Harborside Nights - (A Sexy Standalone M/M Romance)
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Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, hot alphas. One injured war hero, one who loved and lost. Both struggling for a future not bound by their painful pasts.
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.
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 with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.
This is book #3 in the Harborside Nights series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. Since it may contain spoilers, I recommend reading the series in order.
Tristan & Alex meet, and it is not by chance. Tristan is taking a break from men, though. He is seriously attracted to Alex, and the feeling it mutual. Will he take a chance?
Alex being just back from the military, trying to start the next part of his life goes looking for Tristan. He has heard so much about him he already knows him. After meeting him, he is convinced it was right.
This series is has such a cast of characters. They are all so amazing. This book was full of several, and it made it just like home. The story is really rich with heart, heat & fun. I was pleased with being able to laugh and cry. I cannot wait to hear about these guys in future books.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
A happily-ever-after when you're not looking for it.
We get to know Tristan in the previous books in the Harborside Nights series, but really get to dig into what makes him tick in his story. Tristan is a sensitive man who isn't looking for his happily-ever-after when he walks into the bar. He's confident in his sexuality and his feelings for Alex, but struggles with how Alex is dealing with his transition to civilian life.
I love Alex. He's also confident in his sexuality but struggles with how to act in an environment where it is not frowned upon. He isn't ashamed of his relationship with Tristan, but he can't change the behaviors that have been drilled into him for his entire military career. He fits well into Tristan's circle of friends and accepts that he isn't going to change his relationship with them because Alex is now part of his life.
I love how the two of them work together to establish Alex's life in Harborside and adjust to his grandmother's death. The one struggle I had is that I felt like their relationship didn't hit many speed bumps. Other than Alex's behavior with Tristan while in a military environment, their relationship was pretty smooth sailing the entire time. I wish there would have been a bit more that they needed to struggle through on the way to their happily-ever-after. But all in all, a great love story with a happily-ever-after, showing a realistic depiction of a gay couple dealing with real-life struggles of how the world accepts them.
Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
A must read book!
This is a wonderful story to continue the Harborside Nights series. I've been waiting for Tristan's story since Catching Cassidy and once again Melissa did not disappoint. This is a wonderful love story. Even if you've never read a M/M book before you need to read this one. Keep your mind and heart open. Tristan and Alex are just like any M/F couple and all they want is to love and be loved, they just happen to be men. Melissa does an amazing job of writing her characters so that you get wrapped up in their lives right along with them. When they hurt you hurt. When they fall in love you fall just as hard if not harder. Tristan and Alex are no different. Their story is emotional, thought provoking and sexy as hell. There are sex scenes but they aren't done for shock value they go with the story and the emotions and feelings that Tristan and Alex have for each other. If you are a Melissa Foster fan already or you have never read one of her books (Um, where have you been hiding?) this is a must read book!!!!