Book Reviews

Abiding Heart (Pearl Harbor 3) by A.J. Llewellyn at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Interracial / Romance / Drama
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 16-June-2017

Book Blurb

Tinder and Jason are back in Honolulu, determined to face the future…but an unexpected friend from Tinder's Hotel Street days turns their lives upside down.

Now that Jason is home, safe from his horrific mission aboard the SS Malama, he and Tinder once again return to Honolulu to help in the rebuilding of Pearl Harbor. Jason, who faces a military tribunal on the fate of the cargo ship's lost crew members, suffers from traumatic nightmares as a result of his ordeal. Tinder, determined to nurture and protect his lover, is devastated when the truth of the crew's capture and Jason's dramatic escape is revealed.


Determined to face the future with renewed determination and courage, the two men also soon learn that fate has some other new surprises in store for them. In the ensuing months of WWII Honolulu, Jason and Tinder grow closer and closer in spite of hate—and help—from unexpected quarters, their abiding hearts rediscover the meaning of aloha.



Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series and contains a discussion of off-screen rape and torture.

Book Review

This third volume of the ‘Pearl Harbor’ series totally stunned me. Not only was it great to revisit Tinder and Jason, the storyline offered just as much tension as the last book’s. The details about wartime Honolulu are as vivid as ever and I was swept away by the descriptions of everything that was going on outside their relationship as much as by the emotions between the two men. History has never been this fascinating!

Tinder’s happiness at having Jason back is marred by the awful nightmares his lover has. I could feel his despair as he was trying to deal with Jason’s lack of willingness to talk about what happened. Tinder’s helplessness was very realistic and, from what I know, reflects exactly what many military spouses go through when their loved ones return from wartime assignments. I loved how loyal Tinder continues to be and how understanding. As difficult as it is for Tinder, it is exactly what Jason needs most.

Jason has trouble adjusting to the fact that he is back home. Life has continued in his absence and is normal - well, as normal as it can be while the efforts to rebuild Honolulu are still going on. His reticence to share his experience with Tinder is very clear, and when he does finally open up the truth is devastating. A.J. handles the descriptions of his situation with a lot of sensitivity, but it still left me reeling.

If you like to read about history in a way that makes you feel you’re right there, if historical details fascinate you as much as the emotions of the people who were involved in those events, and if you love books with characters who are so life-like they make you think they are people you have met, you will love this novella as much as I did. I cannot wait for the next one!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 92 pages/32739 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-November-2011
Price $2.99 ebook
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