There You Stand: Between Breaths

There You Stand: Between Breaths

by Christina Lee
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There You Stand: Between Breaths 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I did like this book for the most part. The writing was superb and the sexy scenes were scorching. I wish it had been a little shorter. At the beginning it dragged a little with all their (h/h) encounters. Jude hardly spoke and that went on a little too long for me. Once it picked up it was a good read.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
Although There You Stand is the fifth book in the series, it can easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone. I know this because that’s what I did. I have not read any of the other books in the series, nor have I read any of Ms. Lee’s other work, but I had no problem reading this installment out of order and would not have known that it was part of a series were it not listed as such.  Cory Easton is suffering from a bad case of unrequited lust. For a straight man. Or so he assumes. And because aloof and stand-offish don’t even begin to accurately describe how much distance Jude puts between himself and others, Jude’s heterosexuality is a fair assumption on Cory’s part. Thankfully, it was the wrong one. While both Cory and Jude have some serious baggage from their pasts, as Ms. Lee reveals the tidbits about Jude’s past, his distance is understandable. But thanks to one seriously unmindful dog, Cory finds himself thrust into Jude’s life repeatedly – despite Jude’s best intentions. While the sex is intense, it is the actual development of the relationship between Cory and Jude that I enjoyed the most. Watching Cory navigate the waters of Jude’s past and present proved to be an interesting combination of entertaining and frustrating. Speaking of frustrating (terrible segue, I know), I’ll be honest – I wasn’t quite sure how to rate this book. I kept wavering between three and four stars and as I rarely give a half-star rating because none of the reviews sites I post on allow it, I was unsure of what to do. However, as I wrote this review I realized why I was so indecisive (me? indecisive? I know!). I often found myself as frustrated with the book as Cory found himself frustrated with Jude. But once I realized that my frustration mirrored that of Cory’s and suspected that that was the author’s intent, the decision was easy. Although I did find it harder to connect with the characters than normal, coming to the understanding that it wasn’t the writing but rather the manner in which the storyline played out made the 4-star rating a no-brainer because even though I was often as frustrated as could be while reading the book, it was Cory’s frustration I was channeling. I really enjoyed There You Stand and look forward to checking out more of Ms. Lee’s writing. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Having never read anything by this author before, I was not sure what to expect. But, I can safely say that I absolutely loved this book! Cory is a tattoo artist who has been dealing with an injured back from a previous accident. He tries to put on a brave face but, his pain, and his loneliness, weighs heavily on his mind. Enter, the mysterious Jude. He’s British, quiet, and keeps to himself. Cory can’t seem to figure out why he is so intrigued with the mysterious man. I loved the back story of each of the men. It was well written and thorough. I loved that there was more to their relationship than just sex. It had the right amount of angst (Mmm, love me some angst) and sensuality to make the attraction believable and sustainable. Also, the secondary characters worked really well and I really want to go back and read more of this series. Overall, this is one fantastic story! I received a complimentary copy of this book for review
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Guest Reviewed by Jessica and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Jude York is a mystery. No one knows where he came from or even who he really is. Because of this it’s no surprise that he is the talk of the town and is known to be somewhat dangerous. Everyone seems to stay away from him yet Cory Easton can’t help but be drawn to this mysterious stranger. So when Jude goes to Raw Ink for a tattoo and requests Cory as his artist, Cory can’t help but wonder what makes him so special to get a visit from the enigma that is Jude York. Now, we all know I love sexual tension but wow do these two bring it to another level! Because when Cory and Jude finally meet, its sparks flying like the Fourth of July! You know how the room closes in on you and all you feel is your heart pumping and your skin buzzing? Your eyes are hazy and all you have inside is this pure animalistic urge to pounce, but you can’t because you’re in public? Yea, that’s how these two roll. Cory and Jude will have you biting your lip in anticipation for the next stolen kiss, the next brush of fingers, and the next look of raw passion. I mean my gosh I thought they were both looking at me and MY pulse was racing a bit! Christina Lee has yet to disappoint me with her ability to write such touching and realistic stories. She makes you feel like you are literally IN this book with her ability to create such likeable characters in such a lifelike world. Ms. Lee makes you wonder how it is that you can actually feel this way for two people that aren’t even real! Because as you’re reading, you WILL ask yourself, why am I panting? *ARC provided by publisher
