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Where an ocean of love awaits Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked ha Where an ocean of love awaits Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him. When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart.


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Where an ocean of love awaits Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked ha Where an ocean of love awaits Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him. When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart.

30 review for Meet Me in Hawaii

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Meet Me in London - ★★★★★ #2 Meet Me in Hawaii - ★★★★ Meet Me in Hawaii was a lovely romance, and I managed to read it in two days. It's very fast paced and captures your attention straight away. I remember Meet Me in London giving me Christmas vibes, and Meet Me in Hawaii managed to do the same with the summer destination. The coctails, beaches and surfing brought a great atmosphere, and during the pandemic, I actually really needed a lit Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi #1 Meet Me in London - ★★★★★ #2 Meet Me in Hawaii - ★★★★ Meet Me in Hawaii was a lovely romance, and I managed to read it in two days. It's very fast paced and captures your attention straight away. I remember Meet Me in London giving me Christmas vibes, and Meet Me in Hawaii managed to do the same with the summer destination. The coctails, beaches and surfing brought a great atmosphere, and during the pandemic, I actually really needed a little bit of that. I really liked Malie as a character, especially her story, and how she bravely tries to be happy and get rid of all the guild she feels. And I also liked Todd, with his own traumatic childhood and his broken relationship with his father. I loved how these two characters managed to find themselves and click so fast. I loved their beginning scenes, and they gave me many butterflies. However, then Malie makes some poor decisions, and I didn't enjoy them. I am not a fan when a character decides to stop a potential relationship from happening because they are scared of being hurt. They could both feel the tension, and they both at some point tried to resist it, and then Malie properly rejected him and I was just agitated. But that's just because I'm very picky with my romance tropes. It's a "it's not you, it's me" situation. But apart from this, I really enjoyed the whole book. I especially enjoyed the children and their interaction with Malie as a surfing teacher. Tara's story was very moving and to be fair, I would have loved to read more about Jonny and Sky. I felt like there was an opportunity to explore this, and things were left unsaid. The competition in the end was quite interesting as well, and I loved the ending. Even though it's mainly a romance story, Meet Me in Hawaii is so much more than that! It's also a story about grief and guilt, and moving forward. A story about true friendships, one of those strong ones, that are quite rare to encounter these days. It's a story about relationships, not just between partners, but between friends and parents too. But most importantly, about the freedom to be able to do what makes us happy in our lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lucy C

    I really enjoyed Meet me in London so I knew I would like this too, I was not disappointed. Here we are in sunny Hawaii and boy did I feel as if I was there on those sunny warm beaches with the wind blowing my hair. We focus on Malie who is one of Victoria's friends from the first book London. Malie is a surfer and working at a surf school when she meets Todd. The two form a bond who are both running away and scared of their past. A lovely little read about friendships, love and moving on. I really en I really enjoyed Meet me in London so I knew I would like this too, I was not disappointed. Here we are in sunny Hawaii and boy did I feel as if I was there on those sunny warm beaches with the wind blowing my hair. We focus on Malie who is one of Victoria's friends from the first book London. Malie is a surfer and working at a surf school when she meets Todd. The two form a bond who are both running away and scared of their past. A lovely little read about friendships, love and moving on. I really enjoyed this one and hope for more in the series with friends Zoe and Lily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Meet me in Hawaii is the second book in the ‘Meet Me’ series. It is a very sweet and feel good romance set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii. Malie, a surf instructor meets the attractive millionaire, Todd, who has come over to Hawaii with his charity to use the surfing recuperation programme with a group of disadvantaged children. Malie rescues him quite by accident when he gets caught in a riptide and this forms the beginning of their relationship and lays the foundations for the rest o Meet me in Hawaii is the second book in the ‘Meet Me’ series. It is a very sweet and feel good romance set against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii. Malie, a surf instructor meets the attractive millionaire, Todd, who has come over to Hawaii with his charity to use the surfing recuperation programme with a group of disadvantaged children. Malie rescues him quite by accident when he gets caught in a riptide and this forms the beginning of their relationship and lays the foundations for the rest of the story. Although some of the characters in the first book are introduced again, Meet Me in Hawaii works well as a standalone and there is sufficient background history covered to get a feel of the previous book. The characters are likeable and fun and there wasn’t one I disliked. I particularly enjoyed the bond Malie had with her close friends and the fact this bond had deepened after their shocking car accident in their youth. This is a lovely supportive friendship group and I adored their ‘Lost Hours’ emergency video calls. There is not an awful lot in the way of content to really get your teeth into. The story has a lot of dialogue and very little in the way of rich description. I would have loved to have seen a lot more descriptions of the setting, the visits to the Dole Plantation and the North Shore could have been explored in much more detail adding extra depth to the story. Descriptions of the local cuisine always go down well with me in books and this again was skimmed over but could have added another layer of interest. I did enjoy learning about surfing though and learnt quite a lot! The romance was very quick, they fell in love almost instantly but subsequently there was too much indecision and dallying around to get to where they actually needed to be. Malie being unable to commit to the relationship because she felt she didn’t deserve happiness due to some tragic events in her past. She led Todd on a merry dance on more than one occasion and despite being rejected several times I was astounded by how forgiving and patient Todd was. However, there are some lovely moments and set against the dreamy background of Hawaii this book certainly gives you lots of feel good emotions. Meet Me in Hawaii is an enjoyable and entertaining read. The writing wasn’t the best I’ve ever read, and I did wince a little bit at some of the dialogue, but the book is exactly what it’s meant to be, a light and fun romance which is easy and quick to read. The perfect beach read in a wonderful setting. Thank you so much to the publisher, via Netgalley, for my advance copy to review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marthabethan

