Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/30/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance
Without Borders: Book One
Pediatrician Wes Gordon will do just about anything to escape his grief. When opportunity knocks, he signs on to work at a hospital in a tent camp in Haiti. One night while returning to his quarters, he comes across a gang of kids attempting to set fire to an underage rentboy and intervenes, taking the injured René under his wing. At the hospital, diplomat Anthony Crowley tells Wes that the kids involved in the attack are from prominent families and trying to hold them responsible will cause a firestorm.
In spite of the official position Anthony must take, Wes’s compassion captures his attention. Anthony pursues him, and they grow closer during the stolen moments between Anthony’s assignments, escaping earthquake destruction for glimpses of Caribbean paradise. When Wes realizes the only way to save René is to adopt him, Anthony is supportive, but time is running out: Wes must leave the country, and Anthony is called out on a dangerous secret mission. Now Wes must face adopting a boy from Haiti who has no papers without the support of the one person he’s come to rely on most and may never see again.
I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I’ve heard a lot of criticism about Andrew Grey’s books, but I wanted to see for myself what they were like. This is the first time I’ve ever read one of Andrew Grey’s books.
I can definitely see where a lot of criticism comes from. The book is set in Haiti after the devastating earthquake that destroyed the country. And the book starts off with a young teen being doused in gas and almost set on fire. Yet, I felt very little pain or emotion in this book. There was very little tension.
It was almost too sweet, like despite all the supposed hardship going on around them, nothing could touch them. Nothing bad happens to the main character. Nothing bad happens to anyone really, except a few never named characters and a bit of stuff off screen.
Anthony, the love interest and one of the main sources of “tension” felt kinda shoehorned in. He was the cliché spy who never talked about his work and always made vague references to violence. Almost every time he appeared, I just rolled my eyes.
But despite all of that I didn’t hate the book. It was a very light, easy read and sometimes that’s just what a person needs. Not every book needs to be life or death. Not every book needs to leave you at the edge of your seat, hoping everything is going to be okay. Sometimes you just want to relax and watch a romance unfold, watch someone get their happy ending.
If that’s what you want, then definitely pick up this one. But if you prefer your books to tear at your heart and leave an emotional impact on you at the end, then I’d pick up a different book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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