Crossing Borders (Crossing Borders #1) by Z.A. Maxfield

CrossingBordersTwo 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?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I liked Crossing Borders, honest. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that parts of it made me kind of squirm. The more I got to know Michael and Tristan though, the less uncomfortable I became with the two of them together and the more I realized their relationship just worked.

I guess the only reason that I brought up that uneasiness was in case anyone else felt it and stopped reading. Michael could initially be viewed as kind of stalkerish, especially because of the age difference – which really wasn’t that much. I’m a patient reader, so I’m telling you, don’t stop… don’t judge, just stick with Michael and Tristan and trust Z.A. Maxfield to prove to you just how right these two are for each other.

Honestly, these guys had me at the bookstore. The texting and banter between the two of them was hilarious. Tristan had absolutely no idea what he was doing and Michael was totally amused by the whole situation. He was also in protection mode. He’d been attracted to Tristan for years, but he had kept his distance. Seeing Tristan put himself out there with little or no thought brought out every instinct he had to keep Tristan safe.

Tristan had a lot more on his shoulders than the average young college student. He felt responsible for his mother and siblings and took his role in their family very seriously. I loved that family dynamic. Michael only had his quirky mother, but he had a sense of responsibility toward her as well.

The turning point in Tristan and Michael’s relationship was as inevitable as it was heartbreaking. There was no easy way to fix it, but there shouldn’t have been. The obstacles were real. I kind of like stories that don’t make it easy on the characters. It makes the eventual HEA all the sweeter 😉

Like Crossing Borders, What Child is This? was also previously released. I’m looking forward to seeing how Tristan and Michael are doing in the next installment.




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