The highly anticipated second installment in the Plummet to Soar Series is now available!
(Plummet to Soar Series Bk #2)
by Z.A. Maxfield
is an ADULT title
Sarcastic cop Theo Hsu returns home to Hawai‘i after realizing he wants more from his life, and also, less. He hopes to reconnect with his past and make amends with his mother, who remarried a cool, distant man, leaving Theo unsure where he stands.
It doesn’t take him long to figure out where he wants to stand, though: right next to his childhood best friend, tattooed detective Koa Palapiti. Theo would like to upgrade their relationship, but Koa is putting out some seriously mixed signals. It’s a mystery Theo can’t let go, but just as they start to connect, kidnapping, murder, and a deadly game with international stakes get in the way. Koa wants to keep Theo out of it, and if it comes to a choice between him and Koa’s partner, Freddie Ortiz, Theo doesn’t like his chances.
But even if Koa wants to push him out of the investigation, and his life, Theo still has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll take all his special gifts, ingenuity, risk-taking, family ties—and even some kinky undercover work—to save the day… and the man he never should’ve let get away.
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About The Author
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”
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3.25 out of 5 stars
Hawaii Five Uh-oh by Z.A. Maxfield is the second book in the ‘Plummet to Soar’ series and centers around Theophilus (Theo) Hsu, who has returned to Oahu, Hawaii from Wisconsin and is ready (somewhat) to reconnect with his estranged mom, meet his stepfather and step-siblings, and, most of all, have a relationship with the next-door neighbor who has always had a special place in his heart, Kekoa (Koa) Palapiti. The biggest problem? Koa seems to have moved on and gives off conflicting signals. Maybe Theo isn’t back to stay after all.
This contemporary adult gay romance is set in one of my favorite places and evokes the combination of beauty and pragmatism inherent in the Hawaiian Islands. Although I enjoyed the chance to armchair travel, I had trouble getting into the story itself. There is so much going on, with secrets and hurtful behavior and hostility and attempts at reconciliation, that it was hard to follow. Some of the events that help resolve the major conflict are a little hard to believe, and the foray into BDSM seemed abrupt and forced.
I don’t know if some of the threads are laid down in the first book in the series and I am lost because I haven’t read that one, but this almost seemed like a collection of vignettes that were strung together. I liked the main characters individually, but their connection was awkward and for much of the book it was difficult to see the bone-deep relationship they had forged as youngsters. The case that is gradually unveiled gets more exciting as the story progresses, but it is also awkward and makes some startling leaps. For me, there are good segments of this story and a delicious Island flair, but I think the story needs to be much longer so that some of the threads can be better tied off. I also hope that some of the secondary characters get a chance in the spotlight as well, because I would love to learn more about their stories.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review