Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - The Wonder of You (A Different Kind of Wonderland #1) by Harper Kincaid

THE WONDER OF YOU by Harper Kincaid is LIVE!

Special Release Week Price - $1.99


What if Alice didn’t fall down the rabbit hole, but instead, traveled through Lincoln Tunnel into another kind of Wonderland: New York City.

The best day of twenty-five year old Alice Leighton’s life was the day she got to put her nothing special, lil Southern town in her rear-view mirror. Good-bye to phony ‘bless your hearts’ and ‘I’ll pray for you’ crap, all while talking trash behind her back. She’s New York City’s latest addition and she’s going to work her ass off proving she earned her spot in the country’s top grad program.
Never again will she let some jerk derail her future and break her heart. Oh, and no more players. 

She’s D.O.N.E with the ‘cool guys’. 

Getting caught up in Dare Grangeworth, the art world’s resident bad boy, was not part of her Alice 2.0 plan, even if he is just her type, with his beard, tats sleeves and intense green eyes. When he’s not dodging the press or his cultish fan base, Dare’s making art that makes a statement. Women seem to lose their heads around him – all the more reason why he finds Alice’s candor refreshing. He’s used to women giving in – not giving attitude.

He has to get to know this girl, even if it means allowing himself to be the subject of her research. Before too long, he becomes more than a simple outlier she can explain away. And for him everything starts to feel larger than life and upside down, like a heady rush, all while desperately trying not to lose his heart. 

Become lost and found in this re-imagined story of Alice and her cast of characters, in a world where Wonderland meets Sex-and-the-City. 

From the first sentence of this book, I was hooked on the story of "Dixie" and "City".

Alice is recently relocated to New York to complete her master's degree, and while she might be fresh from the south, she's no shrinking violet. She's got her small circle of support (older sister Caroline, and friends Rayna and Lulu). They've all got each other's backs, providing support and being the shoulder to cry on when needed.

Dare is the celebrated wunderkind of the art world, but don't let that fool you. Raised by a single mother, he might be tall enough to have his head in the clouds, but he's grounded in reality and hasn't let fame go to his head. He's also not-brace yourself for it-a manwhore.

I know right?! Clutch your pearls!

The chemistry between these two is electric right from the start, even if they didn't exactly get off on the right foot; I love how Alice used her southern charm to put Dare in his place with a thinly veiled smackdown that got into his psyche and really resonated with him.

Both Dare and Alice seem to have a history of jumping into relationships to quickly, with each of their last relationships not ending on a positive note. Alice is determined to not lose her self-awareness with Dare, and attempts to keep him at arm's length. Dare is more cautious after the demise of his previous relationship, but is pretty sure he's found his forever with Alice.

We get the requisite drama that leads to a split, but it's all cleared up so quickly it's more like a blip in the story. What I was impressed with was Alice's verbal smackdown to the panel conducting a hearing on her behavior after a pic was sold to the tabloids. Her speech wasn't long, but she managed to make direct hits in the span of two paragraphs and I only wish real life could work that way when someone is violated the way she and Dare were.

All in all, I thought this was a fun story and I'm hoping each of Alice's circle gets their own story, as well as Dare's assistant Ingrid, she needs to have her story told as well.



Born in California and raised in South Florida, Harper Kincaid has moved around like a gypsy with a bounty on her head ever since. For years, she was a jill of all trades and a master of none, but is now tickled hot pink to pen stories that break and mend people's hearts for a living. Kincaid believes seduction occurs from the neck up, which is why her characters are smart, sexy, and slightly quirky - and definitely worthy to be your next hard-core book crush.

When not writing, she adores listening to indie, lo-fi, complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds), and making those close to her laugh 'til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, loving new experiences and places, but has now happily settled in the cutest lil' town, Vienna, Virginia.

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