Tempting Tristan: Harborside Nights #3 by Melissa Foster

Tempting Tristan: Harborside Nights #3 by Melissa Foster

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

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.

Tempting Tristan: Harborside Nights #3 by Melissa Foster

Title: Tempting Tristan
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: Harborside Nights #3
Genre: 18+ Read, Contemporary LBGTQ Romance, Male / Male
Published by: EverAfter Romance
ISBN: 9781311293640
Published on: 19 October, 2016
Source: Author via Tour Company
Pages: 266
Rated: four-stars
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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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“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer.”

Tristan shrugs. “Have at it.”

“Why were you taking a break? I get that your ex was a prick, but is there more to it?”

He looks down the street, across the street, and then his hand cruises through his hair as it has so often that I’ve already come to expect it when he’s nervous.

“Ian was a prick, but the rest is going to make me sound like a pussy,” he admits.

“I’ve only known you a day, and I already know nothing can make you sound like a pussy.”

He meets my gaze, and his jaw tightens. He lifts his chin and I recognize the struggle between feeling proud and worrying about looking weak. I fight that battle on a daily basis.

“I give away my heart too easily, and I end up getting hurt.”

His eyes never leave mine, and that trust, that confidence, is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.

“I was right. Nothing can make you sound like a pussy.” I slide my hand to the hard ridge of his jaw and lean in closer. “I’ve never given my heart away. That makes you braver than me.”



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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

4 responses to “Tempting Tristan: Harborside Nights #3 by Melissa Foster

  1. Thank you for recommending Tempting Tristan to your followers! I’m so happy you enjoyed Alex and Tristan. I can tell how much you enjoyed their story. XOXO