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
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.
“Not really, but we all help out as best we can. Dr. Patel—Sanjay—is out in the field. We work with nearby populations to try to educate them about Ebola, how it spreads, and what they can do to detect it early and help prevent contracting the disease. It’s an uphill battle, because there has been so much fear associated with the disease and so much misinformation generated within the local populations.”
“Is that what most of our patients have?”
“Yes. We are a facility that specializes in the treatment of Ebola. We handle other diseases as well, but in this area it’s Ebola that keeps us on our toes. I assume you’re familiar with it?”
“Yes,” Dillon answered dryly. “I specialize in infectious diseases, so I’ve read every paper and protocol that’s been published.”
Will set down his bag as they approached one of the hospital doors. “That may serve you well in the States, but it isn’t likely to be much help here. Yes, we know how Ebola spreads and how to protect ourselves from contracting it. But this disease seems to defy all of the rules that your papers and protocols describe. Here it’s down and dirty medicine, quite literally. People come in with sky-high fevers, weakened already by malnutrition, and they stand little chance.” Will picked up his bag once again. “It’s no cake walk. Back in the States, there are organizations to help, quarantines, antibiotics, antivirals, IVs, plenty of clean water and nutrition. Many of the people we see have parasites even before they contract Ebola, so we’re fighting a large number of issues at the same time.”
“A little defensive?” Dillon chided as lightly as he could, raising his eyebrow when Will turned toward him. Dillon swallowed hard. This was definitely not going to be anything like what he imagined.
“Every new doctor who comes in here thinks they’re going to change the world, and most of them get chewed up and spat out.” Will pushed open the door, and they stepped out into the sweltering heat. “The doctors’ quarters are over there in the shade of those trees. You’ll come to adore that shade. We have electricity, but there isn’t enough for any sort of air-conditioning. That’s why the roofs are highly peaked—the heat can rise and we have a chance at not sweltering to death.”
“Thanks for the warning.”
“I saw your bio and I know you come from where it’s cold. Me, I’m from Florida. Heat is no problem for me.” Will walked across the yard and pushed open one of the doors. “You’ll be sharing with me.”
Dillon wasn’t sure how he felt about that. He’d spent the past ten minutes trying not to admire the way Will’s pants hugged his hips just so or the way his shirt clung tightly to his back, giving a hint of what was below. He was here to do a job, and he needed to get his mind off handsome Will and on the task at hand.
Will stepped inside, and Dillon followed. It was dark. The window was covered, most likely to keep out the sun and heat. But it was surprisingly comfortable inside. Will placed his suitcase near the foot of the one bed and then sat on the other.
“Not much privacy, is there?”
“Not here. That’s something we really don’t have the time or space for. I’m sure you’ll get used to it. We all had to at one point or another.”
“How long have you been here?”
“Three months, and I have about three more to go.”
“I thought the CDC recommended only three-month hitches.”
“They do, but I’ve already had Ebola. I got it on my first stint. They weren’t sure I was going to make it. But everyone got to me early and I was treated right away. They tell me it was touch and go for a while, but I survived, and it means I can’t get it again. So I’m an excellent candidate to work here. You, on the other hand, need to be doubly careful. There are other things besides Ebola that can get you. Of course you know about the water, but be sure to always shake out your shoes before putting them on. Spiders and other insects crawl inside.” Will practically jumped to his feet. “We need to get back, and I’ll show you around.”
What are 10 items on your bucket list?
1) Trip to Australia
2) Spend 3 months in Europe
3) Move to Florida
4) Get a tattoo
5) Teach Dominic to drive stick
6) Go on safari
7) See Yellowstone
8) See the Grand Canyon
9) See the Matterhorn
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.
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