Release Date: Oct 2, 2018
Series: Southern Gentlemen
Heat Level: Sensual
A slow-paced romance with rich in setting and story.
This is book two in Alexander’s Southern Gentlemen series and I’m wondering how I missed out on book one.
Let’s start with all the things I loved, besides the super cool, tall, drink of fine named Bryan James. He’s our hero of this story and worth all the drooling over. Outside of a hero to swoon for, Alexander gives readers the fabulous, intelligent and well-dressed Alexis Devers. She’s successful in her own right, but her love life has always taken a backseat to her focus on her fashion designing career.
Outside of fully fleshed characters come rich, thorough descriptions of setting that made sights and sounds come alive. This especially present with the descriptions of Raleigh. I lived there for nine months and miss the area a lot. It’s refreshing to see Raleigh get a little book setting love. Not only do general settings get plenty of airtime, but the fashion pieces, and down to the respect and descriptions given to Alexis and Bryan’s jobs. There was no expense spared, which I enjoyed. I got as involved with the characters passions for their lives as well as the romance blooming between them.
Then came…tasteful, elegant love scenes. These are emotionally charged and descriptive but would be perfect for those who enjoy less graphic language without sacrificing heat.
As for things I wasn’t sure about, pop culture references. There were many of these I wasn’t familiar with and others I had to do some research on. This author is expanding my own pop culture horizons, which as a pop culture junkie I appreciate.
Finally, the villains or the antagonists. There really wasn’t a super front runner in this field, but Alexis’ brother, Maxwell, I wanted to punch in the face from time to time. Maxwell is the oldest sibling and I can relate to his protective nature, but he went a bit overboard and too heavy-handed at times. I kept waiting for someone to put him in his place. Additionally, other antagonists seemed to get away with their actions or were never completely resolved.
As to the conflict, not a lot of things kept Alexis and Bryan apart. This is not a high conflict love story. It’s just a love story. If you like high-stakes/high tension then this book is not for you. If you’re the type of reader who enjoys some fine dining, feel-good, love at first sight with a slow burn you found the right story. This is also not a heavy hooking book, and the beginning played out a little wonky with pacing. But, mid-way through there were some external conflicts/story questions between Bryan and Alexis with secondary characters that kept the pages turning.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I found it not a book I sped through and instead slowed things down for me. Though, I’m hopeful there will be more in the series, as I became invested in the heroine’s sister and brother. I would eagerly devour their HEA’s. Also, Kianna Alexander is going on my list of authors to read more of. I’m interested in diving into her backlist and see what jewels are resting there.