Hawaiian Lei by Meg Amor
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?
First of all I want to say that this story is different. As in you don't always know what the characters are talking about, the plot is not pushed with external events but it's all based on the main characters' inner emotions. And these difference are what are making this story alive and beautiful. We get to see the meeting of two rich cultures and experience a mystical atmosphere that can transport you in their birthplace, the islands- be it Hawaii or New Zeeland.
Matt Quintal is a painter from New Zeeland, a mystic by nature and in search of something he had forgot. He realizes that he had lost his way and the world is breaking his spirit after one too many meaningless one-night stands in L.A. Luckily his sister calls and he runs to Hawaii, the break he needed.
His attraction to pilot Beau Toyama is instant and, we find out later on, most likely foretold by Beau's deceased mother. Now, you would think that this makes the book a paranormal romance. Wrong. Yes it has some mystic, well- paranormal elements, but they're blended in the story, a normal occurrence, nothing out of the ordinary. You get the same feeling like when you're having a deja vu or some weird coincidences happened, only it's much more than that happening around these two characters. The focus is not on that, but on their soul' journey to love and a life together. As I said, beautiful.
The story is not out of the ordinary. They meet, they like and fall in love. Sure they have past hurts to surpass. Beau had a rough childhood and still mourns his mother, Matt ran away from commitment almost all his life and has his own issues with his father. There is some past abuse going on, broken families and broken trust. All those good conflicts that make a good story. What makes this story exceptional is that it's not focused on the past hurts or present conflicts, it focuses on the main characters' road to healing and new beginnings. The author's perspective is unique, the nostalgic island air and the colorful cultures portrayed leave you breathless and checking flights on the internet. I know I did, I wanted to go to that magical island portrayed right away to recapture my lost days in the sun.
Sure some phrases seemed a bit formal or clinic, some I didn't understood at all, lol. That was more than okay, the book didn't let me forget that it was different and took my attention from the written form of the words to their meaning and what they expressed. There is magic in this book, not the kind you see in paranormal books, but everyday magic that we don't notice until it is pointed to us. Nature's magic and soul magic. As natural as breathing and so we forget it exists. Reading about it is an wonderful experience.
And if I didn't gush enough until now, I'll say it clear. I highly recommend this book and urge you to keep an open mind and feel what it tries to say. If you do that, I'm sure you'll have the wonderful experience I had and maybe it will even nudge you to reevaluate what's really important in life and gain a bit of perspective in your own journey through this world.
I don't know how many dragons I should give. Lol. 4.5? 5? I think I'm hesitating more out of personal reasons (I'm still looking for plane tickets and I see not a chance of running away to Hawaii in the near future. That makes me grumpy :) )
5 dragons for Hawaiian Lei by Meg Amor
Edited by Heather Hollis
Cover Art by Syneca Featherstone
Published by Loose Id, LLC
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Meg Amor, a multi-published contemporary author, has always believed in love and romance. She writes deep, sensual, romance stories about heartfelt connections and deep soul relationships. Meg feels that passionate sex, as well as her characters inner workings—their vulnerabilities, emotions, and thoughts—are what make a love story exciting and real. She loves to write sensual, erotic romance, with committed poly, and gay male/male relationships.
Meg hand-wrote and “published” her first book when she was eleven about her parent’s separation. Constantly told as a child she had a vivid and (over) active imagination, the dawn of the computer era meant she could now take dictation at speed from the interesting characters galloping around her head.
She grew up in New Zealand, and temporarily lives in California with her American fur children: Leo Ray Jr., and Mr. Beaumont, the Ginger Ninjas. Her heart and soul are split between her American home state of Hawai’i in Kona on the Big Island, and the sultry, steamy Southern city of New Orleans. Nearly all her books are set in Hawai’i or New Orleans, along with snatches of New Zealand for good luck.
Meg’s a gypsy at heart and loves to travel all over the world. She has a love of open cockpit biplanes and the gentle waft into the air from a grass strip. Given a choice, she’d eat out most nights. Fine dining, French, Fusion, Afghani, and Burmese food are some of her all-time favorites. But her favorite junk food is New Zealand fish and chips cooked in pure fat. Never one to do things by halves, she believes in the motto “Amor Vincet Omnia”—Love Conquers All.
MORE BOOKS COMING IN THIS SERIES:
HAWAIIAN ORCHID by Meg Amor ~ releasing Summer 2015