Title: Tempting Tristan
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.
Author: Melissa Foster
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Chased by Love, Crushing on Love, Tru Blue
Series: Harborside Nights #3
Published by Smashwords Source: Author
Published: October 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Male Male Romance
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Let me start by saying – Melissa Foster is a good writer. Her technique is excellent, polished and entertaining. Tempting Tristan is interesting and well developed.
I liked Tristan and Alex though I didn’t love them. Alex was my favorite. He’s complex and his internal struggles makes for an intriguing story. While I’ve been in the military, I don’t even have a clue what inner turmoil gay service members deal with. Alex’s problems seem believable and realistic. As if that’s not enough, he comes home physically damaged after a horrendous ordeal in addition to the normal stresses of being in a war zone. Combined it makes for a shit-ton of emotional damage to deal with. I love that he is a bad-ass hero and the story of his actions is certainly Silver Star worthy. That his love for Tristan enables him to work through his ghosts in a short amount of time was horribly romantic but to me too simplistic. Having Tristan provide his perception of Alex’s issues made it harder for me to see Alex’s progression. I think the entire novel might have worked better for me from just Alex’s point of view.
We never know how exactly Tristan was hurt by his past boyfriends, specifically the most recent, but he’s been a self-acknowledged doormat for men. Foster tries to show him becoming more assertive through his relationship with Alex. I wanted to see him grow but I wasn’t convinced.
This wasn’t my favorite Foster book but it was certainly worth reading and I remain a fan.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented.
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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.”