Buy Links: Pride Publishing (Early download)
Cover: Emmy Ellis
Length: 62,945 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Patience is a virtue. But what if you wait too long?
While Xander Ekman’s dream of becoming a successful artist has come true, his love life has gone from bad to worse. Sick of the endless string of one-night stands, he accepts the challenge when his best friend, Erik, bets him that he can’t be celibate for a month. Now all he needs is a reminder to keep his distance in the heat of the moment.
Troy Moriarty doesn’t have time for love. He’s too busy trying to keep his recently opened tattoo parlor afloat. Besides, ever since the man who was supposed to be his business partner abandoned him to run the shop on his own, he has a hard time trusting others.
When Xander turns to Troy for a tattoo that will remind him to be patient, the attraction is instant. But faced with Xander’s month of celibacy, Troy’s trust issues, and a nemesis lurking in the background, their relationship may be doomed before it has a chance to begin.
Patience is a story I really enjoyed and found myself totally invested in – it’s a slow burn story of two men who have both been burned in the past trying to figure out if they can find real love. I really enjoyed Xander and Troy’s story and am already looking forward to more in this series.
Xander is a successful artist, living his dream professionally, personally not so much. He lives in an endless string of one night stands and when his best friend Eric calls him on it the two men make a bet – Xander has to be celibate for a month. Troy is struggling to make his business a success after his business partner leaves him high and dry after Troy set up the business. He doesn’t trust easily anymore and doesn’t want to get hurt again. When Xander walks into his tattoo shop to get a special tattoo the two seem to click right away. But, both men are hiding secrets that threaten to destroy anything they may be building together.
I really liked these characters, I felt like I really got to know them and understand what they were feeling. There is a slow, hesitant burn between them that can definitely be felt. There’s a lot of push and pull, Xander has the bet though and Troy resistant for his own reasons. Their attraction is undeniable though. I loved that they got to know each other though, it wasn’t insta-sex that takes over the story. It really is about the build up between them.
This is the kind of story where you really get to know the characters and their journey and I really enjoyed it! Xander and Troy are so easy to love as are their best friends Lorcan and Eric. This was a fun, romantic story that gets right to the heart. I really enjoyed it and definitely look forward to more in this series, and yeah, I’m really hoping for a Lorcan and Eric story, I felt just as invested in them by the end as I was in Xander and Troy. Definitely a great start to a new series.
*I received an advanced copy to review for The Geekery Book Review.
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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