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Saturday, 22 October 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, EXCERPT, & #GIVEAWAY - Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster




Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alpha heroes.


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.

"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 Julie Kenner

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.

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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.”


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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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Tristan is off men. Ian broke his heart and Tristan needs to recover from that. Alex arrives in town, and for Tristan, all bets are off. But Alex is, in his own words, less of a man than he was. And Alex came back to his grandmother's home to find himself again. He just didn't factor in Tristan and the connection the two of them share.

Ok, so! Those of you who follow my reviews will know that I DO NOT like first person/present tense/multiple POV books. Lord knows, I say it often enough and I've dumped many a book in the first few pages once I realise they are written this way. But I NEED to say this...


I don't, it didn't bother me, and I was way past a third of the book before I even clicked it was written this way!! No idea why it didn't register sooner, either. Each change is clearly headed, usually at chapter change, but even when it happened mid-chapter, I didn't mind it, not at all! 

Alex is damaged, emotionally and physically by his time in the army. He came to his grandmother's home after her death to recover and find himself again. Tristan has lived in town all his life, and helped run errands for Arty, so Alex and Tristan have a connection straight away. But that connection runs deep and powerful and hot and heavy right from the start. And I loved that! 

I loved that Tristan gave all, his heart, his soul, his very being, hard and fast and I loved that it was Alex who said those magic words first, not Tristan. I loved how, while pushing Alex to get over that which was drummed into him while in the army, he let Alex do it at his own pace. Sounds odd, I know, but it really was amazing to read these two coming together.

I loved that Tristan's friends were the ones to make him see when he had a little blip about what Alex did at the hospital, throwing his own words back at him.

I loved the collection of friends. This is book three in the series, and while I did not miss anything by not reading those other two books, I WANT to. I want to hear what Tristan is like BEFORE Alex, and what Ian really did to him. Because I WANT to though, not because I need to. I do, however, NEED to read any future books. I want Charley to find her forever man, and I want to see who finally lands Brandon!

Because I read it in one sitting, and despite the first person/present tense/multi POV....

5 full and shiny stars.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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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 and new adult romance, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. 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 and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.
Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes!! I'm so excited that you fell in love with the whole group! I hope you do get a chance to read the others. Thank you for your amazing review XOXO