Book Reviews

Gypsy Heart (Pearl Harbor 2) by A.J. Llewellyn at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 14-June-2017

Book Blurb

Tinder McCartney thought he left behind his life as a gay male prostitute but soon learns returning to his old life may be the only way to save the man he loves…

Tinder McCartney and his lover, Jason Qui, are adjusting to life in war-torn Hawaii following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Settling at first in Maui with Tinder's father, they go back to Honolulu to meet with members of the new military government regarding their plans to blow up a major access road in Lahaina that would leave the islanders in Maui stranded and without access to much-needed shipments coming into the island.


Back in Honolulu, Tinder and Jason are dismayed to see how much their beloved home has changed in just a few short weeks. Jason accepts a dangerous sea mission feeling that as a Chinese immigrant, he needs to prove his loyalty to the US. He and the crew of the ship disappear, and are presumed to have been taken by Japanese forces.


Tinder must decide what to do to help his lover. When presented with the opportunity to return to his old way of life in exchange for information that will help him rescue his lover, he must decide how far he is willing to go to heal his gypsy heart and save the man he loves…



Reader Advisory: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series

Book Review

This second book in the amazing ‘Pearl Harbor’ series left my just as emotionally drained but totally fascinated as ‘Vagabond Heart’. The sense of history, all of the vivid detail, and a poignant love story are so well woven together that it left me breathless at the end. I only know one thing for sure: I want more of this sort of a look at history. If half the history teachers in schools across the world were able to make their subjects come alive as much as A.J. makes the Hawaii of the 1940s seem real, maybe we’d actually learn something from past mistakes.

Tinder’s life doesn’t get any easier in this second volume. I had hoped that leaving his life as a prostitute behind might help, and in a way it does. He and his lover, Jason, grow closer and share some very tender moments. But the reality of a country at war keeps intruding to the point where Jason accepts a mission that made the hairs at the back of my neck stand up. I was screaming at him not to go – but, of course, that was pointless. The pain of the separation almost killed me, I was so involved. The only thing that kept me reading was my trust in A.J.’s belief in happy endings, which matches my own.

If you like to learn about the past through the eyes of people who lived in the times, if historical details fascinate you, and if you love characters who come to life to the point you think you can touch and talk to them, you will love this book. I totally adored it and cannot wait for the next volume!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 105 pages/36578 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-June-2011
Price $2.99 ebook
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