Review: Couldn’t Ask For More by Kianna Alexander

Posted October 16, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 4 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Couldn’t Ask For More by Kianna Alexander
Couldn't Ask For More

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Series: Southern Gentlemen #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on October 2, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A fashion designer and a textile industry exec suddenly find themselves in need of an engagement while trying to land big deals for their careers and juggling all the complexities of family and that natty little problem called real love.  This was a soft hitter and a gently-paced story where engaging characters, detailed settings, family, and slow-burn love were a nice bit of southern delight.


Couldn’t Ask for More turned out to be book two in the Southern Gentlemen series about a group of guys who all matriculated at the same university fraternity and kept up their friendships and community work together.  Because of this set up of a series of loosely connected standalones in a series, I was able to jump right in no sweat.

Alexis is finally seeing her dream of her clothing designs go into production and be worn by hard working women who want taste and elegance, but function, too.  Only, there was a boo boo said in front of an influential person and now she needs a fiance’ stat.  Meanwhile, Bryan’s dad has put him on notice that he needs to land another big account in a few weeks or his smarmy car salesman cousin will have his marketing and sales job.  He needs a fashion designer with a clothing design ready to go to mill and she needs a fiance’ what could possibly go wrong?  Or maybe a fake engagement is just what this pair needs to make it all go right?

This one was a slow mover up front.  I confess that I struggled to stay with it at times as a result.  But, that said, there are lovely layers and complexities.  I loved that the romance was not told in isolation.  There is family, friends, careers, community involvement, and the romance.
Both Lex and Bryan were great characters and had a heart for their work and for others.
A southern city setting and clothing design and manufacturing was a fun choice for background elements.
Family was a big element for both though they came from two different homes.  His dad enforced duty, doing one’s best, quality work and success while hers backed up her dreams.  Now, family was a bigger part in Lex’s side because there is the side line of her sister in an abusive situation that they all wanted to help with and her overprotective older brother struggling to see her with one of his best friend’s and more so seeing another friend in a relationship and falling in love.  I would think Maxwell is getting his story next or soon.

The romance was mixed with all the rest of their life activities, but I enjoyed how it developed from co-conspirators, to friends, and slipped into a true relationship without them noticing right away.  It was just a sweet and easy yet sensual thing.
Naturally, there was the token misunderstanding where Alexis got the wrong end of a stick, but it was swept up swiftly.  This niggled at me- not because I don’t want a story to be devoid of conflict because then I’m bored- but because I didn’t feel the Alexis of the rest of the book would have refused to let him explain and then it was all blown over within the week with a never mind all that and let’s move on.  Since I wanted them back together and being happy, I guess I’ll shrug and let it go.

All in all, I enjoyed my first jaunt with a new to me author and want to go back for the first book with Xavier’s second chance romance story and then hopefully on with Maxwell the no-commitments guy.  Those who appreciate a layered slow-build yet heartwarming and sensual contemporary romance should definitely keep this one in mind.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Kianna Alexander

Kianna Alexander

I’ve always loved the written word. For as long as I can remember, I read as much as I could, as often as I could. Cereal boxes, newspapers, product packaging. Ebony, Essence, and Jet Magazine. Billboards. I loved it all. I read the entire Fear Street series, as well as the Sweet Valley Books, from Twins and Friends through Sweet Valley High. Each week I’d bring 15 or 20 books home from the library, and read them all before the due date.

Now, my mother owned a pristine, barely touched collection of Harlequin romance novels, and I was not to touch them under any circumstances. Well, as a teenager, you know what that meant. I read some of them, and got my first introduction to romance.

When I was sixteen, I picked up my stepmother’s copy of Night Song, by Beverly Jenkins. The cover showed an obviously historical image of a black couple, against a beautiful backdrop, locked in a passionate embrace. With my love of history, I had to crack this book. What I read inside literally blew my mind. I was exposed to a wonderful, touching love story involving people who looked like me! What a thrill. To this day Night Song remains my favorite book, and I credit it with planting the seed of desire to write romance. I didn’t get serious until many years later, but that’s where it all began.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Bookworm Brandee
3 years ago

This sounds like a pretty good read all around, Sophia. It’s not without its problems but I like how family and career play such big roles in the story and I also like the sound of these two falling for each other without even realizing it. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, this was a nice one to come across. I do love stories set in the South, but usually they are small town so the urban setting with their careers was a nice change of pace. Haha! Yeah, they had no idea they were falling.

3 years ago

Oh….I may have to give this one a go. Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Oh yes, these are some easy going Southern Charmers, Sharonda. Both characters are genuinely nice people and it was easy to cheer them on. Hope you like it if you get the chance. 🙂