    This book was so cute! I loved the setting and the characters were great. I loved her friendship with her group from home and their regular chats and video calls. It was so nice to see friendship take a key role in this book! The plot line was sweet and I loved seeing Malie help children learn to surf and grow with confidence in their own abilities. Todd was lovely and I really liked the aim of his charity work. Sometimes the communication issues between the two of them annoyed me a little but n This book was so cute! I loved the setting and the characters were great. I loved her friendship with her group from home and their regular chats and video calls. It was so nice to see friendship take a key role in this book! The plot line was sweet and I loved seeing Malie help children learn to surf and grow with confidence in their own abilities. Todd was lovely and I really liked the aim of his charity work. Sometimes the communication issues between the two of them annoyed me a little but nothing major! The ending was lovely and it was a good book. Thank you to Netgalley and Mills & Boon for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    The epitome of gushy romance novel, all the feels of a chance meeting with a beautiful man Malie is all swoon and Tom the big boss of a charity is equally as bowled over by Malie. The perfect summer read for romance and ANTICIPATION. Toffolo brings the surfing beaches of Hawaii in a romance story with all the cheese needed to get you wondering and eager with anticipation. #NetGalley #georgiatoffolo #meetmeinhawaii #newin2021 #books

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tea & Cake for the Soul

    Meet me in Hawaii follows on from Georgia Toffolo's first book Meet Me in London. This time focusing on Malie while she works at her uncle's surf school in Hawaii. This book captures the feeling of Hawaii from the very start. The romance aspect starts soon afterwards. Malie comes across as a lovely person, despite her pain, and her rapport with the underprivileged kids that she teaches is evident. You don't need to have read Meet me in London first as the background is covered, but I recommend tha Meet me in Hawaii follows on from Georgia Toffolo's first book Meet Me in London. This time focusing on Malie while she works at her uncle's surf school in Hawaii. This book captures the feeling of Hawaii from the very start. The romance aspect starts soon afterwards. Malie comes across as a lovely person, despite her pain, and her rapport with the underprivileged kids that she teaches is evident. You don't need to have read Meet me in London first as the background is covered, but I recommend that you do. I believe this book opens up a series and we will soon be reading about Lily and Zoe, the other two friends from the group. I felt that unlike the first book, this is more what I'd expect from a modern day Mills and Boon. It's more romantic and swoon-worthy. It's a pleasant easy read that's worth a go if you're not looking for anything too taxing and want to escape to Hawaii. 3.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Readsandeats

    I would like to thank Netgalley, Mills and Boon and Georgia Toffolo for giving me the e arc copy of this book to read. This is the 2nd book in the series and Malie is the main character. She helps her godfather run a surf school on Hawaii. As part of their outreach programme, they take groups of children who have both mental and physical issues and use surfing as a way to help them. Todd runs a company that raises money for good causes as well as helps kids. He brings a group of children from th I would like to thank Netgalley, Mills and Boon and Georgia Toffolo for giving me the e arc copy of this book to read. This is the 2nd book in the series and Malie is the main character. She helps her godfather run a surf school on Hawaii. As part of their outreach programme, they take groups of children who have both mental and physical issues and use surfing as a way to help them. Todd runs a company that raises money for good causes as well as helps kids. He brings a group of children from the UK to Hawaii as a holiday but using surf lesson to aid them. At the fundraising event he wins one to one surf lessons with Malie. There is a draw to each other that they both feel but try not to act on. This story is one of hope not only for the children but for Malie and Todd. Malie and Todd both have events in their past that haunt them and maybe only by facing up to these events and dealing with their effects can they begin to move on. We see the growth of both characters; we are shown that the love of friends and family is important to help you with whatever you are going through. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen Andrew

    Review I have been looking forward to this book since reading Meet Me In London and this absolutely did not disappoint. Gone are the snowy scenes of London and Christmas and we say hello to sun, sea and surf. It is another beautifully written story focusing on Malie and her journey of guilt, loss and grief and also of Todd's past of the same emotions. I didnt fly through this one as quickly as the first book and that was purely because I didnt want this to end. I had tears in my eyes at the end as Review I have been looking forward to this book since reading Meet Me In London and this absolutely did not disappoint. Gone are the snowy scenes of London and Christmas and we say hello to sun, sea and surf. It is another beautifully written story focusing on Malie and her journey of guilt, loss and grief and also of Todd's past of the same emotions. I didnt fly through this one as quickly as the first book and that was purely because I didnt want this to end. I had tears in my eyes at the end as Malie conquers her fears and I am already looking forward to the 3rd instalment of this amazing series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Having read Meet Me In London a couple of months ago, I was delighted to find out, this featured one of the close friends of Victoria, the main character of the first book. Malia is a surf chick in Hawaii, running from heartbreak after losing her brother, which ripped her family apart. Todd is a successful business man, heading up a charity project to help kids, following his own tough childhood. A heart-warming story of learning to love and trust again, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am hoping Having read Meet Me In London a couple of months ago, I was delighted to find out, this featured one of the close friends of Victoria, the main character of the first book. Malia is a surf chick in Hawaii, running from heartbreak after losing her brother, which ripped her family apart. Todd is a successful business man, heading up a charity project to help kids, following his own tough childhood. A heart-warming story of learning to love and trust again, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am hoping for the next two books to feature the remaining two friends Zoe and Lily!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Page

