Borrowed Heart Book Cover Borrowed Heart
Andrew Grey
M/M Romance
Dreamspinner Press
March 12, 2019
200

Robin, the recipient of a brand-new heart, knows he can’t give it to just anyone….

 

Robin’s been through his share of upsets recently, from heart transplant surgery to a brutal breakup. But his experiences have taught him life is short, and he’s ready to seize the day and start anew. A job at Euro Pride Tours is just the kind of adventure he’s looking for. He gets to see the world and live a little, but love isn’t on his radar screen. He isn’t sure his heart can endure that again.

 

Johan might’ve disappointed his family by striking out on his own, but when he meets Robin, he has no intention of letting him down. Each man is just what the other needs to feel whole again, and while Johan might not be the man Robin originally thought he was, he’s exactly what the doctor ordered to make Robin’s borrowed heart beat faster. As the tour through Germany progresses, they grow closer, but when Robin’s ex joins the tour, he could bring their blossoming love to a dramatic halt.

Reviewed by: Linda Tonis

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team  

Robin Fuller works for Euro Pride Tours, a gay tour company located in Germany. Robin has dual citizenship, the United States and Germany and working overseas is not a problem for him. He just came out of a five year long relationship with his boyfriend Mason, a very one sided relationship.

This is Robin’s story, as a child he was born with a heart problem necessitating surgery to fix the problem but it was a short term fix and as a teenager he had to have a heart transplant. If that wasn’t enough he then had to have a lung replacement leaving his body covered in scars. Mason never wanted to see Robin naked and finally he just came out and told him that he didn’t want to be with him any more he was just too ugly.  Leaving the safety of his parent’s loving arms he decided to be a tour guide in Germany knowing that he was living on borrowed time.

The driver for the tour was going to be Johan a man Robin once compared to Cousin Itt from the Adams family because of his long hair and long beard but the man he saw in front of him was now clean shaven with a haircut and drop-dead gorgeous. Everything is going well until a new addition joins the tour and it turns out to be none other than Robin’s ex Mason. Robin knows that baring any unforeseen problems a person with a heart transplant can expect to live no more than ten to twelve years and five of those years Robin wasted with Mason a man who could never see past his scars, scars that were a testament to his courage and what he went through to live.

Totally opposite of Mason, Johan only sees beauty when he looks at Robin and Robin only sees a time limit on his life. Although he is falling for Johan how can he expect a man to love someone with an expiration date. The descriptions of Germany in the book were beautiful and the people on the tour all came with more than one kind of baggage and Robin never saw how he changed their lives. This book was not about being gay it was about facing death. I never took the time to realize that when a person receives a transplant there were time limits placed on them and this book really opened my eyes. This was a story about facing the future, a future we all face with uncertainty and using every minute of that future living in the moment and enjoying all life has to offer.

Once again Andrew Grey has opened my eyes to something I never thought about before, who thought I would get such an education from an author of gay romance novels bravo Mr. Grey.