From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male male standalone 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 UFrom the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male male standalone 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
See my review at Sinfully.3.5 “Silent British Boy” Stars!“Hadn’t I learned early on that it was impossible to bend a straight arrow? Especially if you didn’t want the arrow to pierce your heart?”There You Stand is the fifth book in Christina Lee’s Between Breaths series. This novel also marks this author’s first venture into the M/M genre. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I have never read anything by this author prior to this book so I really had no [...]
Title: There You Stand (Between Breaths, #5)Series: Can be read as a standaloneAuthor: Christina LeeRelease Date:april 21, 2015Rating: 4 starsCliffhanger:. No HEA:(view spoiler)[ Yes (hide spoiler)]Christina’s Lee stories are always so passionate and easy to connect with. There You Stand is no exception. Like in every previous book in Between Breathes Series, the main characters were realistic, and the whole plot was pretty well thought of. I had much fun while reading it! Even though Cory’s [...]
Kudos to Christina Lee for taking a leap into the M/M genre. I'm always worried that an author who writes primarily M/F romance won't grasp the nuances of a relationship between two men, but Lee did well developing both MCs: tattoo artist Cory and skateboarded Jude. Cory gives off a happy, laidback vibe, but he battles demons everyday. Having inherited a short-term boyfriend's poorly trained dog, Cory does the best he can by his two pups and his grandma. He hates the rain and crushes on beautifu [...]
This is definitely one of my favorite books that I've ever written. These boys will stay with me for a long time.If you read PROMISE ME THIS, Cory is one of the tattoo artists at Raw Ink and works with Bennett and Jessie and the gang.Having said that, this is definitely a standalone novel, probably moreso than any of the others in the Between Breaths series. There is one character who crosses over into my adult Golden Arrow series, so there is an added suspense element.Also, Cory and Jude appear [...]
4.5 Stand Strong Stars!*ARC provided per publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review*I admit to being a bit nervous going into this read. That being said, Christina Lee's first take at M/M was so well done that I applaud both her and her whole story start to finish!This is the story of Cory Easton and Jude York. Two men with past tragedies that have shaped them into who they are. Cory is known for his "talking" and his big open heart. He is a loyal friend and doting grandson. Working a [...]
2.5 starsFor a book that has a mysterious skater with scars on his back who don't talk much, There You Stand failed to pull me in. I wonder if it's because I only 'read' this from Cory's sole perspective as a narrator, and I miss everything that happens in Jude's mind. For example that ending, (view spoiler)[where Jude is taken (hide spoiler)], I thought that would really be great if I *knew* what was going on the (view spoiler)[rescue operation (hide spoiler)] rather than just having the situat [...]
I really really liked this. Loved Jude and Cory so much. The sex was hot and the angst was right. The action plot wasn't necessarily my usual taste, but the rest of the story was just right for me. Crossover done right. Can't wait to--hopefully--see Smoke & Vaughn! If not, I'll be crushed.
I am truly in awe of Christina's ability to tell such diverse stories within this series. There You Stand is no exception. You can read my full review here:bookishtemptations/2015/04
Originally posted at Smexybooks smexybooks/2015/04/review-Favorite Quote: You’re the only real thing in my life.Cory Easton is a tattoo artist at Raw Ink and has just gotten out of a relationship that lost him his boyfriend but gained him a dog. Openly gay and still coping with a past tragedy, he finds his eye turned by a gorgeous reclusive tatted skateboarder who haunts the park where he walks his dog, Chopper. When Chopper decides one day to make a break for it, it’s Cory’s crush who com [...]
Good story, interesting characters but if you were wanting a strictly m/m romance it would be lacking a bit. The writing was very good, however I was missed the "feels" and connection between these two guys. For all the drama and heartache these boys had been through, I would have thought I'd be an emotional mess but I kept feeling a bit underwhelmed. Overall, this is a low angst story with an interesting plot, some heartache, low/moderate steam and would be great for someone wanting to get thei [...]
*ARC provided by Netgalley for honest review*Overall it was a decent book. A little too heavy on the sweet side then I prefer for my M/M books.If you like sweet with a little insta-lust this one is for you.Side note: I don't feel the cover matches the book at all.
A pleasant read & a sweet romance.
2.5 StarsThis certainly wasn't the worst I've read as a MF writer's debut in the MM genre, but it's so far from the best, they're not even in the same galaxy. I'm going to mentioned briefly what I did like about this story, because unfortunately it'll only take a minute. I liked the dogs! The dogs played a big role for me when I had to make the decision to DNF this book or keep on reading. I loved their innocence and their mischief (yes Chopper, you rock!).I liked the fact that Jude was so good [...]
This series just knocks my socks off with each new installment and this one is no exception. Emotional, intense, suspenseful and passionate cover to cover. And if that doesn't sell it then throw in a tatted up skater and tattoo artist that both ride bikes and own some adorable dogs. Can't honestly think of a downside to this one and I willingly let it tie me up in knots over these two broken souls who can't do love the easy way.This is part of the Between Breaths series, but like the others it c [...]
