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There You Stand: Between Breaths by [Lee, Christina]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 905 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (21 April 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S75RYBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I love the characters Christina creates. Bennett was my first - he was so sweet. And now I've got Jude and Cory.

If you read the blurb you know this is M/M. For me love is love, romance is romance.

How loud did I squee when I found out Jude is British and from Yorkshire, just like me? Jude was a lovely tortured soul who was reluctant to share his story. Boy did he have a way with dogs - a proper dog whisperer. In my head Jude is Heath Ledger (God bless him) around the time of Knight's Tale. I even found a picture of Heath with dreadlocks and with a skate board (2 separate pics though).

Cory, another sad soul. He dotes on his grandma, dotes on his dogs and still misses his first love. His breath is taken away by Jude.

"His voice startled me again. It was like living for years without the sound of rain. That first downpour was noisier and more breathtaking than you ever imagined."

"When you're around, that quiet stillness inside me doesn't feel so lonely."

Two lost souls. I was rooting for them to be ok. There are shadows on the horizon that threaten their future happiness.

I'm squirming to say it but there was a couple of parts of the plot that I thought needed more development - I think Christina is too lovely to write characters who are truly evil! And I wish I could have offered my Yorkshire translation services for some of Jude's comments.

Still, I enjoyed it.

My other favourite bits:

"The only thing I had to offer Jude was my patched-up heart that was sewn in jagged slivers."

"He recited my name like a delicate English ballad. God save the freaking queen."

"And there you stand. Like a keeper of all of my dreams. And suddenly there's someplace I desperately want to belong."
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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.
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I gave There You Stand 3.5 Stars.

Cory is a happy-go-lucky tattoo artist. Well he is on the outside but deep inside, Cory is harbouring pain and loss. When mysterious Jude York moves to town Cory is intrigued and Jude’s silence is deafening to Cory’s fake demeanour but as their friendship slowly builds so does their undeniable bond.

I was immediately pulled into the story, being a fan of the series made me excited for Cory’s story and Jude’s unique, mysterious character held my interest. I felt the connection between the two men and felt for them both as their circumstances were far from ideal but I loved that it didn’t hold them back in the end.

This book is pretty low on the angst scale but luckily Jude’s secret kept me intrigued, my only wish was for us to be in on the action nearer the end.

There You Stand is a standalone even though it is considered part of the Between Breaths series, a few characters make small appearances but its not necessary to read their stories before diving in to this one.

If your looking an a gentle m/m romance to test the waters, this light, heartfelt story is a good one to start with.

As always Christina Lee writes endearing characters and you must check this one out for yourself. ~Ava

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
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HASH(0xa3648e70) out of 5 stars Save Your Money 19 May 2015
By Joren44 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
OMG! What a mind numbingly boring snoozer. It was just constant sexual tension and no communication. That covers about 95% of the book. The whole true/false question was so lame. It was always one step forward, two steps back. The ending was so anticlimactic. It's like why bother? The pacing is glacial to the point where I started skipping chunks cause there was nothing interesting happening.There were grammar problems riddling the book. This thing should have been professionally edited and proofread. If this writer was going to try to write m/m, she should have sent her script to an m/m writer for feedback like Josh Lanyon or Kaje Harper who are excellent authors of the m/m genre. Or even read "Man, Oh, Man: Writing m/m fiction" which gives great insight on how to write this genre. Skip this book and save your money. If you are into m/m check out Josh Lanyon, Kaje Harper and James Buchanan to name a few. They are excellent m/m writers. I'm putting her on my list of Do Not Buy until she moves from amateur writer.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc630fc) out of 5 stars So conflicted, 2.75 12 May 2015
By skye21 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The book started as a 5 star novel then plummeted to what u c above. Such an anticlimactic ending, which was a let down after all that suspense and build up around Jude's character. I loved Jude in the beginning but towards the middle and end its like I was reading about a different character the author did a total 180 on his character. And Jude telling Cory his real name served absolutely no purpose to the plot or character development it could have been left out. Jeez such anticipation that just led to a real disappointing book. Ps the editing could have been much better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcb04bc) out of 5 stars I didn't want Cory & Jude's story to end! 26 April 2015
By Liv - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcb0528) out of 5 stars Serious disconnect for me. Boring and very predictable. 6 Aug. 2015
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m a big fan of the Between Breaths series, so it hurts to say this book didn’t work for me.

I figured the best way to dive into the m/m genre was to read one from an author whose books I love. There was a serious disconnect for me with this one though. The explosive chemistry and the spark between the characters that was so prevalent in the previous books, was missing from Cory and Jude’s story. I just didn’t feel the connection between these two guys.

Cory is a tattoo artist at Raw Ink and Jude is the guy he’s had his eye on for awhile. Jude spends his days at the skate park, keeps to himself and hardly utters a word. Cory has no idea if Jude would even be interest in him, or any other guy for that matter. After a series of run-ins between the two of them, Cory wants to get to know Jude even more. He has the perfect opportunity when Jude books a tattoo appointment with him.

The development of their relationship and the storyline was lacking a bit for me. Both Cory and Jude had heartbreaking pasts, but it didn’t help to cement their connection for me. When Jude’s past finally caught up to him, it was wrapped up way too easily. It all felt a little underwhelming. There were just too many things that felt off and left me wishing I had skipped this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcab6f0) out of 5 stars Did end up liking some of it 18 Aug. 2015
By nrevvy - Published on Amazon.com
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It was kind of difficult to read for quite a while. It seemed to drag along so much, with all the back and forth, push and pull with Jude and Cory, over and over again. Finally there was some forward motion and information dribbled out. There were some hot sex scenes and the ending had a little bit of excitement but it was all in the background. I've only been reading M/M, so the secondary characters were probably fleshed out more and perhaps I would have liked it more in the context of the prior books. But it just didn't flow smoothly and didn't really resonate for me. I prefer when a story engages my emotions and makes me empathize with the characters more.
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