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    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 as most of his family. Besides his voice and out going personality, what endeared him to me the most was his close relationship with his grandma. He works about her health and she is always an open ear for him and encouraging him too find a nice guy. She has always been open to him being gay and always supportive. I has a really close knit bonds with my grandma and she also had a huge role in my life helping to raise me and being my number one fan.       He has been crushing on the mysterious new guy to town Jude. He is extremely quiet and has quite the rumor mill that followed him into town. Cory has two dogs and walks them pretty much daily. On his route is the place where Jude skates all of the time. They get a crash introduction with Cory's hyper dog chopper who took an immediate liking to Jude.      Cory feels instant sparks but he doesn't know if he is imagining the connection because no word of Jude's sexual preference was included in the rumors. But the two keep running into each other, at the motorcycle bar, when Jude comes into the shop to get Cory to tattoo his back. Which turns out to be covered in scars which is the first clue we get into the truth of his troubled past.       Of course the chemistry builds but it is slower because not only is Jude quieter, he also is not wanting to bring Cory into his trouble. But the more they talk and keep finding each other, the more it is obvious that Cory isn't the only one feeling the attraction. This one is definitely up there on the scorching hot scale and though this isn't my first lgbtq novel, I do think it is most descriptive in the bedroom.        They end up sharing their losses and Jude certainly had good reason for keeping to himself until he was sure because I didn't see the depth and complexities of his situation coming though I did guess some of the details.       I was happy with the way their story ended and though I wouldn't mind another story on them I feel like the plot was pretty tied up and left them at a good place. Bottom Line: Scorching hot addition to series with two more characters I enjoyed. 
Livlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
I didn't want Cory & Jude's story to end! ~ Minor spoilers alert! 'He stood up suddenly and his hand darted out for me to grab. He led me down the hall and as soon as I spotted his bed, my heart climbed its way to my throat. “I still want…” he said, backing me up against the door, his hip pinning mine in place. I liked this Jude–the same Jude I fantasized about dominating me, the same assertive voice he used on my table at Raw Ink and at the quarry. “I want you to touch me all over. To show me what it could be like to have something…” “Jude– ” He placed his finger over my lips. “Don’t. I know what I want. And I want you. I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted somebody more.” I loved this 5th installment in the Between Breaths series! Author, Christina Leealways delivers a fantastic story and this time was no different. Standalone series have become my preferred series type, and I always love when the series regular characters (Bennett, Jessie, Nate & Emmy) interact during the featured couple’s novel. 5 Fantastic Elements that really worked for me: 1. The angst! I sympathized with Cory tons as he worked through his escalating attraction to the British, mysterious and sexy as hell Jude. 2. I loved Cory’s unique True or False approach to peeling back the layers that surrounded Jude and how that process in turn led Cory to his newly found appreciation for the silence he experienced in Jude’s presence.  3. I loved their kissing scenes, swoon! I’m a sucker for lots of kissing so I was over the moon each time Cory and Jude locked lips. 4. Of course, their sex scenes paid off in spades and had me all kinds of hot and bothered. Thank you very much! 5. And lastly, I love romantic suspense and we got a bit of that when Jude’s secret past caught up to him in a big dramatic way. My anxiety  level got a bit high for a bit, but the resolution more than made up for that. This was the first M/M romance that I’ve read by Author Christina Lee, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I also really loved her heartfelt dedication to “Ski” who I believe was her brother.  ‘This is for you because you showed me from a very early age that love is simply, beautifully, and unapologetically–love.’ This is so freaking true! So I have much gratitude for Christina getting me to read outside of my normal comfort zone and taking me on a romantic journey that I loved wholeheartedly.  Up next by her on my WTR list is Two of Hearts (May 5, 2015), her first contemporary romance featuring a Between Breaths series regular Kai's sister, Dakota. 
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star The story has laughs, fear, pain, secrets, kidnapping, and heartbreak.  This is a M/M read so if you are not into that kind of book this is not for you. This is Cory and Jude’s story. Cory works for a tattoo shop and is attracted to Jude.  Jude is a skater but is quiet and reserved.  Every time the past or his family is brought up Jude shuts down.  Can Cory break down his walls to get him to see they could be good together?  Can Jude trust Cory with his secrets?  Can they try and make a relationship work?  What happens when Jude’s past comes back?  Can they win the fight to be able to stay together?      I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.  I recommend this book.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Engaging and Entertaining M/M storyline: THERE YOU STAND is the fifth installment and first M/M storyline in Christina Lee’s adult, contemporary Between Breaths romance series. This is tattoo artist Cory Easton and skate boarder Jude York’s storyline. THERE YOU STAND can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Some of the previous storyline characters from Raw Ink play a secondary and supporting role throughout. Told from first person point of view (Cory Easton) THERE YOU STAND follows the building relationship and friendship between Cory and Jude. Cory is a tattoo artist at Raw Ink and his latest customer is the quiet, shy and mysterious skateboarder Jude York-a young man with so many secrets and deep seated demons that Cory has a difficult time getting past the physical and emotional scars. Jude is constantly surrounded by unsavory characters, and in this, the small town rumors and gossip continue to fly. It is only when Cory discovers the truth is Jude able to open up-a little bit at a time. Jude’s story is sad and emotional; Cory’s backstory is heartbreaking. The relationship between Jude and Cory is slow to build as Cory and Jude dance around one another for a good portion of the storyline-there is plenty of sexual tension between our leading heroes that does not go unnoticed by friends and acquaintances. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic; there are no overly graphic or erotic scenarios but it is an M/M storyline with M/M sexual situations. As Jude reveals the secrets about his past, Cory begins to fall in love with the broken and intense skateboarder. The secondary and supporting characters include Cory’s friends Emmy and Tristan, fellow artists at Raw Ink- Dex, Nate and Jessie (Promise Me This #4) as well as the regulars at Zack’s Bar and Hog’s Den including Vaughn and Smoke, and Malachi from the Disciples of the Road MC. And we can’t forget Chopper, Ace and Patch that are the catalysts that bring together Cory and Jude. THERE YOU STAND is an engaging and entertaining love story with moments of emotional heartbreak and pain; mystery and suspense; retribution and revenge when Jude’s past resurfaces with a vengeance. This particular part of the storyline is quick to resolve and the exact details are never revealed about what went done or how it happened. Christina Lee writes a wonderful storyline with a happily ever after.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This sexy and emotional romance is the story of Cory and Jude. When silent and rather mysterious skateboarder Jude comes in to Cory's tattoo shop, he is torn between wanting to know more about Jude and keeping his distance, fearing that the attraction he holds for him won't be welcomed. But when it becomes clear that Jude desires him equally, things between them heat up. Only what Jude appears to be on the surface turns out to be more than Cory bargained for. Is the passion between them worth the risk? I really enjoyed this story! From the very beginning Jude's character creates tension in the story - he's silent - not brooding, but an enigma and though Cory is attracted to him, he is careful to watch from a distance, unsure of Jude's sexuality. Cory on the other hand is comfortable as a gay man, friendly, talkative and not looking for a relationship after the disastrous end to his last one. The story is told entirely from Cory's point of view. I confess that there were times I would have really liked to see what Jude was thinking and I missed having that perspective. However that's where the mystery comes in - not knowing until later in the story how Jude and Cory will interact. As Jude starts to open up to Cory, revealing small details of his personal life that only serve to intrigue Cory more, it's just a matter of time before the sexual tension leads to the inevitable, and the love scenes between them are steamy and well written. The story had some twists and turns that I didn't expect but that kept me totally engrossed such that it was hard to put the book down. There's a suspenseful subplot combined with the romance that adds drama and action to the story. At the same time, the romance isn't overshadowed by it and the feelings Jude and Cory have for each other by the end are tender and heartfelt. For a first foray into an m/m romance, Ms. Lee has acquitted herself very well. 4 stars for this engaging and dynamic story.