Regret
(Under My Skin #1)

Author

Christina Lee

Genre

Contemporary

Publisher

Self-Published

Release Date

June 25th, 2017

ISBN/ASIN

B073B59969

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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.

3.5

Good

Book Cover

  • Well-done^

Engagement

  • Read all at once (normal)

Likes

  • About 3/4 in, the book starts getting emotionally deeper than I expected, which is a good thing; this story is a bit depressing, but that may be a like for some readers

Character Depth

  • Chest deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy

Grammar

  • Very few/no typos

Sex Scenes

  • Plasma hot

Dislikes

  • Elijah is annoying; if the MCs don't want to interact, why does he keep forcing them to? It seems like he's being used to progress the story, and it just makes me dislike him
  • Can Elijah dump Stewart already? I think he's part of the reason why Elijah's meddling in everyone else's business
  • The whole 'I have a giant secret, but you need to be protected from me so I'll never tell you but you need to know how horrible a person I am so I'll tell you' trope
  • Could have been a bit less fluffed if we'd cut out a bit of the angst from Nick; the story wouldn't have lost any meaning

Emotional Depth

  • Moderately emotional

Content Warnings

  • Character death (minor, two, past)

^I think I’ve seen the cover model before, but I do like the design

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