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REVIEW: “Crossing Borders” by Z.A Maxfield


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.

Warning: 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?

CBTitle: Crossing Borders
Author: Z.A Maxfield
Publisher: Samhain
Pages: 271
Release Date: August 4 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon, Samhain


First of all, would you all just take a moment and admire that gorgeous redhead on the cover… I have a thing for redheads.. and baby blues.. and this guy here has both, so I literally swooned when I saw this… which means I jumped like possessed to get this when I saw the cover… and admittedly… I didn’t read the blurb… HA!

So, this book tells us the story of Tristan and Michael.

Tristan is a 19 year old guy who has been struggling with his sexuality. After dating girls, and all he just can’t fool himself anymore and decides to stop his pity party and go for it….  “It” being dicks.  He has a plan, though.

Tristan goes into a book store and picks three Queer Romance books. He decides to sit in a coffee shop with his books on the table and hope for the best (the best being picking up a guy). His plans don’t go quite as he expected. Michael, a Police Officer that had been giving him tickets for the past years comes into scene and somehow makes himself part of it.

Here we get to the part that bothered me a bit. Michael is 27, and Tristan is 19. So far so good. While I sometimes struggle with age gap in books, I guess it all depends on how the story is written. I’ve read books with an age gap similar to this one that have worked perfectly well for me, and other books that like in this case… didn’t quite did it for me. I don’t know what it was, I’m thinking that it was somehow Michael’s train of thought that made me feel uneasy. Michael had been attracted to Tristan for a couple of years, so yeah…

Once the guys decided to give it a go things started to move too fast for my taste. I normally like my books with a slow burn. I like to be able to see how everything grows on the characters, and here, even though this was supposed to be a hook up it all escalated too quickly. Soon there were I love yous flying left and right in the pages and honestly, I struggled to believe it. I mean, I couldn’t help but think that Tristan was… blinded by the erotism and lust he’d just discovered. He was, after all, a 19 year old. The attraction and the lust I bought 100%… The falling in love part so quickly…. ehh… no so much.

The story pretty much keeps that pace. This book is very erotic. There are a lot of sex scenes, especially in the first… 70% of the book. I didn’t mind, because the sex scenes were well written and they were hot, but again, this is not what I normally like in my books. I like to see the characters grow and fall for each other out of bed as much as I like to see them on it.

The characters are good. I liked Tristan, and I liked that he questioned himself later in the book, it made him way more real. I confess that I had a hard time warming up to Michael, but that was probably more for my very personal reasons than the execution of the writer over this specific character.

The secondary characters were also nice. I loved both of their moms, and I liked Tristan’s family. I never understood what was Ed’s point in the book, though.

So, all in all, this was an okay read. If you want something with lots of sex and pretty much low angst (despite one of two things happening) you may enjoy this.

A thing to keep in mind: this book was written in 2008 (I think) so there are alot of things that we have now that didn’t exist back then (haha I feel like I’m talking of something that happened 200 years ago and not 7)… This is important because it gives the story a different angle.



About Gaby

Mexican. Caffeine addict. Book lover. Early mornings enemy. Wanna be cook.

One comment on “REVIEW: “Crossing Borders” by Z.A Maxfield

  1. ingrid2009
    August 14, 2015

    I read this book when I was new to the genre in ’08. I loved it to bits back then. I haven’t read it for a couple of years because I am afraid that it will have lost its magic.
    The scene in Borders is wonderful, I would like to start every book on such a high note.


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