Love Bites by K. Alexander

I never seek out the shady bars, mix with a bunch of big leather clad women or get involved in bar brawls, but I’ll let you know that I do let out the occasional profanity when a driver cuts into my lane! Yes – you may call me dull, and yes I might miss out on quite a bit of what life has to offer, but at least I don’t ever wake up with a bruised face after a night on the town!

Sometimes the things that life has to offer aren’t the things you wish for. So I guess that I can sympathize with Beck when she “celebrates” the day of her “six-month-liberty” – the kind of liberty you gain when you girlfriend decides that the arms of another woman is much more alluring than yours – and get herself into a tussle in a bar, just because she is hurting and ….. drunk. Luckily for Beck someone quite nice and sexy is ready to go save a damsel in distress and throw in a comforting embrace and the likes. So maybe something good will come off this little altercation after all?

Now don’t get disappointed if Beck ends up with more that just a little one-on-one action. Who wouldn’t like to get sandwiched between two gorgeous women? But don’t get too worked up – this is definitely not erotica – even if the storyline do include a gorgeous third lady in the plot.

This is humour with a romantic twist created by way of a lively banter between Beck, her knight in shining amour “Big Sexy” or Eileen as she prefers to call herself, and Laura – the infamous third lady. The bantering is a fun way to create a dynamic storyline focused on the three protagonists and some well constructed humorous episodes.

If you like Larisa’s stories you might also like K. Alexander’s “Love Bites” as it have a bit of the screwball comedy style of Larisa but without the stereotype characters and storyline.

An Audience with the Sidewalk Saviour by K. Alexander

In my humble opinion, K. Alexander is one of the finest writers in Atheneum’s vast index. To tell the truth, when I was picking and choosing my all time faves I had another of her stories (Deus ex machina) in my mind. Unfortunately, the author took it off the site.

Fortunately, more recent An Audience with the Sidewalk Saviour is just as good.

If I had to pick one single thing about this author’s stories to praise above all, it would be Alexander’s talent for unexpected, a high praise indeed in the field of romance (which is too often a synonym for cliche). Writing classes can teach you a lot; consistent writing can polish your style; a good editor will do marvels for the flow. But this, this ability to surprise, is almost as rare a gift as the one India Waits possesses.

Also, Alexander has an eye for detail: the settings are impressively real, be it a cut-throat atmosphere of a TV studio or misery of an African mission hospital.

Her dialogues (particularly bantering between two main characters) are a joy to read. They are sharp and witty, her observations often pithy.

An Audience with the Sidewalk Saviour is an original story in both meanings of the word. As in – not a fan fiction story but, also, a really original plot. The hero is reluctant, the motives unclear, the consequences life-threatening. Also, (Thank you, K. Alexander!) the love story is as far away from the concept of soul mates as you can be, and it’s most definitely not a love at the first sight. These two very strong headed, complicated women love each other despite themselves; they are wonderfully and completely unsuitable for each other (like a tsunami just waiting to happen).

I love Alexander’s characters. All of them, even the ones who appear in a paragraph or two are fleshed out. There’s no cardboard silhouette in sight.

This story is many things – a love story, a social commentary, a drama, but most of all, it’s a character study. Throughout the whole novel we are peeling off the layers of India Waits – a beautiful, awkward, freakish, heroic, faulty and very contemporary heroine. And every time you think you understand her reasons, the picture tilts.

All in all, an amazing novel, much recommended. I’m looking forward for more from this writer.