Review: Tempting Tristan (Harborside Nights #3) by Melissa Foster
TRISTAN AND ALEX
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.
DNF - 41%
Melissa Foster is a new to me author who is dipping her pen into the m/m side of romance. It's obvious here the type of story she possibly writes as this opened up and read like a stereotypical new adult hetero romance. The story is also one of many in a combined series where characters show up with history that is mentioned but glossed over in the way that it felt was intentional to get you to read the other books. Maybe? I dunno. That’s just what I got. There are many instances where the reader is reminded that the MC’s are indeed men, are tough and yes, are gay. That they want to claim one another, even from women and the sheer amount of topping vs bottoming dialogue was enough to make my ass clench.
I don’t want to sound like a negative Nanny so I will keep this short. I think this could be one of those books that can bring a standard hetero romance reader over to the side of m/m and possibly was written for fans of the author. This just did not do it for me. I tried to just scratch my head and move on to find out how things would end up. Would Tristan take it slow after his past relationship and when would Alex open up about his past, his leg and really let himself properly grieve for the loss of this grandmother without guilt? I will never know but I do know that there are too many books to read to spend time forcing my way through one that doesn’t do it for me.
I’m safing out of this one.
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