Review – A Handful of Fire by Alexis Alvarez

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My Review – 5 Stars

This is a complete detour from the other books I’ve read by Alexis Alvarez and absolutely my favorite so far. It ventures into a poignant yet hopeful story of a child with cancer and the path he and his father must take in order to get back to a semblance of normalcy within their lives and relationships. I loved how Shai is brought into their world and how she helped them along the way. I also appreciated how these two helped her shed her own pain on her path to becoming whole again.

I loved the dynamics and progression of each of the relationships in this story. It was beautiful to see Gabriel go from the hard edged, disciplinarian to the doting father he was before his son was sick. I also admired how he grew emotionally throughout the book. You could see his pain from the loss of his wife, his internal struggle to keep his heart separated from the people in his life, and his gradual return to having a full life filled with happiness and love. The character development was superb as was the emotional struggles of the characters. Alexis was able to make me, as a reader, understand the depth of pain and fear that families feel when someone has cancer and the anger towards others who don’t understand or recognize the pain they hold within.

 

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Blurb

A taboo relationship…steamy passion…and secrets that can ruin everything.

Single father Gabriel Baystock is rich and powerful, educated and handsome – and helpless when it comes to ensuring his son Michael recovers fully from a childhood cancer. He’ll do anything, even hire award-winning child therapist Shai Bonaventura.

Shai is drawn to brooding, sexy Gabriel, and while she falls in love with the little boy she’s hired to help, she loses her heart to his father. Their powerful chemistry is off the charts hot, and Shai thinks he might be the one to help heal her own demons, even if it means crossing professional boundaries.

But when old secrets from Shai’s past are revealed, it’s not clear if their fragile relationship can survive the harsh reality of the real world…or whether they have the courage to fight for what they really need?

A Handful of Fire is a full-length stand-alone romance (about 80K words) with an HEA. It’s a contemporary love story with a high heat level and gorgeous, poetic prose.

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AUTHOR BIO

Alexis Alvarez writer erotic fiction. Her books feature strong, intelligent sassy heroines who may enjoy being submissive in the bedroom, but are never doormats or pushovers.

You can find more about her work on her website www.graffitifiction.com, where she and her two real-life sisters – who are also romance writers – blog about their books.

In addition to being a romance author, Alexis is also a photographer and digital designer. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and making really inappropriate jokes.

AUTHOR LINKS

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bjS9vm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlexisAlvarezAuthor
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14127116.Alexis_Alvarez
Website: http://graffitifiction.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlexisAlvarezWr

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