Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Regret by Christina Lee

Title: Regret
Author: Christina Lee
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Under My Skin #1
Main Characters: Brin and Nick
Release Date: June 2017
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
There is a complex history between Nick and Brin. The thing is...Brin doesn't even know the full story about it, which makes things so awkward when Brin finds himself as Nick's roommate. As far as Brin is concerned, there is no forgiveness for what Nick did in high school.

But Nick does have an excuse...and it VERY, VERY slowly unfolds throughout the story. That's the best thing about how this book is written. There's this mystery of why exactly Nick reacted the way he did back then and the reader is guessing about it through most of the story. I loved that aspect of it, and while I pretty much knew what happened, the details were still shocking and heartbreaking. 

I really and truly enjoyed this book. I loved getting to see the two mc's relationship evolve and develop. It's a gorgeous story about connections and chemistry and that special, magic, "something" that just ties two people together...no matter what. Brin fully wants to hate Nick, but with their chemistry, he can't hang onto that anger. Especially when over and over again, Nick allowed Brin to see his vulnerability. That was the sexiest thing about this story. Nick knows he screwed up and he opens himself up to be hurt in the hopes of fixing that mistake. It's a gorgeous sacrifice and made me fall in love with him. 

I really, really liked the story. I'm so happy that I own it in paperback, so I can reread it again later.

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