Book Review: There You Stand (Between Breaths #5) by Christina Lee


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. 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…

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This is the first book that I have read by Christina Lee and it will not be my last.  Who doesn't love an awesome m/m love story?  Especially one that I felt was well written.  It was filled with plenty of twists and turns, hurt, angst and love.

Cory Easton is getting his life back on track.  After breaking up with his boyfriend of three years he finds himself in relationships that really mean nothing, they just tend to fill a void in his life.  
He definitely is guarding his heart, but hopes to one day find "that one" who he can spend forever with.  What he never expected was to find that in town bad boy Jude York.  No one seems to know the true story behind Jude's life and once Cory sets eyes on him, it is like a moth to a flame.  He can't seem to stay away.  When he realizes that they may be better off as friends their lives are torn apart by Jude's past.  

Jude has been running for a long time.  He hopes that now he has the chance to finally settle down in one place and not have to move again.  With the protection of the local motorcycle club, he can only hope that his past will be laid to rest and he can begin a future, one where he can be himself, where he no longer has to hide or run, fearing for his life.  What he did not expect was to find a friend and possibly more in local tattoo artist Cory Easton. They start to build a friendship, but you can feel that underlying pull that they have to one another.  When push comes to shove will Jude be able to let Cory completely into his world of hell and be able to find the light at the other side?  Can they over come the demons of Judes past to build a bright future together or will it all be ruined before they really have a chance to begin?  

I loved this book.  Well written developed characters.  The secondary characters were awesome.  Cory's grandmother is amazing, very accepting and protective of what is hers.  Yet nuturing as needed.  All of Cory's friends are more like a family to him. They have each other backs.  Showing support and comfort for each other.  If you like m/m romance with a twist this book is for you.