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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Hawaiian Orchid by Meg Amor (012-02-17-2016)Sep. 27th, 2016 08:54 pm
1) Meg Amor takes the reader on a journey that’s both a love story between two complicated men, and a cultural travelogue of far-flung places which most of us will never see in person. Now I want to meet both Rob and Kulani, and I also want to go to Hawai’i and New Zealand, I want to feel the searing kiss of the tropical sun and taste the salt of the sea spray. I want to learn the Haka and learn more about the Maori, and I want more orchids! The plot, the characters, and the setting kept drawing me in, and the writing was strong enough despite the fact that I am not a big fan of the present tense. I’m looking forward to more books like “Hawaiian Orchid!"
2) This is a beautifully written story with passionate, well-developed characters about whom I grew to care deeply as I read. Amor’s descriptive powers are masterful, making me feel as if I had visited Hawaii and New Zealand even as she created a movie in my head. I am not usually a fan of stories written in 1st person, especially in the romance genre. But the alternating 1st person point-of-view, combined with the author’s use of the present tense created for me a vivid fictional dream. I was sad to see this book end and will seek out more of this author’s work.
Hawaiian Orchid (The Hawaiians Book 2) by Meg Amor
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (September 15, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Hawaiian Orchid (The Hawaiians Book 2)
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Danny’s a fourth-generation Big Islander, from the wealthy Lucerno ranching family. He’s gorgeous—a mix of Portuguese male and Argentine passion, all dark haired, smoldering sensuality. His family disowned him for being gay, now he’s part of the Masterson-Mahikoa “lost boys” family.
When he meets the wealthy, sophisticated, sensuous Brazilian, Paolo Bastini, he’s swept off his feet into a glitzy Las Vegas lifestyle of money, and luxury—the world he grew up in. But it takes Danny away from Hawai’i where his soul roams free and his family live. He struggles as Paolo plays loosely with their partnership and thinks Danny is being “a baby” for wanting a monogamous relationship. And who is this past lover firmly wedged in Paolo’s heart?
Zane is severely deaf—finding new dance partners is hard. When he loses another one, Danny steps in to dance the tango competitions with him. Jealousy flares and things reach dangerous levels between Paolo and Danny. His adopted and birth family must bond together in a daring rescue of Danny from the depths of Brazil.
But he’s not completely out of danger. Now he’s fighting an attraction to the feminine Zane who’s always annoyed him. Which man has his heart?
Cover Art by Syneca Featherstone
Kulani is “The Orchid,” a young, insecure, pro-surfer who comes from a rough background on the Big Island of Hawai’i. He’s Beau Toyama’s cousin from Hawaiian Lei. But he’s also a healer and has a heart as deep as the ocean he’s part of. Like the great Hawaiians, Duke Kahanamoku and Eddie Aikau, who have gone before him—waterman and warrior Kulani Mahikoa epitomizes the spirit of aloha and love. Kulani’s not only healing his own wounds, but “The Lost Boys”—young, homeless, abandoned and abused gay boys he’s taken under his wing.
Rob Masterson is a wounded psychologist who’s trying to come to terms with his husband Tony’s death. When he died, they were separated but still living together. Can the lone and lonely New Zealand widower reconcile all the pieces of guilt and love, to heal and fall in love again? When he drops anchor in Kona Harbor and meets the exotic islander—young, bolshie Kulani—explosive heat makes sparks fly between them.
Is the age difference between them a barrier or something they’ll get past? Kulani has more layers than Rob ever bargained for. And Rob’s tangled knot of responsibility, grief and guilt with his New Zealand heritage and past life is something he needs to untangle.
Two wounded men have to learn to trust and love one another. Traveling between the South Sea Islands of beautiful New Zealand and the exotic Hawaiian Islands—they forge a sea change, finding a home for their shrapnel laced souls.
Cover Art by Syneca Featherstone
Police procedural set on the beautiful Big Island of Hawai'i.
A world of drugs, deceit, and death awaits in paradise...
After a near death experience, and burned out from working undercover vice, Detective Reef Kahili returns home to the Big Island of Hawai’i to mend his heart, and heal. But the first day on the job, he has to investigate the charred remains of the partially buried body in Madame Pele’s lava flow. He's instantly thrust back into the world he tried to leave behind.
When he meets Hibby O’Neil, the mysterious assistant M.E, he’s intrigued by her. Is there any truth in the rumors flying around the department about her and her late husband?
The closer they come to the truth, the more things heat up on the island as deeper, more sinister layers of deceit are uncovered.
Integrity and honesty drives Reef, it’s why he became a cop but now that’s also in question. Caught between solving a crime and his attraction for the enigmatic M.E., Reef wonders who to trust. Have his instincts let him down over Hibby?
Danny and Zane do a perfect, soul-searing tango on the dance floor. Will this heat and the dance between them now become something off the dance floor as well?
