Author Spotlight-Tristan Cruz

“You can’t cross the ocean by staring at the waves.”

The Space Between by Tristan Cruz is an original yet thrilling twist on the star-crossed lovers theme. The story follows lovers Jack and Maddy as they both come to terms with painful pasts and try to recreate a new life with each other. Told in first person with alternating points of view by Jack and Maddy, Tristan is an expert at drawing the readers into the characters’ pains and joys. And the playful, lighthearted, and often sarcastic banter between the characters dilutes the syrupy sweetness that you often find in romance novels.

When Maddy first spots Jack when he is working as a contractor at her home, she is certain that he is the same man who had saved her life nine years earlier. As the two fall deeper in love, Jack’s past catches up with him. The reader can feel Jack’s pain as he struggles with the dilemma of hiding forever with the woman he loves or seeking vengeance on those who have caused him so much harm. The sex scenes are sensual and erotic but not pornographic.

Cruz’ writing style is wordy (like John Steinbeck wordy), but his words are like poetry and music, which negates the excessive wordiness. The major themes that Cruz explores are loss and grief (each one of the major characters in the novel has lost someone they loved), letting go, and moving on. Other themes include police corruption, independence, justice, and cowardice vs. bravery.

Cruz’ work is  pure, raw emotion that will take the reader (in the author’s word word) “to places [you] have never been before.” He was right; very rarely have I felt so emotionally satisfied after reading a novel. Well done, Mr. Cruz. You definitely have a future in writing.

Oh, and by the way, Tristan Cruz is also extremely smoking hot :).

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