Reawaken (Under My Skin #2)

Title: Reawaken (Under My Skin #2)
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 2nd 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 232 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Losing his adoring husband shattered Tristan Rogers’s world. For the past few years, he’s been going through the motions, running their dog grooming business while hiding the loneliness he feels down to his bones. When he witnesses an ugly breakup between a pretentious customer and his boyfriend, Tristan can’t help but intervene. Something about the unassuming younger man calls to him, and he can’t help wondering if he’s experienced some heartache of his own.

Life took a tragic turn for Jonas “West” Hollis as a teen, and he’s felt indebted to his overbearing lover ever since. Tristan’s kindness draws him from the start, but with his dreams finally in reach, West can’t risk getting close to someone else. Not now that he can live his life and stand on his own merit.

From innocent texts to companionable rides on Tristan’s boat, what starts as an unexpected friendship between the men sparks into undeniable attraction. Neither are ready for anything deeper than a couple of passionate nights wrapped in each other’s arms but their connection becomes too intense for either to ignore. If Tristan and West want to heal their broken hearts, they’ll need a considerable amount of trust and courage—not only in themselves but also each other.

Reawaken by Christina Lee is the emotional story of two men with tragic pasts who help each other. Tristan is still healing from the loss of his husband a few years back, and West is learning to stand on his own after leaving a suffocating relationship.

What I loved:

-Fleshed out main characters.
-Emotionally gripping story.
-A delicious friends to lovers slow burn romance. The relationship development felt natural, realistic. It moved at the pace that was adequate for them.
-Tristan’s and West’s phone calls. I loved the subtle banter they started as that grew into more.
-I much appreciated that Tristan’s deceased husband never became a ghost that stood between or overtook the story.
-Their chemistry. Once they got together… smokin’!
-And the end, it left me full of hope.

Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, it can.

All in all, this touching story about loss, trust, healing, and love is not one to be missed. 4.5 Stars!

His very presence reawakened something inside me- that fragile thing fluttering its damaged wings, longing to take flight and finally soar.

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Galley copy of Reawaken (Under My Skin, #2) provided by Christina Lee in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant