REVIEW: Regret by Christina Lee

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“Brin was somebody I couldn’t have. Like trying to hold a fistful of sand. It would always slip through your fingers as soon as you relaxed your grip.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: June 25, 2017
Publisher: Christina Lee
Pages: 235

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My rating:

            Now, Regret kind of through me for a loop. Again, it was the straight-guy trope; however, the straight guy did most of the chasing. I really enjoyed that aspect, but it was strange how easy it happened—how easy Nick found his feelings for Brin again.

            Regret starts off with Brin, whose apartment recently flooded, moving in with his friend Elijah. Little does he know, though, that Elijah’s roommate is Nick, who just so happens to be Brin’s crush from high school and also his arch nemesis, because of what happened back in high school.

“I was on edge because I wanted to hash it all through with him. And then take him in my mouth again. Make him feel good. Make him understand.”

            I honestly love the dynamic between Brin and Nick. And how it’s flip-flopped from high school. Back then, Nick had the power. But, now, Brin does because Nick wants to try to make amends; however, Brin isn’t having that. Of course, pair that with the sexual tension between these two and you’re going to get some explosive scenes. And explosive they were. The sexual tension was so real and so raw. The reader experiences every single feeling each man is feeling.

“Chest to chest, heartbeat to heartbeat our kisses were painstakingly slow and toe-curling deep, and we stayed that way until the water in the tub turned lukewarm.”

            Ugh, all of the sex scenes in Regret were fire! Time seemed to slow down and all you could focus on was these two confused men trying to figure out their feelings. There was confusion, anger, lust, regret. And I promise you will feel everything. It was amazing.

            I loved both protagonists. Both Nick and Brin were flawed, complicated, and absolutely amazing. I loved the struggles they went through. I loved when they succeeded and I loved when they failed. And that’s how you know characters are written well; when you constantly root for them throughout whatever they do.

            Regret was second on my m/m romance journey, and I’d definitely recommend! I’m doing pretty well so far!

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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