by Marie Hall
Series: Kingdom #1
Published on July 16, 2012 by Smashwords
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch.
The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.
Alice, Alice, oh are you the real Alice? Because he’s been waiting for the true Alice, not the woman who ripped his heart to shreds and left the pieces behind. So is this Alice the right Alice? Fairy Godmother Danika seems to think so, and if it helps her save her boys, the Bad Five–the so-called villains of Kingdom–then all the better. Because they’re on borrowed time and if she doesn’t find their mates, that’s it for them. Poor Alice Hu. She never stood a chance against Danika and her fierce protectiveness of her boys. The baker spent her days in her shop and dreamed of the Hatter. Her obsession turned out to be quite handy when she gets thrown in with the entirely insane storybook character.
I have standards when it comes to fairy tale re-tellings, especially when they center around Wonderland. There are so many out there. A few of my favorites include The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, and SyFy’s mini series Alice. Both stuck to the tale to an extent, and this is where Her Mad Hatter stands out. The plot revolves around Hatter, the “villain” and what happened to him when Danika’s last “Alice” ripped his heart out. And Alice is not the typical powder-blue-dressed blonde. In fact, the diversity of the characters really made me love this book. Character diversity isn’t something I see often, though it’s becoming more prominent. And not only does this Alice stand out, she also has a heart-wrenching background that almost brought tears to my eyes.
But this is a romance novel through and through, so who wants to hear about the characters? You guys want to know how steamy this book is, right? Well…
It’s hot. Hatter–The Mad Hatter–is hot. Hatter and Alice together are explosive in the Wonderland-esque sense. They have 3 days to fall in love, 3 days that Alice can’t leave his teacup of a home, and 3 days for Hatter to realize this Alice isn’t like the last. What they have is deeper than just a passionate hook-up.
Sure, all of this love business happens in the span of only a few days, but it works with the concept of soulmates that the book works off of. She’s his Alice, and he’s her Hatter. Is it cheesy? Yes. Did I expect anything less? Not really. This novel is ideal for a quick fantastical romance.
For a free eBook (both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble), it’s definitely worth the read. I’m excited to see what happens with the next of the Bad Five, Gerard, in the sequel.