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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
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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: Hard Time by Cara McKennaHard Time by Cara McKenna
Published by Inter Mix on April 15, 2014
Pages: 310
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier.

Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more.

When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real…until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny.

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My thoughts…

This is going to be a short review. I really liked this book. It’s the first book by this author that I’ve read and I wasn’t real sure what to expect. I’d read a few reviews and one of the things that piqued my interest was that reviewers and readers were talking about the letters that Eric wrote to Annie. With those letters in mind I dove right in.

I loved the main characters. I found both Erin and Annie to be interesting and I really enjoyed getting to know them. Upon meeting each other the attraction between them is strong. Not long after meeting those letters I mentioned come into play. They were powerful and masterfully written and really hot!! They made me fall in love with Eric right alongside Annie.

Overall, I liked the unique storyline. It’s different from any I’ve read before and I think Ms McKenna did an excellent job writing this book. The story flowed smoothly and kept my interest until the very end. The only thing I didn’t care much for was the cover. Don’t get me wrong. The cover is hot, but I don’t think it fully captures the essence of the story.

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