Please welcome Andrew Grey to Rainbow Gold Reviews with a guest post and a review for a Spirit Without Borders. Eloreen reviews ‘A Spirit Without Borders’ (Without Borders 2) by Andrew Grey, published on July 19, 2015 by Dreamspinner Press, Length 189 Pages.
Title: a Spirit without Borders
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Without Borders #2
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 19 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
What have you gained by attending a book conferences?
The biggest gain form book conferences is one on one time with readers. Most of the time I sit home and write my stories. I don’t come into daily contact with readers unless its online and there is something magical about meeting and talking to readers face to face. A side benefit is that I meet new people who become readers, and that’s totally awesome. I was at Euro Pride Com and a lady had won one of my books in a raffle. She had never read any of my work before and she was so thrilled to have met me and to have discovered a new author. It was the highlight of the conference for me.
I also get to meet my colleagues and find out what they’re doing and we get to talk about what works for us and what was a bust. There is so much promotion and advertising that gets offered and its great to know what has been a success and what hasn’t. I have to face it, I’m a conference junkie and I don’t expect to go through withdrawal soon.
Why Eloreen read this book: I love Andrew’s works. There were a couple of others I had reviewed previously and when this was provided to RGR as part of this tour for an honest review, I jumped on it. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this review that I realized it was book two of a series. Oops! Now I have to go back and read book one! That’s OK, though. You can read A Spirit Without Borders without having to read A Heart Without Borders.
Without Borders, Book Two.
Dillon McDowell, an infectious disease specialist, jumps at the opportunity to work with Doctors without Borders in Liberia. But when he arrives, things are very different than he expected, and he’s out of his depth. Will Scarlet takes him under his wing and helps him adjust. A hint of normalcy comes when a group of local boys invite Dillon to play soccer.
Will’s family rejected him for being gay, and he’s closed off his heart. Even though meeting Dillon opens him to the possibility of love, he’s wary. They come from different worlds, and Will plans to volunteer for another stint overseas. But Will realizes what Dillon means to him when Dillon becomes ill, and they can no longer deny their feelings.
When Dillon’s soccer friends lose their parents and aunt to disease, Will and Dillon must work together to ensure that the boys aren’t cast adrift in a society that’s afraid they might be contagious. They must also decide if their feelings are real or just the result of proximity and hardship.
“Nothing to apologize for. You were busy.” Dillon tried to stifle the yawn that formed, but he couldn’t. Dillon wondered if he should go back to bed or if he should check on patients. Will made the decision for him.
“Call if you need anything at all,” Will said to Teta and turned to walk back toward their quarters.
“I wasn’t sure if we should just get to work,” Dillon said.
“There’s always more work to do, but sometimes sleep is the best medicine, for them and for us. Get some rest—you’re going to need it.” Will placed a hand on his shoulder as soon as they entered their room. It didn’t remain there long, but it was enough to send heat coursing through Dillon. He was so tempted to shift closer to Will, but the hand slipped away. Dillon didn’t move, waiting for what came next, but Will’s bed creaked, and Dillon took off his shoes and climbed into his own.
Hot breath ghosted over Dillon’s lips. A warm hand slipped beneath his shirt, making little circles on his belly. Dillon luxuriated in the feel of that firm, caressing hand. He smiled and slowly reached upward, wrapping his arms around Will’s neck, pressing their lips together in a demanding kiss. Will tasted just the way Dillon had thought he would, like the outdoors, as if trees and flowers had coalesced into a man. He whimpered softly as Will’s kiss became more demanding and he tweaked Dillon’s nipple before starting a slow journey down his chest and over his belly. Will paused at his belt, and when Dillon sucked in his breath, Will continued further, brushing against his cock, encircling him with strong fingers, squeezing delightfully.
“Dillon, are you all right?” A hand pressed to his forehead, and Dillon snapped awake, the dream that had surrounded him so amazingly popping like a soap bubble.
“Yeah,” he said breathlessly.
“You were muttering in your sleep and seemed restless.” Will removed his hand and stepped back. Dillon instantly missed the gentle touch. “I hated to wake you, but….”
“I’m sorry if I woke you.” Dillon took a deep breath, the dream, which had been so deliciously vivid, already fading. “What time is it?”
“About four,” Will answered. “Go back to sleep.”
Dillon heard Will go back to bed, and he rolled over onto his side away from Will and tried not to center his concentration on where Will had touched him. He wasn’t a teenager and had had relationships before. He was just hypersensitive because of the new surroundings and being so far away from everything familiar. At least that was what he told himself as he tried to go back to sleep.
We are introduced to Dillon McDowell, cocky infectious disease doctor with shades of Gregory House from the TV show House M.D., swooping in to save the day in the life of a very sick child. I smiled because I watched many seasons of House myself, which also reminded me of my grandfather who was a surgeon and did internal medicine as well. Dillon is an arrogant SOB, co-workers can’t stand him, and stuck in a rut that he doesn’t know see; but still a lovable privileged guy, even in the first chapters as you are presented with his opportunity to work in Liberia with Doctors without Borders. You follow the travel and introduction to Will Scarlet, a current doctor at the station he arrives at in Liberia and the sparks fly from the first meeting.
It’s a great story as Andrew does, but they have to be secretive since the nation they are in world where their actions would be frowned upon, severely, and hinder the relationship. And that is where I had a slight problem with the story. Will and Dillon become roommates by chance, and for most of the story they are too tired, wrung out, and disillusioned by the conditions with the local village and the disease they are fighting. The locals’ discrimination because of the disease he’s helping out with hits close to home as it strikes the boys’ lives Dillon befriends with by playing soccer to feel relatively normal in a situation Dillon didn’t have a clue he would be getting into when he signed up. It changes him for the better, but much heartache and tears follow to the end. Be prepared for you will cry. But it’s a good cry, and you will be glad you followed their story.
The realistic picture Andrew paints about the conditions, the area, the lives of these people grips you and you become emotionally involved in the story and you won’t want to put it down until you finish. I certainly didn’t. I read it in one sitting because I had to know.
The sex is hot, and follows nicely with their growing relationship, but I spent the later half of the book wondering if they were going to get caught or if people were just turning a blind eye and ear to them for they seemed fairly obvious to me. They are open gay men in a country where that would harm them. It was almost like they were in their own bubble and that protected them from outside influences. Because of this, it didn’t allow the flow of the story as much as I expected from his books. It is still very good, and I did love the happy ending. I look forward to more of this series.
My Rating: 9/10 pots of gold
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.