Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas. One injured war hero, one who loved and lost. Both struggling for a future not bound by their painful pasts.
Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try to figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault--he leads with his heart, not his head--and that's never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he's beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...
Alex has spent eight years in the army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He's guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star for the incident that nearly cost him his life--and kept him from his grandmother's funeral. But all he wants to do is live the life he's always dreamed of and forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn't necessarily accept.
The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together, the hotter the flames burn. But the closer they become, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.
"Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" New York Times Bestseller Lauren Blakely
"With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" New York Times Bestseller Julie Kenner
HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as "summer" friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They're tough, edgy, and accepting--most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
A happily-ever-after when you're not looking for it.
We get to know Tristan in the previous books in the Harborside Nights series, but really get to dig into what makes him tick in his story. Tristan is a sensitive man who isn't looking for his happily-ever-after when he walks into the bar. He's confident in his sexuality and his feelings for Alex, but struggles with how Alex is dealing with his transition to civilian life.
I love Alex. He's also confident in his sexuality but struggles with how to act in an environment where it is not frowned upon. He isn't ashamed of his relationship with Tristan, but he can't change the behaviors that have been drilled into him for his entire military career. He fits well into Tristan's circle of friends and accepts that he isn't going to change his relationship with them because Alex is now part of his life.
I love how the two of them work together to establish Alex's life in Harborside and adjust to his grandmother's death. The one struggle I had is that I felt like their relationship didn't hit many speed bumps. Other than Alex's behavior with Tristan while in a military environment, their relationship was pretty smooth sailing the entire time. I wish there would have been a bit more that they needed to struggle through on the way to their happily-ever-after. But all in all, a great love story with a happily-ever-after, showing a realistic depiction of a gay couple dealing with real-life struggles of how the world accepts them.
Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
wonderfully plotted and developed romance for everyone
A bit of a change from what I know of Foster’s writing, this book is a male-male romance, perfect for those who are unsure about that combination in their romance. Love is love, and the combination of Tristan and Alex set out to show you that love is universal, and everything else is simply unimportant.
Tristan is recovering from yet another bad relationship, stepping away from the whole “I need someone” moments while he tries to decide why no one can love him wholeheartedly, like he does. Tristan is that guy who is there for friends and family, always, and the one you should be pleased to have in your corner.
Alex – so broken yet so in need of uncomplicated and uncompromising love, that sort of love and acceptance given without asking anything in return. A former military man, recipient of a Silver Star and recovering from injuries, he’s guilty, angry, depressed and struggling to find his next move. Most of all, he’s not sure that he can risk that instant spark he felt when meeting Tristan.
Here is where the story excels: developing the push-pull between the two, a gentle friendship that allows both men to open up and deal with their pasts. Starting simply with Alex’s gentle encouragement, he pushes Tristan to speak his desires and stand up for what he wants…something Tristan didn’t always do. For his part, Tristan is that gentle and subtle presence for Alex, allowing him the space to face his own demons knowing that no judgement will come. Two broken men who find the courage to step forward from their past and into a future, together.
Emotionally these two are struggling with being available and open to one another, but Foster reveals their insecurities and hearts so well that you can’t help but empathize. You want to see Tristan and Alex find a way through it all, to allow their palpable connection that you feel and see as a reader to become the most important thing to them both. When they do grab that chance – readers (and they) are more than ready for the fireworks, and it feels natural and logical. I wanted the best for these two, and together, living and loving, is the best. A wonderfully plotted and developed romance for everyone, and the perfect opportunity for those who have never read a male-male romance to dip their toes in.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions and expectations are my own responsibility.
I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a M/M romance as much as this one. I adore Melissa Foster's many amazing stories but she's truly outdone herself with Tristan and Alex. It's beyond sexy, romantic, emotional and so very real. Issues dealt with are complicated but workable. I love the fact that these two are both gorgeous and sexy alpha men and yet their emotions are real and down to earth.
The awesome well developed characters inside this story makes you want to read everyone of their tales over and over to make sure you didn't miss any of the juicy details. Harborside Nights is a fabulous series and I can't wait to read more.