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.
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Book #5 of the Between Breath series (this spins off into the Roadmap to Your Heart Series)
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…
*Copy provided by the author/publisher via TRSOR Promotions thru NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Tattoo artist at raw ink, Cory has a crush on the hot skater boy that just recently moved to town, Jude.
Jude is mysterious and quiet, most times refusing to speak or engage. Can Cory get the beautiful skater boy to talk?
I have read the first couple of Christina's books in this series, so I was very excited that an author I loved so much tackled a genre I love so much, M/M. I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this story, and I wasn't disappointed! Christina did an awesome job. I love broken characters and she loves to write about them, and she does it so well.
Both Cory and Jude are a little broken, well, maybe a lot broken. They are drawn to one another, Cory tries to engage and draw him out, but Jude pushes him away at every turn. The chemistry between Jude and Cory was phenomenal. The sexual tension palpable. I felt the passion and love they had for one another come off the pages of this book. The author did an amazing job with this pairing.
The story was well written, and flowed well. It moves at a good pace and kept me intrigued and turning the pages. It had a little of everything, romance, love, heartbreak, mystery and suspense all wrapped up nicely with some hot and passionate man on man action.
These characters are both likable and my heart broke for them, especially Jude. To hear the things he suffered in his past was just heart-wrenching. I just wanted to reach out and hug him. Tell him it would all be okay.
This story held me captivated from the time I opened the book until I got to the end. I wasn't ready for it to be over. Christina left me wanting more, in a good way. I hope this isn't her one and only foray into the M/M genre!
I highly recommend this book!
About Christina Lee
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.
She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.
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