Review: A Handful of Fire

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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 respected child therapist and her attraction to her patient’s father Gabriel tore me UP!!!!!!   A Handful of Fire had me riveted one minute and thoroughly enthralled the next at the same time that it left me shaken, heartbroken and in no-holds barred CRAZY love with this book!

Make no mistake about it:  Alexis Alvarez has a tremendous success on her hands with A Handful of Fire!!! She made me FEEL so much joy at the same time that I wanted to weep with angst while I was reading.   I cringed, I cried, I gasped in incredulity and I shook my head in anger at the some of the events in this book!!!

YES, I rejoiced  when emotional barriers crumbled and I reveled in the passionate relationship that wholeheartedly developed between Gabriel and Shai. I was 100% all in and completely invested in these characters!  Through this author’s words, I wanted to witness every single one of these characters reach their ultimate potential and learn to embody the essence of being young, wild and free in spite of their previous trials, difficulties and tribulations.

A Handful of Fire is about learning how to overcome obstacles, embrace new experiences and follow the heart when life’s disappointments arise and seemingly insurmountable roadblocks present themselves.  It is about hope, surviving loss and the kind of emotional growth that will blow your mind at the same time that it uplifts your spirit.

In short, I was blown away by Alexis Alvarez and the significance of what she has done with her new release!!!! A Handful of Fire is glaring sunshine, tumultuous rain and everything in between!!! It will rip you apart at the same time that the power of this author’s writing reassembles your mind, body and soul while leaving your heart beating wildly inside of your chest !!!

There are so many life lessons in this novel that I do not even know where to begin, but trust me when I say that every.single.word. of this novel will result in a lesson that is very well learned!!!

So read it!

That is this Naughty Girl’s final word.

Ratings:  For me, there are no ratings necessary for this book.   It is Moving, Motivational, Masterful and just plain powerful in its delivery.   Is it HOT?  OF COURSE!!!!  Why else would a  naughty girl like myself keep reading it???!!!!   *wink*

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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.




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, 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.




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