Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey, Michael Stokes
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/19/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
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 Melissa Foster’s first MM novel and while it wasn’t an awesome book it was pretty good for her first time in the genre.
Tempting Tristan had interesting characters with Tristan and Alex and their chemistry was rather strong. Unfortunately I was expecting a little more angst and drama and there just wasn’t much of that.
Though I liked Tristan I didn’t feel like I really knew him. I guess he’s appeared in other books in the series. Maybe he had his character development there because it was a little lacking in this book. I got the basics of his characters but didn’t get a deep connection.
I did like that Tristan and Alex communicated with each other when it was needed instead of doing the cliché thing of not talking when things get tough.
Overall this was a satisfying and light hearted romance. Not the type of story I normally go for but the writing is strong and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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