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Solid M/M Stand-Alone w/o Cliffs. Score: 4.6 THERE YOU STAND (Between Breaths, # 5) by Christina Lee  April 21st 2015 Publisher: InterMix approximate pages: 250 Romance: contemporary, Gay, M/M, New Adult / College ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **  -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover:  Cover design- Overly blended, monochomatic design with inverted title. Kind of bland, not very eye-catching. Synopsis - Mysterious and intriguing with a healthy dose of a couple hot guys? Sounded good to me!   Looking Deeper:  It's quickly noted that although this is the fifth book in the series, there's enough information given to the reader to allow them to read this book without feeling the *need* to read the others, but I suspect that it would be more beneficial and fulfilling if you did.   Cory's poor judgement in men has left him nothing but a guarded heart and an unruly dog. Jude's past is dark and mysterious. Both carry scars of the past, yet only only one's is visible on the outside. Add a few dogs and a MC with a dubious record and there's bound to be excitement. Both Cory and Jude are very likable characters with past tragedies, guarded hearts and longing souls. The secondary characters are solid and supportive without being spotlighted too much. Dialogue and interaction between the cast feels natural and believable throughout. The plot is exciting, mysterious, and emotional in turns. It is written extremely well, making for a smooth, addictive read. There were several conflicts throughout the story that added more dimension and dynamics to the plot. A moderate level of  predictability sadly took away a bit of the drama and suspense element, but did not detract from the overall experience. The climax and conclusion were completed in a timely manner, leaving no cliffhangers. Overall, it was a very good read that can definitely stand alone. ------------------------ Heat Level: 5 Contains detailed M/M sex scenes, may not be suitable to some readers. ------------------------ Score: 4.6 Stars: 5 ----------------------- -- REVIEWER INFO -- Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter This review can be found, in it's entirety or reformatted by myself to fit the guidelines imposed, at any or all of the following locations (determined by availability): Happily Ever Chapter, Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs, Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews, Goodreads, Netgalley, Edelweiss, Amazon, BN, Kobo, iTunes. Copies may also be distributed to the publishers, authors and/or promoters - depending on requirements at the time.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
An awesome M/M romance! The characters of Jude and Cory are fantastic and the chemistry between them leaps from the page. Jude has a dark and dangerous past and tries to resist Cory but the pull between them is too intense. This book is really fantastic, fill with a great romance, drama, adventure, and some sizzling sexy times. I highly recommend this one.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've been anxiously awaiting Christina Lee's There You Stand since I first heard about it. I was excited she was writing a M/M romance, especially because it was part of her Between Breaths series – a series I've been a big fan of from the very start.  There You Stand is told solely from tattoo artist Cory's POV. I really liked Cory and I found it pretty easy to connect with him. He's a good guy, sure of who he is. I enjoyed the honesty of his inner dialogue and the relationships he had with others. His relationship with his grandma was a highlight of the book for me, too.  Jude is the mysterious new guy in town. He doesn't say much... to anyone. I couldn't help but be reminded slightly of Archer's Voice in the early chapters of this book, but it wasn't long before I realized there were only slight similarities. Jude's clearly keeping a secret and he's determined not to get close to anyone. But, Cory seems to wiggle his way in regardless.  My favorite thing about this book was watching Cory peel back Jude's layers and get to the truth of the man underneath. I enjoyed that they became friends before anything else, even if the attraction between them characters was evident from the beginning. I liked how slowly things seemed to develop between them, especially since attraction or not, Jude was far from an open book, so I didn't want Cory to get hurt if Jude was just curious. It rang true to me. I enjoyed how they each opened up to one another and just how well they got to know each other as they were building something real. And the slow burn of sexual tension? Deliciously hot.  Both Cory and Jude have pasts they're trying to deal with and they both made me sad when they were revealed. Cory's past undoubtedly affects his present day actions, but not to the extent that Jude's does. Jude's past is what drives the biggest drama and adds quite a bit of suspense to the story. I didn't exactly love the path it took at times, but I liked how it all wound up at the end.  I think There You Stand was an excellent addition to the Between Breaths series. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the romance. If you've not yet read the other books in the series, don't let that stop you from picking up this book. It's definitely a standalone, with only very loose ties – in my opinion – to the other books in the series. Of course, you should go back and read the first three books because they're wonderful new adult books.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.