[Nick Addison has taken care of Hollister Welles since college. Though the responsible grad student and the uninhibit...moreI actually read this on my Nook.
[Nick Addison has taken care of Hollister Welles since college. Though the responsible grad student and the uninhibited partier were total opposites, they had always shared an inexplicable bond. Nick knows he should stop saving the out-of-control Holly, but when Holly hits rock-bottom hard—and publicly—he can't resist coming to his rescue one last time. Can't resist the feeling of having Holly need him again.]
4 1/2 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It is not your average male on male sex book, but a real love story filled with unfullfilled longing on the part of the two men.
Hollister (Holly) Welles has adored Nick since college, but always felt that he was not good enough for his "perfect' put together friend. He also thinks that Nick will never love him because Nick is straight and Holly fears that revealing the truth will push him away.
Nick meets his future wife in college who detests Holly. This drives a wedge between the two men who go their own way.
The character of Holly is by far the most interesting. He is a damaged child/man who sees his only value is as a partying man whore who no one takes seriously. He goes from lover to lover (both male and female) and is bent on self-destruction due to his feelings of being lost and important to no one other than his mentally ill mother whom he took care of as a child, but who is now hospitalized and goes through periods of not knowing who he is. Holly feels as if this is the only person who has ever cared about him and that he is completely alone.
Nick is also dissatisfied with his life and keeps track of Holly behind his wife's back through tabloids on the internet which are sent to him by a mutual friend of the two men. Nick has always longed for Holly, but feels that he has to play by society's rules (wife,kids,career,etc...) mostly as a way to fullfill what he fills would be his deceased parent's wish for him. Thus he remains in a cold, loveless relationship despite his longing for his lost friend.
When Nick (through the tabloids) sees Holly spinning out of control he decides to take action. He flies to L.A. to save his friend who is clearly either on his way to death by suicide or overdose. Nick feels that Holly is the only one who has ever really made him feel important and that he can save, even though he is not in a position to save himself from a dying marriage.
The relationship between Nick and Holly is definitely co-dependent, but it's really not that simple. Both men have definite feelings of low self-worth and this is what keeps them apart from the beginning. While in college, Nick felt that he was too serious and uptight for the fun loving Holly who only flirted with him like he did everyone else and feared rejection if he were to let his feeling for Holly be known. This along with Holly's fear of rejection by the 'perfect' pulled together Nick is the thread that keeps running through the book until they come to the point where there feelings are eventually confronted.
The theme of rescuing is dominant throughout the book. While on the surface it seems that Holly cannot survive without someone taking care of him, Nick's 'rescue' is actually just the catalyst for Holly's eventual growing into a stronger more fullfilled person. He begins to confront the demons from his past and begins to see that there are more people who care for him than he thought. Holly needs to become stronger for himself before he can truly be in a relationship with anyone else.
Nick's life, on the other hand, begins to fall apart. He is forced to question his life decisions and realizes that the one who really needs rescuing is himself. It is only when everything he has built his life around begins to unravel that he has to question how he has lived his life based on what he is 'supposed' to be rather than who he really is.
Ultimately though it is the sheer devotion of feeling these two men have for each other which is at the heart of the book. Reading this book, you really feel the longing and desire that has lasted years between them but had never been realized. There is a dominant/submissive element to the book but it feels that it is not about sex, but rather an expression of innate tendancies within both men's personality that can only truly be recoqnized and fullfilled by each other. It really does seem that they are 2 halves of the same whole. This dynamic has been there from the beggining and seems as if this is what probably drew them together in the first place.
While there is steamy sexual tension in this book, untimately this is a passionate love story, a good one. (less)
I just found out this is now on Barnes and Noble. I had to buy it from the author's website! Oh well, now maybe it will get the wider audience it dese...moreI just found out this is now on Barnes and Noble. I had to buy it from the author's website! Oh well, now maybe it will get the wider audience it deserves.(less)
For me the fascinating part of the story is the 'am I you or are you me?' dynamic. This seems to be Anna Mayl...moreThis was a unusual and fascinating story.
