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A M/M Contemporary Romance
Harborside Nights #3
Releasing Oct 19th, 2016
World Literary Press
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.
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Tempting Tristan is the third book in author Melissa Foster's Harborside Nights series. Since this is my third trip to this picturesque seaside town, I've already met and liked Tristan. He's a good guy with a big heart which seems to get hurt often from being with the wrong guy. This time around, my favorite Taproom restaurant bartender is taking a break from guys and dating. That is until Alex comes into the bar. The wounded soldier with PTSD issues is hot and very tempting to Tristan but since he's supposed to be on 'dating vakay', he tries to keep his distance. Alex, very much the alpha, has some issues to deal with, including anger, and both guys are instantly drawn to one another. Can Tristan keep to himself? Guess what happens.
I've enjoyed this series and as much as I liked this one--especially with the fabulous chemistry between the guys--I found some areas lacking and others rushed. Insta-love is okay in YA but I do expect more when it comes to adult relationships, especially when one half of the couple is either broken or damaged. I didn't find the characters and their relationship as well developed as in the first two books. I had a hard time really championing these two. As much as I like Tristan, his character seemed almost too-together, too Mr. Perfect here. I also wondered about conflict, about their problems, their issues, and how things seemed to come together too soon. As for the plot, points were introduced and then didn't seem to go anywhere.
Writing sexy, romantic scenes to curl the reader's toes is one of Foster's strongest talents and, once again, I thought this couple's 'sizzle' was off the charts. Their chemistry could burn the book pages. Unfortunately, chemistry and sex aren't the only ingredients in a successful contemporary romance. Besides conflict, drama, angst, build-up, along with solution or resolution, we need to watch the couple do one important thing: fall in love. There wasn't enough of that. I needed more to get behind Tristan and Alex. Even with their alternating POV's, I didn't get inside their heads enough to truly feel for them.
It was great to see characters from the other books here and find out how they're faring. The bottom line is my stay in Harborside wasn't as good as my other trips, but I'm a fan of the author and I don't think one bump will keep me from returning in the future.
Cover comment: Typical shirtless guy
Book source: I wanted to read and review the ARC I received.
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.