Misconceptions about the Romance Genre with Alexi Lawless

A friend of mine said, “I just can’t read that Fifty Shades stuff.” And given the enormous success of that series, I get where she’s coming from, but it’s unfair to paint the genre as just that when it’s really so much more diverse and multi-layered.

Whether it’s a result of the lack of filters with self-publishing or the fact that Romance is the highest-selling segment in fiction right now, the genre has become so multi-faceted, there’s really something there for everyone (even men). Gone are the days where historical, Danielle Steele and Harlequin were the only visible heavyweights. You have a really interesting grouping of romances dedicated to rockers, fighters, cowboys, military, multicultural, triangles, Erotica, Young Adult, Teen, Mystery, Suspense, and the list goes on and on.

One of the biggest misconceptions about today’s romance genre is that it’s just for women. I think Complicated Creatures – and many books in the romance genre – have a broader appeal. It always bothered me that stories slotted into genres already seem destined to be gender or sexual orientation – specific. I want to write for the broadest audience possible. You might not like every scene, but I want you to love the cumulative effect of the story and fall in love with the characters. That’s the key to success in my mind.
Where Does Complicated Creatures Fit into the Romance Genre?  

I don’t think my book can be easily slotted into one genre besides the fact that it’s a work of fiction. It doesn’t belong in straight Romance. It’s not entirely Action/Suspense, and it doesn’t sit in Military fiction either. I like to think of it as just “damn good fiction.

I haven’t read many others that I think resemble my work, but a few recent ones have really impressed me and encouraged me to think outside the “traditional romance” box.

For starters, Karina Halle only recently came onto my radar. I readOn Every Street stuck in a house out in the Mojave Desert and literally could not put that thing down. The whole “Sins & Needles” series was a real eye-opener for how the whole Romance genre was evolving. Her characters are seriously flawed, but with the kind of personalities you can completely root for. My favorite character had to be Javier, he was so filthy good. Writing like hers really encourages me–I feel like there’s a broader appetite for smart characters, stressful situations and moral gray zones.

Tarryn Fisher blew the top of my head off with The Opportunist. I wept at the end of it before promptly getting up and hurling my Kindle across the room, I was so furious. That’s some damn good, dark & twisty writing. I enjoy how unafraid Ms. Fisher is to address how ugly human nature is as well as how selfish love can really be, and yet still manage to wrap that up in a tantalizing, gorgeous romance of a story.

Truthfully though, I haven’t read many books that manage to combine action, suspense, romance and erotica all in a single book like Complicated Creaturesdoes. If you have recommendations, please please send them along. Writing is a lonely haul sometimes, and it always helps to have good companions.

About the author.  


Corporate Runaway. Novelist. Wanderer. Bourbon Drinker.  

Alexi LAWLESS has been a closeted writer for thirty-odd years—from way back when she was banging out stories on a Commodore 64 to her years writing the corporate strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. But it was two years ago, laid up after foot surgery, that she started to seriously consider whether it was time to come out as the novelist she’d always wanted to be.

Armed with a laptop and an around-the-world ticket, she quit the corporate scene and set out to see if her passion for writing was more than a pipe-dream. Less than a year later, Alexi’s debuting her first published novel, Complicated Creatures: Part One, with the second book due out this summer. And while you may catch her sipping a drink in Miami Beach, you’re more likely to find her indulging her nomadic tendencies somewhere in Latin America or Southeast

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Complicated Creatures Part One is the debut of a five-part series

  • Part One, which is available now.
  • Novella 1.5, which will hopefully be ready sometime in July to people who sign up on my website.
  • Part Two, which will be available at the end of the summer.
  • Novella 2.5, which will come out in the fall.
  • The Prequel to Complicated Creatures which will be a full-length YA story about Sam when she goes to college, available around Christmas/New Year’s. And finally…
  • Part Three, the conclusion to the Complicated Creatures series, available this time next year.






What happens when curiosity becomes obsession?

From author Alexi LAWLESS, the first part in a provocative romantic suspense series…

Luck is Jack Roman’s middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he’s immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have…

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine erotic romance that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

To read an Excerpt, scroll back up to the book cover and click on “Look Inside

Note to the Reader: Complicated Creaturesis the first ebook in a series of erotic romantic-suspense fiction. It is recommended for readers 18+ for mature content… these are not your mother’s romance novels

“A Stellar Read!” – Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

“Alluring, Suspenseful & Compelling…”

“Sharp, Lush and Vivid Writing Style”



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