Max Colton’s Road to Wonderland
by H. A. Robinson
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.
“I want to be all cool and smooth, say something that would go down as one of those epic quotes from the movies. Instead, all I can manage is, ‘Drink.’ World changing. Drink. That’s it. All I can manage with the most beautiful girl in the world in front of me is drink. I want to smack myself around the face repeatedly…”
“I can’t help wondering whether he’s as hard on her as he is on me. Is that just how he is with everybody? I’ve spent my life believing I’m just one giant disappointment to him, but for the first time ever it occurs to me that maybe the entire world disappoints him.”
“She carries her kindness almost like a badge of honor, impossible to hide from the world, which she doesn’t even try to do.”
“This thing called life has a way of testing us all a little too much, doesn’t it? I think we’re all ready to take a holiday back to childhood sometime soon… Or maybe not. That wasn’t too much fun either.”
I adore Max Colton, he is smart, witty, rich, successful, driven, and fun, but he is also terribly flawed and forever scarred and deeply wounded by his asshat of a sperm donor. I am astounded in noting this is the author’s first book. I am extremely impressed with the skill in carving out banter and humor in the midst of the tension and melancholy musings, as that balance is a difficult divide to cross, yet H. A. Robinson proved quite agile and repeatedly traversed this chasm in an unfailingly entertaining and enthralling manner. Ms. Robinson has provided us with another well-crafted and intelligently written installment of a highly addicting series that I would gladly keep reading into perpetuity.