    I very much enjoyed this book, which is the second in the series about a group of four friends. This one focuses on Malie Pukui. She does not believe that happy endings exist, so she avoids getting too involved with anyone, except her three closest friends, Victoria, Lils and Zoe. When she was a girl she lived in Cornwall, where her parent ran a surfing school. Her older brother died of cancer, and the family unit struggled. Her parents gave up the school and wouldn’t let Malie do anything, espe I very much enjoyed this book, which is the second in the series about a group of four friends. This one focuses on Malie Pukui. She does not believe that happy endings exist, so she avoids getting too involved with anyone, except her three closest friends, Victoria, Lils and Zoe. When she was a girl she lived in Cornwall, where her parent ran a surfing school. Her older brother died of cancer, and the family unit struggled. Her parents gave up the school and wouldn’t let Malie do anything, especially the surfing she adored. She couldn’t talk to them, they only ever argued. Her friend Zoe was her only release, they would sneak off to surf without her parents knowing. But tragedy occurred again, the four girls were travelling to their school graduation dance when they were hit by another car. Malie and Lils just had a few scratches, but Victoria and Zoe had life-changing injuries, Zoe would never walk again and Victoria would never be able to have children. Soon afterwards Malie ran away to Hawaii, where she helped her godfather run a surfing school. She specialised in helping people with problems, and became quite well known for her work. The book begins with her going out to catch a few waves at the end of the day, before she has to go to a cocktail party. As she is coming back in to shore on her last wave before going home to get ready she sees a man in difficulty, he has been caught in a rip current which is pulling him along. She rescues him, with difficulty, he is fully clothed and she cannot understand why he is in the water. Once back on the beach she discovers he was trying to rescue her dog Nalu, who was a good swimmer and didn’t need rescuing. Once she is sure he is safe she rushes away to get ready for the cocktail party. Todd Masters is an extremely rich man, and a philanthropist. He runs a charity helping children with problems, and spends most of his free time working with the charity. Like Malie he has a hang up about happiness. His mother died when he was born, and his father turned to drink to hide from his grief. Todd spent his childhood in various foster homes, with short periods of time with his father. From a very young age he worked hard at anything he could get, delivering newspapers, parcels, whatever; and as soon as he was old enough he was proud to buy himself a car, it was old and a bit battered but he was able to pay cash. He proved to be something of a genius at business and was soon an extremely wealthy man. His father by this time was no longer drinking, his greatest friend had died of cancer and it made him pull himself together. But it did not make their relationship easier, he refused help from Todd, and although he helped with the charity he would not accept payment for it. So we have two lost souls meeting on the beach and discovering each other at a cocktail party, and there is instant and deep attraction, which neither of them can handle in their messed up lives. Todd has bought a small group of children from London to have a few weeks learning to surf, Malie’s charity work had been noticed! While the book twists and turns with the pair of them avoiding being together but unable to keep apart, the children are having a wonderful time, gaining confidence by the day, especially Tara, who has more problems than most. She is a real bright spark in the story. The story moves along at a cracking rate, like a dance they draw together then move apart, perhaps getting closer to happiness together with each interaction, so it is heartbreaking when they appear to break up for the final time. But it is a time of adjustment for both of them, they need the space to sort out the issues in their lives. Todd keeps checking on her, and when she is interviewed during a surfing contest he knows he must be there for the final. The final chapters are extremely emotional, a tissue is required to mop up the tears!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: January 29, 2021 Publication date: March 18, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of Date reviewed/posted: January 29, 2021 Publication date: March 18, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, AND the worst sciatica attack in your life means you MIGHT sleep 3 hours a night, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Where an ocean of love awaits Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him. When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart? I adored "Meet me in London" and was so excited to see this book pop up. It was well written with great characters and it made me want a vacation there ASAP ... but I will have to stick with EarthCam videos as Hawaii involves a LOT of planes and non-essential travel and if I could, honestly, go anywhere right now, I would visit my parents as I miss their nonagenarian hugs. It was a lovely read and worth mentioning to people, friends, family, clients, patrons, etc. etc. in search of tropical romance that is not too sticky and sweet for the very day reader! Take this book to the beach (or your back yard, "garden", deck or porch or balcony) and enjoy it - just wear a tonne of SPF110 as you will lose track of time as you read this. - If we are in the 3rd or 4th wave/mutation of COVID19 by then, stay inside: no tan is worth dying for. Heck, read it on the tube and tell people how wonderful it is! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it🌊 🧜‍♀️ 🏖️🐚👙

