Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life.
Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him.
When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart?
Meet me in Hawaii is the second book in the ‘Meet Me’ series. It is a very sweet and feel good romance set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii. Malie, a surf instructor meets the attractive millionaire, Todd, who has come over to Hawaii with his charity to use the surfing recuperation programme with a group of disadvantaged children. Malie rescues him quite by accident when he gets caught in a riptide and this forms the beginning of their relationship and lays the foundations for the rest of the story.
Although some of the characters in the first book are introduced again, Meet Me in Hawaii works well as a standalone and there is sufficient background history covered to get a feel of the previous book. The characters are likeable and fun and there wasn’t one I disliked. I particularly enjoyed the bond Malie had with her close friends and the fact this bond had deepened after their shocking car accident in their youth. This is a lovely supportive friendship group and I adored their ‘Lost Hours’ emergency video calls.
There is not an awful lot in the way of content to really get your teeth into. The story has a lot of dialogue and very little in the way of rich description. I would have loved to have seen a lot more descriptions of the setting, the visits to the Dole Plantation and the North Shore could have been explored in much more detail adding extra depth to the story. Descriptions of the local cuisine always go down well with me in books and this again was skimmed over but could have added another layer of interest. I did enjoy learning about surfing though and learnt quite a lot!
The romance was very quick, they fell in love almost instantly but subsequently there was too much indecision and dallying around to get to where they actually needed to be. Malie being unable to commit to the relationship because she felt she didn’t deserve happiness due to some tragic events in her past. She led Todd on a merry dance on more than one occasion and despite being rejected several times I was astounded by how forgiving and patient Todd was. However, there are some lovely moments and set against the dreamy background of Hawaii this book certainly gives you lots of feel good emotions.
Meet Me in Hawaii is an enjoyable and entertaining read. The writing wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, and I did wince a little bit at some of the dialogue, but the book is exactly what it’s meant to be, a light and fun romance which is easy and quick to read. The perfect beach read in a wonderful setting.
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Publication Date (UK): 18 March 2021
Series: Meet Me series #2
Page Count: 368
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advanced copy/eARC of this book to review.
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