Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

by Z.A. Maxfield

Paperback

$16.99 View All Available Formats & Editions

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619231030
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Crossing Borders 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I've read a lot of ZA Maxfield and will read a lot more, but this isn't my favorite. I really like how they meet, and the texting. I liked the fun stuff. But I found the second half melodramatic and was frankly found it unbelievable that they would really have a long term HEA. It's not that I don't want them to be together, but 19 is really young to meet someone and stick with them, and I wouldn't have minded if they ahd time together and moved on. The 10 year age gap at that particular juncture really did worry me, and making Michael both a cop and financially independent was too much for me, he was just too perfect. so I had some problems with this book, but I do love Maxfield and will eventually read everythign she's written and will obviously like some more than ot hers...
MsLasha on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Spoilers in review. I wanted to like this novel. Normally "coming out" stories are my secret passion, but this one fell flat. Why? The author pulled out every tired, overused m/m fiction cliche and put it in this story. What could have been a coming of age story for Tristian turned into endless descriptions of sex between Tristan and Michael (his older lover) that did nothing to forward the plot nor give the reader any insight into why they loved one another or wanted to be in a relationship. Yes, the hot sex explained why they liked having sex with one another, but nothing else. If you want a sweet coming of age/coming out story that has a mentor-student like relationship to it, rent the movie, "Shelter." At least in that movie there is a backstory to why Zach and Shaun have feelings for one another and fall in love so easily, with Michael and Tristan in "Crossing Borders," I wasn't buying it. Plus, I saw Michael getting stabbed coming from a mile away. There were NO surprises in this novel. The ending was anti-climatic and predictable. I was truly disappointed with this book, as the author has talent, she just needs to realize that writing m/m erotica professionally is not the same as writing manga fanfiction.
AmaraDevonte on LibraryThing 7 months ago
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. What a great book. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a book this much. I held off reading this one, expecting Tristan to be too immature. The author did a great job with him, he was an old soul, and still absolutely adorable. I just loved all the characters in this story, Tristan and Michael were both terrific, and the story very believable.This book really was an emotional ride for me. I was sucked right in. The author had me laughing and crying. I absolutely loved it! This book has definitely come one of favorites. A definite keeper!
Bembo on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Nineteen year old Tristan lives comfortably with is mother and younger sister and brothers, his father died suddenly two years ago and Tristan has happily taken responsibility for his family. However not all is well with Tristan, with a reputation as a lady killer and with a string of past easy conquests under his belt, he is having doubts, especially when he calls on his latest girl Viper to learn from her brother that she has another date - Tristan is much less interested about that than he is in viewing the pronounced bulge in Viper's brother's trousers.On a whim he decides to act on his impulses and sets himself up in the local library surrounded by collection gay novels, and waits to be picked up; all he wants is an anonymous quickie, just to see what his proclivities really are. But he gets more than he bargains for.Office Michael Truax of the Fullerton CA Police Department has had his eye on him, ever since he issued Tristan with an expensive ticket for skate boarding without a helmet Michael has been fixated on the boy, his long, silky red hair and his adorable boyish good looks. Officer Truax, AKA Officer Helmet, is the last person Tristan expects to be his pick up, but then stranger things have happened!Crossing Borders follows Tristan and Michael as their relationship grows into an all consuming love, a love that is threatened when near tragedy strikes, raising the question can they live and love with the fear of loss? Will Tristan let himself live with that fear, of should he call it a day?Tristan is a beautiful creation, intelligent, caring lovingly for his younger sister and brothers, uncomplainingly helping and secretly making sacrifices for his mother, and an attentive and devoted lover to the older Michael; if there is a criticism of the character it is that he seems perfect, without fault. Michael, some twenty years Tristan's senior is equally faultless, he loves his job and believes in the LAPD motto To Protect and Serve, he truly wants to make a difference, he is caring and warmhearted. They make a perfect pair.I found this an involving, touching and moving read, well written, and with plenty of graphic, hot bedroom scenes; in fact a little too much perhaps in the opening chapters, but as the story develops a better balance is achieved. I would have preferred to see the initially courtship less quickly resolved (I loved the pick-up scene!), Tristan does give in rather quickly, but that aside it is a beautiful story of the love between a bright, lively and quick witted boy and a thoughtful, handsome older man.
