This is the 3rd book in Felicity’s Men of Honor series. The series, or at least the ones with Alice, have a very heavy Alice in Wonderland vibe. Doctored is an Alice book, and her partner is Dr. Oscar Hatton, who has a hat habit, and is also known as the Mad Hatter.
Here is a quick history of the story. The Men of Honor aren’t actually all that honorable. They are a huge crime network. Oscar is the doctor of the bunch, and he makes sure that everyone is as healthy as possible. Alice is an MI5 agent who was sent in to shut him down. Only Oscar and his buddy, the head of his group knew who she was when she came in, and they took her. And she became Oscar’s.
So, this one starts off some time after the first book, in which Alice was captured. She’s been the Mad Hatter’s captive, and he has kept her tied up, bound, gagged, and done all kinds of deliciously dirty things to her. She likes it, but she tries really hard not to, because she’s supposed to fight to get free of him, and she’s still trying to keep her eyes open for ways to escape, because as an MI5 agent, that’s what she’s supposed to do.
Oscar leaves her tied up, but she manages to get out, and is waiting for him when he comes back. She kicks the fuck out of him, and escapes his room, stark ass naked, whereupon the Cheshire cat helps her escape and she makes it back to MI5.
I like Alice. I do think that she has a real stubborn streak, and I think that is a good thing, at least part of the time. It has served her well in the past, and helped her get to where she is in MI5. But, I think that there are times that she isn’t helped much by the stubborn streak, but it is hard to turn that off. I do think that she also has a bit of a blind spot, at least when it comes to MI5. I want to say that she’s naïve, but I’m really not sure that naïve is the right word for it. But the flavor is there, at least.
Oscar doesn’t have the same issue, but I think that he has some blindness of his own. Or maybe some obliviousness. I think that it is going to be interesting to see what happens with him and Alice. I think there are going to be some really interesting things happening.
OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!