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Review: Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor

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Title: Hawaiian Orchid (The Hawaiians: Book Two)

Author: Meg Amor

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 302 Pages

At a Glance: Love does conquer all, and Hawaiian Orchid will tug at your heart and make you believe.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Kulani Mahikoa is “The Orchid,” a young, insecure, pro surfer from a rough background on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He’s Beau Toyama’s cousin from Hawaiian Lei and a healer with a heart as deep as the ocean he’s part of. Like many of the great Hawaiians, Kulani epitomizes the spirit of aloha and love. Kulani’s healing his own wounds, and “The Lost Boys”–young, homeless abandoned and abused gay boys he cares for.

He meets the lone and lonely New Zealand widower, Rob Masterson–a wounded psychologist who’s trying to come to terms with his husband’s death. When he died, they were separated but still living together. Rob needs to reconcile all the pieces of guilt and love to heal before he can fall in love again.

The age difference raises one barrier, and besides that, Kulani has more layers than Rob–with his own New Zealand heritage and tangled knot of emotion–ever bargained for. Traveling between the South Sea Islands of beautiful New Zealand and the exotic Hawaiian Islands, they forge a bond–two wounded men find a home for their shrapnel-laced souls.

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Review: Hawaiian Orchid is the follow-up book to Hawaiian Lei, and for me, it hit all the marks! It has complex characters, a solid storyline, and Hawaii, an island that I have to visit. And, like its predecessor, it was all about the feels.

Hawaiian Orchid is not exactly a sequel, but it follows Kulani, who is Beau’s cousin from the first book, and Rob, another Kiwi. Rob is in Hawaii to recover from personal tragedy. He is a fifty-something who’s finally ready to move on with his life after the death of his husband.

Kulani is a troubled young man, with a tragic past. Because of his difficult childhood he has taken it upon himself to take in homeless gay youth. In his own way, he’s trying to erase his past wounds. He also happens to be a famous pro surfer, who is known as “The Orchid”.

Rob is not interested in an unstable man, but there’s something about Kulani that he just can’t resist. It’s not all about the sex, they connect on a very emotional level, and it just pours off the page! Rob and Kulani’s relationship has a rocky start, but their connection keeps them coming back for more. Their chemistry is off the charts! There is also a whole bunch of secondary characters that were just great, and added another level to the story.

Again, the island of Hawaii and its people play a major role in this book. There is so much rich multi-layering to Hawaii this book brings out that I just don’t have the words to describe it. As with the first book, Hawaiian Orchid is a very emotional story, so keep the tissues handy. There was a couple times where I teared up.

Hawaiian Orchid is a story about two men who overcome emotional obstacles to be together. Love does conquer all, and Hawaiian Orchid will tug at your heart and make you believe. A story full of emotions that will stay with you long after you are finished.

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5 Stars, Fairy Tale/Mythology/Folk Lore, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Meg Amor, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Hawaiian Lei by Meg Amor

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Title: Hawaiian Lei

Author: Meg Amor

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 231 Pages

At a Glance: Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Beau Toyama, a “mixed plate” Hawaiian/Japanese/Tahitian man, is a flight instructor on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He’s a lovely, gentle, shy soul from a dysfunctional island. One day his wife Mikey said, “I love you, babe, but this isn’t working. I need a good man…” She’d paused. “And so do you.”

Matt Quintal, a New Zealand painter with a Norfolk Island and Maori background, has been living the “gay scene” in LA and knows it’s a crock. Needing to escape, his Polynesian soul is drawn back to the Pacific. He visits his sister Rach in Kona on the Big Island, where his spirit connects.

When Matt’s heart is drawn to the sound of a biplane’s radial engines flying overhead, his life is about to change. There’s an instant soul connection and heat between Beau and Matt. Unbeknownst to them, the spirit of Beau’s mom, Tehani, has guided Matt home to Beau.

Beau and Matt need to work together to overcome family dysfunction and abuse. Can they reveal their deep emotional vulnerabilities to find redemption and healing? What they both want is a loving relationship. But they must allow their hearts and souls to open before they can love and trust again.

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Review: How do I describe Hawaiian Lei? The only way I can is to say that it’s all about the feels! I suggest having a box of tissues and a pint of ice cream handy, because this is a very emotional story that you will not soon forget. I had goose bumps while reading it, and kept thinking about it long after I was done. Yes, I loved it.

The story is set in Hawaii, and after reading another Hawaii story, I think I have to plan a trip there soon! Hawaii itself is such a character.

Two men, Matt and Beau, are brought together through fate, destiny, or whatever you want to call it, but nevertheless, they were meant to be together. I do believe that sometimes there are forces at play that just cannot be explained. If you are not as open minded, though, this book might seem hokey. But, if you are open to the unexplained, you’ll be left with goose bumps as I was.

Matt is a Kiwi living in LA. He is an artist who’s fed up with the whole LA scene and after many one night stands, he escapes to Hawaii to stay with his sister. One day at the beach, they see a plane flying, and he needs to know who’s flying it. Something calls to him, and Matt is pulled toward it. The pilot is Beau, a Polynesian god who instantly feels the same connection to Matt, and they begin a tenuous relationship. Beau is newly out of the closet and has insecurities that he’s trying to overcome. Both have complicated histories, with lots of emotional baggage, extended family issues, and exes. This is a very emotional story, and the emotions leap off the page and stay with you.

I loved Beau and Matt. They are definitely going on my favorite couples list. Both men completed each other perfectly, and they were perfectly scorching together. Those parts of the book will make you a little bit hot and bothered.
The story deals with dreams and omens, and I really found it interesting the way all were woven together. The story is very mystical and symbolic. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s worth the read.

One more thing, I would like to think that the author wanted to be a little cheeky by naming the book Hawaiian Lei because I can definitely agree that this is a perfect “Lei” in more ways than one. Don’t miss this one!

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