Byanca on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Setting: Present Day, AmericaFor the majority of his life, nineteen year old Tristan Phillips had thought himself to be heterosexual. He had certainly played the part and fitted the role well, having been with more than a fair share of girls for his age. Yet, it was hard to ignore the stirring emotions and sexual thoughts that would cross his mind whenever another guy came into view and caught his attention. He had never acted on these feelings though, preferring instead to go through the motions while lusting silently at the thought of being intimate with a man. However, when suddenly dumped by his girlfriend, Tristan takes it as the push needed to seek out what he longs for. But before he can fully make a change to his sexual preference, he decides to first experiment via a one-time fling, and in order to do so he embarks upon a plan to secure himself a reasonable test subject.But as well thought out as the plan was, Tristan had not factored in the possibility of running into "Officer Helmet", the local cop who had been pestering him for years about abiding by the law, and who actually had the nerve to give him his first ticket for skateboarding without a helmet years back. The sudden encounter with the policeman rattles Tristan, temporarily throwing his plan in jeopardy as the man seems hell bent on sticking around to watch his every move. Then as if that's not enough to make Tristan somewhat anxious and slightly agitated, he pulls a total blank when the officer insists on escorting him home afterwards - with a planned stop in between.Twenty-seven year old Michael Traux has always had a thing for Tristan, even going so far as to nickname the younger man 'Sparky' when the boy was much younger. But for his own reasons, Michael has designated Sparky as "hands of", opting instead to simply watch over the "always-skateboarding-without-a-helmet" delinquent via his role as the neighborhood cop. Still, when he one day comes across the now grown-up target of his desires man-hunting, Michael becomes torn between his need to see to Tristan's safety, and his desire to be the one caught by Tristan's plan.The storyline of 'Crossing Borders' focuses on both Tristan and Michael as the two men embark upon a contingent relationship filled with uncertainties. It follows the transformation of Tristan's sexuality, his family life, and his ability to cope with the bad side of Michael's job; and Michael's own personal luggage that encompasses his unease with being Tristan's first homosexual conquest.**After first reading and thoroughly enjoying Maxfield's 'The Long Way Home,' I can very well say she has done it again with 'Crossing Borders'.I was glued to each page of this book from start to finish, and when finally done I wanted more, more, and more. Once again she was able to bring forth characters who were not only enjoyable, but completely relateable (this will perhaps be a word seen in all my reviews of her work, at least I hope so).Tristan and Michael sprang to life from their pages, as each man had the right amount of personality and individual characteristics to catch and hold my attention.As a nineteen year old college student who still lives at home, Tristan's life is seemingly average on the surface. Like many teenagers (young adults, whatever we call nineteen years olds today) Tristan is a genuine smart-aleck with a streak of spontaneity, and a somewhat care-free attitude. He may be young in years, but thanks to his wits and personal experiences he is mature and very much his own person. His sexual orientation may be a point of uncertainty, but this is not the same for all the other aspects of his life. He is the older brother in a rather intriguing household, where his younger siblings adore and look up to him, while his mother both respects and depends on him. The in-depth focus on his family life makes for a rather interesting read as one can only anticipate their reactions upon learning about Michael, and of Tristan's newly declar
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Michael (a.k.a. Officer Helmet) had given his first ticket ever to the young skateboarder he nicknamed Sparky for riding without a helmet. Intrigued despite himself he had always wanted to catch the young boarder once again. Two years later he finds his Sparky in the local Borders and to his surprise the 19 year old is trolling for men.Officer Helmet is the last guy Tristan wanted to run in to now that he is acting on the new found knowledge of his sexual orientation. Surprisingly the over-vigilant officer seems determined to help Tristan, even to the extent that he offers himself as a subject lesson, perhaps taking the motto "to serve and protect" a little too far?This was a very nice, 'shippy story of first love and changing pre-conceived notions. I really liked the fact that it was longer than other stories I've read from this publisher and I really enjoyed both Michael and Tristan despite their goody-goodyness (which usually irritates me). There were parts of the story where I found myself laughing out loud which is always a bonus for any book I read. This was a very relationship intense story with graphic sex although there was also enough of a plot line and character development that it didn't really bug me. I think my favorite scene would have to be one of the first ones of Michael and Tristan's meeting in Borders. Very cute! The only complaint I had was one of the interesting side characters came for Thanksgiving dinner and then was lost in limbo for the rest of the story, never to be heard from again. A little more insight on that point would have been nice.I thought this was a very well written, well developed gay romance and would be happy to read more of this author's work in the future.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
