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A Handful of Fire

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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 hea
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published April 11th 2017
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Cristina | CristiinaReads
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳Alexis Alvarez has not only brought a sweet romantic love story, but also a story with a message that will emotional wreck you...

Shai, a therapist for kids has brought herself into a world filled with confusing emotions and uncertainty when facing Micheal and his sexy, dark father, Gabriel. She is not only one to fix the emotional aspects of Micheal after the psychological events that happened during his time so far, but she also has to deal with Gabriel's brooding ways of neglecting compas
Vanessa (nessreads)
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

5 Stars!!!

I'm going to take a moment and praise Alexis Alvarez. My gosh the writing in this book was so phenomenal so exceptional and so ah-mazing!!!!!! This book was poetic, I can't even begin to fathom just how much I loved this book.

Shai, a successful child therapist is hired to help Gabriel's 10 year old son, Michael. Gabriel doesn't believe in therapy, but hopes it can help his son. Michael, after losing his mom years ago and overcoming cancer
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

"Life goes on, and if you let it, beauty comes back, all by itself."

Alexa Alvarez is a new to us author with A Handful of Fire being our first taste of this very talented lady's work. The synopsis for this story grabbed us immediately and the story soon pulled us in. There is an intelligence and flair to this authors writing we really admired.

For a man in his early 30's, Gabriel Baystock has had his fair share of heartache and challenges. Losing his wife, nursing his 10 year old son
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

4.5 stars

"Life goes on, and if you let it, beauty comes back, all by itself."

Alexa Alvarez is a new to us author with A Handful of Fire being our first taste of this very talented lady's work. The synopsis for this story grabbed us immediately and the story soon pulled us in. There is an intelligence and flair to this authors writing we really admired.

For a man in his early 30's, Gabriel Baystock has had his fair share of heartache and challenges. Losing his wife, nursing his 10 year old son
Tania's Book Blog
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this amazing book.

First I must say that I didn't expect this book to be so deep, emotional. It was such a serious book with serious issues that kept you anxious to turn the page to see what will happen next.

Shai is one of the best children therapist and she was hired by Gabriel to help his 10 year old son Michael whose cancer was in remission. Michael wasn't your typical 10 year old. He did calculus and had the vocabulary of a college student. He was
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. **
Emotional and beautifully written! A Handful of Fire is a must read, I was swept away, a sweet romantic love story that would break and melt your heart, all wrapped up with a soul-searching vibe, delivering a beautiful message of strength and courage.

This was my first book from Alexis Alvarez, and oh my I think I have a crush on this author.  All the freaking feels. A taboo relationship, between a child therapist and her father’s patie
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I oftentimes find that the more I enjoyed the book and admire the author, the harder it is to gather my thoughts and write a review. I worry that I can never show my appreciation for the story or convey my emotions for the characters. There hasn't been a single book by Alexis Alvarez that I have read that I haven't fallen in love with in every way, they are always steamy and have varying degrees of kinky, and the characters speak to me. A Handfu
Miss Rail
Personal Thoughts:

"Every single fucking time I look at him, I feel this incredible rush of love that's so powerful, it terrifies me. Because I can't lose him. If I lose him, I'm going to fucking fall apart, and I'll never come back together, and I can't let him see that."

Michael is the most precious thing in Gabriel Baystock's life

In order to help his son recover from the trauma of being a cancer patient so young, he hires child therapist Shai Bonaventura that soon falls for both father and son.

Shai's past is ful
Teresa's Tantalizing Book Teasers
Bravo Alexis Alvarez....This was Brilliantly Beautiful!

This was my first Alexis Alvarez read. I can honestly say; it won't be my last.
I truly didn't know what to expect from the title and cover art. A few book friends had the pleasure of reading an ARC of the book and told me it was a must for me. When someone tells me I need tissues though...well I tend to hesitate, but I ugly cried through the emotion this story provoked from me and I'm so happy I did.

Okay, okay...the story-line you ask?
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

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 therapis
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☆☆☆☆☆ 5 "We Are All Flint " Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

"I'm starting to think they're not real. Nothing is real anymore. Just cancer. Stupid, dumb cancer and thinking about cancer and worrying about cancer. That's real."

No amount of money and power can save the life of a child with cancer. Nor can it make you happy when at any time in your life, cancer could consume the life you once had.

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Gabriel knows this all to well. After losing his wife in a car accident his life is shattered again when his son is diag
Deb Markanton
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alexis Alvarez blew me away with A Handful Of Fire. I'm well acquainted with her work and love everything she writes. One of the things I admire is that she isn't afraid to mix it up, write outside of the box, give us characters we didn’t know we wanted to read about.
This book is one of those outsides of the box jewels that is nothing short of a masterpiece. This story is so compelling, so beautiful, so heart-wrenching, and so damn well-written that you absolutely must experience it for yoursel
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OMG You Must read this book !!!
A Handful of Fire by Alexis Alvarez is an stand-alone romance with no cliffhangers and a beautiful HEA.

Meet Shai Bonaventura and Gabriel Baystock. Both are in their thirties.
Shai is a successful child therapist and single. She lives and breathes for her patients.
Gabriel is a businessman, rich, widowed and has a 10 year old son-Michael.
Shai is hired to help Michael after his cancer treatment. She works with him in therapy.
Michael is a lonely, frightened genius boy w
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story. I was rooting for Shai and the boy, Michael, from the beginning. It took me a little while to warm up to Gabe. It helped to have some chapters from his own POV.
They were all dealing with some difficult situations and there were parts of the story I had to have some tissues handy.
Rhonda Tactor
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given the privilege of reading this arc A Handful Of Fire by Alexis Alvarez.
I had no idea what to expect & just wow........
she left me speechless.
It's a powerful & very moving story of how people can come together through terrible circumstances & yet still feel love, hope & happiness.
This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions that had me laughing in parts & then having to stop reading altogether because I was no longer able to read the words on the pages through my tears.
My hea
Raeshelle, A Naughty Girl's Novel World
Alexis Alvarez’s A Handful of Fire touched me in so many ways. I was left straight up speechless and emotionally overwhelmed by how deeply this novel stirred and melted my heart. At the same time, when I flipped the last page I was thoroughly satisfied and profoundly affected by this story about opening oneself up to a love that blossoms while discovering long-lost secrets and the fall out that occurs when passions collide amidst circumstances that are filled with pain.

