Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry
J.D. Jessup has left his former life to move to Tuscon area and volunteer on an organic farm hoping to learn everything he can about organic farming. His tough boss has an unbreakable rule, that if J.D. finds an "Illegal" he is to immediately call Border Patrol. But when out early one morning, he comes across a young Mexican woman near death, J.D. is moved to get her some help rather than call the border. This one decision changes his life forever as the dangerous world of drug trafficking causes a chain of deadly events that threaten to take over his life. As he and the woman run for their lives, J.D.'s own secrets start to surface and he must also come to terms with them.
This is the second book from this author that I've read and I would say he's two for two. I loved this book. Suspense mixed with danger, mixed with a bit of a romance, mixed with characters dealing with very real things in their hearts. The romance took a back seat to the suspense and action, which I really liked. The characters developed over the course of the story and so their flaws really surfaced as they tried to deal with keeping themselves alive and safe. A little bit more "preachy" than his other book that I read, but those parts were blended well into the story instead of sticking out and seeming misplaced. The majority of the book only spans a period of four days and it is divided accordingly which really helped to keep the timeline in focus in the midst of everything happening. It kept me on the edge of my seat and it was a story that was hard to put down.