Tempting Tristan (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Tempting Tristan (Haborside Nights)
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, ex-military, anguish, PTSD, Alpha makes
Page Count: 300 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

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.

This is an amazing story that would best described as overcoming our worst fears. That is. Exactly what both the main characters of this book had to do. It was truly an incredible journey that was full of fear, lust, trust, some heartache, love, and acceptance. I am so glad I read this book and was able to take this journey with Tristan and Alex. Theirs is a story that proves love can overcome anything including fear.

Alex is the typical military man. He is hard as nails. He has the bad boy persona. And he also has the mentality that has been drilled into his head the eight years that he was in the military. That mentality goes along the lines that you cannot be openly gay in front of other military personnel.

I truly believe that Alex wants to change his fears about being out and proud in front of his brothers in arms but that fear is so far ingrained into his head that he truly does have a hard time with it. But not only that but he has the fear that his scars on both the inside and outside are too much for any one else to handle. Add that to the guilt he feels about not being able to attend his grandmothers funeral because of being in the hospital and Alex’s head is extremely messed up.

Tristan has his own fears of being continually used by other men because that is what he seems to pick every time he gets in a relationship with someone. He ends up hurt and heart broken and has decided it is time to give up on relationships all together for a while and work on him. But that all goes up in smoke as soon as he meets Alex.

I truly believe that some people are made to complete the other person and that there is no one else out in the world that can do that. That is what I think about Tristan and Alex. Yes they have their issues and they have their ups and downs but they are perfect together. They are not perfect by far but they are perfect for each other.

This book was such an amazing read and I found that I could not and did not want to put this book down when I started reading it earlier. I could not wait to see how things were going to turn out between Tristan and Alex. I was routing for Alex and Tristan through the whole book and was praying that they would both be able to get over their fears. Melissa Foster truly did an incredible job on this book and should be very proud of it!!! I look forward to reading more books by Melissa in the future.

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Galley copy of Tempting Tristan (Harborside Nights) provided by world Literary Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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