Never enough and then all too muchI'm a big fan of Christina Lee's Between Breaths series and this one was no exception. Cory is a tattoo artist who works at Raw Ink with some other characters that we've already met in this series. He's a talented artist and openly gay. He has a past that he has chosen not to share with his group of friends. His most recent relationship ended with an abandoned dog, Chopper, that he reluctantly decides to keep out of guilt. With his friend Emmy being so involved [...]
I wanted to read There You Stand because I have enjoyed all of the other books by the author Christina Lee that I have read so far. I like her writing style as well as the romances and characters that she crafts. The main character Cory is easy to like. He had some rough stuff in his past, including losing his lover in a motorcycle crash. But he has started working at raw ink with some of the characters from the companion novels. He keeps busy to keep from thinking about his loss of live as well [...]
I’m a big fan of the Between Breaths series, so it hurts to say this book didn’t work for me.I figured the best way to dive into the m/m genre was to read one from an author whose books I love. There was a serious disconnect for me with this one though. The explosive chemistry and the spark between the characters that was so prevalent in the previous books, was missing from Cory and Jude’s story. I just didn’t feel the connection between these two guys.Cory is a tattoo artist at Raw Ink [...]
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4.5 True or False Loving Stars! Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Intermix/Penguin GroupGah! I adored Jude and Cory.Cory Easton is the outgoing always fun guy but there is something beneath the surface that he doesn't let others see.Jude York is the very very quiet dreadlocked most likely straight skateboarder.Cory has the biggest crush on Jude but he doesn't even know if he's gay or not. Every time Cory runs into Jude he turns into a bumbling idiot. Jude holds every thing close to th [...]
My Thoughts:The Between Breaths Series is such a great New Adult Romantic Series. I would recommend all of these books. They are entertaining, fast-paced, have just the right amount of angst and light heartedness, depth, and excellent fully developed characters. I have been a fan of Corey Easton's, since I was first introduced to him. I am so happy that he finally got his own story!Corey works at Raw Ink and has a passion for his career as a tattoo artist. While his closest friends are his co-wo [...]
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Cory is the quiet, somewhat shy tattoo artist that keeps his personal life private. He frequents the local biker bar, but keeps the fact that he’s gay to himself, knowing that the biker crowd isn’t particularly welcoming to the gay community. He spends the time he’s not working for Raw Ink, the town tattoo studio, doing odd jobs, running errands for his grandmother, the only family he has. But when Cory notices J [...]
“I was thinking that since my mum was killed, I haven’t belonged anywhere. To anyone,” he said. “And there you stand. Like the keeper of all of my dreams. And suddenly there’s someplace I desperately want to belong.”I bought this book December last year and I only recalled it when I was checking out my purchase so it was time I paid it an attention.Guess it came to conclusion that Christina Lee's writing style didn't do me very well. This book was her first attempt at M/M genre and b [...]
**JEN'S REVIEW**This is a first time read for me from the author and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve heard that this is also Christine’s first time dipping her hand into the m/m subgenre and I’d like to applaud her in having the courage to try something new out. I read this as a standalone and I have no idea if reading the first 4 books in this series makes any kind of difference. I didn’t feel as though I was missing out on anything. This story has a little bit of everyth [...]
More Reviews Here: Readers Live A Thousand LivesChristina Lee knows how to do New Adult, it is that simple. This series is easily one of my all-time favorite New Adult series and each and every book is a win for me. There You Stand was no exception. I was hooked from beginning to end and I read this book in one sitting. This book was made to be devoured.I am so glad Cory got his own story! There is so much more to Cory than meets the eye. Cory has had a bit of a rough past and my heart really br [...]
Nom nom nomSeriously. Christina Lee’s boys. Ohmailawrd.Cory, a tattoo artist, works with Bennett (remember him? unf) is quite possibly the most adorable male character ever.Cory’s life hasn’t been easy, and his only family member left, his grandmother, is getting older. His ex left him a 4 legged memento he’s too gentle hearted to do anything about than keep, and his one crush, the one thing that keeps his heart beating for not just the sake of surviving might be a dangerous guy.Jude is, [...]
I love the characters Christina creates. Bennett was my first - he was so sweet. And now I've got Jude and Cory.If you read the blurb you know this is M/M. For me love is love, romance is romance.How loud did I squee when I found out Jude is British and from Yorkshire, just like me? Jude was a lovely tortured soul who was reluctant to share his story. Boy did he have a way with dogs - a proper dog whisperer. In my head Jude is Heath Ledger (God bless him) around the time of Knight's Tale. I even [...]
3.75 stars. I am glad I read this book. It was sweet, endearing, but a tad OTT with how I needed to suspend my belief.Cory is a tattoo artist who has lost a lot of family over the years. Jude is a very quiet, mysterious skateboarder. And they can't seem to stay away from each other. I have read that this is the first m/m by this normally m/f author. And while I did enjoy the story, that aspect showed. There were a few times where the mainstream cheesiness within the m/f realm was apparent. It di [...]
I've been a complete fangirl for Christina's work since the very beginning, and I'm sure there are some readers who might be distancing themselves from a male/male romance, but not me. I'M ALL FOR IT. And Lee does a damn good job even when it's two men doing the loving instead of the traditional male/female connection. I'm hoping and praying she decides to write more boy love because she did it SO FREAKING WELL I can hardly contain my excitement.I absolutely adored Cory and Jude and the dogs and [...]