WITHOUT BORDERS is a book I’ve been waiting on for a long time. Like a long time, guys. And I’ve got to tell you, even with all that build-up it more than held up. In the words of my lovely author friend Meredith Tate, “come for the fuzzy uterus and dick jokes, stay for the hot Nicaraguan doctor!” If that doesn’t make you scurry over to Amazon and one-click this baby, check out this excerpt and my review for some additional convincing…
For Annie London, a month in a Central American rainforest means handing out mosquito nets, giving medical aid, and teaching children about the birds and the bees. With any luck, it will also land her application in the “accepted” pile at a top tier medical school. But as soon as she steps off the plane, Annie realizes her bug spray, feeble Spanish, and medical supplies won’t help her deal with her new feelings for Felipe—her best friend’s older brother, who’s much hotter than she remembers, and who also happens to be the doctor in charge of the trip.
Gawking “volun-tourists” may keep his family’s medical clinic afloat, but Dr. Felipe Gutierrez doesn’t have to like them. Or the way they make snap judgments about his practice and the people he cares for. But when his old crush, Annie, shows up to volunteer, her killer curves and kind smile fan the embers of a flame Felipe didn’t realize he’d been carrying. A flame that makes him question all his preconceived notions.
As ideas and cultures clash, Annie and Felipe must decide how far outside their comfort zones they are willing to go—both for their work and for one another.
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“The girl strained and cried out, and it took everything Annie had to keep her upright. Felipe and the midwife swapped positions with every contraction, taking turns at easing the infant into the world. But with every push, Felipe’s face darkened and the midwife’s voice grew shriller as she half cried, half encouraged her daughter. Annie had no idea how long it had been since they’d arrived in this dim hut, but every second that passed with those arms and legs dangling outside the womb made her heart ache.
In a rare moment between contractions, Felipe and the midwife began arguing. They pointed and stomped and shook their hands as the words flew between them.
Angela sagged in Annie’s arms, pale and sweaty.
“What’s going on?” Annie asked.
For a moment, the arguing stopped and they both stared silently at Annie.
The girl’s mother pointed and nodded at her, shrieking in Spanish, but Annie didn’t understand a word of it.
Felipe held up a hand. “We are having some trouble delivering the baby’s head.”
The midwife yelled and pointed again, and before Annie could ask what she was saying, the woman stood and nudged her out of the way with her rotund mid-section. She looped her arms through Angela’s and took the girl’s weight.
Annie stumbled, her muscles too tired to change position. She squeaked to something that resembled standing, but her back refused to straighten. Felipe looked at her, eyes flashing with fear.
“We need you to deliver the baby,” he said.”
Annie London’s got her heart set on attending medical school at Brown. The only problem? Her MCAT scores aren’t as sparkling as she needs them to be, and her last chance to boost her resume is by taking a month-long trek through the Nicaraguan rainforest handing out mosquito nets and teaching sex-ed classes. Except no amount of notecards, bug spray, or even a fuzzy uterus is going to be able to help her deal with her attraction to the doctor in charge of the program, Dr. Felipe Gutierrez.
Felipe is tired of dragging snobby Americans through the rainforest and listening to their snap judgments about his country. To him, not even the prospect of donations to his medical brigade is worth it. Except this time it’s not just any American accompanying him, it’s his childhood crush, Annie. As much as he wants to assume she’s just like everyone else, she continues to surprise him. But their time together is limited–one month before Annie has to return home to the states and Felipe will stay behind in Nicaragua. Will it be enough?
I honestly feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for forever. I read the blurb ages ago and have been dying to get it in my hands ever since. And I am happy to report that even after over a year of anticipation, it still outdid every single one of my expectations.
This is a helluva debut from Amanda Heger. Chuck full of humor and bursting with originality, this book will grab your attention from the first page and never let go. Heger has an evocative writing style that will transport you deep into the rainforest till you can practically feel the dried mud cracking from your skin and the sweat dripping down your spine. With a full cast of characters that leap off the page, this is one book you won’t want to miss.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with three unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur.
Her debut romance, Without Borders, is forthcoming from Diversion Books. The story was inspired by the summer Amanda spent in rural Nicaragua, eating gallo pinto, speaking mangled Spanish, and showing high school students how to slide condoms onto over-sized plantains.
Her stories are represented by Jessica Watterson of the Dijkstra Literary Agency.
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