Melissa Foster on the blog today with the third book in her Harborside Nghts series. Please read on for my review, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought, read the excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a print copy of TEMPTING TRISTAN
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.
Title: Tempting Tristan
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: Harborside Nights #3
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary LBGTQ Romance, Male / Male
Published by: EverAfter Romance
Published on: 19 October, 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alpha heroes. TRISTAN AND ALEX
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.
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A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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