Tempting Tristan (Gigi’s Review)

Tempting Tristin
Title: Tempting Tristan
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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.

Hurt/healing/comfort with a military man? My crack! I can’t get enough. And Alex is having a tough time with his PTSD and physical injuries. A Really tough time. Enter Tristan! Sweet and funny and sexy and perfect. He has Alex’s number and works his healing/comfort charm all over the man. Delightful.

But, let’s talk about insta-love for a minute. Insta-love really really works for me in paranormal shifter/mate books. The heroes lock eyes and smell their mate’s pheromones and they are off to the races. Sexy. As. Fuck. Insta-love sometimes works for me in fantasy romance. The white knight rescues the damsel in distress and an instant connection is formed. Insta-love in contemporary romance? No. Not my thing.

A large part of the excitement in reading a contemporary romance is watching the heroes fall in love. They find adorable things they like about each other. They start to share common experiences. The relationship grows into love and the journey is as much fun as the outcome. And it has nothing to do with sex. Heroes can be humping like bunnies before they fall in love and that 100% works for me! Giddy-up!

Tristan and Alex after one week of knowing each other:

We will see. One day you’ll spin around and six months will have passed. Then you’ll spin around again, and two years will have passed. Then you’ll be old and gray, and I’ll still be right there by your side, proving to you that you can trust me.


Tempting Tristan didn’t give us that relationship exploration period and I felt a bit cheated by that.

The sex? Hot and plentiful:

I spread my legs wider, planting them firmly so he can take me harder. He releases my hand and grabs my hair, tugging my head back and craning my neck as he claims my mouth. Every slick of his tongue competes with the magnificent thrusts of his hard-as-steel shaft and the pump of his fist on my cock.

I liked this storyline and loved the sex, but the insta-love was enough of a turnoff to drop my rating down to a 3. If insta-love is your thing, this is a great book for you. I can recommend it wholeheartedly. But if you share my feelings about insta-love in contemporary romance, you’ll want to skip this one.

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Galley copy of Tempting Tristan provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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