Title: Regret (Under My Skin, #1)
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 26th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 3287 kindle locations
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
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.
Regret (Under My Skin, #1) by Christina Lee is the second chance romance, enemies to lovers story of Brin and Nick. After being temporarily displaced from his place, Brin decides to bunk with his friend Elijah and his roommate Nick. He never imagined that Elijah’s Nick was his Nick from high school. From the first moment, they laid eyes on each other again all those old hurts, resentment, and longings came back. But would Brin be able to see past his pain? And could Nick allow himself to move on?
What I loved:
-Nick and Brin. Nick was complicated and carrying the world on his shoulders. I hurt for him- I can’t imagine moving past what happened. I think Ms. Lee did an outstanding job with him, his past, and the glimpse she gave us of his future. Brin, once it came down to it, his heart shone through.
-Chemistry. These two were electrifying together!
-Narration. I’m so glad the story was told from alternating POVs allowing the readers to see both their perspectives.
-Angst. This book hurt. The whole time we pretty much know who was involved in the big secret- but in no way was I prepared. It hurts just to think about.
-The secondary cast. They were just awesome and were a great support system for the boys.
-The end- it was emotionally satisfying and left me wanting and wondering: who’s next?
All in all, this was a great start to Christina Lee’s new series. Regret was heartbreaking but also full hope and beautifully written.