Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Being rich has its advantages, but it is also rife with suffocating pressures and family telling Chandler Buckingham how to live his life. When his assistant offers to help him escape the mounting obligations of the holiday season by running away to Hawaii, Chandler jumps at the chance. Only to find nothing is quite as he’d expected.
Micah Keolu has lived in Hawaii all his life. He has to work two jobs and has little time for a social life, but his loving family and the island beauty around him have given him a heart as big as the ocean. And then one day he rescues a man trapped in an elevator in the building where Micah lives and works maintenance.
The unexpected happens as they find themselves drawn together, only to learn there is more to each other than meets the eye. Can two men from very different worlds find a way to enrich each other’s lives? Maybe the magic of the holidays just might bring them lasting joy!
Mele Kalikimaka by B.G. Thomas and Noah Willoughby grew on me. The beginning was a little scattered in my opinion, and the main character of Chandler comes off in a less than promising light. If that was the authors intent, it worked.
However, from the moment, he lands in Hawaii in a small apartment and starts having to fend for himself, he turns around…slowly. That makeover is due to Micah Keolu, the second main character in this holiday romance. He’s nicely layered and comes across as “Hawaiian” enough to feel believable and centered in the culture and the location.
I will admit that any story that features Hawaiian characters and locations runs the disadvantage of comparisons with another author whose stories and main characters just remain the Hawaiian read and series due to extraordinary understanding and use of local colloquialisms and culture. Within his stories that usage is seamless and so much a part of his characters and storylines that its elemental. So when I say these authors do a nice job in the short length they chose? Well, yes it works.
The romance builds nicely, including when the revelations about Chandler pop out. It would have felt wrong had he continued to hide who he was. However, some of what did bother me was the HFN ending. Its addressed here, thank you authors for doing that. Its has to be because the reality of Chandler and Micah is something they need to face as well. Perhaps a followup story will be coming. Neither author seems to shy away from the hard questions that these men will need to address. Maybe a second story will see them on their way to finding those answers. That’s another story I would love to read.
Til then Mele Kalikimaka from B.G. Thomas and Noah Willoughby is another strong story in the Advent Calendar series from Dreamsinner Press.
Cover art by Catt Ford is cute but she totally get the characters wrong other than the hair coloring. Chandler doesn’t look like a clueless pampered rich man,and Micah doesn’t come close to resembling the mix of races that makeup being Hawaiian.
ebook, 95 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331854 (ISBN13: 9781635331851)
Series2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug