Thursday, February 28, 2019

Release Bllitz: Redeem (Under My Skin #4) by: Christina Lee (Review, Excerpt, Teaser, & Giveaway)

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Redeem
Under My Skin Series, Book 4
Christina Lee
M/M Romance
Release Date: 02.28.19

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Cover artist: Kanaxa 
Successful financial analyst Michael Walsh leads a picture-perfect life that anyone would envy—unless they caught a glimpse beneath the surface. Haunted by failed relationships and self-doubt, Michael harbors a soul-deep loneliness that no number of casual hookups can fulfill. So why can’t he stop thinking about his New Year’s fling with a man whose quiet desperation matches his own? Barista Stewart Jenkins has an abysmal track record with relationships, and no matter how hard he tries to keep things tightly under wraps, his life is spinning out of control. His hookup with the gorgeous Michael was only supposed to be sex—hot, dirty, and uncomplicated—but that small taste leaves him desperate for more. Every no-strings encounter that follows between Michael and Stewart peels away more layers, blurring the lines between them, until they’re left with a raw tenderness and acceptance they’re both urgently craving. A relationship absolutely wouldn’t work on paper; they come from drastically different lives and are plagued by inexcusable sins. All that vulnerability is sure to reveal old wounds, and forgiveness seems so far out of reach unless they can find a way around their fears on the road to redemption. Goodreads | Amazon | Universal Link
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My Thoughts:

So...I think this is my favorite of the series. Christina Lee took two characters that I SO did not like and turned them into real and relatable characters. Sometimes people deserve a second chance, and I really enjoyed watching these two get that chance. 

Michael and Stewart were the villains of our previous stories but this book digs so much deeper into that. It made them real and allowed the reader to see it all from a different perspective and I really felt for them both. They both recognized their shortcomings and where they went wrong in the past and wanted to do better. It was so easy to root for them because you could see that they really wanted to do and be better and took actual steps to do so. It is SO hard to take a villain that readers have good reason to dislike and make them the hero of their own story and Christina Lee did that with two characters here in excellent fashion. I loved these two together, they fit together so well and were able to relate to each other in a way they both needed. And man oh man their chemistry is ridiculous. This book was FIRE, but it was also sweet. Nobody is perfect, but it takes a big person to recognize where they went wrong and to then take steps to better themselves and I think that is what I loved about this book. My only teeny tiny nitpick is that Michael is described to be a financial analyst, which is what I happen to be, and it is so hard to not nitpick and find all the things that are not accurate in his day to day job description, but this is something I am sure everyone does when they read about their own profession. 

All in all, Redeem was definitely my favorite of the series and I just adored how raw and real and sweet this book was. It’s such an easy book to devour and speed through and if you enjoy redemption stories this one is for you.  


Man comforting his upset boyfriend by kissing him on the head

Excerpt:

“Ah, hell, that’s good,” I gasped as he stroked upward while simultaneously sucking on my neck. I probably should’ve protested because he was sure to leave a bruise, but I couldn’t find it in me to care. Besides, it would be a marker of this night. Like a sexy brand. His breaths grew heavier, and his chest rumbled in deep pleasure as he jerked sloppily against me. His hand stayed firm and tight on my cock even as he drew back and shuddered out his release. The sound was so sensual that my orgasm slammed through me at nearly the same time. “Holy fuck.” My body grew limp as my come spilled over his hand and onto the floor. I shut my eyes and kept my head anchored against the wall as he released his grip and my shaft pulsed in response. The quiet in the room grew deafening—the only sound our breaths and the muted noises of the crowd outside the door. “You got a name?” I didn’t know why I said it out loud. It was only a fleeting thought through my mottled brain. “Why the fuck does it matter?” he replied as the sound of his zipper cut through the echoing silence. “Not like I’ll ever see you again.” “Dunno.” My cheeks flushed red, so I kept my head buried in my arm. “Maybe when I yank on my cock later, replaying this scene in my head, I can call you something.” He didn’t respond. I heard him straightening his clothes and then pulling a few paper towels, which he forced into my hand. “Michael,” he mumbled against my ear. And then he was gone.

Christina Lee LogoOnce upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.Facebook | The Swoon Room | Instagram | Twitter | Website
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3 comments:

  1. Okay, first can I say how much I adore the cover? LOL Yeah, I *really* like it! :) As for the story, I love it when an author can take characters I don't like and don't think I ever will and make me love them. Great review, Teresa!

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    1. This cover really is awesome isnt it? This was such a good read.

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  2. I haven't read Christina Lee before, but this sounds like a good series! Out of the four books, I think this one is my favourite! Great review Teresa!

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