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I was fortunate enough to recurve a digital advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Georgia Toffolo (Toff) is known as a socialite in London and is part of The Made In Chelsea reality TV series and the second cast member who has published a book, although the first using a mainstream publishing house. Coincidentally I I also have a copy of Georgia's first book Meet me in London but I've not had a chance to read it as yet. Meet me in Hawaii appealed to me as I holidays I was fortunate enough to recurve a digital advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Georgia Toffolo (Toff) is known as a socialite in London and is part of The Made In Chelsea reality TV series and the second cast member who has published a book, although the first using a mainstream publishing house. Coincidentally I I also have a copy of Georgia's first book Meet me in London but I've not had a chance to read it as yet. Meet me in Hawaii appealed to me as I holidays there in my early 20s and was hoping to recapture some of my holiday memories of Ohau. The story centres around Malie, a young female surf instructor, originally from England who is working at her godfathers surf school following the death of her brother. Malie is a fiesty, independent woman who is trying to cope with a lot of life changing events. She's left her parents and their closed surf school in England after the death of her brother and come to Hawaii to teach surfing. She's also dealing with the aftermath of a road accident with her friends in which she was one of the only people to walk away unscathed. One day Malie is surfing with the surf school dog Nula and sees a man struggling in a rip tide in the water, she rescues him and discovers he was trying to save Nula, who was fine. The man is Todd Masters, a millionaire who has founded a kids charity and brought a group of kids to Hawaii to learn how to surf as part of rehab for their mental health. The plot itself is essentially a Mills and Boons modern romance story so don't expect to much storyline in terms of content as it is mainly about the surfing charity and Malie and Todd's ability to resist ripping each other's clothes off. The characters are well rounded, including Malie's friendship group now scattered across the globe and who interact using video calls. I wish there had been more description about Hawaii and the places Todd / Malie visit....for example their visit to North Shore where they watch the competitive surfing or the Dole Plantation for their whipped pineapple ice cream. So many amazing places Malie and Todd could have visited as part of their courtship such as Diamond Head. I was slightly put off about the romance descriptions, they fall so heavily in love and can't resist each other but when they do consummate the relationship it's all about his "hardness" and her "nubs".... Surely we can be a bit more realistic / graphic and talk about erect penis and nipples... A sweet story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him. When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever, her heart? I thoroughly enjoyed Toffolo’s first book and was looking forward to reading this. I loved that this was set in Hawaii, I definitely appreciated being whisked away to a hot, tropical location whilst in reality it was snowing outside. I also liked the surfing aspect and I did enjoy Malie as a character. For me, where this differed from the first book is with the characters. Toffolo has written about the same group of friends and just focuses on a different central character; Malie. Whilst this is great and meant I could catch up with established characters, they were not altogether due to Malie living in Hawaii and it was definitely suffering from the absence of other characters and friends. This very firmly focuses around Malie and Todd which could have been great, however I did not feel I ever got to know Todd very well and he does not feel particularly established. The plot is enjoyable and there are moments of hilarity alongside more serious, emotional moments. However, I found it a bit dull overall and I found myself losing interest halfway through. I think it was all a little too nice and too predictable and needed a twist to give it another edge. I also thought this ended too abruptly, just when it felt like there were developments and moments of intrigue, the book ended which was a real shame. This is not my favourite read but it is still enjoyable and for the most part I was entertained. The aspect I liked the most does have to be the warm location of Hawaii. Thank you to NetGalley and Mills & Boon for an advance copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nailah

    Meet Me in London was one of my festive reads and I absolutely loved it, so I was over the moon when I found out that it was actually the first book in a series! Meet Me in Hawaii, the second book, is the ultimate feel good feast. It focuses on Malie, a passionate surfer who moved to Hawaii whilst trying to overcome personal tragedy. Trust me, if you loved Meet Me in London, prepare to gobble this one up! Where Victoria Scott was dreaming of her future life and fulfilling her dream of owning her o Meet Me in London was one of my festive reads and I absolutely loved it, so I was over the moon when I found out that it was actually the first book in a series! Meet Me in Hawaii, the second book, is the ultimate feel good feast. It focuses on Malie, a passionate surfer who moved to Hawaii whilst trying to overcome personal tragedy. Trust me, if you loved Meet Me in London, prepare to gobble this one up! Where Victoria Scott was dreaming of her future life and fulfilling her dream of owning her own boutique, her friend Malie Pukui no longer believes in Happily Ever After and has put her life on hold leaving life in Devon to try and start fresh in Hawaii.. Little does she know how much she is holding herself back. In comes an affable millionaire and owner of a charitable foundation by the name of Todd Masters! One of the things I loved about this book was it's strong character-driven narrative. Despite ironically meeting in water, Malie and Todd have instant heat, with an intensity established in their relationship right from the very start and carried right the way through the book. With its backdrop of beautiful beaches, kind hearted people, Hawaii fees like the perfect setting for this tale, and Georgia Toffolo for me really captured some of the vibrancy and warmth of the people and surfer life without making it feel cliched. I loved the way that the book turned outdated gender stereotypes on their head, emphasised (mini spoiler alert), by the way in which Malie and Todd meet, with her coming to his rescue. In fact neither of them need rescuing but they have to work to confront their demons and meet each other in the middle. Romance with a very current feel, loveable characters and a lot of heart. This is a funny, charming, sexy, feel good read - guaranteed to leave you with a smile, and a desire to book a flight immediately. My only complaint is having to wait a few months now for the next book in the series! Big thank you to the Mills & Boon team and NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (libraryofchlo)

