Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield

Title: Crossing Borders
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m) 
Main Characters: Tristan and Michael
Release Date: August 2015
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Two dudes walk into a bookstore…

Tristan knows he’s got issues. His latest ex-girlfriend knows it too. He can’t blame her for dumping him—even though she gets her brother to do it for her. Since he can’t stop staring at said brother’s package, he figures it’s about time to put a label on those issues. He likes guys.

He heads to a local bookstore with what he’s sure is a foolproof plan to find someone to show him what he’s been missing. But who should crash his little adventure? Officer Michael Truax, who gave him a really expensive ticket back in high school for skateboarding without a helmet.

Michael has been trying to catch Tristan for years...to give him a second ticket. Suddenly faced with “Sparky”, all grown up and looking to get laid, Michael’s protective instinct kicks in—and presents him with an opportunity that’s hard to resist. After all, the kid must know what he’s getting into, so why not? 

But when a man with a plan connects with a man with a hunger, the result is nothing short of explosive.

This book has been previously published. 

Product Warnings: Contains high-octane hair, a clawfoot bathtub, and a story that will make you believe in love at first sight. Okay, second sight, but who’s counting?

My Review:
Overall, I liked this book. It  was sweet and sexy and fun. I loved how the relationship between Michael and Tristan developed, especially at first. That initial scene with Michael in the bookstore and the advisory tweets was classic. I grinned all the way through that!

Their back story is really cute with how Michael ticketed Tristan for not wearing a skateboarding helmet. It sets up perfectly to show Michael's ingrained protective nature. I loved that about him. But Tristan is pretty protective too which is especially heartwarming considering he's 9 years younger than Michael. His scenes where he's defended Michael from Ron were fabulous. I wanted to stand up and cheer. 

There were so many little moments like this that made this book for me. It's a great book about two very different guys finding their way. For Tristan, he's just discovered he's gay and is exploring that. For Michael, the emotions involved become very deep, very quickly. Not exactly easy for a cop when he's being pulled other directions. 

Although there were moments when I thought 19 was too young for the depth of seriousness in this relationship, I loved these two guys and their story. It was romantic and a seriously sexy read. Tristan is new to all of this, but he is a fast learner. I liked the glimpses of him taking charge too...wowzer...talk about sexy. 

I enjoy stories that feature newly gay characters and this one really worked for me. These two guys fall hard and fast, but to me, it wasn't too fast. They just simply work that well together which is obvious from the first. I liked the familial aspects of both their lives and how those relationships played into the story, especially since the book falls over the holidays and some rather earth-shattering events. 

I liked it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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