Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
Loose Id
Contemporary (M/M)
ISBN: 978-1-59632-738-2
Reviewed by Sabella

 

   

 

Tristan is all about having fun as a college student, but he never forgets his family, especially since his father died.  Tristan is also trying to figure out why, after a long string of girlfriends offering as much sex as he wants, he is still vaguely unsatisfied.  So, Tristan figures its time to take a walk on the wild side and try sex with a man and see if it’s any different.  So armed with The Plan, Tristan hits the neighboring Borders store and picks up just about every available gay title and sits himself down in the café to see what he can catch.  However, he didn’t count on Officer Helmet, the bane of his existence, being there and offering, through text messaging, no less, color commentary on all the men that approach Tristan.  So as Tristan is ready to admit defeat and give up on The Plan netting him a walk on the wild side, he finds himself somehow being picked up by none other than Michael Truax – Officer Helmet!

Michael Truax has been trying to catch Tristan to give him another ticket and check him out now that he is legal and maybe give him another ticket, just for kicks.  But what started as a friendly, and safe, offer to introduce Tristan into the joys of gay sex, quickly turns into something more – especially since Michael has had his eye on Tristan for a long time.  But Tristan is nineteen, almost ten years younger than Michael, and Michael fears that Tristan will break his heart when he eventually leaves to experiment with other men or go back to girls.  However, despite the age difference and their different lifestyles, somehow Michael and Tristan manage to make it work – for a while.  Because when Michael is seriously injured on the job, Tristan isn’t so sure he could survive the death of another person close to him.  Can Michael convince Tristan that he is worth the chance?

Tristan is so young and not really ready to settle down – even if he is head over heels in love, but Michael is old enough that that is exactly what he wants with Tristan.  Can Michael wait for Tristan to grow up a little and can Tristan trust that Michael will keep his heart safe?

I think that I have become a Z.A. Maxfield fan for life!  Crossing Borders is a funny, sensual, romantic read which is, of course, scorchingly hot.  Tristan and Michael pack so much emotion and sensuality into each and every encounter that you share their impatience when waiting for them to have time to be together again.  Tristan is young, impulsive, impetuous and so completely charming and loyal that you will be charmed by him on his very first appearance, but the strongest trait that makes Tristan an unforgettable character is his complete earnestness with and about himself and what he wants.  Michael is old enough to be cautious, and experienced enough, to guide Tristan during his exploration of his desire for men.  But when love comes into the equation, Michael will steal your heart completely as he, oh so carefully, reveals this truth to Tristan and waits with baited breath for Tristan’s reaction.  These two and their story are so memorable and compelling that I can almost guarantee that you will be reading their story more than once and eagerly awaiting Z.A. Maxfield’s next book.  Crossing Borders is the perfect read when you are looking for a great romance that will heat you up, melt your heart and wring a tear or two before it’s over.  I Joyfully Recommend Crossing Borders – it’s a book that will keep you up well into the night because you will want to finish it all in one sitting and you will resent all intrusions that pull you away from Tristan and Michael.  Get Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield today, you won’t regret it!

     

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