Hawaii

B+
Her Last Flight

In 1947, photographer and war correspondent Janey Everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned. Obsessed with Sam’s f ...

A
The Unhoneymooners

There is a special sort of magic that happens in a Christina Lauren book when the pair are firing on all cylinders. The dialogue sparkles, the characters settle into themselves quickly, and hundreds of pages fly by while you are contentedly spending time in their world. I am deeply pleased to report ...

B
Impulsive

Impulsive is an enjoyable contemporary romance set on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It’s a nice twist on the good girl/bad boy storyline, with a reforming bad girl heroine falling for an uptight hero. Eric Kimura is a button-downed deputy prosecutor with political aspirations to be the island’s ...

C
It's Hotter in Hawaii

It’s Hotter in Hawaii reads more like romantic suspense than contemporary romance. I found the plot to be interesting, but the character and relationship development are too weak for a recommendation. Cassie Montgomery’s half-brother Dan was a pilot who recently died in a helicopter crash. Sh ...

C-
Flirting with Forty

I enjoy books with older heroines, and Flirting With Forty sounded like a fun book. Unfortunately, the fun moments were few and far between. Jackie Laurens is a single mother of two young children. Her marriage ended about a year ago, and she still hasn't recovered. While she's no longer in l ...

B+
Mr. Family

Had my sister not recommended Mr. Family to me, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. The cover is ultra precious, and the title is just plain bad. But I trust my sister and I’ve read Margot Early before so I figured, "What the heck." I really wasn’t expecting a story as touching as this one ...

C+
Flip-Flopped

Flip-Flopped is Jill Smolinski's debut novel. She has promise, to be sure, and while I will look for her next effort, this one's not worth the hardcover pricetag. The plot can be summed up as follows: Keely Baker-Kekhui is going through a rough time. First of all, she lives in Hawaii, far awa ...

D+
Eden Burning

If you're a long-time Elizabeth Lowell fan, you've probably already read Fires of Eden, the 1986 Hawaii-set series romance on which this book, Eden Burning, was based. In the Author's Note, Ms. Lowell indicates she has added pages, fleshed out scenes, added new ones, and had a chance to look again a ...

A
The Shadow and the Star

When I read Laura Kinsale's unique and startling first novel, I remember thinking either it was a fluke or I had just come across one of the best writers in the history of the romance genre. Her subsequent works proved that she was no fluke, but in my opinion it wasn't until The Shadow and the Star ...