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Review: There You Stand by Christina LeeThere You Stand by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #5
Published by Inter Mix on April 21, 2015
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From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male/male standalone romance about the silent, inked up skateboarder and the tattoo artist who unravels him piece by piece…

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…

REVIEW:

I’m sorta at a stand still after reading this book. Though M/M is not normally something I would read. I really liked Cory in the previous books and was happy to hear he was going to get his own book.

This story itself was a good one. It’s well written and offers interesting characters. I found Jude to be an interesting guy, but also a little bit annoying. He doesn’t talk much and at times I found myself getting irritated with him because of it. Although, as the story progressed the more I began to understand his actions.

There You Stand offers a suspense element that kept me guessing throughout the entire book. I love books like this. Early on I thought I had Jude all figured out, but I had it wrong. So wrong.

Since this is a romance there is of course sex. I think Ms Lee did a great job writing it. Again M/M is not my thing, but it was passionate. There were several scenes and I think they really portrayed the feelings Cory and Jude shared.

The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the overuse of the word god****. Its used over and over again. I know this is a M/M book, but is it really necessary to use it obsessively? I’m not a prude, but I don’t care for that word being used in stories at all. It really doesn’t do anything to enhance the story.

Overall, I think There You Stand is a great addition to this series. If I had my way the two remaining single characters within this series would also get their own book. That would be Dex and Emmy. At this point there is no plan for that that I’m aware of. 🙁

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Review: Promise Me This by Christina LeePromise Me This by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #4
Published by Inter Mix on October 7, 2014
Pages: 246
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A new love will test the boundaries of passion between a privileged boy next door and the tattooed, blue-haired girl who helps him embrace his wild side...

Nate has developed quite a playboy reputation around campus. It's not that he doesn't respect or trust women; he doesn't trust himself. The men in Nate’s family are prone to abusive behavior—a dirty secret that Nate’s been running from his entire life—so Nate doesn't do relationships. But he can’t help himself around one girl…

Jessie is strong, independent, and works at a tattoo parlor. Nate can’t resist getting close to her, even if it’s strictly a friendship. But it doesn't take long for Nate to admit that what he wants with Jessie is more than just friendly.

With Jessie, he can be himself and explore what he’s always felt was a terrifying darkness inside him. Even when Nate begins to crave her in a way that both shocks and horrifies him, Jessie still wants to know every part of him. Testing their boundaries together will take a trust that could render them inseparable… or tear them apart.

REVIEW:

Finally! Nate & Jessie’s story. I’ve been looking forward to this one. Nate was a tough nut to crack and I couldn’t wait to find our what made him the man he was. He’s the hookup kind of guy. Never going back for seconds. He also hardly ever uses his tongue. His reasoning. “It’s too intimate.” I get that.

Jesse is a hell of a spitfire. She’s a take know prisoners type of girl. I loved her spunkiness. She and Nate have this playful banter between them. I really enjoyed it. Jessie is completely different from Nate. Jessie sports crazy colored hair and several tattoos. She also dresses in her own style. Combat books are certainly the norm for her.

Nate couldn’t be anymore different from Jessie. He’s muscular, has no tattoos, and comes from a privileged family. Although that family may not be all that it seems to be.

I loved these two together. It was a long hard fight for them, but when all was said and done, I was happy with the outcome.

The sex scenes were hot. Hotter than mainstream romance. Which is normal for Ms Lee. They’re well written and plentiful.

Overall, I think Promise Me This is a great addition to the Between Breaths series. If you’ve yet to give this series a try I highly suggest you do. It’s a great New Adult series.

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REVIEW: Whisper to Me by Christina LeeWhisper to Me by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #3
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on May 20, 2014
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A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…

Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.

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My thoughts…

The third book in the Between Breaths series, Whisper to Me, was an highly enjoyable read. I loved it! I think it fits in nicely with the first two books in this series. A series that is one of my favorites!

These characters were rich with emotions. I fell in love with the hero right away. There was just something about Kai that made me swoon. And Rachel. She has been a secondary character in the first two books. I was really happy when I learned we were getting her story.

Kai, his sister Dakota, and Rachel have been best friends since childhood. Kai was there for Rachel at a point in her life when her ex-boyfriend walked away from her after a tragic accident in high school. Not only is he extremely loyal, he’s also secretly in love with her. Unbeknownst to him Rachel is in love with him too. I really liked that there wasn’t insta-love between these characters. Their feelings for one another grew slowly overtime and that made their love truly believable.

I think it was interesting to watch them tip toe around each other. While they did a little messing around here and there, things stayed pretty tame throughout the book. They tried really hard to keep their attraction hidden from others so there was a lot of sneaking around. I’m not sure they did as good of job as they thought though.

