Series: Wanderlove #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Diversion Books
Format: eBook, 242 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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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.
Discovering books to love by new-to-me authors is one of my favorite parts about reading and blogging. If I hadn’t fallen in love with the cover of Semi-Scripted on NetGalley, I might’ve never picked this book up. That would’ve been a huge shame, too. Thankfully that didn’t happen and I’m happy I decided to buy and read the first book before jumping into that one. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this experience.
I’m not a world-traveler. Part of me wishes I was, but the other part realizes that I hate flying and prefer to stay relatively close to home — or visit places I can get to by car or train, so that’s not exactly reasonable. I rely on books to give me a view into areas of the world I won’t ever see for myself. When an author does as phenomenal a job with world-building as Amanda did here, I savor the feeling of being there… without actually having to do the traveling. 😉 The vividness of the setting was, undoubtedly, one of my favorite parts of this book. But the characters and the storyline weren’t that far behind.
I adored these characters. Annie and Felipe gave me all kinds of smiles, chuckles and feels. I loved how strong, smart and determined both of them were and, of course, I enjoyed that they had a bit of a history. Or, more specifically, Annie had what she believed was an unrequited crush on Felipe, who just happens to be her best friend’s brother (another favorite trope!) — but we would soon come to find out it was anything but. I enjoyed reading along as they balanced the work they were doing with their budding romance. I think the author did a great justice to both.
I thought this was a great start to a unique new series! By the time I got around to writing this review, I’d already devoured the second book, Semi-Scripted, but I’m definitely interested to see what the future might hold for this series. There are so many great secondary characters — I’m looking forward to (hopefully) getting their stories at some point, too!
Does this one sound like something you might enjoy?