So, Alta has brought us the third book in her Wonderland series with Ace of Diamonds. We get the big finale of Lyriope and Nick’s story, and it is a doozy.
As a warning, there are likely to be spoilers from the previous one because the books take place one right after the other. As always, I will try to keep them down, but there are times it will be really hard to do, so continue at your own risk.
So, Lyriope has just left Nick in the company of her father. He won the auction, and now he’s taking her home so that she can be a real Morelli, or at least that’s what she thinks. What he’s really doing is taking her to his house so that he can sell her off as a bride to another family. Lyriope really has big hopes for this. She really just wants for her father to accept her, and she thinks that this is what happening right now, which, yeah, what do you really think? When they get to his house, he basically locks her in a room, and then proceeds to ignore her, unless he wants a command performance.
Nick, meanwhile, is basically breaking down, at least in his very Nick way. He might not be sitting in his room crying, but he is plotting. One night he sneaks into Lyriope’s room and, oh yeah, torches Old Man Morelli’s garage full of beautiful and expensive collector cars. Then, he decides that he’s going to have a Wonderland, and it’s going to be an orgyriffic time, and he wants an opinion invite to all the Morellis, just to show that they haven’t beat him. And of course, Lyriope shows up. And show up she does!
Lyriope really went through a lot in this book. Her dad is a right prick, and frankly, that’s being nice to him. He really is just ugh. I think that Lyriope really needed this time with her “father” because she really needed to see what he was like and to get past her fantasy about being a happy family. I mean, he could’ve gotten to know her at any time in her life, or hell, even give her family some support. Which really should’ve given her an idea, I think.
Nick is Nick, he has plans upon plans upon plans. I think that there are times that Lyriope surprises him, which had to be shocking to him. He definitely helped her grow into the queen she is, and he was there for her.
This was a great story and I really enjoyed watching their journey.