Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Tempting Tristan (Harborside Nights #3) by Melissa Foster

"I've spent almost nine years hiding who I am, and I'm not willing to do it anymore." - Alex Wells

Tempting Tristan
Series: Harborside Nights Series #3
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review

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Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and 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 forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, 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.

Confession time... I've never read a M/M romance. Sure, I've read many M/M/F and M/F/M, but never exclusively M/M. When I first wanted to branch out a bit, I heard that it is best to explore with an author that you are familiar with and one that you trust will write a romance that'll keep you entertained. And of course, wild horses can't keep me from a new Melissa Foster book. Tempting Tristan became the perfect opportunity to step out of the box. While this is not the first same sex romance in Foster's Harborside Nights, it was my first. To be completely honest, there were moments where I felt a bit uncomfortable, but that's to be expected when you try something new. Once I was able to settle in, that was all I needed for it to be another fabulous romance from Melissa. I love authors that take risks to keep things fresh. If you're like me and you've read most of her books, stepping into Tristan and Alex's romance was a bit of a palate cleanser. In a way, Tempting Tristan rejuvenated Melissa's writing for me. It gave her writing a new depth, one that I'm really excited to see more of in the future. I guess if I were to follow my tradition and pick a saying for Tempting Tristan, I'd go with follow your heart. Tristan and Alex took risks to follow theirs and it worked out for them. As for you, if you're wanting to try something new, follow your heart and find an author that'll help you explore romances that you may have never thought to try before.

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. 


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely review!

  2. Your review means so much to me. Thank you for trusting in me and taking a risk, and I'm SO HAPPY you enjoyed it XOXO