distinct voices that vary in tone and delivery speed, and the performance of the story helped to hold interest. It was a fun light title that was perfect for an afternoon escape, and I’m intrigued to see where the series will go.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 3.5
Title: Alex in Wonderland
Author: Max Monroe
Series: Twisted Fairytales #1
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Dark-theme, Fairy Tale Remix
Narrator: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Published by: Tantor Audio
Published on: 21 November, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 31 minutes
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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Max Monroe comes a new, sexy, and exciting twist on fairytales.
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.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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