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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.