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Better Than Easy [Paperback]

Nick Alexander
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Book Description

5 Mar 2009
Better Than Easy - the fourth volume in the bestselling 50 Reasons series - finds Mark about to embark on the project of a lifetime, the purchase of a hilltop gîte in a remote French village with partner Tom...

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: BIGfib Books (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2952489971
  • ISBN-13: 978-2952489973
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of ten novels:

The Fifty Reasons Series, following the life of lovelorn Mark
- 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye (2004)
- Sottopassaggio (2006)
- Good Thing, Bad Thing (2007)
- Better Than Easy (2009)
- Sleight Of Hand (2011)

Two novels featuring heroine CC
- The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend (2011)
- The French House (1st April 2013)

Two novels featuring Hannah
- The Half-Life of Hannah (2012)
- Other Halves (2013)

And the standalone novel
- 13:55 Eastern Standard Time (2008)

The Case Of The Missing Boyfriend was a huge kindle hit, reaching number #1 in Amazon's kindle chart, and remaining in the top ten for over six weeks. It was the 27th best selling ebook in the UK for the whole of 2011.

The Half-Life of Hannah also reached #1 and has sold over 260,000 copies to date.
The sequel, Other Halves, will be released on the 12th December, 2013.

I live in the southern French Alps with two mogs (Paloma-Paquita & Leon-Pedro), three (nameless) goldfish and a complete set of Almodovar films.

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Alexander successfully paints characters self-absorbed and full of human frailties. I now want to read the first three books... -- Blaze Magazine, Jan 15th 2009

Better Than Easy is my favourite of Alexander's novels... sweet, sexy, funny and tender... I laughed and cried. -- Time Out - March 2009

Gay fiction doesn't get much better than Better Than Easy -- Books to Watch Out For - March 2009


Better Than Easy is my favourite of Alexander's novels... sweet, sexy, funny and tender... I laughed and cried.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeding all expectations 8 Sep 2010
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Continuing the ups and downs of our hero's, Mark, love life we now find him living in Nice with is most recent boyfriend Tom. (While events follow on from Good Thing Bad Thing and the earlier stories, Better Than Easy is well able to stand on its own). The two lovers are looking to the future, planning to buy a gîte high in the mountains in the tiny Châteauneuf-d'Entraunes together and make a business doing bed & breakfast. Helping them will be Mark's old friend Jenny and her young daughter by among other things renting a flat in the gîte from them. But it is not all plain sailing, Marks is beginning to have doubts about Tom's commitment, not so much to the gîte project but to him, and just to complicate matters Jenny finds a boyfriend, handsome, charming and delightful Ricardo, a Columbian doctor; and there is a lot more to Ricardo than first appears.

The story revolves entirely around these four characters in a variation on the love-triangle theme, or perhaps more correctly a sort of disjointed love-square. It says a lot for the quality of the writing for while the plot ventures little beyond the build up to the signing of the contracts on the purchase of the gîte and the interactions between the four characters, ones interest never for one minute wanes. The characters are well drawn and believable, one can readily visualise the images Nick creates.

But there is something more to Nick's writing here in Better Than Easy. Over the course of the novels recounting Mark's adventures since 50 Reasons to Say Goodbye the writing has gradually become more contemplative, now it is often introspective and philosophical; signs perhaps of the knocks Mark (or the writer?) has experienced through life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series 27 Jun 2014
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Love this series! Feels like the people are real. The author has a talent and really draws you into the story.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not a good read 1 Jun 2014
By jannymc
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I got this as i read the others and enjoyed them but was not happy with this one a bit pants
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Mark is now living in Nice with boyfriend Tom and best friend Jenny is living in the flat upstairs with her young daughter. It seems that Mark has finally found the person that he wants to settle down with for the rest of his life, and to that end, they proceed with plans to buy a remote gite from the mysterious Chantal up in the mountains. To make ends meet Jenny will rent a room from them, and help with the running of the B&B business.

The sale of the gite is slow, because of legal complications surrounding the disappearance/death of Chantal's husband, and this is perhaps a blessing, as Mark begins to feel that Tom is drifting and is struggling to commit to their future together.

Further complications arise when Jenny meets and embarks upon a relationship with the dashing Ricardo, but is Ricardo really what he at first appears to be? Mark is thrown into a moral dilemma and in the self analytical way that we have come to love, he tries to do the right thing - but will rational, self control or animal passion win out in the end?

Thrown in for good measure here, we have skillfully written and detailed moral debates about lying and whether owning up or keeping quiet is the best option and whether long term, life-long relationships are ever really achievable.

All in all, another great read, but the last part of the book seemed a little rushed after the cleverly observed and skillfully written insights into human relationships that had gone before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 5 May 2014
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I just loved it, as I've loved all of Nick's books. It's funny, poignant and brilliantly written; Mark is someone I wish were real and my best friend. My heart went out to him throughout the course of the book and soared with him when everything came together.

A beautiful, must-read book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 17 Feb 2014
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I am a 56 year old straight woman but I absolutely loved this series. Got very involved with the main characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark's story continues 3 Jan 2014
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the thing with this series of books is that it reflects how humans function in relationships, attraction, desire. On the surface you have someone who wants to be the perfect boyfriend, to commit for life and he expects that his partner should share his surface beliefs.

Underneath the surface there's a whole different scenario. The one who wants commitment also wants to play away, his subconscious desires are far from who he thinks and believes he is. Then there's the one who does play away and who pretends to be nothing more than what he is to himself but yet feels the need to cover up his true self for fear of losing than man he genuinely loves but who he can't commit to fully, physically.

So the question I suppose has to be asked, do we place too much pressure on a loving relationship? Can one not have sex outside of a relationship, as say one would use sport as a pastime? Is there a difference between having sex with someone outside of your relationship and then making love to your partner?

In an ideal world, would it work? I think not. Conditioning of humanity, inner turmoil between the conscious and subconscious and it all shows that human nature is very, very complex.

And of course this and the other three books in the series show this so very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than easy
Book four in the series. I really like all of the books I have read in this series so far and all the other books by Nick that I have read. Really good writer
Published 9 months ago by J A Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
I have now read all the books in this series and loved every one. I may not be the typical reader of this type of fiction, being a middle aged heterosexual woman and have not read... Read more
Published 11 months ago by JaneK
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed these books
i found these books interesting. i came across them by accident, did not realise that the main charactor was gay. it certainly gave an insight into the gay community. Read more
Published 12 months ago by OKR7777
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
really enjoyed this book have read the whole series and cannot wait for the next book. recommend this to my friends
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Deleted it before fully reading
I bought all the books in the series at once as they had been recommended - and was very disappointed. I deleted it before I'd fully read it.
Published 12 months ago by Miss Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Loved this series of books, a fascinating insight into a modern gay mans life. Really well written, witty and emotional.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ SERIES OF BOOKS
You HAVE to read ALL of the 50 Reasons series of books.

The adventures, twists and turns in Mark's life will have you laughing, crying, shouting don't do it, shouting do... Read more
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