When Danny and severely deaf Zane dance the winning tango, sparks fly. But no money and old money clash. Can they overcome such different backgrounds?
As a teenager, Zane Andrews ran away from his strict religious family with his best friend, lover, and protector Kaleho. Now he’s part of the Masterson-Mahikoa family of “lost boys.” But on an emotional level, his scars run deep. He’s not only gay, but severely deaf and feminine. His relationship with Kaleho has become more friends than lovers. And when Kaleho goes to school on the Mainland—it leaves Zane more isolated, plus an unseen element wedges a bigger gap between them.
Danny Lucerno is all macho Portuguese male energy, and raw Argentine passion but he’s also vulnerable and hurting. Still healing from the devastating relationship with Paolo where he nearly lost his life, Danny has been fighting another kind of battle—one of the heart.
When Zane’s past catches up with him, and Danny gets caught in the middle of it—the whole Masterson-Mahikoa family are thrown into turmoil.
Can these two men make it through what is tearing them apart and accept each other’s backgrounds, and insecurities. Or will their dysfunctional backgrounds destroy their relationship?
Beau Toyama, biplane pilot and flight instructor on the Big Island of Hawai’i has only been out for a year. His last relationship with a man was a disaster. When he meets Matt Quintal, who’s visiting his sister, he’s stunned by the instant attraction to him. But Beau’s afraid to ask for what he needs in a relationship; his anger frightens him. The “mixed plate” Hawaiian/Japanese/Tahitian man works on being Zen calm but Matt brings all his emotions to the surface. It uncovers a devastating secret from his childhood and deep shame that needs healing.
Matt Quintal, New Zealand painter has been living the wild gay life in LA. After one more night of soulless mechanical sex where his body is engaged but his emotions aren’t—he knows he needs a change. His sister wants him to come to Hawai’i for a visit; another big rock in the middle of the Pacific doesn’t seem like a solution but he has to do something. When he flies with Beau in his biplane, he feels a strong pull toward both man and plane that he can neither explain nor deny.
Matt’s a New Zealander, they’re encouraged to be tough, rugged and durable. He is, but he's emotionally a wreck, afraid to show his emotions, so he’s surprised when Beau encourages him to be all of himself. Has he finally found the freedom to be the man he wants to be? The heat between the two men is like watching Pele let her hair down, releasing her hot, molten lava. Will the gorgeous Hawaiian with his long silky black hair and soulful brown eyes finally convince the gypsy nature in Matt to put down roots in another island culture?
Cover Art by Syneca Featherstone
Published by Meg Amor
✿ ✿ ✿ ✿⊱╮MOANA’S SECRETS╭⊰✿✿✿✿
When two people who have a piece of Detective Reef Kahili’s heart are taken, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the clock starts ticking. A kidnapper seems to be targeting him. But why? Is it associated with his past or his future?
The kidnapper wants Ray Kyoto’s money in exchange for the lives he holds.
But even on the last investigation with the Kyoto and Henry families, the money was never found.
Past nightmares surface and tensions are high as Detective Kalani Rogers, along with Reef scour the BI for his missing loved ones and the disappearing money.
How will they find it now when every forty-eight hours produces a new demand from the kidnapper that seems impossible to meet. Time is running out, and out in the Pacific Ocean, a deadly tsunami is building, heading straight for the Big Island.
Family secrets and past betrayals leave a twisted trail of flotsam and jetsam in its wake.
Will Reef find them in time or will the ocean—Moana—take her secrets with her?
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the mystical Hawaiian Islands, The Hawaiians Series envelops the reader in an exotic easygoing world of the Pacific Islands and their culture. Get lost in an island paradise without leaving your home and the hot, sexy, emotionally intelligent men that make up the series. Come along for the ride.
Life should be a little nuts ~ otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays strung together
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A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
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No rain, no rainbows
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Everyone lives a thousand lives, but only one life to remember ~ will this be yours?
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Everything happens for a reason
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~ Love Conquers All
STEAMY LOVE STORIES and ROMANTIC WHOLE HEARTS
You don't have to leave the comfort of your bed or couch to have a nice getaway. Let your mind take your body into the sensuous world of steamy romances in sultry locations. The easy way to rejuvenate your needs.
I write about emotionally whole men and women ~ not half humans. Humans who don't cry, frighten me. If you can't cry when you're in pain, how can you cry with joy?
Steamy romances, and crime fiction for open-minded, emotionally intelligent people - soul connection relationship stories that focus on love, care, feelings, and understanding.
EXCITING CRIME AND POLICE PROCEDURAL SERIES
Set on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Detective Reef Kahili along with Detective Kalani Rogers head up the HIlo side of the island.
And on the Kona side ~ Detective Rik Aorangi, along with Detective Wally Faleafa solve crimes on the sunny side of the island.
Steamy Love Stories for the Soul ~ plenty of romance, love, and hot sex