Title: Redeem (Under My Skin #4)
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 26th 2019
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Successful financial analyst Michael Walsh leads a picture-perfect life that anyone would envy—unless they caught a glimpse beneath the surface. Haunted by failed relationships and self-doubt, Michael harbors a soul-deep loneliness that no number of casual hookups can fulfill. So why can’t he stop thinking about his New Year’s fling with a man whose quiet desperation matched his own?
Barista Stewart Jenkins has an abysmal track record with relationships, and no matter how hard he tries to keep things tightly under wraps, his life is spinning out of control. His hookup with the gorgeous Michael was only supposed to be sex—hot, dirty, uncomplicated—but that small taste leaves him yearning for more.
Every no-strings encounter that follows between Michael and Stewart peels away more layers, blurring the lines, until they’re left with a raw tenderness and acceptance they both crave. A relationship seems out of the question—they come from drastically different lives and are plagued by inexcusable sins. Being vulnerable is sure to reveal old wounds, and forgiveness seems out of reach, unless they can find a way around their fears on the road to redemption.
Two anti-heroes for the price of one.
Loved, loved, loved Redeem by Christina Lee. Everything about it worked.
-Sexy (DIRTY. TALK)
Why unlikely? If you read previous installments of the Under My Skin series, you may remember Michael and Stewart. They were the asshole exes from Reawaken (#2) and Reclaim (#3). While, I knew Christina Lee could redeem them- never did I think she’d redeem them together.
As mentioned above, this book is sexy as all hell; like seriously, I thought my iPad mini might catch on fire, there was so much more to this book than just sex. This book was about second chances, believing in yourself- leaving behind old hurts and learning from them. I found myself moved and without realizing I had tears rolling down. It felt genuine and relatable. I don’t know of one person who hasn’t at some point worked to improve themselves- including me. None of us perfect.
I actually have gone back and re-read some of my favorite parts already.
Way to finish off the series with a bang and this is my new favorite by this author.
++Side note: Can this be read as a standalone? Yes, but I think to truly catch the essence of the story reading books 2 and 3 would be best.