Monday, August 17, 2015
Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
Crossing Borders by Z. A. Maxfield
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: 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.
Review: This book was originally published in 2007, I believe, so there are aspects of being in an M/M relationship that have definitely changed since then. You can get married across the U.S. and it's a bit more in the forefront of society than when Tristan and Michael first meet. I'm telling you this so if you do read the book, some of what the boys talk about will make sense, but at the same time, not enough has changed. People are still discriminated against, people can still get hurt just for loving someone of the same gender. It's not a perfect world, so when Tristan realizes that he likes guys, he's not sure he wants to dive right into a real relationship. The world doesn't really let him decide though, when Michael, a local cop, sits down to have a conversation with Tristan in a bookstore one day.
I thought Crossing Borders was a really good book. It focused on a lot of issues beyond sexuality. There is a bit of an age difference (about nine years, I believe) between Tristan and Michael, as well as the fact that Tristan is a student and Michael is a cop. Not just the difference in occupation, but the fact that Michael doesn't really have a secure job. He could easily be hurt and that is something Tristan has difficulty with.
Whenever I review romance novels, I like to note the graphic nature for those that only like certain levels. Crossing Borders reads like an NA novel, as it mostly follows college-aged Tristan, but there are a lot of descriptive sexual scenes. This doesn't bother me, as it fits the story and the guys within it, but if that borrows you, now you know! In all, I'd definitely read more by this author.
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