Author: Helena Stone
Series: Dublin Virtues #1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 2/28/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 170
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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 parlour 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.
Book one in the Dublin Virtues series. The blurb had me intrigued from the beginning.
Successful artist Xander’s best friend Eric notices since he has been back from an extended business trip that Xander has been indulging in frequent one night stands that he doesn’t seem satisfied by and Xander reluctantly admits that he feels one night stands are all he’s good for as nobody seems to be interested in more and that he’s fallen into an unhealthy cycle. Eric subsequently challenges Xander to be celibate for one whole month, which he agrees to.
Troy is a tattoo artist who has ended up struggling to keep his own tattoo studio afloat after his business partner Shane left unexpectedly just prior to launch to work in a tattoo studio in Florida. Xander comes into Troy’s shop with the view to getting a tattoo to remind himself to be patient.
Xander and Troy have instant chemistry even though they both feel they have seen each other before. Following an art exhibition Xander offers to do a drawing for one of Troy’s tattoo clients for Troy to set. The two become firm friends which soon leads to more.
This book is an easy sweet read and both characters have some things to work through. It is low angst and low heat until the last few chapters. Not a lot of secondary characters in this book just Xander and Troy’s best friends Eric and Lorcan but these two were well developed and featured throughout this story.
If you are after an easy sweet read on a lazy day this is the book for you. Looking forward to hopefully reading about Eric and Lorcan in the next book!