Spotlight and Review: Without Borders by Amanda Heger


Without Borders
A Wanderlove Novel

By: Amanda Heger

Releasing April 19, 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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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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                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.

My Review:

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

When it comes to NA fiction, it's hard to break out of the stereotypical molds that most authors fall into. Amanda Heger, on the other hand, did exactly that...and did it phenomenally. 

This is the story of Felipe and Annie. They've been friends since they were young, and have continued to stay friends, thanks in part to the friendship Annie has had with Felipe younger sister. Still, the distance apart never curbed the crush Felipe secretly had on Annie growing up.  And now that Annie has traveled to Nicaragua to help with Felipe's traveling medical clinic, it's the perfect opportunity for him to finally make a move.

Well, if he knew Annie was interested.

Annie's got a lot on her plate. A bad break up, worrying about her sick father, and finding a way to earn a letter of recommendation, which should come from Felipe, her friends older brother.  Yet from the second they meet up at an airport bar, their first encounter is far from friendly. Can you say scorching? (and yeah, maybe a wee bit disasterous too.) Annie doesn't recognize Felipe. Annie also comes on to Felipe, thinking he'd be perfect as a rebound. But then the truth comes out and the strain between them grows. Thus starts the beginning of a trip across the jungles of Nicaragua that will change both of their lives.

Through more downs than up, Felipe and Annie discover each other, and maybe even themselves. It's a beautiful, hilarious, and mesmerizing journey that will leave you feeling as though you're sweaty and stinking and breathless, living right there with them through this trip. Between the sex ed classes (hello bananas and uterus models) to baby delivery, to children underfoot, to corn tamales, and late nights in hammocks, this story will capture you in a way no other new adult book can. At least that's how it was for me.

I highly, HIGHLY recommend you read this book. It's everything and more...and the kissing? Yeah...I loved all the kissing. ♥