Crossing Borders (Crossing Borders, #1)
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Tristan's got issues; he knows he does. So when his most recent girlfriend dumps him via messenger, and he can't stop staring at the messenger's cock while he's breaking the news, Tristan figures it's about time he makes some changes. He formulates a foolproof plan to get himself someone who can show him what he's been missing -- until who should crash his little adventure...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 8th 2008 by Loose Id, LLC (first published July 15th 2008)
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**2.5 stars**

This is an example of a book that should have worked for me but really didn't. I like the premise of the book (I love coming of age/coming to terms with being gay stories) and the opening scene was really cute. It also had moments that were pretty funny and many moments that were very sweet. Overall, I think this book was a perfectly nice reading experience.

Then why am I hating on this book?? Well, it is actually hard for me to pinpoint exactly why this book was irritating for me...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
My Review:

Crossing Borders was my first M/M read, and I found it to be a sweet story and a great introduction to the genre. I hope that my comments won’t come across as naïve or silly, but I want to share my thoughts about this book and my first experience with M/M romance.

Tristan is a 19 year old college student who attracts women like flowers attract bees. He’s never had any trouble finding a date or a bed partner, but when his most recent girlfriend dumps him – and has her brother deliver the...more
Dina
Awww, this was such a "feel good" book! Adorable H/H, likable secondary characters and a sweet story with a nice touch of drama, enough to prevent me from going into a sugar induced coma.

Tristan Phillips is a red-haired, freckled, 19-year-old college student who decides to listen to the inner voice that's been "harassing" him and find out if he's gay after being dumped by his last girlfriend. A girlfriend whose brother made him stand up to attention, I must say. So he devises the plan: go to the...more
Heather C
I really loved the 1st half of this book...but then it kindafizzled for me!

What I loved:
♦ Sparky AKA Tristan. Even though I'm not into red heads, he was pretty cute and mature for a 19 year old
♦ Officer Helmet AKA Michael. He was yummy hot and oh so sexy...for a blond
♦ The banter
♦ The texting
♦ The SEX!!!
♦ Tristan’s family
♦ Michael's mom
♦ Thanksgiving prayer
♦ The tattoos

What I ended up liking:
♦ Ron
♦ The epilogue

What I was just ok with:
♦ The age difference: approximately 9 years
♦ The insta-love...more
DaisyGirl
1.5 Stars

Tristan is a 19-year-old college student. He's dated girls all his life but secretly wonders what it would be like to be with a man. When his latest girlfriend dumps him, Tristan realizes that he's more attracted to her hot brother than he is broken up over the end of the relationship. So Tristan concocts a "plan" to hook up with a guy and figure things out once and for all. His "plan" is derailed by Michael, the 28-year-old cop who is the bane of Tristan's existence for constantly bein...more
Yvonne
It's more like 2.5 STARS I wasn't sure about this book so I decided to borrow it (thanks Kate). I think if this was the first m/m book I'd read I'd probably like it better but for me it felt flat & somewhat cliched. Our couple is 28 year old 'officer helmet' Michael & 19 year old student, 'Sparky' Tristan. Instantly I'm put off by the ludicrous nicknames more suitable for a puppy than a grown person. The term the boy or my boy was used a lot also, which is probably OK for a 19 year old...more
Kaje Harper
This book went straight to my favorites shelf. I loved both of these characters sooo much. Tristan is the guy you wish your son would become (at least if you're my age - a young guy reading this book will have a completely different wish.) Michael is the guy you would like him to find, if he leans that way. There is a sweetness and a back-and-forth balance to the way these two men interact. This is not an older-guy-teaches-young-guy-the-ropes story by any means. Tristan seems very self-aware and...more
Ami
Honestly, I was going to give it 2 stars, but then, I thought, the first quarter of this book is actually lovable. The story makes me giggling at some parts (like the Thanksgiving prayer). But the rest, it's just too "chick" for me. The first time I read the "I love you", is fine. But when it's repeated like in every single conversation, it's getting on my nerves, man! Not to mention when it takes chapter after chapter after chapter to describe the love making. By half the book, I start taking t...more
Wade
This is one of my favorite books. I may have to agree with Lan-dinh that the cover is not the best. It does scream teenager and way younger than Tristan is supossed to be. But still... I think the story is excellent. The dialogue realistic and the sex is hot. (in my opinion) ZA is a wonderful writer!!! I will no doubt read this over again!
Lauraadriana
I really like ZA Maxfield her St. Nacho's series is one of my favorites...so I knew I'd like this story too, and I really did.

