Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Release Day Review: TEMPTING TRISTAN by Melissa Foster (Harborside Nights)-Includes Excerpts & Giveaway!

Tempting Tristan (A Sexy Standalone M/M Romance)
Series: Harborside Nights
Author: Melissa Foster
Release Date: October 19, 2016

Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas.

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.


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 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 J. Kenner

We step forward at the same time, and he presses his rough hand to my cheek. “I don’t know what kind of p*ssies you went out with before, but I wanted to f*cking claim you in there.”

He slides a hand around my waist, tugging our bodies together. I feel every hard inch of him, and he’s got me so hot I’m sure we’re going to combust.

“I’ve spent almost nine years hiding who I am, and I’m not willing to do it anymore,” he says through clenched teeth. “Not here, where I came to start over. Where I came to live on my terms without the goddamn military hanging over my head.”

“I have no interest in hiding,” I assure him.

“You’re sure? Because I really want to kiss you right now, and I don’t care who sees us.”

I respond by pulling his mouth to mine, my break from men long forgotten. We stumble backward, crashing into the railing, fighting for dominance as we did yesterday morning. The passion between us has a life of its own. My hands claw over his ass, up his back. I want to strip him down and take all of him. I want to discover why he’s so rough and learn what about those shadows that are lurking behind his gorgeous eyes. Instead I take, and give, and take more of the angry kisses. When we finally tear our mouths apart, my body’s still reeling, and we both curse under our breaths.

“Okay?” he pants out.

I nod, knowing if I open my mouth, I want to f*ck you, is going to come out.

One thing I know when I pick up a book by Melissa Foster-I’m going to get a good, solid story with excellent writing and characters I want to keep for myself.  That is definitely the case here in Tempting Tristan…I want to climb into this world and never let these two go.

Tristan and Alex have an intense instant connection that immediately feels natural and comfortable. My favorite thing about this story is their connection and how thoroughly they fall for each other-regardless of the fact that it is blatantly insta-love.  Heck, maybe even because of that, and I’m not normally a fan of insta-love outside of paranormal/fated mate stories.  With Tristan and Alex, it just works for me.  Everything between them is scorching hot, full of instant blazing chemistry and undeniable need.

They both have things in their past to complicate their relationship-Tristan with a prior relationship gone bad and Alex with his injury from serving in the military and the resentment he continues to carry from having to hide his sexuality (not out of necessity, but as a personal choice to make his life easier).  Each provides a catalyst for drama, Alex’s issue more so than Tristan’s.  The way Alex continued to fall into hiding mode when it came to anything military was a bit frustrating, but it was also part of his particular journey in this story.

While Tempting Tristan is part of the Harborside Nights series, it most certainly can be read as a standalone.  While characters from the previous books do appear in this book, their pasts are not central to this story and it will not affect your enjoyment of this story if you have not read the other books (like I haven’t).  Besides, Tristan and Alex will be doing enough to keep your attention ;-)

4 solid stars for Tempting Tristan, and I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys M/M contemporary romance with a good dose of steam in the intimate scenes.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.

“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 p*ssy,” he admits.

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

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 p*ssy.” 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.”

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. 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. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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1 comment:

  1. I guess you enjoyed Alex and Tristan if you didn't want to let them go! Thank you for your amazing review. So happy you enjoyed it OXOXO