    After reading Meet Me In London last summer I was keen to read the next instalment in Toff's chick-lit series which this time focused on Malie Pukui, who fled her life in Devon after a family tragedy to work as a surfing instructor in Hawaii. In the surf school, she helps those less disadvantaged than her particularly those who may have experienced loss as she has. The descriptions of her easy rapport with her clients is heartwarming and the setting of Hawaii lends itself perfectly to a summer r After reading Meet Me In London last summer I was keen to read the next instalment in Toff's chick-lit series which this time focused on Malie Pukui, who fled her life in Devon after a family tragedy to work as a surfing instructor in Hawaii. In the surf school, she helps those less disadvantaged than her particularly those who may have experienced loss as she has. The descriptions of her easy rapport with her clients is heartwarming and the setting of Hawaii lends itself perfectly to a summer romance, though I would have LOVED more insight into the places they visited and more world-building than simple it being a 'they went there, she said this'. Much like the first instalment, this is a cheesy light-hearted beach read. Whilst in Hawaii she rescues Todd Masters, a philanthropist who helps young disadvantaged children, from a rip current. Todd is in Hawaii as his charitable foundation is working with the surf school to provide new opportunities for the children they care for. Surprise surprise, Malie fancies the pants off him and there's a blurring of the business meets personal line between the pair's interactions, especially after Todd finds himself in private surf lessons that he purchases at a charity auction. There are some nice moments that reference the friends including Victoria which feature in the first book, but ultimately you don't have to have read that one to understand this one! I was surprised by the deeper themes that look at loss, death and remorse and was glad to find there wasn't a simple 'relationship + problem = problem goes away' formula to the story but instead an insightful look into self-discovery and healing. Despite these themes, it's still a pleasant and easy-read that looks at the building of trust between two lovers and there's plenty of fun moments. Surfing + sunsets + a 'will-they-won't-they' couple = perfection *Thanks to Netgalley and Mills & Boon for the advanced copy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Malie is happy running her surf school and passing on her love of the water to her students, she cannot think of anything better. But when Todd arrives on her island to help with the funding of the school she finds herself torn between not ruining the school's success and her own feelings. Huge thank you to Mills & Boon for sending me an advanced copy of Georgia's follow on novel from 'Meet Me in London' and a special package to go along with it! I am part of the blog tour for this publication wh Malie is happy running her surf school and passing on her love of the water to her students, she cannot think of anything better. But when Todd arrives on her island to help with the funding of the school she finds herself torn between not ruining the school's success and her own feelings. Huge thank you to Mills & Boon for sending me an advanced copy of Georgia's follow on novel from 'Meet Me in London' and a special package to go along with it! I am part of the blog tour for this publication which released 18th March! Other bloggers have already been posting about this cracking romance novel, see their handles below! (also, I'm screaming at the personalised signature, I'm obsessed) untitled image untitled image Soppy romances are something I would usually never pick up, the cliché lines and doe-eyed female leads make me unable to delve deeper into the story but Toffolo's depiction of love at first sight in her 'Meet Me...' series has so far been an incredible change of pace and has converted me. Since I read 'Meet Me in London' late last year I have been so eager to read more romance and contemporary fiction. Meet Me in Hawaii starts as you'd imagine it does, a headstrong female thinking she is doing just fine on her own but when a mysterious stranger runs into her life she realises there are cracks beneath the surface. Malie is a wonderful character, she has a background that gives her a hard exterior that the reader knows we have to break through to see her softer side, but at the same time gives us the familiarity of a damaged protagonist that we are eager to see succeed. The feminist in me was dreading the "knight in shining armour"narrative, however, in both this novel and 'Meet Me in London' there is an essence of female friendship that outshines it. We are all picking up this novel for a bit of romance, but what I didn't expect was the pure joy and love that came with Malie and Zoe. Through the writing their connection was so strong that it didn't feel like fiction, it was realistic and warming to read. With that being said, the relationship with Malie and Todd was nothing to ignore, their back and forth flirtation was a strong reflection of their characters, both a bit daring and on the excitable side. I would stretch to say that the writing and characterisation in this novel surpasses that of its predecessor. Each chapter was more exciting than the next and although we all know where the end will lead I was still eager to read those last few pages to make sure Malie got her happy ending and Todd found what he was looking for. I will point out that although this narrative was captivating and kept me engaged for a solid 4 hour sitting this week I found the same frustration with the constantly changing of the female character's mind about whether or not to take that leap of faith into a relationship. Victoria in book one was exactly the same, again it did extend the narrative to some extent and it exciting but it tipped into the realm of tedious toward the end. With all this taken into consideration, I still loved it. It's cheesy to the extreme and poetic where it needed to be, but it plays into the cheesiness and you want Malie and Todd to be cheesy, you want to escape to Hawaii with them and you want to get out on that board with her as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tilly

