Title: Hawaii Five Uh-Oh (Plummet to Soar #2)
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
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.
For all that story sounded like fun I had trouble connecting with the characters up to the point it started to annoy me. The storyline was bouncing along, keeping just out of reach. It should have been simple. Theo is back home in Hawai and his childhood best friend is there looking hotter than ever and playing main role in his fantasies. But I don’t get why aside from the obvious hotness factor. I don’t see what is drawing them to each other. It doesn’t help that Koa seems to be involved with someone else. Theo’s behavior is all over the place. I couldn’t even get a solid read on side characters, and the heavy accent on life credo Theo follows confused me even more. The story shifts so frequently it gave me whiplash.
I actually understand why it was handled this way – the plot heavily depends on sleight of hand and everything slots neatly into place at the end but it didn’t make reading the story any easier.
But if you like stories feeding the reader crumbs of information up until big reveal and carefully orchestrated plot, this should be interesting. It’s just not what I like.