Family, culture and tradition run deep in Kianna Alexander’s Couldn’t Ask for More. A North Carolina native, Alexander sets the action close to home in the romance between fashion designer Alexis Devers and textile manufacturing heir Bryan James.
Over the last few decades, the Tar Heel State has evolved from an agrarian economy to a hub of world-class universities, technology and creative arts. And Raleigh is the epicenter of that progressive boom. The people moving in are young, professional and multicultural, bringing a diverse new face and vibe to one of the South’s most dynamic states. One of the most compelling things about Couldn’t Ask for More is its evocation of the diverse, vibrant culture of Raleigh.
Like the city, fashion designer Alexis is young and bright and driven. Having enjoyed a successful decade in the industry working for other designers, she’s finally building her own brand and fashion line. It doesn’t even dim her excitement to learn that part of the buzz circulating around her new line is the fictional fiancé that her business partner made up—so Alexis propositions Bryan James, whose company will be manufacturing her new line. Not only is he handsome and willing to go along with the façade, he’s her brother’s best friend.
This story isn’t fraught with tension, and there’s no romantic waffling. Rather, with her fresh voice and obvious penchant for life in a big, nosy family, Alexander weaves a modern tale of two individuals forging their own paths to success, on their own time and in their own way. Her characters, like her voice, are contemporary, moving and effortlessly relatable.