#Review — Regret (Under My Skin) #1 Christina Lee ~ Available Now!
Series: Under My Skin #1
Author: Christina Lee
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet.
Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on.
Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out.
As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart.
Christina Lee never disappoints pulling every emotion from your gut while reading her words and Regret will do that tenfold.
I was consumed by Nick and Brin—in the zone—as their story was unfolding before me, and, all of a sudden, I realized I had tears pouring down my face. I reached over to grab tissues nearby and as I looked up my husband was watching me with this bewildered look on "what is wrong with you?" and was shaking his head, LOL
That's what this author does! She sucks you in and these characters are your friends, people you care about and become highly invested in and everything around you exists outside of that.
The blurb explains the story and I'm not going to go into it for fear of spoiling anything other than to say these two are incredible together, their chemistry is explosive and their connection is soul deep.
Regret is heart-wrenching in places but it also shows the power of forgiveness, second chances and never giving up on love. Love has the power to heal so many things, so many deep wounds if you are willing to open yourself up and allow someone in.
Nick feels unworthy and he has his reasons but Brin is like a beacon shining in the night just waiting for Nick to see and find his way home. So beautiful!
Even though there may have been tears, there are also many laugh-out-loud moments and just overall joy as we watch Nick and Brin fall in love with Tallula, a foster dog, and I loved the moments with Nick's mom and that she, too, was having her second chance.
Regret is amazingly written, powerfully emotional, intensely sexy as only Christina Lee knows how to do and highly recommended.
* I was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review *
Meet the author
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer.
Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.
She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.