I had no idea that Borders used to be a spot to cruise for dates. I can’t help but wonder how many hook-ups I missed out on when I used to go to their attached coffee shop to work or study, because I actually worked or studied. C’est la vie. Fortunately for Tristan, his trip to Borders was more productive for his love life and he landed a fish on his first trolling expedition. While Officer Helmet was NOT on his radar, Michael ended up being exactly what Tristan needed. Crossing Borders is a really sweet tale about a young man (Tristan) who realizes that despite being a bit of a player with the girls in his teens, he might be gay. Again, I had no idea that Borders was THE place to go to find a hook-up, so I found myself snickering at the interactions between Tristan and the guys that approached him, as well as Michael’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 style commentary via texts. Equally amusing was when Tristan finally realized that Michael was picking him up and freaked out over the idea of hooking up with Officer Helmet. Once Tristan got past his freak out and took Michael up on his offer, the sex was hot. Repeatedly hot. In the first part of the book, there is a LOT of sex, but as we’re dealing with a young man discovering his sexuality with someone who is taking his time with Tristan to insure that the sexual encounters are pleasurable and not painful, then it’s likely within realistic limits. But Maxfield does a good job of interspersing life between sex scenes and we got to see Tristan and Michael spend time together, build a friendship, and a relationship as their feelings began to grow – and this merely made the sex scenes that much hotter. But when Michael’s job puts him in grave danger and Tristan is forced to face the realities of Michael being a cop, the strain on their relationship and their eight year age difference becomes a huge hurdle that Tristan’s not sure he wants to make the jump for. I found the actual relationship development to be really sweet. At times it was almost too sweet. But Maxfield’s use of steamy scenes temper the sweetness enough to keep the reader from getting a toothache. I liked the level of realism that Maxfield brought to the book when Michael was in the hospital and how Michael’s mother made sure that Tristan was by her side once she got back in town and made it there. In fact, both men’s mothers were truly awesome women and I found the Thanksgiving dinner to be quite amusing. Actually Maxfield included quite a few laugh-out-loud moments in the book that often helped ease the tension of various scenes. I will say that I was extremely surprised by the book’s ending. Even with this being a fiction, I really didn’t expect the men to go to the lengths they did to be with one another. I’ve read many a book in which sacrifices are discussed but the characters usually end up compromising to salvage their relationship. Yet a sacrifice was made – and done without an ultimatum being issued – and while I didn’t expect it, I did like the way in which it was done. I found Crossing Borders to be an enjoyable read that combined sweet, sexy, and touches of realism in just the right amounts. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an great book, you easily fall in love with them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Loved the dialogue and snappy comebacks from all the characters. I liked the honesty of Tristan's feelings when it came time to talk about where the relationship was going. Passionate, funny, heartfelt romance. 600+ pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters stick with you as being memorable and engaging long after you finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started by giving this 4 stars because they are just so sweet but the MC's have just stuck with me and are now still popping up in my thoughts. So an ajustment had to be made to 5 stars. A great romance that is well written and will have you laughing. Just sit back and "do not take it to seriously" and you will have a fun time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, had all the elements that make a story great, tears, laughter, romance and family i would recommend This book ,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smokin' hot sex, a laugh til you pee Thanksgiving dinner, poignant moments, and life-or-death drama make this one of the best gay novels I've ever read. You need to buy/read this one!
musings-of-a-bookworm More than 1 year ago
I got this book on a whim, if I am honest, because it had a cop as one of the lead characters and it is a whim I will happily repeat. This book had me laughing so much I couldn't see through the tears, my sides hurt and I got some very strange looks from my family. I am not sure it is supposed to be funny but Sparky is so sarcastic and upfront that you cant help but laugh. The thanksgiving day dinner was so funny I had to stop reading because I could not see I was crying with laughter so hard. Having said this you are so carried away with this story that when the fall comes you are just as engaged and I cried like a baby and sat in total silence just praying things worked out. I think I spent to last couple of chapters with oxygen deprivation from holding my breath for so long but it was worth it and I would read this again and happily recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary romance with some red hot scenes and a damn good story to make you feel warm in all the right places!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago