Monday, April 25, 2016

ARC Review: Without Borders by Amanda Heger

Title: Without Borders

Author: Amanda Heger

Synopsis:

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

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Without Borders, Amanda Heger's debut, was a really wonderful romance. While it took me the first couple of chapters to really get into the story, once I did I couldn't put it down. From the character to the plot to the setting, this book just worked for me on so many levels.

First off, Annie was an absolutely delightful heroine. She wasn't perfect, but she was relatable and likable and I thoroughly enjoyed being inside her head. And then we had Felipe! Felipe was truly the best aspect of this book. He checked off some many boxes for what makes a great romance love interest for me and on top of that he was Hispanic, which made me as Hispanic woman love him even more. Secondly, the romance in this book was really great. Out of all the romance books I have read, Felipe and Annie's is definitely my all-time favorite slow-burning romance. It just flowed so perfectly and as a reader you don't feel like you are being denied anything. Everything happens at a pace that feels right for these two and made the HEA at the end of the book all the more perfect.Thirdly, all the surrounding characters were so wonderful too. Felipe's sister, Marisol, and the other "volun-tourists" contributed to the plot in a impactful way instead of just being throwaway characters as I originally thought they were going to be and I really loved that. Lastly, I just really loved the plot and the things that happened while Annie, Felipe, and crew traveled from village to village giving the locals medical assistance. And I especially loved getting to see the difference in cultures as they traveled. The author really portrayed it in a way that I found very accurate and real.

Overall, I really, really loved this book! It was an incredible debut and I can't wait to see what's up next by this author!

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