    2 stars TW: Talk of a loved ones death, cancer, car crash. I was looking forward to reading this as I enjoyed the first book in the series "Meet Me in London". Unfortunately this book didn't live up to my expectations. I found the book to be really cheesy - so cheesy I felt exasperated with it and the insta love was too farfetched for the characters involved. It was all too much too fast and didn't feel real to me. I did like the main characters but I struggled to connect with either of them and th 2 stars TW: Talk of a loved ones death, cancer, car crash. I was looking forward to reading this as I enjoyed the first book in the series "Meet Me in London". Unfortunately this book didn't live up to my expectations. I found the book to be really cheesy - so cheesy I felt exasperated with it and the insta love was too farfetched for the characters involved. It was all too much too fast and didn't feel real to me. I did like the main characters but I struggled to connect with either of them and thought they needed to be explored in greater depth. In my opinion the writing wasn't the best, especially when it came to the dialogue. It was really stilted and everything was over described and explained which made it seem awkward and quite fake. It also made the scenes drag and made it read more like fan fiction. The storyline wasn't very strong, with a lot of repetition but I did like the use of the surf school and side characters to add depth and interest to the scenes. I thought there could have been more descriptions of Hawaii to really make the book come alive. I liked the friendships between the main group of girls but I didn't think we got as much of that in this book than Meet Me In London. Overall, for me the book was far too cheesy and corny and because of this I struggled to have any real connection. I don't think I will be continuing this series. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Lacey

    I loved the first book in the series Meet Me in London and I was eager to see which friend we would be meeting in book two. I was delighted it was Malie and it was lovely to spend time with her and get to know a little about her fictitious life. What I love about the plots of these books is that they are so much more than just your run of the mill romance books. They have side plots that are really important. In the case of Meet me in Hawaii, we meet a group of kids that have had a tough time in I loved the first book in the series Meet Me in London and I was eager to see which friend we would be meeting in book two. I was delighted it was Malie and it was lovely to spend time with her and get to know a little about her fictitious life. What I love about the plots of these books is that they are so much more than just your run of the mill romance books. They have side plots that are really important. In the case of Meet me in Hawaii, we meet a group of kids that have had a tough time in life and a charity has brought them to Hawaii to get away and perhaps bring them out of their selves. Malie is perfect and patient as their surfer teacher. Having been through tragedy in her own life she can relate to them in a way many others would not be able to. Then there is the romance element of the book, I love that it is relatable and honest. The characters are well written and likeable. It is definitely a fast page-turner and I absolutely love that characters from the first book appear in Meet me in Hawaii too. You also get a small insight into what might be coming up in book three as we learn a lot more about some of the girls. This series is definitely for the readers like myself who do enjoy a little romance in their books but that also need more depth too. So I encourage you to take a trip to Hawaii and fall in love with Mali and Todd. A beautiful page-turner with ohana at its core. Buy Link

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bookclubforme

    I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to reading Toffs second book. I loved #MeetMeInLondon so I had high hopes and I wasn't disappointed - easily another five star read, I loved it! Telling the story of Malie, friend of Victoria from the first book and taking place under the glorious sunshine of Hawaii, where you are instantly transported by the descriptions of sunny beaches, waves and by Malie's passion for surfing - MMIH is a fun, feel good and slightly more flirty read. I loved that I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to reading Toffs second book. I loved #MeetMeInLondon so I had high hopes and I wasn't disappointed - easily another five star read, I loved it! Telling the story of Malie, friend of Victoria from the first book and taking place under the glorious sunshine of Hawaii, where you are instantly transported by the descriptions of sunny beaches, waves and by Malie's passion for surfing - MMIH is a fun, feel good and slightly more flirty read. I loved that it launched straight into Malie and Todd's relationship, leaving us to learn more about them as they got to know each other. Both are such likeable characters and their chemistry could be felt on every page through their playful behaviour - the attraction and how well they got on was so apparent which made Malie's hesitations all the more frustrating! But I thoroughly enjoyed how their story played out, romance is never plain sailing right?! I'd describe it as a whirlwind romance, it certainly felt like love at first sight! But there was more to this love story, with it also exploring how our pasts can shape us. I enjoyed how the characters developed. Once again my inner romantic couldn't help but get swept away by it all! These books have been an absolute joy to read, I can't wait to read the next two books! ❤️🌊🌺

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    Malie's story, set in sunny Hawaii, is the second book in the Meet Me series. It's easy to imagine the setting from the vivid description and sensory imagery. Malie's life seems idyllic, and on a superficial level, it is, but deep down, Malie is suffering from grief and guilt and needs space away from her devastated parents to survive. Todd is outwardly successful with a caring heart, but his difficult early life means personal relationships are problematic and best avoided. A growing friendship Malie's story, set in sunny Hawaii, is the second book in the Meet Me series. It's easy to imagine the setting from the vivid description and sensory imagery. Malie's life seems idyllic, and on a superficial level, it is, but deep down, Malie is suffering from grief and guilt and needs space away from her devastated parents to survive. Todd is outwardly successful with a caring heart, but his difficult early life means personal relationships are problematic and best avoided. A growing friendship with chemistry and humour draws the couple closer to love, but their internal conflicts are many and make trust difficult for them both. Contemporary issues highlighted knowledgeably and positively makes this more than a conflicted and glamorous romance. The enduring and strong friendship group surrounding Malie keeps her grounded and moving forward, knowing they want her happiness. This book moves on convincingly from the first story set in London and anticipates the next Meet Me book. This is an engaging, romantic story with a contemporary focus and a perfect, escapist setting. I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Meet Me in Hawaii - Georgia Toffolo I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Mills & Boon and Netgalley. Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to of Meet Me in Hawaii - Georgia Toffolo I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review thanks to Mills & Boon and Netgalley. Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life. Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him. If you enjoyed Meet Me in London, then you will enjoy this book! This is lovely little read focusing on Malie but still keeping you updated on Victoria. The plot of this book is a typical Mills and Boon romance storyline. It’s a cheesy light-hearted quick read, I read this book in one afternoon. Although I have read Meet Me in London, I feel that this book can be read as a standalone. Rating 4/5 Release Date - 18th March 2021

