A TOUCH OF LOVE - Sheryl Lister
Harlequin Kimani Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: One of my favorite book families is The Grays of Los Angeles. A TOUCH OF LOVE features Khalil Gray, the former model who is now the owner/operator of Maximum Burn, a state of the art fitness center. The heroine of the story, Lexia Daniels, is the owner of the Oasis Café, located in the same building as the Gray family’s offices. Khalil not only likes the coffee cake that Lexia makes, but he also likes Lexia. So, he frequents the café as often as he can.
Khalil and Lexie’s relationship is challenged from the beginning when Khalil becomes a victim of a construction explosion and loses his hearing. Added to this, they both suffer from denial syndrome and commitment phobia; Khalil more so than Lexia. I’ll let you discover why Khalil is so reluctant to totally commit, and why Lexia feels that “Love isn’t meant for her”.
Of course, members of the Gray family are present and accounted for and serve as secondary characters. They all lend support to Khalil as he struggles with his loss of hearing and offer plenty of advice, mostly unsolicited, about his relationship with Lexia. One standout secondary character is Cameron Hughes, a friend of Lexia who suffers a tragic loss. Author, Sheryl Lister, skillfully utilizes his character to highlight the plight of homelessness. Not only is homelessness addressed in this story, but also how society has a tendency to dismiss people with handicaps. In addition to that, Khalil has to deal with someone who is stealing from his business. Kudos to Sheryl Lister for successfully incorporating these weighty topics into the storyline. They lend depth to the story as subplots.
I enjoyed Khalil and Lexia’s story. Their lovemaking scenes are a Romance reader’s delight, and the HEA is a touch of genius. An old familiar character shows up to sing, but I’ll leave that right there and let you find out who serenaded the couple. I recommend A TOUCH OF LOVE for your reading pleasure. You can thank me later.
1st November 2017 | firstname.lastname@example.org