My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a nice surprise, a well-crafted romance with an interesting geographical setting in Hawaii and an interracial pairing with a dash of Vietnamese culture to give flavour.
It’s fairly slow burn, which makes sense given the premise, and I loved the way the culture of An’s Vietnamese heritage was so neatly integrated into his actions as he got to know his neighbour Nate more.
An’s niece Dai was a wee firecracker, only occasionally did I feel she acted older than her supposed age, the majority of the time she was a typical child interested in winding her uncle round her finger.
The secondary characters were also integral to the narrative and I adored Nate’s sister and her girlfriend, as well as An’s business partner and friend Freddie.
It was also a nice change to have Nate’s missing wife not turn out to be a witch and I liked that the subject of PPD (post-partum depression) was addressed with sympathy and understanding.
There’s a lovely grovel/make-up scene and pretty sweet epilogue to draw things to a conclusion in a way which felt natural too.
Steam levels are medium but it does have lots of exploration and first times as Nate fully embraces his bisexuality and they were nicely crafted.
This is my first book from this author and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.