Monday, June 26, 2017

Regret by Christina Lee: Release Blitz Review & Excerpt


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.

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Tally pawed at the pillow for a few seconds before finally sinking down, apparently resigned to her position. I straightened to back out of the room, only then allowing my gaze to slide over Brin’s sleeping form. My pulse spiked when I noticed his eyes on me.

“Not sure Tally will want to sleep without you,” he rasped out. The words were like a thunderbolt to my chest. As if he was referring to more than the dog finding her way to my bed.

“Not sure I’ll want to sleep without her,” I replied in a hoarse voice, attempting to get my emotions under control.

Without you. Because you’ve taken up residence inside my heart once again. But maybe you’ve always been there, winding inside my rib cage, coiling around my lungs. Making it impossible to breathe, to think, to stop wanting.

As I turned to leave, his warm fingers curled around my wrist, searing into my skin. My breath caught in my throat. It was the first time he made the first move and my heart bloomed into an impossibly large bouquet of hope and aching desire inside my chest.

Our gazes snagged and held as his other hand slowly reached for the edge of the blanket and pulled it aside. 

About Christina Lee:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

NA Contemporary Romance ALL OF YOU, out now (Penguin/InterMix). BEFORE YOU BREAK in February and WHISPER TO ME in May, 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Review by Michelle:

M/M, enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, second chance romance, coming out, tragic past, self discovery, all of the above? Sweet, loveable characters with undeniable chemistry, heavy history, and the best reconciliation imaginable, Regret may be hard to categorize, but it is a little bit of everything you could want in a good romance all wrapped up into one swoony, enthralling, emotional story.

A youthful mistake, a tragic past, and a misguided sense of obligation all culminate in the perfect storm to keep high school classmates, Nick and Brin apart. While the obstacles are all too real, the bitterness understandable, and the chance of true reconnection almost impossible, Brin and Nick are simply too electric, too right for each other, and too good to let slip away.

I love a healthy dose of animosity in my love stories so when I read of a secret past between Brin and Nick that instilled some pretty hard feelings, I was instantly captivated. While I would have loved the resentment to run a bit deeper and stronger , it seems Nick is just too irresistible to hold a grudge against and when it comes to lending some heat to all the tension simmering beneath the surface, this hostility gets things rolling to a full boil almost immediately. From the first chance encounter after all the years that had past, the longing on both sides is so heavy you feel as though you can reach out and touch it. From there things just get heavier and messier making for a gripping story that has you begging for forgiveness and holding your breath for the moment when walls are finally lowered.

Then there were the feels. Oh, so many feels. Nick is drowning in a sea of grief and guilt which manifests in everything he does, or doesn't do for that matter, which overwhelms and destroys any good in his life, and leaves zero room for true happiness. I'm sure we've all wished for a fictional character to be real at one point in time or another, and while it is usually in a romantic capacity for me, this time I just want to hug Nick, to support him, and to help him out of his misery in any possible way. Luckily there's Brin. Brin brings a lighter, sweet side to things. He is vulnerable and in need of a good boost of confidence, but he is wonderfully genuine and authentic and really just a caring, loveable, great guy. When the two begin to explore more than feelings of anger and resentment, shame and regret, you will smirk, you will grin, you will laugh, and you will swoon, big time.

Regret will hook you with the promise of a great enemies to lovers story, keep you coming back for more with all the emotion of Nick's painful journey, and leave you with an all encompassing feeling of hope, joy, and love. Engaging and emotional, Regret is rousing and compelling and the perfect start to a brand new series.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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