Friday, October 28, 2022

New Release-Review & Excerpt: ALISTAIR IN WONDERLAND by Ariella Zoelle - Includes Giveaway!

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Alistair in Wonderland
By Ariella Zoelle

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Wonderland Ever After, Book 1

Alistair falls down the rabbit hole and becomes the new Alice. Can he save Wonderland’s magic by falling in love with his fated mate?

My life sucks until Bianco shows up. He’s a gorgeous albino who promises me a fun adventure while looking like a handsome prince from a fairy tale. I happily follow him down the rabbit hole in the hopes of getting up to some sexy shenanigans.

Imagine my shock when I discover he’s the famous White Rabbit from the books and one of the last shifters left in Wonderland! Even more surprising is finding out I’m a descendant of the original Alice, which means I’m the only person who can bring the missing magic back to their world.

That’s all well and good, but our incredible chemistry is highly distracting. It’s impossible to resist our intense attraction when I’m his fated mate, so why bother trying? But maybe there’s a way to have it all.

What if forming a mating bond with Bianco is the way to make all my dreams come true and save Wonderland at the same time?

Alistair in Wonderland is the first book in the Wonderland Ever After series. This sweet-with-heat MM paranormal fantasy romance features affectionate shifters, fated mates, and a magical gay romance. These books have hilarious characters to adore, a lot of sexy fun times, and no angst love stories that make you laugh and swoon. Escape into this Wonderland full of whimsy, where everyone gets a HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed in order.

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Chapter 1: Alistair Hargreaves

The sudden feeling of a man pressing close against my back made me stiffen in surprise. His deep voice had my d*ck’s immediate attention as he murmured in my ear, “You look like you want to run away.” His sexy British accent got me all hot and bothered, which outweighed my outrage at being manhandled by some entitled billionaire looking for a new boy toy.

His cologne was a dark, woodsy scent that stirred desire within me. The romantic in me wanted to breathe him in deep and give myself over to whatever sinful pleasures he wished to bestow upon me. The horny-virgin part of my brain was ready for him to bend me over the nearest table and f*ck me in front of everyone until I screamed his name while I came harder than I ever had in my life. I had never experienced such a visceral reaction to a person before. It was a little disorienting.

When I didn’t react, he reached out and wrapped an arm around my waist. He pulled me flush against his firm body as his lips ghosted over the tip of my ear in a way that made me go weak in the knees as my c*ck grew rock hard.

My gaze darted around the room to make sure everyone was ignoring us. Somehow, the world had gone into slow motion, as if I was a step outside of time, with the man pressed against my back. Satisfied that no one was paying attention, I finally found my voice. “Can you blame me?”

His dark chuckle reverberated through me, filling me with a lustful need to ride his c*ck until I came all over his stomach. “Not at all. It’s so dreadfully dull here.” I stiffened with a startled noise when he traced the shell of my ear with his tongue, putting me at risk of coming in my pants like a teenager with no self-control. “Shall we entertain ourselves with an adventure somewhere a little more private?”

My c*ck was desperately interested in what was being offered. I had never done more than kiss a guy before, but if the man was even half as hot as his voice sounded, I’d be down to let him do anything he wanted to me. Hell, if he was only a tenth as sexy as the fantasy version of him in my head, he could buy me with his millions for his personal collection. Screw having morals. At least I’d finally have sex.

Curious about the handsome stranger, I turned to face him. I had been prepared to see a gross ogre of a skeezy rich guy ogling me, but he was the most beautiful man I had ever seen in my life. He appeared to have been born from moonlight, stardust, and dreams come true. Dressed in a white suit with a metallic pink vest and tie, he resembled a prince who had stepped out of the pages of a fairy tale. His hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were pure white, giving him a striking appearance. He had the most unusual dark pink eyes, which were bright with amusement at my stunned expression. Although they were probably contacts, they looked startlingly real.

The combined effect of his appearance and scent sparked my arousal into a roaring blaze. I didn’t disguise the fact that I was fully erect because when someone was that sexy, he was probably used to it. I swallowed hard as I gazed up at him in awe. “What kind of adventure?”

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Carra's Review

This was such a great read.  It was funny, sexy, sensual, and an amazing play on the Alice in Wonderland stories.  It starts out hot, and then just keeps you riveted through the very last page with wit and fun characters who I absolutely loved.

Alistair is sweet and funny, with an open mind and a ready-for-anything attitude.  His attraction to Bianco (a.k.a the White Rabbit) is immediate, and lucky for him it’s the same for Bianco.  More insta-lust than insta-love at first for sure…at least until the fated mate possibility comes up, prompting realizations on both sides.  One thing is absolutely certain—these two have Chemistry (and yes, the capital “C” is on purpose ;-) ).

The cast of supporting characters is wonderful, lining up with many of the characters from the Alice stories.  The translation from those original books to the characters found here is creative and resulted in an unforgettable cast whose own stories I am super-psyched to read.

The only wish I had for this book was that it would have been longer.  There really weren’t any dramatic barriers for the main characters to overcome, so when the climax of the story arrived (figuratively and literally), it felt like it went a bit fast.  It just felt a bit too easy…though with the setup provided for some of the other characters, the author may be biding their time for the drama.

Alistair in Wonderland was a 4.5-star read for me and I’m already keeping an eye out for the next book in the series with the King of Hearts and Cheshire (such a naughty cat!).  I’m even more intrigued for Hatter and Vivalter; the two of them here were almost ethereal in their interactions.  If you love fantasy retellings, shifters, magic, and lighthearted zero-angst stories, adding this one to your library is a no-brainer.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content. 

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About the Author:

Ariella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. She writes low angst stories full of heat, humor, and heart. But sometimes she's in the mood for something with a bit more angst and drama. If you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.

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