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Genres: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance
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.
I have always been fascinated by the whole idea of being a therapist; of understanding what was going on in people minds and somehow knowing the best way to help them talk about it and overcome any obstacles that keep them from living their best lives. Having recently lost my father to Cancer, the idea of reading about a therapist who specializes in children who have, or are in remission from it really made me want to jump right into this. Throw in the taboo aspect of that same therapist engaging in a relationship with one of her patient’s fathers and I’m completely sold.
I expected this story to break my heart a little bit, I didn’t expect it to ignite all these various emotions that I can’t even seem to verbalize effectively right now.
This book was so much more than just a romance between Shai and Gabriel. It was the heartbreaking reality of a grieving father trying deal with the emotions and love for his son who he came so close to losing. It’s a tale of a brilliant, witty and sometimes angry ten year-old boy, Michael, and how a disease made him grow up so quickly. It’s about breaking and healing, of loving and forgiving, and about acceptance, growth and letting go.
I feel like I’m not giving you much as far as character explanation and plot line information but I truly feel like this is a book you need to go into pretty blindly. Alexis Alvarez did a great job of pulling me into the story and making these characters so believable and relatable that I had to stop reading at times I collect myself. When I mentioned to her that I could tell she was going to break my heart, she agreed but promised that she’d put it back together again. I can verify her promise to you. If you can just spare a couple of hours of your heart to Michael, Shai and Gabriel, I promise that it will be worth it in the end.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.