Tattoo artist Cory Easton has been going through the motions—taking care of his grandmother and his dogs while working long hours—and staying busy enough to keep the noise in his head at bay. Until he lays eyes on the quiet and aloof skateboarder Jude York, who is so unreadable, unreachable, and unlike anyone else, he arouses Cory’s curiosity.
As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery, and Cory falls fast and hard under his spell. But rumors about Jude’s past overshadow him, whispers of secrets keeping him under the thumb of a local motorcycle club. As Cory digs deeper, he begins to wonder how much he really wants to know.
Except their connection is magnetic, and Jude’s loneliness seems to mirror Cory’s own. Against his better judgment, Cory longs for another opportunity to make the guy smile, even if peeling back too many layers scares the hell out of him. Because Jude has awakened something inside him that’s been buried far too long—and losing him as well might just be Cory’s undoing.
**PLEASE NOTE: This book was formerly titled There You Stand before a rights reversion from the publisher. It’s been newly edited, with bonus material added, plus a new cover and title.
**This standalone is essentially a prequel to my Roadmap to Your Heart series, the first two books focusing on the MC club mentioned in Kickflip. You can also find some characters from my MF Between Breaths series and Golden Arrow Casino series, if you’re curious
Such a sweet romance…
Cory watches Jude from afar. It seems that everyone in town is intrigued by Jude. The mostly silent and mysterious skateboarder. And then Jude comes in to get a tattoo from Cory.
They are seemingly opposites. Cory, who never stops talking to hide how lonely he is, and Jude who talks as little as possible, but that also makes him lonely. It’s interesting to see how much Jude can say without talking.
Anyway, their chemistry is immediate and while each of the guys has a back story, neither seems willing to share it. Add in a motorcycle club, a couple of cute dogs, an awesome grandma and some interfering friends and it is a recipe for a good story.
There could have been a lot of angst here. Both guys have difficult histories. But both are talked about and addressed without being super dark or emo. They were just two broken guys who need each other.
4 Pieces of Eye Candy