Book Review: I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk

When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life.
At work in New York, she’s supposed to be the face of Having It All. But the only thing Angela feels she excels at is hiding in the printer cupboard, eating Mini Cheddars and watching Netflix on her phone and if this is living the dream, she’s more than ready to wake up.
A few days away with Jenny sounds like exactly what she needs but Angela’s talent for getting into a scrape guarantees nothing goes to plan – and not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies and daiquiris will get her off the hook…

I have to say that I was sad to hear that this is the last in the I Heart series. I have enjoyed following Angela over the last few years.

Angela is still in New York. Alice is almost one, Alex is getting ready for a live show full of new material and our heroine has quit Spencer Media to go and work for her frenemy, Cici.

She has also been invited to meet with the exclusive Mothers of Brooklyn group which, on first inspection feels more like the mafia to Angela.

When Angela is given the chance to go on an all expense paid trip to Hawaii, she reluctantly goes, with a little arm twisting from Jenny.

Now, I can’t say much more without giving things away but if you are in any way familiar with Angela, you will know that hilarity and chaos will ensue.

I really enjoyed this novel and feel it was paced well. I was reading far into the night and couldn’t put the book down (the same as the rest of the books in the series.)

I love Lindsay’s style of writing which makes me feel like I am there with the characters experiencing the story with them.

The setting sounds stunning. Can I go there please?

It was great to see all of the characters one last time (although, I am hoping that we will see them again in some capacity.) I can’t help but smile when I read about Jenny and it was lovely to see Louisa and Angela’s parents. Alex was also his normal, perfect self. There is something relatable in all of them and it does feel like I am saying goodbye to family.

You can read this one first if you wanted to but obviously being with the first in the series means that you get more of an insight as to how Angela got to this point.

If you’re looking for fun, laughs and a book full of wonderful, warm, well-rounded characters, I fully recommend the I Heart series as a whole. Why not start with I Heart New York and work your way through? They make perfect holiday reading.

I am going to miss Angela very much. Please don’t let this be the last time we see her, Lindsey. Pretty please? I have chocolate I can bribe you with. Haha.


About Lindsey: 

Lindsey Kelk is an author, journalist and prolific Tweeter. Born and brought up in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, she worked as a sales assistant, a publicist, a silver service waitress and a children’s editor before moving to New York and becoming a full-time writer. She now lives in LA.

Lindsey has written over fourteen novels, including One in a Million, the I Heart books and the Girl series, as well as several standalones. A fan of lipstick, pro-wrestling and cats (although not all at the same time), she also co-hosts the beauty podcast, Full Coverage, with makeup artist, Harriet Hadfield.

You can find out lots more about her here: and on Twitter @LindseyKelk.

I Heart Hawaii was released by Harper Collins on 30th May 2019. Click to view on Amazon

If you’re new to the I Heart series and want to start reading, the order of the books is as follows… 

I Heart New York – Book One

I Heart Hollywood – Book Two

I Heart Paris – Book Three

I Heart Vegas – Book Four

I Heart London – Book Five

I Heart Christmas – Book Six

I Heart Forever – Book Seven

I Heart Hawaii – Book Eight. 


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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