Bobby Kikawa has always had a strong
admiration and a huge crush on famed hula dancer Kimo
Wilder. Bobby’s admiration turned into a lustful obsession
after he saw the erotic painting Kimo posed for, seductively
called Phantom Lover. A hula dancer himself, Bobby couldn’t
believe his luck when he was personally chosen by Kimo to be
a part of one of Kimo’s shows. Bobby saw this, as his
opportunity to seduce the man he has been fantasizing about
regardless of the fact Kimo was married - and not gay.
Kimo had no idea what to make of Bobby,
he was used to having admirers and being flirted with, but
mostly by women. Bobby’s bold flirtation and how he knew so
much about Kimo intrigued him and frightened him, especially
when he began to develop a strong attraction to Bobby.
Bobby was very persistent in his
pursuit of making Kimo his own private Phantom Lover.
He seemed to have a habit of acting before thinking. Kimo
was much bigger and stronger than Bobby and with him not
knowing if Kimo would be accepting of a man flirting with
him he was taking a huge risk of not only being out of a job
that could be a big boost for his career but also taking the
chance of getting beaten to a pulp. But to Bobby’s credit,
his persistence paid off and he and Kimo entered into one
hot love affair. Kimo turned out to be a true romantic in
how he cared and loved Bobby, but of course their
relationship hit a rocky road in the form of Kimo’s wife. I
wasn’t really sure how I felt about her, my feelings kept
switching from pity to animosity where she was concerned.
Other obstacles the lovers had to face included Bobby’s
insecurities, his fear of being hurt, as was the case with
his ex-boyfriend Johnny who also plays a role in his and
Kimo relationship. I felt for Kimo a little more than
Bobby. Bobby was the pursuer of this relationship with
little care of interfering with what he believed at the time
was a happy marriage between Kimo and his wife.
Phantom Lover contained a lot of deception and
hidden affairs, it was hard to believe anything anyone
said. The one true thing that could be believed was the
love that grew between Bobby and Kimo.