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Henderson

    Many thanks to Netgalley and Mills and Boon for the opportunity to read this book. Mali is living her life surfing and running her surfing school in the beautiful Hawaii, far away from her old life and her family. She hasn't been happy since her brother died but the arrival of Todd Masters who runs a childrens charity she is helping out could change all that. Can she let herself live and love or will she forever be alone. For a romance this was quite the thrill ride. We are up and down with thes Many thanks to Netgalley and Mills and Boon for the opportunity to read this book. Mali is living her life surfing and running her surfing school in the beautiful Hawaii, far away from her old life and her family. She hasn't been happy since her brother died but the arrival of Todd Masters who runs a childrens charity she is helping out could change all that. Can she let herself live and love or will she forever be alone. For a romance this was quite the thrill ride. We are up and down with these two as they try and figure out what they want. The plot is steady though building to a rather inevitable but still very cute ending. I did find some of their reactions at time a little confusing, they went from anger to love a little too easily but I enjoyed the story. I was invested and wanted the happy ending. The characters are all likeable but each have their flaws and struggles. I would have liked to have seen more of Mali with her parents but thats just more a personal want. The story is cute and makes me want to laze on the beach. This is a perfect summer read or something to cheer you up in these cold months.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    This is a brilliant book for the escapism we need right now and who doesn't want to read about the gorgeously exotic Hawaii? Being there would be even better! I was really looking forward to reading Toff's second book having read #MeetMeInLondon earlier this month. My high expectations were met and I was disappointed at all. Malie, friend of Victoria from the first book, is working at a surf school. Content with what she's got but doesn't feel she deserves happiness, she came to Hawaii for a fresh This is a brilliant book for the escapism we need right now and who doesn't want to read about the gorgeously exotic Hawaii? Being there would be even better! I was really looking forward to reading Toff's second book having read #MeetMeInLondon earlier this month. My high expectations were met and I was disappointed at all. Malie, friend of Victoria from the first book, is working at a surf school. Content with what she's got but doesn't feel she deserves happiness, she came to Hawaii for a fresh start. Unknowingly saving Todd, the handsome and rich CEO for the charity working with her surf school, passion is ignited and we follow their "will they / won't they" story. Reading their alternating perspectives, I loved how the book dived in to meeting the pair and their relationship, leaving us to learn more about each character from their chapters. Both are likeable characters with real traits and flaws, they both have troubled pasts and their instant attraction had me hooked. Definitely a whirlwind romance for those who have a romantic heart, but also so much more. I can't wait to read Zoe and Lils stories in the next two books - sign me up!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    As with Meet Me in London, Meet Me in Hawaii is such a lovely and heartwarming read that’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside! The second book of the Meet Me series follows Malie in the beautiful setting of Hawaii where she teaches surfing to underprivileged, disadvantaged and disabled people — helping them to live their best lives and not be held back — while also sharing her love and passion for surfing and the ocean with them, giving them a different kind of freedom. Enter Todd Masters: m As with Meet Me in London, Meet Me in Hawaii is such a lovely and heartwarming read that’ll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside! The second book of the Meet Me series follows Malie in the beautiful setting of Hawaii where she teaches surfing to underprivileged, disadvantaged and disabled people — helping them to live their best lives and not be held back — while also sharing her love and passion for surfing and the ocean with them, giving them a different kind of freedom. Enter Todd Masters: millionaire businessman, charity founder & fundraiser and all round good guy also with a passion to help underprivileged kids like he himself was. What ensues is a lot of soul searching, forgiveness, love and friendship. A book that’ll warm you to your very bones! Thank you Mills and Boon for the gifted proof copy. Pros: + gorgeous backdrop of Hawaii + kind of a whirlwind romance but no less deep because of it + female friendship + soul searching + great characters Cons: - times when you want to bang the characters’ heads together!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    I received a copy via Net Galley. This book follows Malie who is a surfing instructor in Hawaii. We were introduced to the character in the first book Meet Me In London. Malie saves Todd when he is struggling in the ocean and a romance quickly blossoms between the two. This is a fun enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I was looking forward to reading this second one. I like the characters in this series and the close friendship group. We didn't get to see too much o I received a copy via Net Galley. This book follows Malie who is a surfing instructor in Hawaii. We were introduced to the character in the first book Meet Me In London. Malie saves Todd when he is struggling in the ocean and a romance quickly blossoms between the two. This is a fun enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I was looking forward to reading this second one. I like the characters in this series and the close friendship group. We didn't get to see too much of the other characters in this one due to our main character being in Hawaii so I did miss seeing the side characters that we had seen in the first book. This was a quick read but I don't think it is a particularly memorable read, The couple got together very quickly in this story which isn't always an issue if they have good chemistry but I didn't quite feel the chemistry between the two characters. I assume that there will be more books in the series following the other characters from the friendship group which I look forward to checking out when they are released.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meg Roberts

