Sweet Hawaii


Romance - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 11/25/2019
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Sweet Hawaii by M. G. Marzen is a good romance with strong political underpinnings. When readers meet Marie Sweet and Mickey Swift, they are just married and looking at the future with hope. Mick has always envied older couples still holding hands while leisurely strolling down the beach and had often wondered what their secret was. Now, he wants to build a strong bond with Marie. When they decide to travel to Hawaii, Mick thinks about renting surfboards, but Marie’s thought becomes a reality: they can buy their own boards and rent them and get into business. But the Snuba Diving business in Hawaii comes with its own challenges and when danger looms on the horizon, it is not just the business they will fight for but for their own lives. The Supreme Court, masterminded by a meeting of the minds, is allowing greedy Trumpsters to steal private property and it is a glaring fact that the government plans to undermine the constitution and make it meaningless. With a biking club that wants Mickey dead, can they survive and save their business?

This is a beautiful story with a contemporary setting in Hawaii and Lake Elsinore. It is told in a clear voice and features characters that are rich and real. I enjoyed the way the author explores the bond between Mickey and Marie and the relationships they build around them, starting with Bonnie and Raymond. There are other interesting characters like Paul Dupree, the Sarge who plays a central role in the conflict, and many others. Themes of the quest for justice, the upholding of the constitution, fraud and corruption, and crime are beautifully written into the romance, and the author offers commentaries on the political backdrop against which the narrative evolves. Sweet Hawaii is character-driven and thought-provoking, the story of two strong souls that are bonded to each other. It is delightful and hugely entertaining.

K.C. Finn

Sweet Hawaii is an unusual novel about current socioeconomic and political policies involving the Constitution and was penned by author M. G. Marzen. In this third installment to the series after The Mick and Marie Story and Hunted Hunters, we return to the heroic efforts of Mick and Marie Sweet as they get into the diving world and business ventures in Hawaii. The troubles from their previous exploits, however, are still determined to seek them out and haunt their new enterprise, and as Mick and Marie are once again put to the test, important questions about the right to freedom of speech become a central point of the plot.

For readers seeking more than just a straightforward interpersonal drama, the works of author M. G. Marzen will certainly keep you thinking long after you’ve put the books down. Sweet Hawaii is no exception, as what begins as a romantic tale of a couple venturing out into a new world soon turns into a high octane action novel with plenty of twists and turns. The plot is a little hard to grasp without having read the previous novels, but once you’re into the narration and established with Mick and Marie, it rolls on with great pacing and lively scene changes to keep things fresh. The ideology of the Constitution is a strong theme that won’t suit all readers, but for those who want to see their rights upheld and feel that very strongly, then Sweet Hawaii will bring those issues home for them in style.

Lesley Jones

In Sweet Hawaii by M. G. Marzen, as Mick finally marries Marie Sweet in Hawaii, they are ready to enjoy their new venture of setting up a business on the island with their friends. Mick's sale of some diamonds ensures they have the time and money not to worry about the future. However, when they discover Marie's house in California has been burned down and condemned, it opens up a series of events that place their lives in danger. Mick is certain that Marie's Constitutional rights have been completely ignored and hires a private investigator to uncover the truth. What they discover is a string of Constitutional laws that only serve the rich, powerful and greedy. Mick is determined to get justice not just for Marie but everyone before the Constitution, as we know it, disappears entirely. "Money is plentiful if you know how to play the game right."

Sweet Hawaii by M. G. Marzen has a very intricate plot that has been well executed. The characters are memorable and interesting. I particularly liked Mick; his interrogative mind and sharp perception of people were superb and Marie's personality complemented his very well. I thought Walter was a great character too, quite outlandish, and the interaction between him and Mick was really comical at times. The descriptive narrative as Mick and Marie explored Hawaii was wonderful. I felt I was literally on the island myself. I learned an enormous amount about the history of the island, as well as how diverse the landscape is. There are also very interesting Constitutional facts throughout history where laws have been made to suit the powerful in society, which are quite shocking. The Constitutional aspect of the storyline was very cleverly threaded through the story, I felt. There are some great moments of conflict that kept the story interesting. The climactic scene towards the end, involving Chan, was full of suspense and I automatically expected a certain ending. However, I was wrong and the plot twist at the end was perfect.