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Monday, April 25, 2016

#Review Without Borders by Amanda Heger

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A Wanderlove Novel
Amanda Heger
Releasing April 19th, 2016
Diversion Books

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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I really enjoyed this book for the most part, right up until the end.
I felt as though the author had really done her research and taught the reader a lot about the life of Nicaraguans who live in poverty. I wasn't bored with the information, it added to the story and I found it very interesting. The plot and idea were an excellent idea, however I didn't feel as though it was executed as well as it could have been when it comes to the characters. They were fairly well developed. Her flow and transitions were very smooth.
The chemistry between Felipe and Annie kept the sizzle simmering throughout the book. I felt like they fought it a little more than they needed to, though. And, I'll never understand why people have such poor communication skills in books. Don't assume, ask. Duh. Their banter was often cute. Then there were times where both of them had quite a lack of maturity. I had a hard time like Felipe for a lot of the book. Sometimes, I just kept thinking, "stop being such an immature jerk." However, I did appreciate the growth of both characters.
The end was so anti-climactic, it almost ruined the whole book for me.
They are finally going to truly give in to their desire, then spend the majority of the night dancing with his sister. Then, after all of that...it's an HFN... And not an intriguing or hopeful one in my opinion, because the solution they come up with is very temporary, and eventually they will be right back where they were in the first place, with the same problem that was already keeping them apart. I put the book down feeling unsettled. I doubt I will read the second book. However, I feel like other people may enjoy this much more than I did. So, if you're on the fence, I would encourage you to give it a shot.

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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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