Original Title: There You Stand
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Penguin/InterMix
Number of Pages: 250
First Sentence: “I swallowed past the lump in my throat and leaned over to pat Chopper, the dog I’d inherited a couple of month’s ago from Joey, my latest asshole boyfriend.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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 was such an amazing book! I’ve had it on my Kindle for ages because my wifey (Kayla) recommended it to me but I just took forever to pick it up. It was such a good read though, and reading it ended with me devouring all of Lee’s M/M romance books (for real, I’m not kidding. Took me like four days and it was well worth it).
I absolutely loved these characters from the get-go and just had to know what was going to happen next for them. Cory was an absolute sweetheart and a bit of a dork. Jude was the more silent brooding type but still a sweetheart. Together they were magical and I fell head over heels in love with both of them.
The characters in this book overall were fantastic and I loved most of them (there are of course some bad eggs in there). Because of this, I was so happy when I found out that Lee had written more books in this universe.
The plot was really great with the perfect mix of humour, drama and motorcycles to make it a great read. The drama never became soap-opera like, which it has a tendency to do in some books, but instead stayed at a realistic level. There are some fun and interesting twists and turns that kept me interested all the way through. Brilliant read.
Do I recommend it?
Hell yes, I do!