Release Date: April 21, 2015
Between Breaths Series (Book 5)
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.
I followed him through the door, telling myself it was only to get Chopper acclimated. But Chopper seemed right at home as he bound to the kitchen and lapped at the water in the dish that Jude had set down.
“I can’t stay long,” I said, feeling almost shy, like it was my first time at his place.
“I have a shift at Raw Ink.”
He nodded. “I just finished my morning at the Board Room, but I’ll be heading to the skate park.”
“What was that one trick I saw you practicing the other day?” I asked, watching Chopper sniff around the room.
“Hmmm . . . the one-eighty pop shuvit?” he said, shrugging. “The one I really want to trick out on someday is the upside-down three-sixty loop. But I need a pipe for that. They’ll have one at the arena for the upcoming games.”
“A curved wall with a lip so that I can hang upside down.”
“Holy Christ, you’re going to maim yourself,” I said.
He laughed. “It’s a difficult trick but I’m definitely up for the challenge.”
Suddenly he grabbed my face and backed me against the wall, kissing me hard and deep and desperate. Like he was releasing it all—giving it all to me. “I don’t want to talk right now. I want to taste you.”
I groaned and wormed my body closer, reaching behind him to grab his ass. We were both instantly hard and he ground his hips against me.
“Every damn night I’ve dreamt of you,” he said against my lips. I pulled back to look at him.
“Oh yeah.” His gaze fastened on mine. “I knew I couldn’t have you, so the next best thing was the fantasy of you.”
“Same here,” I said. “I’d lay in bed and jerk off to thoughts of you.”
He panted against my mouth. “What did you think about?”
“This,” I said. “Your hands on me, your lips all over my body.”
“God,” he groaned. “And here you are. Right in front of me. And I want nothing more than to have all of that and more with you.”
He backed me down the hallway, yanking off my shirt and unbuttoning my pants. It felt so urgent, like we were running out of time. Not only because I had a job to get to, but also because I never felt certain of how many more days we might have left.
“I need to touch you,” he said, hemming my thighs against the bed, and forcing me to lean back.
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Between Breaths Series Reading Order
All of You (Book 1)
Before You Break (Book 2)
Whisper To Me (Book 3)
Promise Me This (Book 4)
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now. Book five in the series, THERE YOU STAND, coming in April, 2015. Also, her Adult Contemporary Romance, TWO OF HEARTS is releasing on May 5th, 2015.
I devoured There You Stand. It was a sexy, sweet romance with a riveting plot that completely tore my attention from my real life responsibilities. I seriously couldn’t get enough of Cory and Jude.
Their coupling takes a while to get going – while Cory is openly gay, you’re not sure what Jude’s preferences are. However, every time the two interact, you feel the underlying current of desire. You’re anticipating the moment their passion is just ignites and you are hopeful that they achieve their own happily ever after.
The stumbling block or unknown problem is definitely with Jude. He has secrets and is obviously hiding something or from someone. It’s frustrating both for Cory and for you as the reader because you never gain his perspective or experience his emotions. The story is completely told from Cory’s point of view and that is only aspect of the book I would change. I would have loved to have known what Jude was feeling.
When the two finally connect – I loved it. Both men are interesting characters and you don’t want to miss out on experiencing these two. Their book, There You Stand is part of a Between Breaths series but it can be read alone. The story is complete and highly entertaining – I highly recommend it.