    Meet Me in Hawaii follows the story of Malie, who works with her godfather running a surf school in Hawaii. Malie dreams of helping people gain confidence in all aspects of their lives through teaching them how to surf. In comes Todd Masters who runs the charity Fun for All who had a tough start in life and wants to help children who have their own tough lives realise there’s a way out and there are people who support them. Though it becomes clear pretty early on that Malie & Todd need a lot of Meet Me in Hawaii follows the story of Malie, who works with her godfather running a surf school in Hawaii. Malie dreams of helping people gain confidence in all aspects of their lives through teaching them how to surf. In comes Todd Masters who runs the charity Fun for All who had a tough start in life and wants to help children who have their own tough lives realise there’s a way out and there are people who support them. Though it becomes clear pretty early on that Malie & Todd need a lot of help of their own... I adored this story, my heart broke for Malie for what she had been through and the guilt she still carried for being able to live when others couldn’t. These books aren’t just romance in a typical sense, but have such a strong theme of female friendship you know these girls are soulmates. If you love a romance then Meet Me in London & Meet Me in Hawaii are for you! I cannot wait for Meet Me in Tahiti to find out more about Zoe’s story

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you to NetGalley and Mills &Boon for an advance copy. I loved Georgia Toffolo's first book so I couldn't wait to read this. I wasn't disappointed! This is a romantic heart warming read. Malie Pukui doesn't believe in a 'happy ever after" and in some parts I wanted to shout aloud at her - but the other Lost Hour girls brought a smile to my face. The book is set in Hawaii and this adds to the dreamy backdrop where heart throb Todd turns up. He has worked hard to improve the lives of disadvanta Thank you to NetGalley and Mills &Boon for an advance copy. I loved Georgia Toffolo's first book so I couldn't wait to read this. I wasn't disappointed! This is a romantic heart warming read. Malie Pukui doesn't believe in a 'happy ever after" and in some parts I wanted to shout aloud at her - but the other Lost Hour girls brought a smile to my face. The book is set in Hawaii and this adds to the dreamy backdrop where heart throb Todd turns up. He has worked hard to improve the lives of disadvantaged children through his own charity but ends up having to be rescued himself by Malie. This book is a perfect feel good read featuring surfing, sunset and much needed romance and heart warming moments. This is the second book I have read in 2021 and I flew through it. The characters are relatable and I hope we get to hear Zoe and Lil's stories in future books please!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Daisy Angel Warburton

    Firstly thank you so much to Netgalley and Mills&boon for this arc! I chose this both because who doesn't love a summer romance?! and because I was excited to read something that Toff had written, the cover also drew me in. I'm so glad I picked this one, one of my favourite books I have read this year!! Although it is quite lighthearted and fun, the background of the two main characters isn't that way at all, which brought in an extra dynamic to the story, which made it all the more riveting to rea Firstly thank you so much to Netgalley and Mills&boon for this arc! I chose this both because who doesn't love a summer romance?! and because I was excited to read something that Toff had written, the cover also drew me in. I'm so glad I picked this one, one of my favourite books I have read this year!! Although it is quite lighthearted and fun, the background of the two main characters isn't that way at all, which brought in an extra dynamic to the story, which made it all the more riveting to read! I was fascinated by the characters - how they were introduced, how they developed. And of course I loved the ending of this book. This is something that I would definitely read again, and I recommend this book to anyone, no matter what genre you normally read! Will definitely be reading whatever Toff writes next!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Daydream Reader

    Meet me in Hawaii After reading and enjoying Meet Me in London, I was keen to read the next book in the series. I was surprised by how much the setting really brought the story to life, it was really different and I loved the fact the main character worked at a surf school. The whole concept was refreshing and well done to the point where I felt like I was there too. The romance is very sweet too with believable attraction and plausible conflict. The characters are likeable and I particularly love Meet me in Hawaii After reading and enjoying Meet Me in London, I was keen to read the next book in the series. I was surprised by how much the setting really brought the story to life, it was really different and I loved the fact the main character worked at a surf school. The whole concept was refreshing and well done to the point where I felt like I was there too. The romance is very sweet too with believable attraction and plausible conflict. The characters are likeable and I particularly loved Malie’s imperfections and strong-but-cool persona and also Todd and his back story. The story isn’t just sweet and charming, it’s packed with sexual tension too! If you’re looking for something to whisk you away from the doom and gloom of the pandemic and want a legal way to dodge the travel ban or simply want some heated romance - this is the book for you!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Karen Knight

    This is the second in a series following a group of friends, each book telling a different girl's story, but can easily be read as a stand alone. It tells the story of Malie who teaches surfing in Hawaii and meets a rich businessman and charity worker Todd whose charity brings children from difficult childhoods to Hawaii to have a holiday and learn to surf. She meets Todd and is instantly attracted to him but is reluctant to take it further as like the children she teaches she has her own problems This is the second in a series following a group of friends, each book telling a different girl's story, but can easily be read as a stand alone. It tells the story of Malie who teaches surfing in Hawaii and meets a rich businessman and charity worker Todd whose charity brings children from difficult childhoods to Hawaii to have a holiday and learn to surf. She meets Todd and is instantly attracted to him but is reluctant to take it further as like the children she teaches she has her own problems. Loss of her brother, a breakdown in her relationship with her parents and guilt over an accident which left her friend Zoe in a wheelchair. Will she sort everything out or be left on her own? I am already looking forward to the next book due out later this year. Thank you to Net Galley for my advance copy of this book.

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