Author: Christina Lee
Publisher by: InterMix, Penguin
Published on: April 21, 2015
Genres: LGBTQ Romance, New Adult Romance, 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...
There You Stand was sweet and sexy with a bit of angst thrown in.
It’s no secret that I absolutely adore the Between Breaths series. So when I found out that was not only going to be a new book, but a M/M novel I was truly excited! The story was is a bit different from the previous books in the series. No, not because it was M/M but the pacing and conflict were a bit different from the rest of the series.
The story focuses on Cory and Jude. We’ve had glimpses of Cory’s character in the previous novels but we still didn’t know much about him. He always came across as a laid back, fun loving, sweet guy. Outwardly he is, but he’s also harboring pain and guilt. He lost the love of his life three years ago, and since then he’s had a string of unsuccessful relationships. When his most recent ex leaves him, he gets stuck with his dog. While walking his dog one day, he bumps into Jude York.
Not much is known about Jude but there are many illicit rumors that surround him. He’s gorgeous, sexy, mysterious, and a semi-professional skateboarder. Even though you don’t know much about him, you somehow want to. Jude barely speaks to anyone and he keeps him to himself but Jude has a past that is surrounded in pain and sadness. Cory isn’t sure is attracted to him or even gay, but there is a connection there.
When Cory ends up doing a tattoo for Jude they get to spend time together. Cory is immediately attracted to Jude and wants to get to know him, but Jude tries to keep him at a distance. He slowly lets Cory in by revealing little bits and pieces of his past. You can feel the sexual tension and need from both of them but there is something ultimately holding Jude back.
While I did enjoy this book, this wasn’t my favorite in the series. I really did like both Cory and Jude together. It had the angst and palpable emotions that I have come to love with Ms. Lee’s book, but something was missing for me. I did get a little frustrated with Jude’s character because it took a while to really get to know him and I didn’t get to connect with him as much as I hoped too. His back story also seemed a tad bit far-fetched to me. Despite that, I still enjoyed the writing and characters. I also hope that Cory’s friend, Dex, will possibly get a book. I am so looking forward to Ms. Lee’s next book, Two of Hearts, which has characters from this series.
Chopper, get your ass back here!”
While he was distracted, I silently moved toward him, hoping to grab hold of that leash. But just as I approached, he took off again, following that same squirrel who’d taken a leap to the next large maple.
I was out of breath and now beyond frustrated. I shoved my hand in my hoodie, my fingers closing on a sturdy dog cookie.
When I looked up again, Chopper was headed straight for the skate park. Shit.
“Chopper, goddamn it,” I called in some last-ditch effort. “You don’t listen for shit.”
Unexpectedly, Jude York neared the cement barrier at the entrance to the bowl. His board clenched in his fist, he seemed to be assessing the situation as the large dog charged nearer.
He left his skateboard on the concrete walkway and stepped into the lawn. He squatted down in the grass, made eye contact with Chopper, and the dog changed course to sail directly toward him. What the hell was that about?
Some type of deep whistle emitted from Jude’s lips and instead of slamming into his chest, Chopper came to a sudden halt beside him. Like Jude was a damn dog whisperer or something. His strong fingers grabbed hold of his collar and he reached down to mutter something in the dog’s ear. Chopper sat down in the grass. Actually fucking sat down—I had never been able to get him to do that.
I became motionless as I watched them, even though Ace was eager to inch closer. At least one animal heeded my command. I wondered what it was about Jude that compelled Chopper to run toward him. I mean, I got the appeal, so maybe it was just pure animal instinct.
The muscles in Jude’s forearm flexed as he stroked Chopper’s head and the dog’s tongue hung out in a happy pant. The little fucker.
As I walked closer to Chopper, Jude’s eyes lifted to mine. And for the first time I saw an array of other emotions alight in them. The most blatant being amusement, as if his irises contained a flicker of light. His lips tilted at the corners in an almost imperceptible smile and he looked so dazzling right then. As he held my gaze for the first time ever, something tightened like a fist inside my chest.
Shit, he was stunning. In that exotic kind of way. His hair was a mass of short blond dreadlocks, his skin inked mainly in black, and his eyes were the most gorgeous light green I’d ever seen—almost like cellophane. And now those same eyes locked on mine and held steady.
All Of You ( #1) (Avery and Bennett)
Before You Break (#2) (Ella and Quinn)
Whisper To Me (#3) (Rachel and Kai)
Promise Me This (#4) (Jessie and Nate)