Harborside Nights Series #3
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing October 19, 2016
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.
We step forward at the same time, and he presses his rough hand to my cheek. “I don’t know what kind of pussies you went out with before, but I wanted to fucking 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 fuck you, is going to come out.
OH how I was looking forward to Tristan’s story. I love a good M/M romance and Melissa Foster can always deliver on a good story-line with likeable and relatable characters. That didn’t change with Tempting Tristan: Tristan Brewer but it also didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
This is what I like to refer to as a sexually driven story. It means our leads are connected by their sexual attraction more than their intellectual one. Tristan and Alex jumped on their attraction almost immediately. While that can be a great thing (and it kinda was **swoon**), it automatically throws a story into the insta lust/love category and a HEA is a little harder to pull off.
Tristan and Alex both have baggage in their past that doesn’t allow for trust easily. And then the baggage just seemed to disappear. I struggled a lot with this part of the story because it felt glossed over. It felt as if the struggle that should have been frontal in the story just sorta happened without the reader being a part of it. It doesn’t make for a bad book, just unrealistic a bit. Sex just doesn’t solve problems in the real world and altho I know this is fiction, it still needs to hold a sense of realism for me.
A few things I can appreciate is that their journey was very low on the drama/angst scale which is very rare for an M/M romance. Tristan and Alex also were very very sexy 🙂 I can really appreciate that! LOL
One last thing I want to say is … Melissa Foster is new to the gay romance world. This is my second book in the genre I have read by her and I have to give her props for stepping outside her mainstream and trying something new. In my opinion, it’s a commendable start that will only get better and better the more she writes it. I hope she keeps going on this trend of diversity.
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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.