Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield ~ Book Review by Queue

crossing-bordersTitle: Crossing Borders

Author: Z.A. Maxfield

Publisher: Samhain

Cover Artist: Kanaxa

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 08/04/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

wo 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.

My View:

What can be said about the first book written by one of the best authors in the genre? There’s a reason it’s been her best-seller since it was published years ago. A lot of things has changed over the years, as ZAM acknowledges in her foreword, but the story is just as entertaining and relevant as ever.

At its heart Crossing Borders is a love-at-first-sight/May-December romance. But it is so much more than those things. ZAM has the ability to take tropes and make them transcend beyond what could be simple plot-based stories. The characters here, Tristan and Michael, are unique and unforgettable.

At the beginning Tristan is a virgin, when it comes to guys anyway, and ready to rectify that. While cruising men, he runs into Michael Truax, a cop who ticketed him years prior. At first it seems Michael is cockblocking Tristan, but he’s actually trying to pick him up. Their banter was truly hilarious and a great way to get their relationship started.

Tristan and Michael jump into sex right away, but it makes total sense for both characters. Tristan always leaps before he looks and Michael has been crushing on the young red-head for years. The sex scenes in this book are amazingly hot every single time. I never got bored or skimmed them like I often do with books.

There’s a strong supporting cast including Michael’s friend, mother and ex and Tristan’s mother and siblings. I liked them all, but I absolutely loved Tristan’s brothers. Their teasing of Tristan and Michael was laugh out loud funny more than once. ZAM definitely had a strong understanding of the young males and I had to wonder how much they were based on her own sons.

My only complaint of Crossing Borders isn’t a fair one, which is why I didn’t let it affect my rating, and tried to remember how much I loved it when I first read it years ago. I’ve read so many of ZAM’s books over the years that I found myself comparing her newer stuff to this one. There are others I love more than Crossing Borders. Her talent has improved over the years, but that isn’t to say she wasn’t extremely talented when she wrote this one. This is a great book to read whether you’ve read her before or not and one of the books I recommend to readers new to the genre.

Links

Crossing Borders on Goodreads
Samhain
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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One thought on “Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield ~ Book Review by Queue

  1. This is the first that I’ve heard of this book but you certainly have captured my attention. I am going to look this one up! Thanks!

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