This story about Shai, a r
April Symes
This is one of those books that will grab you and won’t let go, even after you read it. It will stay with you, its that good. The emotions in this book are deep, there is a lot of angst but it isn’t too much, just enough to move with the story-- It was such a serious book with serious issues , that you keep reading because the story draws you in, the characters have you so invested. I loved every moment and hated when the book ended.
Shai is one, if not , the best children therapist around and sh
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How to start this review? I honestly have no idea how I will recuperate from this.. I will certainly have quite the book hangover.
Gabriel, Michael and Shai are three characters who have wound their way into my heart and I can't imagine them ever not being there. Three souls, so utterly broken and splintered, and on a journey to mend one another.

Of course there is romance, and yes, there is the forbidden story of psychiatrist and patient's father.. which is lovely and frustrating and spark-ignit
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is definitely not your typical romance novel. Child therapist Shai starts working with Michael, a pediatric cancer patient who is now in remission but is having some serious emotional issues. His father Gabriel is soft on the eyes but a distant, controlling businessman type. Of course, Gabriel and Shai have a natural attraction to each other, but Shai is his child's counselor and has boundaries that she should keep--- but oversteps a lot. Watching the brilliant but angry and lost Michael pl ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Powerful themes, powerful emotions, powerful truths, powerful pain, powerful forgiveness. I went into this book blind, letting all the powerful words wash over me, knock me sideways, pull me down-then push me back up, gasping. Reading this book left me with the kind of powerful emotions I feel when I listen to a classical movement of music, gaze at a great masterpiece of art, or read a beautiful poem.
This is the story of Gabriel, a widowed father to a sick boy; and Shai, an empathetic therapist
Reckless Readers
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars
A Heartful of Fire grabs you from the first pages and you fall in love with all of the characters. This was an all around sweet love story about not only finding love but loving yourself and knowing that you are enough. This story starts with instant attraction between Shai & Gabriel but their story is one that spans the entire book with twist and turns that you don’t expect. Michael (Gabriel’s Son) was a breakout character in this book, from the first moment he enters the book you c
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was surprisingly shocked at how deep this story was. There were these little gems that Shai had that were amazing when dealing with her patients. I really liked the way she worked with Michael. I did enjoy her relationship with Gabriel, but at times I found him to be such a jerk…but that was the point. I’m glad that Shai was able to help not only Michael, but also Gabriel and her back story was not what I expected at all.

I have to add that I know Barb, Mark and little Ben that is mentioned in
Kim Markett
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC for an honest review and honestly, I would have paid to read this.

The writing is in both Shai and Gabriel's POV that way we see both desires and hopes. This is definitely a HEA.

It's a story of Shai, a child therapist, who is given the opportunity to work with Michael, a child who is overcoming pleuropulmonary blastoma with a genius IQ but difficult emotional issues. If she can convince his father, one of the richest bachelors in Chicago, that therapy can work then he will do
Once Upon A Romance  Blog
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh holy hot FILF. OOOO.

This story is out Shai who is a therapist for children who are dealing with the after affects of going through treatment from cancer. She has been doing this her whole life and is amazing at it. Until one day she is assigned to work with a little boy named Michael who has just overcome cancer and has lost his mother as well several years ago. With so much pain in his heart Shai eventually knows she needs to fulfill this job and be perfect at it. Then she meets the father
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I sometimes have an issue with therapist romances, but I felt this one was done well. I liked the plot and the characters equally. This is definitely a heartbreaking story. Fans of heartbreak should read!!

I received an arc and am voluntarily reviewing.
Joyce Dobson
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful. Absolutely loved this book
Wendy Hodges
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a snippet of this at the end of another book, I got hooked and when it finished I immediately went and bought the full book. I am so glad I did. This story starts with a young boy who has lost his mum and then battled a rare cancer, struggling with all life has thrown him he is anti everything. His father advised to get his son a therapist, and even though its something he doesn't feel helps, he agrees. What follows is sometimes a bit sad but very inspirational and uplifting as well, Shai ...more
Mel B.
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Broken and beautiful...but flawed

There are words that stay with you long after the book is finished. This book had so many of those words. It was a beautiful and heartbreaking story. The romance between Shai and Gabe was so wonderful and I was moved beyond words by Shai's relationship with Michael. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for Gabe's behavior toward the end, I'm not talking about the argument -spoiler here - but the losing himself in other women...I didn't feel that was a nece
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story

The story unfurled, like a butterfly coming out of a chrysalis. There were difficulties, yet they were necessary for the characters to evolve. Alexis writes with beautiful imagery. I connected so easily with Shai, the therapist because of the words Alexis chose. I could understand and empathize with the child's pain and anger. I was even able to understand where the father's fear came from. She shows us imperfect, broken people and how they can fill in the cracks of each other.
Kristi McChurin
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book pulled at every emotion I had. Gabe, Michael, and Shia are my new favorite characters. I laughed with them and I cried with them. This story is beautifully written about a father's love for his son, a son's fight to find some balance after surviving cancer, and a therapist who heals them all.
These characters come off the pages like they belong in the real world. Also touching and exploring topics that we are too familiar with. I couldn't put this book down and when I was at th
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