Blending romance with a message for social justice, Amanda Heger pens a second “rompy Rom Com at its best” in the Wanderlove series, this one under the lights of Hollywood.
Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family’s struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a hip-but-failing comedy program, Marisol figures she’ll get a little entertainment out of her otherwise stressful trip.
Evan Abramson thought an internship at the So Late It’s Early Show would be the start of a long television-writing career, but their ratings are sinking. With every show, his plans seem one step closer to collapse. When a backstage crisis throws him into an onstage encounter with a gorgeous and charming audience member, Evan and Marisol become overnight sensations. And soon their made-for-television romance is the only thing keeping So Late from getting the axe.
As things heat up onscreen and off, Marisol and Evan are caught between their careers and their growing feelings for one another. Being together in front of the cameras puts Marisol’s grant at risk, but keeping their romance offscreen means Evan’s show is sure to fail. Together they have to decide whether to stick with the script and save their careers or improvise their way toward a happily ever after.
Praise for Without Borders
“Heger's debut is poignant and crackles with a wry, authentic, relatable voice that will appeal to anyone who's ever felt like a twenty-something fish out of water."―Lia Riley, author of the Off the Map series
About the Author
Amanda Heger is a writer, attorney, and bookworm. She lives in the Midwest with three unruly rescue dogs and a husband who encourages her delusions of grandeur. Her first novel, Without Borders , was published by Diversion Books in 2016.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A hilarious and refreshing romance with a diverse cast, a heartfelt love story, and delightful dose of absurdity.
This story is so darn cute. This is the second book in the Wanderlove series and is Marisol's book. In this one, Marisol has traveled to L.A. to go to a public health conference, hoping to be chosen for a grant to keep her mother's foundation in Nicaragua afloat. But first, she tries to get into a game show, which leads her down a crazy path. I absolutely adored Marisol that much more than I did in Without Borders, which is definitely saying a lot. She is sweet, feisty, and has an awesome sense of humor and adventure. Her plunge into American infamy and talk shows was so entertaining to "watch" as it was unveiled. And then there is Evan, the lowly talk-show intern from Peoria, IL that she finds herself thrown together with. He is an adorable dork that you can't help but melt for. This not-exactly-a-country-boy chasing his dream in L.A., with all of his awkwardness, was a fun match to Marisol. I adored his grandpa, as well, and laughed at most of their interactions, about as much as I was touched by them. Speaking of laughing, this book was FUNNY. There were so many chuckle-worthy moments and the layer of silliness was seriously charming. The amusing costumed audience members that crop up really add to it as well. I appreciated the dashes of realism in this, too, with not everything being "perfect" in the end, but it all working out anyway. What happens with the various awards, and the future of the show, and even the romance between Marisol and Evan itself. It was perfect to help convey the overall message of the story. This was a truly fantastic rom-com! It was fast-paced, and I just couldn't put it down, eager to see how it all played out.
Marisol Gutierrez is a nurse come to Los Angeles, in her mother’s place, to win a grant for their failing medical practice. Marisol’s nervous about the interview to come but decides she will fill the waiting time by going to her favorite game show. When approaching the site, Marisol sees a bunch of strange characters such as a man wearing nothing but a dirty diaper, characters covered in multi-colored glitter and makeup. No entry for this show and not surprising given the oddities trying to gain entry. Marisol wanders away and is immediately accosted by a guy named Evan who is inviting her into what the reader learns is a failing game show. All those strange people dressed and made up weirdly are also waiting. Evan is an intern on the show and he knows they are a breath away from being canceled. So his job is to recruit guests who will be invited to come onstage and become part of the show. However, the guest has no idea what will happen but has to agree anyway. The upshot after a comic wait is that Marisol’s playing of the part in the game is a winner and boosts the ratings above the normally dismal number. So now the game show owner says they are away from the danger zone but on a probationary status, one week at a time. Marisol, meanwhile, has bigger things on her mind. Her interview for the grant is horrendous and now it turns out she has to give a presentation to the Board, proving her quest for the grant is more worthy than that of the other applicants. Marisol’s in a panic and so is Evan. For Marisol is not ready for the presentation and Evan has been told to get Marisol back or the show’s a goner. The remainder of the novel takes up these two quandaries, with Evan and Marisol being more and more drawn to each other with many funny moments included. Amanda Heger has written a comic, contemporary novel that leads the reader through a light, crazy and dramatic journey in Los Angeles, California where anything can happen – and does!