Christmas in Flip Flops

Rainbow Book Reviews

Review by Serena Yates

Spending Christmas in flip flops sounds good, right? I thought so until I started reading Devon’s story and realized the price he might have to pay to get there. Getting a job in Hawaii sounds like a dream, but potentially celebrating Christmas alone and losing his boyfriend are pretty major dampeners on that one bit of good news. The basic problem as much as the lively nature of the story pulled me in right from page one and didn’t let me go until the end. AJ had me in stitches with some of the situations around the stolen phone, the mysterious scratches on Devon’s face and, yes, even with Devon’s patients. But as funny and lighthearted as it is, the story also carries a message about love and family that I found very touching.

It was good to be back in Hawaii, even though this is ‘only’ a story. But the descriptions are so perfect, the background information about the troops stationed there and the civilians who work to support them are so accurate, and the ‘island feeling’ that AJ manages to convey is so realistic that reading this came pretty close to the real thing. Of course, at the core of it was a great romantic story about two lovers who are pulled apart by reality, their jobs and families. Luckily this is fiction, and they manage to deal with it and find a solution in the end.

If you like stories in a tropical setting and with lots of details about life in Hawaii, if you are a romantic at heart and want to see two men get their happy ever after, and if a Christmas story without a single snowflake strikes you as interesting, you will love this novella as much as I did.