Author: Christina Lee
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance, Mystery
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 book almost had a different rating then the 4 star I settled on. I nearly slapped a DNF label on it but I pushed through and am so glad I did.
Be warned, the first quarter of There You Stand was very slow. I struggled to keep going and nearly gave up on it. Then BOOM, things got immensely better and I was extremely pleased with the story from that point on.
Tattoo artist Cory Easton isn’t happy with his life, but he isn’t unhappy either. He has a painful past regarding his boyfriends, including one who stuck him with a dog who won’t listen or obey to a word he says.
When he sees Jude York skateboarding he is smitten instantly. Trouble is that Jude hardly speaks so he can’t get to know the man at all. Their relationship starts slowly when Jude helps deal with the unruly dog and comes to Cory for a tattoo that will cover up the scars on Jude’s back.
I know Jude’s silence was meant to invoke a mysterious air, but not talking meant I couldn’t get to know him. It meant mostly Cory mooning over Jude and constantly thinking about how attractive the enigmatic man is.
However, things finally heated up when Jude began speaking and opening up to Cory. Following that it was a roller coaster of emotions, danger and smoking hot sex scenes. This was when I fell in love with Jude and Cory both as separate men and as a couple. The author did an amazing job fleshing out these guys.
Like I said, the romantic scenes were amazing. It started slow because of Jude’s hesitance to opening up to Cory. Even though Jude wanted more, for a time he wasn’t ready for too much man-on-man action. However, once he was ready, the sex scenes were fabulous. The characters stayed true to themselves all the time, even during sex, unlike what I see sometimes in m/m books. The more comfortable Jude felt, the more he and Cory did in bed.
The danger built slowly in the background and I was surprised when things blew up. I hadn’t seen it coming right then. Cory is helpless while Jude’s life is in danger, but the good guys find the bad guys with his help. The action that saves Jude’s life happens off-page and while I kind-of wished I could see it, it made sense to do it the way it was. The story was written in first person from Cory’s POV and having him in on the action would not have made sense.
Apparently, this is the author’s first M/M novel, which is surprising considering how well she wrote Jude and Cory and the incredible sex scenes. I hope she writes more in the genre. I’d love to see a story about Vaughn and Smoke, two supporting characters who are members of a biker gang.
I read this not knowing it was part of a series, an m/f series no less. This was a true stand-alone–not one of those the author claims is but really isn’t. The fact that this is connected to a series should not stop anyone from reading it.
I loved There You Stand and think you will too.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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