Book One in the Pearl Harbor series.
Gay prostitute Tinder McCartney thought he had it made in WWII Honolulu…until true love and an attack on Pearl Harbor turned his life upside down.
Tinder McCartney is the only gay male prostitute working in Honolulu, HI during World War II. Like the 200 female prostitutes who live and work on Hotel Street, he services the armed forces drifting in and out of the islands. His life and work are controlled by the local police, yet because the cops don’t think that there can be that many ‘depraved’ men wanting the comfort of another man, Tinder is not only busy, but often in danger.
Living by very strict rules enforced by the police, Tinder cannot own or drive a car or bicycle, can’t ride street cars or be seen in the company of other men. He can’t visit bars or restaurants or swim at Waikiki Beach. Savagely attacked by two men one night, he is rescued by a local businessman, Jason Qui, the son of a Chinese immigrant and a former New England missionary.
Jason is not Tinder’s usual type. But Jason offers to protect and house him. It seems like the ideal business arrangement until Tinder’s Vagabond Heart can no longer handle the arrangement... and then on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbour is attacked, turning the entire world upside down.
|Genre||Historical WWII/ Gay MM|
|eReaders Supported||All current eReaders|
|Send direct to Kindle?||Yes|
|Cover art by||April Martinez|
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Customer ReviewsReview From A Bear on BooksReviewed by Tom
AJ Llewellyn has written a beauty of a book here...This was a great read, and I look forward to reading the next books in this series.
Great, great job!April 2012Review from BookwenchesReviewed by B D Whitney4.5 out of 5! I’m not a fan of war stories – not books or movies or History Channel specials – but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Vagabond Heart. It mixes gritty realism, poignancy, and historical detail with the beauty of Hawaii and includes just enough suspense to make us hold our breath in anticipation. This book is definitely worth a read...Read the full review atFebruary 2011Review from Blackraven ReviewsReviewed by KathyVagabond Heart by AJ Llewellyn is a deeply moving and highly compelling novel...The novel is bittersweet and sometimes heartbreaking, but Tinder and Jason’s relationship is pure romance, and Mr. Llewellyn leaves his readers eagerly anticipating the next installment of the Pearl Harbour series.Read the full review atDecember 2010Review from Two LipsReviewed by MerryleeAs a World War II history buff, I read every World War II romance I can get my hands on. Vagabond Heart, the opening salvo in A. J. Llewellyn's new Pearl Harbour series, is one of the most interesting, intriguing and thoroughly captivating WWII romances I've ever read...I highly recommend you set aside any preconceived notions or prejudices you may have about gay couples and read this book...You definitely won't regret it.Read the full review atDecember 2010Review from Queer Magazine OnlineReviewed by SerenaThe care AJ Llewellyn took in researching the details, as he mentions in his foreword, shows throughout...Even though much of the story is bittersweet, and the ending is unsure (since there are to be sequels), I absolutely loved it and can't wait for the next one.Read the full review atDecember 2010Vagabond HeartReviewed by SilverPixies from Clayton NC
Let me start off by saying they never taught us this in School.I didn’t know that the American government and some Hawaiian officials took the way the rights of woman and men they themselves hired to sell themselves to navel and other military branches that came through.You don’t have to agree with or like prostitution but you need to see the bigger picture or at least the one that I came to understand by the end of this book.These men and woman(I am in agreement that there had to be male prostitutes too)offered something that was needed greatly during this time. Many of these men died during this war either at Pearl Harbor or overseas. During their brief layover in Hawaii these men and woman offered love companionship and unquestioning understanding. Most of the woman came where brought in from Cali some were native Hawaiian’s others were just whomever else was there.These men and woman had three minutes to keep the line moving(hence the term minute men) Many came back time and time again and because of this they got to know them and confided their fears and their dreams to these men and woman.These men and woman where a life line to young men just starting out as men in a war that was one of the bloodiest and scariest at that time in a lot of cases all they had.Immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor these same men and woman worked tirelessly side by side with everyone else to house and help the wounded in any way they could some even putting them at risk to do so.November 2010
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