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Hawaiian Gothic [Kindle Edition]

Heidi Belleau , Violetta Vane
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Multicultural Paranormal

Gregorio "Ori" Reyes thought there was nothing left for him in Hawaii. A former Army Ranger and promising MMA fighter, his dishonorable discharge turned him into the family disgrace, and his childhood best friend Kalani never could love him back--not the way Ori needed to be loved--even before Kalani's doctors declared him to be in an unrecoverable coma. Ori's return to Hawaii seems fated to be a depressing reminder of every chance he never took... until Kalani himself impossibly welcomes him home.

Kalani's body is bedridden, but his spirit is free to roam, and it turns out it's not just Ori who had unspoken yearnings. Kalani is eager to prove that he can still savor all the pleasures of this world. Together, they remember all those years of surfing, wrestling, touching and aching but too afraid to act; now, they cross that final barrier and struggle against each other in an entirely different way.

Passionately but tenuously reunited, the pair must solve the mystery of Kalani's unlucky life, sorting through dark family history and even journeying to the Hawaiian ghostworld. And the greatest terror of their journey is that Ori might have to put Kalani to rest.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language and male/male sex. Includes a flashback of m/m/f menage.

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4.5/5 from Between the Covers: (bit.ly/Ow9vTh) A wonderfully refreshing story that breaks out of the mold of standard romance while still keeping one foot in the contemporary. 
7/10 from Outlaw Reviews: (bit.ly/M6FEk5) I loved the vividly described Hawaiian setting and culture and the emotionally-charged and beautifully written love scenes. This highly original non-traditional romance should appeal to adventurous readers.
5/5 from Bitch Factor 10: (bit.ly/OA072d) Vane and Belleau's Hawaii is gritty, spiritual, off-putting and welcoming; it is difficult to know if Hawaii will serve as protag (bringing the lovers together) or antagonist (forever separating them). Hawaii is the first main character we meet in the story, newly surfaced from the ocean depths [... ] ubiquitous Hawaii contexualizes Ori and Kalani-- shaping their history, their culture, their beliefs, their love.
4/5 from The Novel Approach: (bit.ly/LPJFEQ) There's nothing I love more, in terms of fiction, than the surprise of a book turning out to be something so much more than I'd expected it would be when I started reading it. Sometimes it's the characters who are a revelation. Sometimes it's the story itself. With Hawaiian Gothic it was both, and it was terrific. 
 4.5/5 from Joyfully Jay: (bit.ly/Mrbdot) Before I started this book I was only familiar with one of the Hawaiian creation myths. By the end, I was seeking out more resources so fantastic, so addictive did the Hawaiian gods and stories become.

Product Details

  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (June 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008ENPBQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am again reminded how much I hate grading part of writing a review. My first instinct was to grade it three stars, but then despite constantly reminding myself to grade each book on its own merits, I just could not get out of my head that most of the books that I have graded three stars had much much weaker writing than this one in my opinion, so the grading went up to 3.5 - 3.75. This time I just could not do it.

The writing is probably amongst top ten percent or so of the books that I have ever read in mm genre. It is beatiful, it is lyrical, it is amazing in fact, I wanted to stop and reread certain sentences. I loved reading about Ori and Katani, about their cultures. I thought Ori and Katani had great chemistry together, lovely and just "they belong together" type of chemistry and they will make it through despite all the odds.

But the plot of the book made me dizzy, imaginative and creative as it was. I thought the book wanted to be romance, murder mystery and dark fantasy/horror together and just did not achieve the perfect blend of the subgenres. I thought all of those themes warranted the separate book, it felt that authors tried to cram too much in one book, I just do not know how to explain it any better.

Surprisingly, the thing that I was worried the most before starting the book bothered me the least. I appreciated the look at the Hawaian mythology and maybe because I did not dwell on the descriptions, I was not too scared by them. The monsters ARE scary and dark, do not get me wrong, but I felt they suited the story.

I thought it was very unusual and beatifully written book, but it could have been more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hawaiian Gothic: memories and hope July 16, 2012
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I love the voice that these authors bring to their work. It is deeply human and lyrical. Even when writing about dark things and the supernatural there is a care for Ori and Kalani as suffering people. They are not merely characters whose lives are lived for the vicarious thrill of the reader.
Hawaiian Gothic is lushly beautiful like the place and is framed by Ori's grief and fear for Kalani; it is driven by his horror and helplessness and his memories of the Kalani he loves. The importance of memory is a touchstone for this story. It begins with Ori remembering and is resolved in dealing with past events from Kalani's life. We touch on memory in the supernatural elements of the story as the Goddess notes all those who are being lost because they have no link with their own cultural beginnings.
Ori is unable to think of himself or define himself in anyway except through his relationship with his childhood friend Kalani. Over the years, for him this has become an abiding love, one he was not sure Kalani could accept. This relationship one-sided though it seems, shapes everything about Ori's life. He left his family and Hawaii and returns with the life he had made in tatters because of this connection with Kalani. Both Ori and Kalani are broken when we first meet them, one at heart and the other in body and it is clear that it is only in coming together and owning that they love each other that this brokenness can possibly be mended. The book is the story of Ori's heroic quest to save Kalani and the terrible tests they have to meet to find their happiness together.
Kalani doesn't make a magical, full physical recovery despite the supernatural causes and curing of his curse. Each time Ori and Kalani make love we learn something about them as people and together as a couple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Miss This One! June 27, 2012
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Rating: 4. 5 to 5 stars

Gregorio "Ori" Reyes has just arrived home in Hawaii after doing time in Leavenworth and given a dishonorable discharge from the Army for his crime. In disgrace with his military oriented family and with dwindling funds in his pocket, Ori has come home for only one reason. Kalani, his boyhood friend, the reason he joined the Army and the only man he has ever loved. Thoughts of Kalani were his constant companions in Iraq and his images haunted Ori's nights in Leavenworth. Everywhere Ori looks Kalani appears, which is crazy. Because Kalani is lying comatose in a hospital bed on Honolulu. Kalani had been attacked by a gang of men and left for dead while Ori had been in prison. And now feeling guilty and grief stricken, Ori has returned to Kalani too late to tell him how much he loves him. Or so Ori thinks.

After one of his visits to Kalani's bedside, Ori's visit to a gay bar ends with him taking a guy home. As things heat up, a loud noise stops the proceedings and Kalani appears. Or actually Kalani's spirit appears although he feels so very real to Ori. While his broken body remains in the hospital, Kalani visits Ori, the man Kalani has loved even if he wasn't ready to accept that it was romantic love. Unsure why Kalani is able to physically appear to Ori, neither man wants to question the miracle until Kalani starts getting attacked in the spirit world. Together Ori and Kalani must explore the secrets of Kalani's past and venture forward into Hawaii's ghost world to set Kalani free, either to return to his body or join his ancestors in the clouds. Something must be done quickly or Kalani will be condemned to everlasting pain in between.

Hawaiian Gothic is an remarkable story.
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