Synopsis ~ Without Borders
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.
It had been a peantus-for-dinner, vodka-for-dessert kind of flight.
Annie stumbled down the plane’s narrow steps into the sweltering night air. The humidity weaved spider webs in her lungs, and a film of sweat caoted the back of her neck as she trotted down into the brittle chill of the air-conditioned airport. Inside, she fell into a crush of recently deplaned passengers, their elbows and quick-clipped Spanish jostling first her bags, then her mind. She found an empty corner, pulled out her phone, and sent a text to Marisol.
Marisol waggled her eyebrows. “Think of me like the Cupid of Nicaragua.” [Loc 720]
“Those kids took my stuff. My flashcards…and stuff for the sex ed class.”
Marisol shoved Juan’s feet off the bed and sat. She drew her eyebrows together. “Mi Anita. You lost yor vagina?” She was so earnest.
Annie nodded. “Now I have this.” She held up the fuzzy uterus. “I think it has an STD.” [Loc 4263]
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