badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar…
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.
“Can I ask you something? You don’t have to answer.”
Tristan shrugs. “Have at it.”
“Why were you taking a break? I get that your ex was a prick, but is there more to it?”
He looks down the street, across the street, and then his hand cruises through his hair as it has so often that I’ve already come to expect it when he’s nervous.
“Ian was a prick, but the rest is going to make me sound like a pussy,” he admits.
“I’ve only known you a day, and I already know nothing can make you sound like a pussy.”
He meets my gaze, and his jaw tightens. He lifts his chin and I recognize the struggle between feeling proud and worrying about looking weak. I fight that battle on a daily basis.
“I give away my heart too easily, and I end up getting hurt.”
His eyes never leave mine, and that trust, that confidence, is the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen.
“I was right. Nothing can make you sound like a pussy.” I slide my hand to the hard ridge of his jaw and lean in closer. “I’ve never given my heart away. That makes you braver than me.”
4 of 5 Stars
This is my first Melissa Foster novel so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It definitely can be read as a standalone although the characters from other books are in this one as well. I was fully expecting this book to rip my heart out as Alex heals from all his wounds and while these guys do have some work to help Alex heal, it wasn’t as painful as I anticipated.
I am not a fan of insta-love and although other reviewers felt this book was even faster than that, it didn’t bother me in this book. I think these two already knew enough about each other the instant feelings were based on that and bolstered by their shared connection to Alex’s grandmother. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts. They each clearly needed the other to heal. They were really great together. I loved that the angst between them was short lived and quickly resolved. I don’t like the angst built on miscommunication or a lack of communication which could have easily happened here.
The writing is good as is the supporting cast. This book is not earth shattering but is full of emotions. If you need a quick read that is heavy on the sappy romance, this is a great book for that.