Tristan is 19 and so far VERY hetero...after his latest girlfriend dumps him he decided to try something different...he ends up with the cop that has been giving him tickets for not wearing a helmet for years.

Michael is a lot older than Tristan, but things progress fast and they both fall hard. Things a re complicated between them...Tristan is young and scared of the dang...more
Danni
Jun 12, 2012 Danni rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Only 17% in and I've already got problems with this one:

Firstly, within the first 1% of the book, Tristan meets a guy who is leaking so much precum, it soaks right through his jeans - WTF? I wouldn't mind that in a PWP, but honestly...hmmm...

Secondly, Tristan is supposed to be 19 years old, and out looking to 'get laid' as he puts it - but when he goes round to Officer Helmet's (snort) house, he spends most of his time admiring his wood (another snort) and soft furnishings.

Thirdly, Tristan (a.k....more
Fiona Goodman
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Deeze
Second time round, Lets see if Officer Helmet and Sparky can entertain me as much as the first time lol.

Yep they still got it lol. A perfect gentle read with humour and mild angst to keep it interesting.

But the Book shop/cafe scene is still my favorite part of the book. Oh and of course thanksgiving dinner, I could re-read that over and over lol.

But yeah the cover pic? So not working.
Melissa
Apr 08, 2014 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: Raganna
2.5 rounded up

Well, first off, I put this book off for a long time. I think it was mainly the creepy cover that put me off. I think the author should seriously consider a new cover...it's skeevy!!

Beyond that I can't say I loved the book, nor did I dislike it. There were some major flaws. It was a little creepy to me that Michael wanted Tristan back when he was only 16yo. And the nickname, Sparky, give me a break! It screams pedophile! Don't get me wrong, I didn't have a problem with their age di...more
Hannah
I can't seem to organize my thoughts for a real review, so I'm just going to list out what didn't work for me about this book:

1. The characters. Let's start with Tristan. I could never, the whole time I was reading, accept that Tristan was 19. Aside from some dare-devil behavior that plenty of men (and women) never outgrow anyway, Tristan was a completely unconvincing teenager. Nineteen-year-old guys are not that articulate and philosophical, not even the most mature and responsible ones. As for...more
Jen
Dec 13, 2008 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: glbt
Oh, wow, what a nice surprise. A smart-ass skater boy hooks up with the cop that wrote him his first ticket. Too cute! The idea behind this story is adorable, the dialogue is hilarious and casual and flows very naturally, and the electricity between Tristan and Michael sizzles. This book is HOT.

The protagonists are great, the supporting characters are fun and interesting, and the story is good. There are a few loose threads that never get tied up, and there are a few extraneous characters and su...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Jun 08, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Nikki
3.5 stars.

I really really wanted to like this book a lot but it didn't work for me. I'll try to put everything in order.

First of all: horrible cover. Tristan is 19 and Michael is 27, so try to forget the creepy factor of the cover.

The beginning was funny. I think Tristan's decision to get laid by a man was a bit too sudden. By the end of the book I had the impression Tristan was far more reflexive than that. I also think that Michael's seduction was a bit too fast. I was expecting more finesse f...more
Alina
Aug 09, 2012 Alina added it
I fiercely loved about 90% of this book! The first 90%.

I enjoy insta-love, so that was a plus for me, I looooved the slow and peaceful unfolding of Michael and Tristan's relationship, I loved their role-reversal thankfully without sliding into bdsm territory. I absolutely adored both Michael's mom and the whole Tristan's family, their support and wisdom and good humor - all of it! I loved how Ron turned out not to be a villian, but a fairly decent guy at the end.