Overall, I loved Whisper to Me. It captured my attention right away and held it until the end. I didn’t find myself skimming pages. The story just flowed smoothly and I just couldn’t put it down.

If you’ve yet to read the Between Breaths series you are seriously missing out. It’s a truly enjoyable New Adult Contemporary series that offers unique story lines, interesting characters, and happily ever afters.

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BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT, GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Before You Break by Christina LeeBefore You Break by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #2
Published by Penguin InterMix on February 18, 2014
Pages: 226
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A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU

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At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.

“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.

“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”

“Seriously?”

“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”

“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.

“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”

Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”

Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.

When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”

reviewMy thoughts…

Omigosh! I’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting for this one!!! As soon as I read the synopsis at the end of book one I knew I had to read this book. I couldn’t get my hands on this little gem fast enough. 😀 The storyline was unique. Ms Lee captured my attention from page one and didn’t let go until the very end. As I write this I’m still reeling from it.

(Please not that all the books in the series can be read as standalones. You do not have to read the first book before you read this one, but let me tell you… book one was amazing too. So you’ll want to read it)

The hero: Quinn. *swoon* Let me just say he is amazing!!! I loved everything about him. I felt so bad for him and what he’s went through. He carries a lot of guilt around. In doing so he doesn’t think he deserves to be happy in life. I couldn’t help, but sympathize with him. I wanted so badly for him to move past the guilt and start living life again.

The heroine: Ella. What a beautiful girl all around. I loved everything about her too. She seemed wiser than her years. She made for an amazing friend.

Together: I loved these two together. They’ve both experienced loss in their short lives. Even though the circumstances of the losses they suffered were different they were able to connect with each other. Ella aka Gabriella (Gabby) was such a good listener for Quinn (Daniel.) She helped him see that he in fact was worthy of love. It was because of her that he thought maybe he did deserve to move on.

Smexy Times: Ok. Now there aren’t a lot of smexy times in this book and I’m okay with that. They storyline was so unique that I was drawn in and frankly sex really wasn’t the main focus for me. Having said that… this book has what I say is the “best first kiss of all first kisses ever.” Yes, I know. That’s saying a lot, but here’s the deal. The tension between these two was so strong. It kept building and building and then finally when they come together for the first time I was like W-O-W! That was freaking hot. All first kisses should be that hot. Know what I’m on saying? 🙂

Overall: I think this book was amazing!!! From the storyline, the characters, to the overall setting of this book I loved every word of it. As you can imagine, I will definitely be insisting that all my friends read this book. I loved, loved, loved it!!! I will be reading it again in the future. It’s defiantly one I will be purchasing for my shelves.

PS: I am totally onboard with the excerpt above. I do the same exact thing. Milk Duds and Popcorn are awesome together. Try it!

series-listAll of You (Between Breaths, #1)
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Before You Break (Between Breaths, #2)
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Whisper to Me (Between Breaths, #3)
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Review: All of You by Christina LeeAll of You by Christina Lee
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on September 17, 2013
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Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He's irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she's perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother's bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won't accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.

My thoughts…

I loved this one. The synopsis grabbed my attention and I couldn’t wait to start reading.

Avery and Bennett are alike in some ways and different in others. Both have had shitty home life’s. Their mothers weren’t very good role models, but what makes them different is how they handle themselves. Where Avery has to be in control of all aspects of her life including sexual partners, Bennett doesn’t have sex. Period. He’s a virgin and is holding out for love. I’m thinking this is the first story I’ve read where the hero is a virgin. This aspect drew me in and I wanted to find out why he was in fact still a virgin.

Avery takes a guy home for the night of sex and then quickly boots them out the door after. She doesn’t form attachments. Her mother taught her that. Her mom goes through guys like she drinks water. Always looking for another guy to hang on too. Not Avery though. She’s not the relationship / commitment type.

The mutual attraction between these two is strong when they first meet each other. Avery wants Bennett, but Bennett isn’t going to just hop into bed with her. As the story progresses the tension between these two get stronger and stronger. I wanted them to come together, but I wanted it to happen because they both wanted more than just a sexual fling. I think in a lot of ways these two were good for each other.

The author adds a little bit of suspense to this story. I’m surprised I didn’t figure it out before all was revealed. I usually pretty good at figuring things out, but I was so focused on Bennett and Avery that it sort of took a back seat.

Even though Avery and Bennett don’t have sex things do get heated between them. I’m not saying that they eventually don’t have sex, but the foreplay is pretty steamy. 🙂

Overall, I loved this one. There is going to be a book two, but don’t worry this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. You’ll get to read Ella’s story next. I’m hoping Rachel will get her own story as well.

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