There You Stand by Christina Lee
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…
This is Corey’s story and the fifth novel in the Between Breaths series. Cory is a non-stop talking, artist that wields a tattoo gun and doesn’t like silence nor has patience. Jude is a risk-taking, close-mouthed skateboarder that intrigues and fascinates Cory to no end. Jude has his secrets as does Cory and it takes complete trust for them to open up to one another. The sexual tension between Cory and Jude made the gradual build-up fitting, but at times seemed repetitive. Dog walking although repetitive, allows you to see the caring side of Jude and his love for dogs. The climax of their story came too close to the end of the novel for me as I was hoping for this to happen earlier in the novel. The build-up was thorough and had me in the state of ‘looking over my shoulder’ wondering what was going to happen next and when everything would blow up. I enjoy this series very much, and if you enjoy a steamy, realistic m/m novel…this is for you! Give Cory and Jude a try and find your next book crush!
Rating: 4 stars