Review ~~ 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…
Includes a preview of Christina Lee’s upcoming adult romance Two of Hearts.
Dawn’s 3.75 Star Review
I have been reading a lot of m/m genre books lately. So when we received a request to read, There you stand by Christina Lee for a honest review, I jumped at the chance. This is my first book by Christina and I really enjoyed it. After a rocky start, there were a few awkward sentences and placement, the booked seemed to get better and better as it went along. It wasn’t just a simple love story, there was lots of mystery, suspense and intrigue swirling around the boys. Plus, there’s an interesting array of subject matter, a motorcycle gang, a tattoo shop, a grandma and adorable dogs, all rapped around two hot and very different guys.
Jude and Cory are such an unlikely pair. Cory is the always seemingly happy and talkative tattoo artist, while Jude is the brooding, silent skateboarder. They are very different in many ways but both have had a rough life. They have emotional and physical scars from it. Cory hides his pain by appearing fine, friendly and chipper on the outside. While Jude is a mystery. It seems like no one can get close to him. There are many rumors about Jude. Is he into illegal stuff? Is he dangerous? The mystery about the guys keeps you craving information about them. Christina gives you just enough to keep you hanging. I was shocked when I finally learned about their sad and scary pasts. I totally enjoyed the way their relationship progressed. It was a slow, flirty, sensual and emotional build up. They had many hurdles that they needed to over come…. It wasn’t an easy road for them but it was worth it!!
This is Christina’s first m/m book and I think she did a great job. The love and chemistry felt natural. She captured the heat and passion. If you are a novice to m/m books, this is the perfect one to start with.
On a side note, I’m a little perplexed about the cover. It does not fit the book…..I’m a big believer that covers do matter and overall, it gives you a feel for the book.
Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1FVeYvC
Christina Lee is also the author of the Between Breaths novels including All of You, Before You Break, Whisper to Me and Promise Me This. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She believes in true love and kissing so writing romance has become a dream job. She also owns her own jewelry business, where she hand-stamps meaningful words or letters onto silver for her customers.