Reviewed by Susan65
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Under My Skin #1)
Heroes: Brian “Brin” Schubert/Nicholas Dell
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 235 Pages
Release Date: June 25, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review: Well, I started this is in audiobook format, but the narration wasn’t working for me, so I switched over to the ebook and then all was right in my world again. I can’t pinpoint exactly why the audio wasn’t working, but I just couldn’t get into it. The blurb was such that I wanted to like this story, so I tried the ebook and loved it. Sometimes the audio works best, sometimes the book, but either way, I recommend you give the other try if one if not working out for you. But, I digress.
Nick and Brin, wow, what can I say? Enemies to lovers always works for me. But the added heartache on Nick’s past was just the topping on the cake that I needed to not hate on how he treated Brin when they were young. How could anyone besides Brin hate him, and only because Brin didn’t know. This is a book about second chances, grief, forgiveness – of another and of self, and of course, regret. We all have things we regret, but some are much worse than others. I think both Brin and Nick would change the past, if that were possible.
This was written very well, and I was invested from the get go. I loved that the two had to deal with their pasts to form any kind of relationship. It takes a while to put hate away. But at the same time, the attraction and steam was still prevalent. They may not have liked it, at first, but they still had chemistry. I enjoyed this book, a lot, and look forward to the next one. I think I will stick with ebooks for this series, though. Enjoy, I did.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.