Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Dillon McDowell works at a major hospital, where he is known to perform miracles on his patients while irritating the other staff. Dillon grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth, but his patients are the most important thing to him and damn everyone else who doesn’t like him. ‘Doctors Without Borders’ is looking for doctors with infectious disease experience, and the Hospital Administrator recommended him for the job. Dillon has a large ego, and the Administrator’s hope is that Dillon will spend three months in Liberia and become a team player, learning some humility. Dillon, on the other hand, sees this as an opportunity to put this as a new addition to his resume.
Liberia is facing an Ebola epidemic, something that the government has no interest in doing anything about. The reason that ‘Doctors Without Borders’ has been allowed to treat patients is because it is FREE. Dillon never expected to be faced with the devastation and poverty evident in Liberia, and he quickly regrets his agreement to join the team. What can he possibly do to alleviate the horrible conditions these people face? Dillion has a lot to learn, and when he meets and rooms with Will Scarlet, he begins to see things in a different light.
Both men are gay, something that could be deadly to them if ever revealed. Liberia is not accepting of those that are different. For a while, things are quiet in regards to Ebola, and Dillon is busy treating patients with all different kinds of ailments. Will had Ebola, and as a survivor, is able to treat the infected since he cannot get it again. Dillon befriends three young boys who, in spite of living in poverty, find joy in something as simple as playing soccer, even if the soccer ball is on its last leg. Dillon also has to fight his growing attraction to Will.
When Ebola once again rears its ugly head, it is the boy’s family that is brought in. Two boys are brothers, and the other is their cousin. The father soon dies and the aunt and mother are in trouble. The boys are quarantined but do not show signs of the illness. Dillion has treated many children, but for some reason these three grab his heart. He grew up with anything money could buy, but of course, that did not include affection, and here these boys have nothing and are happier than Dillion ever was as a kid.
Liberia, Ebola, dying children and adults. People who seem to have no hope, but do. Two men, Dillion who had everything and Will whose own mother turned him away when she found out he was gay. Mr. Grey has managed to bring a feeling of hope in a place where there shouldn’t be any. He has a gift of engaging your emotions and makes you realize that with hope anything is possible. There are times you feel totally discouraged by what is happening and then the next minute you feel the total opposite. Andrew Grey, you touched on a very serious subject and made me walk away feeling hopeful. You proved that even small changes can make a huge difference.
*Winner: Tie for 3rd Place – Best M/M Contemporary Romance Novel
2015 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Awards