I knew there won't be all sunshin...more
karlakolumna
I wasn't sure whether I could actually bring myself to finish this book. After 34% I was sure that I'd give up. But I continued, despite knowing better than that--sometimes skimming through the text: during sex scenes or when it gets too boring, or too mushy, or too ridiculous.
So far, I have read about ⅔ of the book, but I've got to tell you that it feels more like torture at times... Why the hell don't I just end my misery? Hm, maybe I'm a masochist?
[*Update: It's official. I give up. I've rea...more
Jerry
This was one of the first M/M books I read when I started into this genre. I was captivated by the synopsis although the cover scared me a little. I started my sexual journey at a younger age than Tristan so it wasn't really a shock, but he does look so young, I suppose Idid too. I was immediately captivated by Michael and Tristan and their complicated relationship. I was really afraid at one point not believing in the HEA expectatiin this genre believes in. It all comes down to communicating an...more
Katharina
4.5

Awwww, such a sweet story! Against my own expectations, I loved this! Why, you might ask, did I have rather low expectations? BECAUSE OF THE COVER!!!! Now, I know never to judge a romance book, especially an M/M romance book by its cover because they're very often abysmal. As if it's a natural law or something. But these two guys on the front here - seriously, they haunted every imagery I had of the story and it wasn't a good haunt! From page 50 or so onwards I was finally able to stop seeing...more
Bev
I felt this story was on a par with 'The Long Way Home' - absolutely delightful! Michael was the 'adult' in this partnership (at the start maybe), but Tris had had to grow up fast in lots of ways (as anyone who has lost their dad early on will tell you). He didn't want to have to go through losing someone close to him again, and was really afraid for Michael and his job as a policeman even though there didn't appear to be a lot of major crime in Fullerton. Michael could have come across as a bit...more
R.B.
4.5 *

This book is very good. I liked Michael and Tristan, they had amazing chemistry. I could give five points but
--> they went from first date to partnership like some sport car in 2.6 seconds
--> I wished that the part of book where they were apart, was longer so I could know more of Tristan's thoughts and how he arrived at a decision to come back to Michael
--> I hate the cover ;)
Brenda (b)
This is a wonderful love story. The characters were guys I'd love to know in real life. I thought it was great that it their relationship developed over several months. The epilogue really cemented the HEA (happily ever after) ending.
Missy Welsh
I'm usually late to the party and probably don't have anything unique to say about this book, so I'll just say that it had from the first page and didn't let go until the last. One of the best I've read in a long time. :)
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
The writing was really good and I would have given it 5 stars but I hated Ron and he ruined parts of the story for me
Sarah
From Loose ID - Michael has been trying to catch Tristan again for years. Now he’s faced with his ‘Sparky’, all grown up and looking to get laid. The habit of protecting him isn’t gone, but the opportunity is too much to resist.

Sex and skateboards. I liked this book! It was refreshing, sweet and made me laugh.
Tristan has finally come to the conclusion, after splitting with his girlfriend, that he is not so broken up about loosing the girl and is far more interested in boys. His grand plan to me...more
Kerry  sullivan
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. H...more
Virginia
The banter in this book between the MCs was absolutely delicious! In this story we have Tristan, a skateboarding smart nerd who is in college and discovering that he's leaning more toward guys than women. We also have Michael, about 10 years older than Tristan, and a cop who has always had his eye on Tristan. Tristan finally comes of age and runs into Michael and the two connect to help Tristan explore his newly found desire for all things men, in particular Michael :)

Really fun and good read. I...more
Skye
2.5

I feel a little cheated, and slightly disappointed. The book had such a great start, and I loved Tristan from the get-go, but the initial momentum seemed to ebb away really quickly. It went from clever, witty and funny to redundant and pointless in a matter of pages. The sex scenes, which were very well-written, mind you, seemed to steal the attention from the already quasi-nonexistent plot. It really felt like a smutty book more than anything else, nearly PWP. Both MC were well fleshed-out,...more
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“Dear Lord,” began Randy, who paused for long enough that Tristan sneaked an eye open to look at him. His saw his mother’s cheek twitch with what he thought might be apprehension. “We are so grateful to be gathered here today with our family, and the family of our brother’s homosexual boyfriend, and our new little goth friend who has a gay dad, whatever the heck that is all about. We’d like to say we’re grateful this year for condoms, lube, and Ellen Degeneres, and for those guys on Queer Eye…”

Randall Evan Phillips!” his mother shouted.”
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