Blog Tour & ARC Review: Max Colton’s Road to Wonderland-H.A. Robinson


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Growing up with certain expectations and your entire life mapped out for you is never easy, but when the bar is set impossibly high, most would give up.
 
Not Max Colton.
 
Even as a child, his father is unrelenting. Discipline, rules and rigid control are all he knows. Nothing Max does is good enough, and no matter how hard he works, approval and recognition are always just out of reach.
 
From boarding school to university, Max gets a glimpse of the freedom he’s always been denied, and learns unexpected things about himself along the way. When he somehow finds himself thrust back under his father’s iron rod of control, that freedom proves harder to let go of than he anticipated and he finds himself caught in a balancing act between his lifelong battle for his father’s approval and living out his own hopes and dreams.
 
With loves found and lost and his friends at his side, Max has to navigate through the world one step at a time. People aren’t always as they seem, and every stone unturned reveals a new challenge, bringing him closer to a future that has always seemed elusive and uncertain.
 
A future that holds success, freedom and love he never expected to have.
 
A future that will offer loyal friends and a home that isn’t confined to a building.
 
A future that leads him to Wonderland.
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4.5/5 Stars
Max Colton’s Road to Wonderland is an intense, emotional whirlwind. Filled with heartbreaking moments of inadequacy, fear, self-loathing, and confusion, Max’s trip to wonderland is as bumpy and compelling as the others.

One of the more impressive elements of the Wonderland series is that each book is brutally honest, no-holds-barred on the emotional turmoil and all around terrible lives the characters have experience. Nothing is as perfect as it seems on the surface, everyone is going through something and it’s the particular magic captured on pages that anyone can relate to. Some stories will hit closer to home than others and it may be rough but it’s worth the ride.

Max’s fear is crippling and debilitating to the extent that he visible flinches and stutters around his father. The constant disappointment and incurable need to seek his approval is moving and achingly sad to read. No matter how mean, no matter how he lies and manipulates him, he’s still his dad and that’s everything. Max is desperate for some semblance of control when he feels his father has a hand in every major choice. The pressure within himself escalates to a toxic, explosive level. Everything in Max’s life is carefully controlled and choices are made with his father in mind. The physical and psychological effects are like an nasty case of PTSD. Every ounce of pain and fear Max suffers, you’ll feel it, deeply and thoroughly. There’s a sense that he’ll never escape from under his father’s thumb as Max continues to sacrifice his own happiness in a hopeless attempt to appease his father.

What I loved about this story is not only Max’s powerful, raw voice but the series of relationships explored. Each woman Max feels affection towards is different; Annabelle brings light and laughter to his life, he can finally relax and ease the tension gripping his body through exploration in BDSM. As Max learns to revel in this other part of himself, it’s almost cathartic. Each new relationship reveals more of who Max is as a person and the man he wants to be. Max learns and grows, finding it within himself to speak up and stand his ground, some times more than others.

Friendship becomes the place where he can be himself. His comfortable, playful banter with Moira is lively and hilarious. Together, they’re two little kids with really foul mouth blundering through life with bottles of alcohol and naughty thoughts. They’re perfectly adorable. And Izzy. I’ve loved Izzy since I read her Wonderland book but this rowdy, loud, happy Izzy is beautiful to read knowing how far she’s come.

Max’s story deals with abuse and adult themes/BDSM. These might be triggers for some.

Sex scenes were numerous but brief. Some of the BDSM scenes were abrupt, short, and ended too quickly. The details weren’t especially graphic and were often a little summary.

Questions were left unanswered that will have you begging for the next book. The ending particularly and the mysteries leading up to it.

Max is an amazing, kind-hearted, catch of a man. He’s temptation, dominance and compassion all rolled into one very sexy guy. The physical and emotional scars of his past make him but far from break him. One of the best, gut-wrenching aspects revolves around his idea of himself as a father, how much love and nurturing he’d shed on his child, every bit of love this father never granted him. My heart shattered into itty bitty pieces at his longing to be better, to share his kindness. I mean, Max Colton is girl kryptonite. He’s got everything going for him and toss in the swoony yearning to be a father, to take care of his woman, his quirks. Destroyed. Max Colton has my heart on a string, hook, line, and sinker.

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cooltext1889178114 copyH. A. Robinson is a jet-setting billionaire with a home on each continent, who spends her free time saving kittens from trees and babies from burning buildings. A graduate of Hogwarts and a frequent visitor to Narnia, she drinks coffee in Central Perk and tames dragons in Westeros. 

In her dreams…

In reality, she’s a support worker living in a small town in Cheshire, who would almost always choose fantasy over reality. She’s been an obsessive reader from the moment she picked up her first Enid Blyton book, more years ago than she cares to admit, and enjoys nothing more than getting lost in new worlds and adventures from the minds of all the amazing authors out there.
She’s had the voices of characters in her head for as long as she can remember, and puts them down on paper in order to convince herself and the men in white coats that she isn’t crazy.

The Road to Wonderland Series:

  Izzy @ Amazon US    Paris @ Amazon US     Ethan @ Amazon US 

   Izzy @ Amazon UK   Paris @ Amazon UK    Ethan @ Amazon UK 

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Pleasant reading, 
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