There You Stand is Christina Lee’s newest addition to the
Between Breaths Series and it is LIVE!
Meet Cory & Jude in this M/M standalone romance!
From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male/male romance about the silent, inked up skateboarder and the tattoo artist who unravels him piece by piece...
Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York--so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can't help but arouse Cory's curiosity.
As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery--and Cory's falling fast and hard under his spell. Against his better judgment to steer clear.
The rumors of Jude's past overshadow him--whispers of prison and an unmentionable secret that's kept him in the protective shadows of a local motorcycle club. As Cory probes deeper, he wonders how much he really wants to know. Especially since Jude has awakened something inside him that has been buried too long--and has him feeling completely alive for the first time in forever...
Includes a preview of Christina Lee's upcoming adult romance Two of Hearts.
“Come inside, please.”
I followed him through the door, telling myself it was only to get Chopper acclimated. But Chopper seemed right at home as he bound to the kitchen and lapped at the water in the dish that Jude had set down.
“I can’t stay long,” I said, feeling almost shy, like it was my first time at his place. “I have a shift at Raw Ink.”
He nodded. “I just finished my morning at the Board Room, but I’ll be heading to the skate park.”
“What was that one trick I saw you practicing the other day?” I asked, watching Chopper sniff around the room.
“Hmmm . . . the one-eighty pop shuvit?” he said, shrugging. “The one I really want to trick out on someday is the upside-down three-sixty loop. But I need a pipe for that. They’ll have one at the arena for the upcoming games.”
“A curved wall with a lip so that I can hang upside down.”
“Holy Christ, you’re going to maim yourself,” I said.
He laughed. “It’s a difficult trick but I’m definitely up for the challenge.”
Suddenly he grabbed my face and backed me against the wall, kissing me hard and deep and desperate. Like he was releasing it all—giving it all to me. “I don’t want to talk right now. I want to taste you.”
I groaned and wormed my body closer, reaching behind him to grab his ass. We were both instantly hard and he ground his hips against me.
“Every damn night I’ve dreamt of you,” he said against my lips.
I pulled back to look at him. “You have?”
“Oh yeah.” His gaze fastened on mine. “I knew I couldn’t have you, so the next best thing was the fantasy of you.”
“Same here,” I said. “I’d lay in bed and jerk off to thoughts of you.”
He panted against my mouth. “What did you think about?”
“This,” I said. “Your hands on me, your lips all over my body.”
“God,” he groaned. “And here you are. Right in front of me. And I want nothing more than to have all of that and more with you.”
He backed me down the hallway, yanking off my shirt and unbuttoning my pants.
It felt so urgent, like we were running out of time. Not only because I had a job to get to, but also because I never felt certain of how many more days we might have left.
“I need to touch you,” he said, hemming my thighs against the bed, and forcing me to lean back.
★✩★✩★ 5- Silent & Brooding, Damaged & Sexy -Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~
I realized all of this focused energy on a quiet skateboarder was unhealthy. He was like a mystery that I wanted to untangle. But to what end? Who the fuck knew what his story was.
Cory Easton is a tattoo artist and a man broken down by his past, heartbreak and loneliness drown him leaving behind a man constantly on the go-always moving, always talking, afraid of silence-in an attempt to not feel the pain he so desperately tries to hide from. Jude York is the new guy in town, shrouded in mystery, surrounded by rumors of his past, he lives on his skateboard and brings all new meaning to silent and brooding. Despite the fact that Jude's past is dark enough to have him in need of the protection of the town's MC, Cory can't seem to stay away from him. He wants to know the man who has made him feel things he hasn't experienced in years, wants to understand the man behind the dreads and tattoos, wants to strip away the walls Jude hides so far behind, wants to explore the explosive attraction he has felt for the man ever since he laid eyes on him-and no one, not even Jude himself, can scare him away.... or so he thought.
I begged and pleaded and prayed that he'd slant his mouth across mine.
Instead he ghosted his lips directly above, mere centimeters away, as if we were mirror images. And as he stared into my eyes while hovering over me, I was gone. Dead. Dying of hunger. Thirst. To finally sip from his lips, taste from his tongue.
This sexy-as-sin, emotional-as-hell read, had me right from the start-it was the first book I have read from Christina Lee but will be far from the last. These characters grab a hold of your heart and all of your attention and keep them in their calloused, tattooed grip til the very end. Both had their own set of demons to deal with, both were equally heartbreaking, though one of them was surrounded by fear as well-understandably so. Cory's tendency to ramble on when nervous reminded me a lot of myself and made me giggle more than once. Jude's silence was both sad and frustrating, though we slowly begin to understand why he is the way he is and that alone made me fall even harder for him. You could see why Cory should just give up and walk away, but desperately hoped he wouldn't knowing Jude just needed someone with enough strength to push past his walls to the man worth fighting for. The chemistry between them was so thick it was impossible not to feel it and explosive when it finally came to a head-I admit it, there were several parts of the book I read more than once. There is an innate sense of danger lurking throughout the book, even if you don't understand what it is at first, you can't help but feel it. You really do experience quite a range of emotions-from sadness at the hands life has dealt these two, to hope at the possibility of them helping each other heal, fear at what's hiding around the corner, to anticipation waiting for them to come together. The pace moved along pretty swiftly, always changing, always evolving, natural and smooth. The boys are surrounded by a mix of fun & sweet secondary characters, to dark & mysterious, with some shadows thrown in. I loved watching Cory slowly getting Jude to open up, the way he went about it was unique and just worked for them. I really had no complaints other than this being told strictly from Cory's POV-I would have LOVED spending some time in Jude's head. It made getting to know him a little harder, but considering the story-I'm guessing that was the point so I can't really complain too much. In the end, this was a fun read that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wrap you up in a cloud of lust and burrow it's way into your heart. Ms. Lee has definitely earned herself a spot on my One-Click-Addiction List one blush and giggle at a time with this one and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store.
It felt amazing to wake up in Jude York's bed. Warm and soft and protected. Maybe the world outside of us wasn't safe but inside his arms-his heart, his soul-I was.
All of You (bk1) Between Breaths
Before You Break (bk 2) Between Breaths
Whisper To Me (bk 3) Between Breaths
Promise Me This (bk 4) Between Breaths
There You Stand (bk 5) Between Breaths
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.
Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now. Book five in the series, THERE YOU STAND, coming in April, 2015.
Also, her Adult Contemporary Romance, TWO OF HEARTS is releasing on May 5th, 2015.
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