For me the fascinating part of the story is the 'am I you or are you me?' dynamic. This seems to be Anna Mayle's first published work and I look forward to reading more. She has a distinctive point of view which sucks you into the story from the very beginning. I definitely think this book is worth reading for anyone who loves paranormal m/m fiction.(less)
I actually hated it for the very reason many others loved it. Maybe it is because I am such a fan of 'Breakfast at Tiffany' the movie and the book (wh...moreI actually hated it for the very reason many others loved it. Maybe it is because I am such a fan of 'Breakfast at Tiffany' the movie and the book (which is actually quite different) that it almost seems like blasphemy to rip it off this way! (Sorry if that's a little harsh, I guess I'm in a feisty mood!
For me it just wasn't original at all. There have been many takes on classics that I have enjoyed, simply because they were different enough to add a fresh spin. This book took the movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany' and literally copied it scene for scene except for making the couple two males and changing professions as well as a few small details.
The only reason I would check out the other books in the series is to see what other classic movies/books were ripped off. I guess if I feel a book is well written enough I can forgive almost anything. For me, this wasn't that book.
I hoped I haven't offended anyone who loves the book. I have several GR friends who do! Oh well, that's what debate is for! (less)
I read this book awhile ago and even though I rated it, I did not write a review. I keep coming across...more**spoiler alert** Actually I read it on my Nook
I read this book awhile ago and even though I rated it, I did not write a review. I keep coming across this cover though, and every time I see it I get more and more irritated! Not only is it super cheesy, it doesn't represent what the book is about at all. It makes me mad that such a sweet, funny and touching love story is represented as some kind of skeezy smut book about a young guy and a perverted older man (IMHO).
First of all the age difference is not as extreme as depicted. Tristan is 19 years old and Micheal is 28. That's 9 years not 25! If this book was about a man and a woman a lot of people wouldn't even bat an eye over the age difference. Add the fact that Tristan is preternaturally mature, the age difference actually seems rather small. Although Micheal who is a cop, was aware of his attraction to Tristan for two years he did nothing about it and was not hanging around waiting to make his move until Tristan was of age. I don't want to give too much away, but the meeting where feelings are revealed (on both parts) is accidental and not premeditated as to setting each other up to have a relationship or sex.
When reading this book I found that my this is my vision of Tristan and Micheal.
Eric Stoltz, the only redheaded guy I have ever found 'pretty'.
The scruffy but sexy Mark Ruffalo.
Okay, I know Micheal is supposed to be blonde, but this is who kept popping into my mind when I thought about him. Anyway, the age difference (at least as far as it looks) is much more realistic. To bad the cover could't at least portray that!
Okay, enough of my ranting. Crossing Borders is a book about real love in the face of uncontrollable circumstances. There is no backlash about 'coming out' but rather how two people navigate a relationship and try to find their happily ever after. This is Tristan's first relationship with another man and the question is whether 19 is too young to know the meaning of 'true love'. Micheal is 28 and has never been a player, all he really wants is someone he can share his life and love with. Both men fall 'head over heels' quickly and are tested in a way they can not possibly conceive of in the beginning.
'Crossing Borders' is also quite a funny book as well. Although Tristan and Micheal are the heart of the book, the supporting characters are incredibly well written. From Tristan's hilarious, obnoxious brothers to Micheal's crazy ex-hippy mother the dialogue is snappy, witty fun.
What I really find refreshing is that both Tristan and Micheal are good guys without too much angst or drama. Tristan can be a smart ass but it is clear that he is a kind, loving person who matches Micheal perfectly. Micheal is more settled and is protective (to a fault) of those he loves. In many ways Michael is as inexperienced as Tristan in matters of love. Introduced to his first sexual experience in a degrading way he has also never experienced a nurturing, loving relationship. The two come together as partners and equals there is no dominant/submissive role both men share their feelings and thoughts with each other and yes the sex is pretty hot!
You find yourself really caring for both men from the very beginning. You root for their HEA even though on paper it seems that maybe their differences are too big to overcome. Actually that is why they do work as a couple. They are individuals not stereotypes. Their similarities regarding values really is what keeps them together. They are both romantics who see in each other their soul mates and by getting to know them, the reader becomes very unlikely to disagree.
This is in no way a boring book! It has moments of real steam and heartache as well. It is one of those books that is capable of breaking your heart, but is also capable to putting it back together in a fulfilling and satisfying way. It does not end with the standard 'happily ever after' but is true to the story in the way it realistically portrays the great unknown that lies ahead. However it seems possible that they may end up together forever if not at least for a very long time.
So my advice is forget the cover and be prepared to be taken away by a love story that is sweet, sexy, heartbreaking and real. (less)